It's Friday. It's springtime. March Madness is officially under way. And if you're with us here in Seattle, the sun is out and birds are chirping.
What the hell are you doing reading links on the Internet?
We don't know, but if you need some material to freshen your mind and get you through some of the slow spots in your day, we've got a heap of good stuff. It includes a great post on how to get busy people to respond to your emails, ads made my inmates and a picture of George Washington dunking over Kim Jong-un.
What are you reading this week?
Branding Behind Bars: Check Out These Ads Made by Federal Prison Inmates, AdWeek. I've been fascinated by this project that is working to give federal prison inmates a voice, purpose, and insight into a career after prison by working with them to develop a series of ad concepts. Love how the creators described the project - "We hope it proves two things: that creativity can be a career, and that good ideas can come from anywhere." New work is uploaded to their blog, 'Creative Criminals' as it's completed and some of the ads are nothing short of powerful. —Annie
33 Creative Ads Using Oversized Objects, DeMilked. Creative ads using over-sized objects. Genius! How come I've never encountered these in person? —Noelle
The Chalkboard. For the last few weeks I have been growing borderline obsessed with The Chalkboard. It's a beautiful site (I also subscribe to their weekly newsletter and love it) created by the folks behind Pressed Juicery. It's been a killer resource for everything from ideas about health, nutrition, style + living, and all-around wellness. Give it a browse. —Chelsey
Here's George Washington dunking all over Kim Jong-un while Lincoln and Stalin watch, The Week. March Madness is now in full swing and even though my bracket is bound to go down in flames well before the sweet sixteen, this Redditor's tribute to American athleticism is a great reminder that it's not about winning your office pool, it's about the love of the game. Or about American military dominance... I can't really tell, but either way, I'd totally hang this painting in my house. Best of luck with your brackets this year! —Matthew
How to get a busy person to respond to your email, Mattan Griffel. In PR, we rely heavily on email to communicate our ideas and pitches to busy reporters and bloggers. I thought this blog post on how to get a busy person to respond to your email offered brilliant advice. —Ann Marie
How To Make Your Posts Stand Out on Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn: The Complete Guide to Social Media Formatting, The Buffer Blog. Pick any social network, and it's an increasingly noisy place. This post from Courtney Seiter—who, by the way, is one of the brightest social strategists you should be following—is packed with practical, simple advice on how to stand out. —Paul
Karl Lagerfeld’s New London Store Is Selfie-Equipped, Fashionista. If you want your customers to take photos in your store, why not give them the tools in order to do so? If you're a Clueless fan you might remember "I don't trust mirrors, so I always take polaroids." Selfies are the new polaroid in 2014 and Karl Lagerfield is ahead of the game for his next boutique. —Brooke