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Questlove's Other Drumsticks The Roots' drummer discusses his latest venture, and it's not a new album

The Roots' drummer Questlove recently supplied both beats and wings at Bon Appétit's new kitchen/party space to celebrate the launch of his locally sourced buttermilk fried chicken catering startup, Quest…

November 29, 2011, 6:36 AM EST

The Blanding of America There's a lot at stake when selling presidential candidates--so why is their branding so stupifyingly dull?

One of the most indelible and enduring images of the 2008 presidential campaign was candidate Barack Obama's logo: a simple, clean, blue "O" rising like a sun above a prairie…

November 15, 2011, 6:24 AM EST

Bands vs. Brands 'Voices in their Heads' panel peeked at playlists of creatives—and off-screen tension with bands

Music-driven tension has enhanced countless commercials and trailers on-screen. But off-screen? Far too often, when artists, advertisers, and creative executives all get in the same room together, no one wants…

October 3, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

The Next Great American Consumer Infants to 3-year-olds: They're a new demographic marketers are hell-bent on reaching

Jenny Gill was in New York’s Cornell Weill hospital earlier this year for the birth of her son, Jack, when a photographer stopped by to take snapshots of the mother…

September 26, 2011, 6:34 AM EDT

Data Points: Media Rich Media usage differs significantly across generations of affluent Americans

Traditional media may have a little life left in it yet, despite anything you may have heard online. Wealthy Americans, even tweet-happy millennials, remain heavily engaged with old school media and…

September 21, 2011, 6:51 AM EDT

American Apparel Snubs Contest Winner Says Nancy Upton didn't enter plus-sized model search in good faith

American Apparel is throwing some weight around. The hipster fashion house concluded a plus-size model search titled "The Next Big Thing" last week but is refusing to grant a contract to…

September 15, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

A Plus-Sized Model Search Gets Punk'd Tumblr tapped to parody American Apparel contest

When American Apparel launched its plus-sized model search (with the somewhat tone-deaf title “The Next BIG Thing”), it got more than it bargained for in Nancy Upton. A 24-year-old student with…

September 12, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

Fast Chat: Steve Stoute With his new book, 'The Tanning of America,' the ad and music industry veteran explains how hip-hop changed both games

How did hip-hop specifically rewrite the rules as you see them? We’re not talking about a song. We’re talking about a way of life. Videos are like minimovies, how to rap…

September 8, 2011, 6:45 AM EDT

Cable Porn Problem: Nobody’s Paying for It Net smut consumption making companies' VOD sales go limp

As people have increasingly taken to watching their porn online for free, satellite and cable companies like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and DirecTV have been feeling the blow in their…

August 8, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

Pentagram's Angus Hyland
Fast Chat: Angus Hyland on Penguins, Michelin Man Pentagram partner dissects 1,400 logos in his new book, Symbol

What makes a successful logo? A successful logo is one that endures. It’s got to eventually be honest to the product it describes. It’s got to be simple. It’s got to…

June 28, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

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