American Advertising Federation

DCS Speaker: Powerhouse Factories

Join DCS as we welcome our guest speakers Ben Nunery and Pat Jones from Powerhouse Factories 6 p.m. Tuesday November 9th at school of advertising art

Powerhouse Factories is a group of designers, printmakers, and multi-discipline artists whose goal is to bring art to the masses. Functioning as a design firm and print shop, Powerhouse began in 2004, in a restored 19th Century building in Covington, Kentucky where they worked, lived, and played. The screen-printed propaganda art they had experimented with in college became the basis for their work at Powerhouse.

The gig poster scene has been inspirational and supportive for them—both as businesspersons and artists. They use it as a creative outlet—it keeps their ideas fresh and provides a contrast from the daily corporate design work.

Pay at the door or reservations for the Powerhouse Factories speaker event can be made securely on-line here.
Price: $10 members, $20 non-members (not yet a member—join today), $5 students (with valid student ID)
(Please note that you will be redirected to The Greater Dayton Advertising Association’s web site for all DCS reservations and payments.)

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American Advertising Federation

Get More Traction from Your Creative Career

How do you translate exuberant creative energy into a viable career with big-name brands? Find out tomorrow night! Tuesday, Sept. 21. When Dayton Creative Syndicate with the support of, the school of advertising art and The Greater Dayton Advertising Association, present guest speakers Tony Neary and Tom Kisker of Traction.

Traction believes in great creative, a strong work ethic, cheering for the home team, that family comes first, asking questions, that charcoal grilled burgers taste far better than ones from a gas grill, that typography is king, asking more questions, that Cake puts on a great live show, that despite the conventional wisdom you should be attached to your work, that Van Halen is way better with David Lee Roth, that you’re only as old as you feel and that Saul Bass was a genius.

Traction Resources
Traction Website | Traction News
Traction Twitter | Traction FaceBook | Traction LinkedIn

Traction Event Details
Speakers: Tony Neary & Tom Kisker
Location: saa
Address: 1725 East David Rd Kettering, Ohio 45440
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 21 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Price: $10 members, $20 non-members (not yet a member—join today), $5 students (with valid student ID) Reservations for the Traction speaker event can be made securely on-line here. (Please note that you will be redirected to The Greater Dayton Advertising Association’s web site for all DCS reservations and payments.)

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Dayton Creative Syndicate

DCS Urban Nights Poker Run Tonight!

Are you heading out to Urban Nights tonight?

If so, join Dayton Creative Syndicate and prepare your best poker face for the DCS Urban Nights poker run.

You don’t need to be a card shark to play—everyone will get random cards at each of the 7 locations on the run.

We’ll kick things off at 6 p.m. at the former home of Real Art (232 East Sixth St. in the Oregon District across the street from Jay’s Seafood Restaurant). Then you will make your way around to the various Oregon District locations, collecting more cards as you go.

Participating establishments include Tumbleweed Connection, Franco’s, Dublin Pub, Blind Bob’s and Bar Tiki. The person who shows up at the final location, Oregon Express, at 8:30 p.m. with the best hand wins the pot.

Winner must be present to claim their prize: 25% of the pot goes to the first-place winner, 10% to second place, and third runner-up receives 5$. Entry fee is $5 per person; registration ends at 7 p.m. You must register at 232 East Sixth Street to begin the poker run.

Each contestant may also enter to win a four-pack of tickets to this year’s Renaissance Festival, It’s unequivocally the coolest way to kick off Urban Nights.

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American Advertising Federation

Real Stories: Hermes Awards 2010

Every year, Real Art participates in the GDAA Hermes Awards, which are the local level of the national AAF Addy Awards. We never really know how our work will be judged, but we always know we’re in for a fun evening. This year’s show, on February 20th, was no exception.

Fortunately, we won an unprecedented 29 awards, including nine gold awards. It’s always great when the team’s hard work and talent is recognized within the Dayton community.

But this year, the true competition in the weeks leading up to the event was the Real Beard Awards. This was Real Art’s second employee beard-growing competition, and it was a heated race. At our Hermes after-party, we announced the Real Beard Awards “Best-in-Show,” which went to Mark Kargl’s dapper beard. That very same beard had also previously carried Mark to victory in the “Most Unrecognizable Face” category.

We also had a “plus one” at the show. We were accompanied by Kenny Mosher of Showdown Visual. He brought his camera along and captured the essence of the evening. As you can see in the video, the team has lots of fun any time we get together, and we’re certainly proud of our accomplishments and humbled by the awards.

Want more? Subscribe to Real Art’s video podcast.

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American Advertising Federation

DCS Presents: Jeff Hamada


Vancouver’s Jeff Hamada will join DCS and friends on Tuesday, March 16. He’ll elaborate on his work and how “tangents” helped him create the highest-traffic art blog on the internet,, which gets 2.5 million pageviews each month.

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