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In the NewsMay 21, 2019

Brandcenter alum Jeff MacDonald talks about his experience design career on WE ARE NEXT podcast

Jeff MacDonald, Experience Design Lead at Epic Signal at Mekanism, brings us high-level ways to think about our careers as we navigate through them. Hear about how he found Experience Design (formerly Creative Technology) at Brandcenter, how creative technology has evolved, how to roll with the ups and downs of working in advertising, processing your emotions after being let go, and the importance of actively redefining your career along the way.

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AlumniApril 30, 2019

WE ARE NEXT interviews Brandcenter Alumni at Recruiter Session

In this special episode recorded at the VCU Brandcenter Recruiter Session, WE ARE NEXT sat down with three Brandcenter alumni—Lizzy Hopkinson (2017), Copywriter, Nitin Dua (2016), Senior Strategist at Fallon, and Brandon Viney (2012), Creative Lead at Google Brand Studio—to talk about the start of their careers, early lessons they learned, and their best advice for graduating seniors.

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AlumniFebruary 19, 2019

Droga5 NY promotes Brandcenter alums Casey Rand and Karen Land Short to ECDs

Since joining Droga5 in 2013 and 2012 respectively, Casey Rand and Karen Land Short have helped lead the charge for some of the agency’s most defining work, including Under Armour’s ‘I Will What I Want' and the Clinton Foundation’s ‘Not There’, as well as multiple campaigns for Chase, Dixie, Prudential, Newcastle, YMCA, Covergirl and more.

 

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In the NewsJanuary 29, 2019

Watch Brandcenter Alumni Super Bowl commercials

See the list of Brandcenter Super Bowl spots that Brandcenter alumni worked on this year.

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In the NewsFebruary 4, 2019

Decency, fear and other lessons from Super Bowl LIII ads brought to you by VCU Brandcenter alumni

Marika Wiggan comes from a family of advertisers. But she’s the first to have an ad air during the Super Bowl. 

In fact, last night’s game debuted Wiggan’s third career Super Bowl ad. The spot for SimpliSafe is the launching point for a larger campaign that Wiggan’s firm, Preacher, has developed for the home security company.

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In the NewsJanuary 24, 2019

Brandcenter alum Yichi Zhang named to Forbes China's 30 Under 30

Brandcenter alum Yichi Zhang (CBM, 2015) was named to Forbes China 30 Under 30 in 2018 after launching a creative consultancy in Beijing that focuses on personal branding.

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AlumniJanuary 16, 2019

Alum Jennifer Clinehens releases first book

This week VCU Brandcenter alum Jennifer Clinehens released her first book, "Creating a Customer Experience That Sings: An Introduction to Customer Journey Mapping for Marketers." The book is about understanding your customer - how they view your brand, how they make choices, and how the customer experience shapes their purchase decisions.

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In the NewsJanuary 11, 2019

Brandcenter Alums Make Adweek's 18 Most Inspiring Super Bowl Commercials

Two Brandcenter alumni spots made Adweek's list of 18 Super Bowl Ads that Inspired the Creative Industry to Step Up Their Game: Volkswagen's "The Force" by  David Povill (CW, 2003)\ and his team at Deutsch in 2011 and Google's "Parisian Love" by Tristan Smith (CW, 2009) and his team at Google Creative Lab in 2010. 

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AnnouncementsJanuary 25, 2019

Brandcenter students complete first ever BC Sprint

Second year students spent the end of their winter break working vigorously on a brand challenge for client sponsor Casper in the Brandcenter's first ever BCsprint. Briefed on Thursday afternoon and presenting on Monday morning, the ten student teams had four days to problem solve, come up with ideas and prepare presentations in a real world "sprint" scenario.

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AlumniNovember 27, 2018

Brandcenter alum started an agency from a rented billboard

Sam Dolphin (Copywriting, 2011) and his creative partners were looking to reintroduce some risk and fun to advertising. So they rented a billboard in Oakland, CA and are using it as a canvas to connect to the community. "In a lot of ways, creativity has turned into a math formula, and we wanted to get back to the fun-unknown-experimentation world that initially inspired us to get in this business.”

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Analysis & OpinionNovember 11, 2018

Brandcenter alum Rachel Mercer interviewed on We Are Next podcast

Brandcenter alum Rachel Mercer (XD, 2012), Executive Strategy Director at R/GA, talks about why she graduated early to go to VCU Brandcenter, how she found more opportunities when she wasn't given enough work to do at her internship, what newsletters she reads to stay a step ahead of her clients and build their trust, how building a diverse team brought more value to her agency (and the proof!), and her secret to increasing your perceived value in this We Are Next podcast interview.

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In the NewsNovember 8, 2018

Board member brings AICP Show featuring alumni work to Richmond

Brandcenter board member and AICP President & CEO Matt Miller brings the AICP Show, 'The Art & Technique of the American Commercial" from New York to the historic Byrd Theatre in Richmond every year so that Brandcenter students can see the best work in the industry. This year 13 Brandcenter alums have work in the show.

 

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