This week Communication Arts issued its 20th Interactive Annual, recognizing the world’s best interactive work, including websites, mobile, social, and environmental experiences. mono is honored to have not one, but two selections among the 38 total honorees. We share the recognition with our amazing clients at Target and production partners at Tool who worked tirelessly with us to produce Tweet-to-Runway, the first-ever live runway show inspired by real tweets, and with the visionaries at Blu Dot who continue to challenge us to redefine marketing with fresh new ideas like Musical Chairs. A special thank you to the talented folks at Honest who helped us transform a childhood game into an interactive experience unlike any other. Okay, now back to work.
The precision of human curling, the speed of monathlon, the danger of dueling decks, the artistry of the blindfolded beer-snob-off – these were just a few of the games of the 2014 monolympics. Held every four years(-ish), it pits teams against one another in an epic match to the
death end of the day. Coveted prizes were awarded for athleticism, costumery, and the proper level of vulgarity in team names. Bonus points were awarded for team sparkle (of which there was much). We laughed, we cried, we ate cheese and drank Russian vodka. Sometimes winter isn’t so bad after all.
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Via the Today Show we’ve learned that The American College of Sports Medicine recently ranked Minneapolis/Saint Paul at the top of their list of the healthiest cities in the US. We love it and we’re not terribly surprised. While the video prominently features our legendary winters, we do enjoy an abundance of the other three seasons as well. When winter hits, our golf courses transition into beautiful cross-country ski trails, our lakes turn into the loveliest of ice rinks, and our bike trails become less crowded bike trails. Nice job, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. You make it so easy.
Our newest hire, Kelly Starkey, is settling nicely into her role as mono’s first account coordinator. A recent graduate, she’s pretty new to the game, yet Kelly came to mono a veteran of the advertising intern world both in Minneapolis and in Paris, France. In that time she gained experience working on accounts for Saucony, Country Inns & Suites, and the Minnesota State Lottery. She is driven, eager, and curious – which is excellent since she’ll be working with our strategy, project management, and account management teams. Lest you think she is all work, be advised that Kelly is a self-anointed ambassador for the revival of Jazzercize, and a connoisseur in the fields of French pastries and American breakfast cereal.
Minneapolis and mono continue to welcome talent back from afar. Art director Brian Lambert has joined mono after spending a number of years out west creating fantastic work for Mini Cooper, Burger King, United Airlines, and launching the Windows Phone. He’s wickedly smart with a warm sense of humor and yet another addition to our stable of talented musicians ( > nine) and ice fishermen (< two). Brian’s work is never predictable, always unique, and a welcome addition to mono.