Think in Bright Colors

Think in Bright Colors

Hi! I'm Elyse Ash, a Minneapolis-based advertising copywriter. I love all things design, pop culture and creative. Think in Bright Colors is a compilation of my favorite ad/design/interactive work, inspirations and beyond. To check out my advertising portfolio, visit www.elyseash.com.

This campaign for UN Women and female equality launched in October, and crap, is it compelling. I think we forget that even though women have come far in the last few decades, we still have a long way to go. Especially in other parts of the world. Google’s auto-complete tool illustrates this eerily well, which is exactly what makes the campaign so moving and chilling.

(Via PolicyMic)

It doesn’t take a social scientist to tell you that PRINCESS CULTURE is completely out of control in this country. All it takes is your Facebook feed on Halloween night.

Maybe it’s just me, but I saw DOZENS of little princesses all ready for trick-or-treating last night. Adorable and charming as it may be, what kind of message does Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella send to little girls? Be pretty and kind? That’s not doing much for women these days…as per the book I’m currently reading, LEAN IN, which is a whole other blog post…

I digress.

How GREAT is this project by cartoonist/illustrator David Trumble and educational psychologist Lori Day? It features “princessified” versions of TRUE, REAL LIFE female heroes from the past and present. From the sciences to politics, these should-be princesses are true role models for little girls: strong, courageous, educated, curious and unrelentless in the pursuit of their passions. WIN*.

(Special thanks to the brilliant, always-inspiring Evin Lawson for finding this gem and sending it to me. Here’s the original article).

*Ok, my ONLY creative nitpick is that these “princesses” are (like the Disney ones) WAYYYY too skinny. I wish he would have just used the women’s real body types instead of thinning them out. But oh well. Guess you can’t have it all…

How about a little XYZ Affair? President Booty reporting for duty Virginia is for lovers mmm Raid my treasury Ratify /this/ umff

publius-esquire:

Founding Father Pin-Ups, 2nd Ed.: Tread on Me

Wishing and hoping and thinking and praying that the Supreme Court makes some solid decisions this week.

Wishing and hoping and thinking and praying that the Supreme Court makes some solid decisions this week.

Rachel Maddow - 2016

Stumbled over this graphic today and thought it was pretty interesting…

Stumbled over this graphic today and thought it was pretty interesting…

Project Go Vote is currently underway! Tons of artists are creating and adding original works to Tumblr/Pinterest/Twitter that simply state “Go Vote!” It’s completely non-partisan and just meant to inspire and encourage more voting. Check out their site on: govotenov6.tumblr.com.

Really enjoying this campaign “Vote Then Bitch” by Chicago-based agency Third Street. Here’s an article about the whole idea from The Atlantic.

I usually don’t get very political on here. I try to keep this blog a safe place for good design, new ideas, advertising awesomeness, personal anecdotes and creative pop culture nuggets. But sometimes political stuff creeps up…like right now. The image above is from the new Tumblr blog ‘Binders Full of Women' which was created in response to a comment by Mitt Romney last night during the debate. The blog launched, and had at least a dozen posts, before the debate was even over. Oh, Internet. You're amazing.
That being said, last night’s debate deeply disturbed me. I’ve never had too many negative things to say about good ol’ Mittens other than the fact that he’s stiff, vague and probably an awkward party guest who accidentally insults you and every other guest before appetizers. Oh, and we basically disagree politically about everything. But last night was a real wakeup call. Hearing him talk about women was not just outdated and out-of-touch, but all his interrupting and bullying made it abundantly clear that, in general, he doesn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks or says about anything. 
Ok, end rant.

More resources though if you’re feeling feisty and bloodthirsty:
- http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/18/us/politics/obama-and-romney-focus-on-efforts-to-woo-women.html?hp&_r=0
- http://bindersfullofwomen.com/
- http://gawker.com/5952447/those-binders-full-of-women-turns-out-romney-didnt-commission-them-compile-them-or-pay-particular-attention-to-them
- http://jezebel.com/5952402/conservatives-must-literally-purchase-their-female-supporters
- http://jezebel.com/5952392/mitt-romneys-binder-full-of-women-gets-its-own-tumblr-before-debates-even-over

I usually don’t get very political on here. I try to keep this blog a safe place for good design, new ideas, advertising awesomeness, personal anecdotes and creative pop culture nuggets. But sometimes political stuff creeps up…like right now. The image above is from the new Tumblr blog ‘Binders Full of Women' which was created in response to a comment by Mitt Romney last night during the debate. The blog launched, and had at least a dozen posts, before the debate was even over. Oh, Internet. You're amazing.

That being said, last night’s debate deeply disturbed me. I’ve never had too many negative things to say about good ol’ Mittens other than the fact that he’s stiff, vague and probably an awkward party guest who accidentally insults you and every other guest before appetizers. Oh, and we basically disagree politically about everything. But last night was a real wakeup call. Hearing him talk about women was not just outdated and out-of-touch, but all his interrupting and bullying made it abundantly clear that, in general, he doesn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks or says about anything. 

Ok, end rant.

More resources though if you’re feeling feisty and bloodthirsty:

- http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/18/us/politics/obama-and-romney-focus-on-efforts-to-woo-women.html?hp&_r=0

- http://bindersfullofwomen.com/

- http://gawker.com/5952447/those-binders-full-of-women-turns-out-romney-didnt-commission-them-compile-them-or-pay-particular-attention-to-them

- http://jezebel.com/5952402/conservatives-must-literally-purchase-their-female-supporters

- http://jezebel.com/5952392/mitt-romneys-binder-full-of-women-gets-its-own-tumblr-before-debates-even-over

Shocking facts about our country’s media and the illusion of choice.

Shocking facts about our country’s media and the illusion of choice.

This beautiful type, and beautiful quote, is hanging on a pillar located at the Obama campaign’s HQ.
Preach on, Obama. Preach on.

This beautiful type, and beautiful quote, is hanging on a pillar located at the Obama campaign’s HQ.

Preach on, Obama. Preach on.

Two Simpsons-related posts in one day? You better believe it. I could not NOT post this gem from Mad Magazine called “Who Said It: Mitt Romney or Mr. Burns.” Brilliance.

Two Simpsons-related posts in one day? You better believe it. I could not NOT post this gem from Mad Magazine called “Who Said It: Mitt Romney or Mr. Burns.” Brilliance.