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New Logo. New Problems.

by Traction

New Logo. New Problems.

Recently there was some kind of design community kerfuffle about the recently announced Ebay rebrand. Many designers were in such an uproar about the "blandness" new logo, that it inspired a design contest. A design contest of epically bad proportions.

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Performance-Based Compensation Issues

by Adam Kleinberg

Performance-Based Compensation Issues

I was interviewed yesterday by Jack Marshall from Digiday about the realities of performance-based compensation. It's a complex issue that easy for everyone to say the industry should be using, but never seems to happen in real life.

Here's a snip from the article.

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Debates expose twits on Twitter

by Adam Kleinberg

Debates expose twits on Twitter

I'm not quite sure how I think Mittens and the Prez did in the debates this evening, but one clear winner was Twitter. 

The conversation in the Twitterverse was intense and played a truly significant role in the debate. Have we ever had such a participatory discourse over politics before in an election? Surely, all this armchair punditry means people are thinking about issues and that's got to be a good thing. 

What wasn't so good was what it exposed for some of the social media gurus out there. 

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3 easy steps to building a brand

by Adam Kleinberg

3 easy steps to building a brand

Last week, my friend Jeff Tseng invited me to give a presentation to a bunch of game developers at CrowdStar Games. Before founding CrowdStar Jeff was the lead designer at Secret Level Games and then at Sega where he worked on projects you might have heard of... like Iron Man.

Anyhow, Jeff wanted his team to think about how to build brands around the games they designed. I boiled it down to 3 easy steps.

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Everything old is new again

by Theo Fanning

Everything old is new again

I've been working in the design and advertising industry for nearly 20 years. So, I am used to seeing trends come, go, and come back again. Whether it's skeuomorphic design, vernacular typography or neon color schemes; I've seen 'em, used 'em and maybe even abused 'em. But I never anticipated the antiquated technology of the GIF to rear it's ugly head again — in a good way.

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Hello Internet! A presentation on memes

by Kasey Smith

Hello Internet! A presentation on memes

Memes are important. Why? Because even if you don't actively mine them for content you should at least actively understand them. Or else this happens and you embarrass a client. Since Traction's work is neither created nor received in a vacuum, I've taken it upon myself to "educate" the office on the current state of internet memes.

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The new titans in digital marketing

by Adam Kleinberg

The new titans in digital marketing

If you're in San Francisco right now and dealing with the traffic, you're probably aware that Dreamforce is in town.

The big deal at this year's Dreamforce is the announcement of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. But it also marks a shift—a great consolidation happening across the digital marketing landscape.

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Why Our Burning Man Policy Matters

by Kasey Smith

Why Our Burning Man Policy Matters

This is a response to Adam Kleinberg's post Why We Have A Burning Man Policy

After six consecutive burns I planned to skip this one. I was going to backpack through India! Or ride AIDS Lifecycle! Or apply for grad school! Or visit friends in Europe! Honestly, I didn't really have a plan aside from wanting a Big Important Adventure that involved running water, flushable toilets, and wearing pants. (in hindsight perhaps India was incompatible with this goal) So I retired from my position as Store Manager for Costco Soulmate Trading Outlet, said "See you in 2013!" to my far flung burner tribe, and *POOF* I was no longer interested in the burn. Then early August rolled around and friends started selling their extra tickets... Fuck.

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Openco comes to SF

by Adam Kleinberg

Openco comes to SF

This year, I was honored to be asked to be a Board Member of sfBIG, the largest ad industry organization in the Bay Area. In our first meeting, we made the decision to change our name from the San Francisco Bay Area Interactive Group to the San Francisco Bay Area Innovation Group to better reflect the mission of our organization and expand our focus on more than just digital media.

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