The Media Starts to Pay Attention

23 01 2009

-Martin Moleski
mmoleski@igpr.com

I had originally planned to use this post  to outline my ideas to rebrandstructure the Republican Party, but it will have to wait at least a week. Perhaps I’ll wait until a new party chairman has been decided, but I’ve been collecting my thoughts on how the Republicans can come back stronger than ever, so prepare for a lengthy post next time.

Shocking news out of the MSM (mainstream media) today as President Obama is not playing nice with the media and “frustrations” are starting to grow.

Better late than never, I guess.

What seems to be the problem? It mostly has to deal with the fact – yes, fact – that the MSM gave Obama a free ride all the way to Election Day. Now, as Obama closes out his first week as president, the media is starting to dig a little bit and the new president, plus his administration, aren’t really interested in discussing specifics.

This outright defiance by the Obama administration should surely stop Chris Matthews’ “thrill up his leg.”  Right?





“Pooliticizing” on the streets of California

24 10 2008

In light of the upcoming election, I thought I would discuss the grassroot politicizing that has begun to creep into the advertising mainstream. One “movement” in particular caught my eye as both disturbing and creative. Venice artist, designer and activist Greg Beauchamp decided to take to the streets adorning dog feces with his opinions of John McCain’s proposed policies on the economy,  foreign policy  and how he feels about McCain’s campaign tactics.

Greg Beauchamp - Political Opinion

Greg Beauchamp - Political Opinion

I won’t argue with the creative, albeit unconventional, method Beauchamp chose to get his feelings across to the general public. As a matter of fact, I audibly laughed when I first saw the image of a little pile of dog poo with a mini sign in it.

After I stopped laughing, I realized his method proves nothing but the fact that there are stinky political extremists on both sides. Beauchamp chose to stoop to a new low in political advertising, and however ingenious the idea may be, I find it to be irresponsible both from an environmental and a political standpoint.

From an environmental standpoint he chose to litter the public sidewalks. Some could also argue that his advertising method would encourage others to leave their dog poo behind in hopes that it would be used for future “pooliticizing,” leading to an even larger and potentially stinkier problem. The political standpoint is obvious. Both camps have had their fair share of low jabs, either directly from their camps or from the extremists that have taken to the streets in support of their candidate. This kind of behavior only encourages more of the same from the other camp.

As a designer, I always enjoy out-of-the-box creativity, but this may have gone just a little too far outside of the box for me. After my initial reaction, I was a little disgusted.

What do you think?

Click here to view more pictures of Greg Beauchamp’s “pooliticizing”

Allison Stulpin
Graphic Designer





The Art of Politics – a la CafePress.com

28 07 2008

If you are an American, you have probably been bombarded with more than your fair share of political propaganda this election season. With all of the political debates, town hall meetings and breaking political news stories, the design of the supporting collateral materials is often largely ignored. This is the case, unless of course you are a designer who works with an assortment of politically minded professionals, all with an eye for political design.

I’ll be honest. It wasn’t until recently that I took a look at how design, specifically t-shirts, drives a political campaign, and this election season has been one of the most interesting, thanks in part to CafePress.com.

CafePress.com empowers its users by allowing them to create, buy and sell customized merchandise online using the company’s unique print-on-demand and e-commerce services. These services allow each storeowner the flexibility to create custom designs or even design on the fly with the potential to substantially increase their profitability. It is this flexibility that opens the proverbial can of worms when it comes to the latest in political t-shirts. Storeowners are given the ability to drive their personal message home to millions of people about a particular candidate, and this means that as an individual, you are no longer hard pressed to find a t-shirt with just the political message you are looking for.

I believe even the hardcore political junkies will have a hard time saying that there is no value in the political t-shirt after viewing the 285,000 political designs and 7,800,000 political products on CafePress.com. Young people in particular are flocking to CafePress.com to choose the perfect political t-shirt so as not to fall behind in the latest fashion trend while keeping a careful eye on how their t-shirt might impact their friend’s views on the upcoming election.

Whether you are a conservative, liberal or somewhere in between there is bound to be the perfect t-shirt for you. Keep in mind, the latest fashion trend is also declaring a message and influencing the political realm like never before. And if this is news to you, it’s time to climb out of your cave and take a look around at the latest fashion trend hitting the streets, as it just may impact who our next leader will be.

Allison Stulpin
astulpin@igpr.com





Regional Cooperation

19 06 2008

Regionalism. Land use planning. Tax sharing. Cooperation. Collaboration.

We have heard these terms used over and over again by political leaders, inter-governmental organizations, state elected officials, non-profit think tanks, and, above all, the media.  Some of the terms are used interspersed with grandiose ideas, while other times they are applied directly to an initiative, such as sharing of water, fire or police protection, and economic development initiatives.

Then there are bold ideas and initiatives which truly address the core ideas, goals and objectives of “regionalism”.  Not simply an academic exercise or theoretical study, but an aggressive and revolutionary approach to joining forces as a region and establishing a viable, sustainable, cooperative arrangement where all communities benefit from the success of the region.  A prime example of such a revolutionary approach is the Regional Economic Revenue Study, or RERS.  This initiative is the result of work by key leaders of the Northeast Ohio Mayors & City Managers Association, chaired by Hudson Mayor William A. (Bill) Currin.

Over the past 18 months, The Impact Group has worked side-by-side with leaders across Northeast Ohio in developing the concept and approach to a region-wide planning and revenue-sharing program.  In establishing this effort, the goal is to bring the 16 county Northeast Ohio region together in order to compete in a truly global economy for new jobs and growth in our business community.  For too long, cities, villages, counties and other jurisdictions have competed against one another for economic development in a “winner-take-all” environment.  We need a new environment, whereby the region cooperates and shares in our growth, an environment critically important to the successful growth of our region overall.

I will continue to update this blog with information and developments of the RERS and the leaders across our region involved in the process.  I would also recommend reviewing the RERS web site to learn more: www.revenuestudy.com

I am excited to be part of this initiative.  In fact, the very process we are undertaking through a collaborative of The Impact Group, the Mayors Association, Lorain County Community College, Cleveland State, Team NEO, The Fund for Our Economic Future and others is a direct example of regionalism; We are all joined for a united purpose to achieve success together! Check back for updates.  Let me know your thoughts as well.

Regionalism:  What a concept!!

-Kerry

ksmith@igpr.com