NYT: Entrepreneurs Seeking a Place to Start a Business Find a Surprising Answer: Detroit

April 16, 2014 by  
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Rachel Lutz opened her first store, the Peacock Room, in 2011. The spot had traditional selling points — foot traffic, original 1920s architectural details and a spacious window for displaying her wares — but what sealed the deal was an unusual perk: a private security force. CreditJoshua Lott for The New York Times Ask business owners what it is like to operate in Detroit and you will hear

Detroit Makes Inc’s "The Most Innovative Cities in America" List

April 15, 2014 by  
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Technological breakthroughs are contagious: They break out in specific areas, then spread. To identify the most innovative cities of the 21st century, we compiled U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data on utility patents (for a new invention or process) issued between 2000 and 2011--and analyzed which metropolitan areas were the national leaders in each patent category. We found several hubs

Fountain Bistro Hosts Event May 13th To Support CITY YEAR, DPS Children

April 15, 2014 by  
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Click HERE for more information about City Year!

Revealed! The Secret Weapon to Any Film

April 14, 2014 by  
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Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest hotel is a wonderful film. It seems that he has finally made the movie and story that perfectly encapsulates his signature style of filmmaking. All the quirk, style and detail in Grand Budapest Hotel is completely necessary to the characters and plot as compared to previous efforts (“Life Aquatic” comes to mind) where you’re left wondering if some of the quirk is just overkill.

One of our absolute favorite part of the film is the attention to detail. Anderson’s puts prop design front and center with GBH, and it really made the film that much more lovable. The letterhead on written notes, the packaging for a pastry, the mailing label on a parcel:

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And so it seems that sometimes, it is in fact all in the details.

Images taken from Annie Atkins’ full interview in Creative Review
Additional commentary in this months issue of Fast Company

Detroit Moxie’s Weekend Roundup

April 9, 2014 by  
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Weekend Roundup

1. Beer, Textiles and Wood: When Passion Meets Industry - Nerd Nite Detroit is back with a line-up of craftspeople, music and food. April 10th.

2. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II - Head to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and watch Looney Tunes on the big screen with a live soundtrack by the DSO. April 11 & 13.

3. Mr. B's Blues and Boogie Piano Celebration - Enjoy Boogie Woogie piano at the Detroit Institute of Arts for Friday Night Live! April 11th.

4. Historic Fort Wayne Flea Market & Collectables Show - Check out the flea market and then take a guided tour of the Fort for $5. April 12—13.

5. Detroit Restaurant Week - Get your chow on at some of Detroit's top restaurants and enjoy a three-course meal for $30. April 11—20.

Do you know of a great event going on in Metro Detroit this weekend? Add it to the comments and share it with us!

Motz Burgers

April 8, 2014 by  
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Motz Burgers
Oil on linen, 30x40"
I have been working on my upcoming show at the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham this April. I will be posting some of the images. No small paintings for a while.
This urban landscape painting is a view of Motz's Burgers in Detroit
Click on image for larger view.
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5 Effortlessly Catchy Ads from 2014 Viral Video Awards

April 7, 2014 by  
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Practically every client wants their brand video to go viral. Well, here’s how you do it. Apparently. The winners from AdAge’s annual Viral Video Awards lend insight in to what the modern consumer is amused, intrigued and inspired by– from style to delivery. We’ve picked our five favorites of the fourteen in total. You’ll see why these are a fun representation of the power of video storytelling, something we love to do here at DL!:

Our very favorite, a fantastic story, and a deed worth noting that surely improved WestJet’s reputation in an industry that often isn’t so pretty with customer service.

Humor done well is just as effective as a tearjerker. Poo Pourri did just exactly that. Hearty laughs combined with explicit product information equals a job well done. Would you ever buy this stuff?

Disruptive advertising can also create some waves. Beer brand Newcastle did this by making fun of itself. And it was a smash hit (and cost much less than the Super Bowl ad buy):

Samsung, the world’s most viewed brand in video campaigns, tapped Jay Z and his new album release to expose a story of process that was just as much fun to discover as it was to experience:

Finally, our second-favorite, if only because it accentuates the real value of short and sweet, comes by way of Stuey from Family Guy and Google Chrome. It’s shocking to see what 16 seconds can do:

5 Effortlessly Catchy Ads from 2014 Viral Video Awards

April 7, 2014 by  
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Practically every client wants their brand video to go viral. Well, here’s how you do it. Apparently. The winners from AdAge’s annual Viral Video Awards lend insight in to what the modern consumer is amused, intrigued and inspired by– from style to delivery. We’ve picked our five favorites of the fourteen in total. You’ll see why these are a fun representation of the power of video storytelling, something we love to do here at DL!:

Our very favorite, a fantastic story, and a deed worth noting that surely improved WestJet’s reputation in an industry that often isn’t so pretty with customer service.

Humor done well is just as effective as a tearjerker. Poo Pourri did just exactly that. Hearty laughs combined with explicit product information equals a job well done. Would you ever buy this stuff?

Disruptive advertising can also create some waves. Beer brand Newcastle did this by making fun of itself. And it was a smash hit (and cost much less than the Super Bowl ad buy):

Samsung, the world’s most viewed brand in video campaigns, tapped Jay Z and his new album release to expose a story of process that was just as much fun to discover as it was to experience:

Finally, our second-favorite, if only because it accentuates the real value of short and sweet, comes by way of Stuey from Family Guy and Google Chrome. It’s shocking to see what 16 seconds can do:

The Shoe Lady presents ‘Stay In Your Place’

April 4, 2014 by  
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Check out my upcoming stage play STAY IN YOUR PLACE April 26th! 
Tickets $25 




 

Detroit Moxie’s Weekend Roundup

April 2, 2014 by  
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Weekend Roundup

1. The Big Picture - Head to the Detroit Institute of Arts for a free guided tour of their collection. April 4—6.

2. Bat Zone - Nestled behind the Cranbrook Institute of Science is a nocturnal sanctuary for rescued bats and other creatures. Watch bats in flight, flying squirrels, owls, a two-toed sloth and a colony of Vampire Bats! April 5—6.

3. Belle Isle Aquarium - The aquarium is open every Saturday from 10am-3pm and this week they have a special talk on "Electric Fish in the Era of Genome Sequencing." April 5th.

4. Michigan Science Center - Kick off Space Week with rocket science! Explore how rockets move and make your own straw rocket. April 6th.

5. Detroit SOUP - Learn about creative projects in the city and vote on which project you would like to fund. $5 gets you a bowl of soup and the opportunity to do some good with good people. April 6th.

Bonus: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Do you know of a great event going on in Metro Detroit this weekend? Add it to the comments and share it with us!

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