Layup

Every Friday we bring you a contest for a chance at winning some free stuff. We post the rules Thursday afternoon and then post the entires on Friday and let you guys choose the winner. This week we asked people to get creative with some stair walking. Below are the submissions. Which one do you think deserves the prizes which are: McSweeney’s #20, Travis Millard and Michael Sieben’s Hitten Switches, and Albert Reyes book Don’t Give Up!

JUMP

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Nike China launched our Jump campaign today. Check out the site at www.nike.com.cn
Portland’s very own Jose Cabaco & Julia Oh were the creative team along with a slew of other people who worked like mad for 3 months to get this campaign together. It looks amazing!
Check out the new site at www.nike.com.cn 

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The Wurst

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Show tonight at the office gallery featuring several artists from W+K. Lots of Free Beer and naked dwarves pretty things.

The Creative Class

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Cities have long competed over job growth, struggling to revive their downtowns and improve their image. But the latest population trends have forced them to fight for college-educated 25- to 34-year-olds, a demographic group increasingly viewed as the key to an economic future.

Mobile but not flighty, fresh but technologically savvy, “the young and restless,” as demographers call them, are at their most desirable age, particularly because their chances of relocating drop precipitously when they turn 35. Cities that do not attract them now will be hurting in a decade.

“It’s a zero-sum game,” said William H. Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, noting that one city’s gain can only be another’s loss. “These are rare and desirable people.”

They are people who, demographers say, are likely to choose a location before finding a job. They like downtown living, public transportation and plenty of entertainment options. They view diversity and tolerance as marks of sophistication.

The problem for cities, says Richard Florida, a public policy professor at George Mason University who has written about what he calls “the creative class,” is that those cities that already have a significant share of the young and restless are in the best position to attract more.
New York Times 11/25/2006.
Check out the article here.

Portland was ranked 4th in the U.S. as a city that’s attracting young entrepreneurs, artists and iconoclasts. The New York Times came by the office and took some photos for the article.
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