I'm John Gilbert

I am a creative that has focused on digital for the last 15 years. I started when Macromedia was new and Visual Basic 4 was hot. I taught myself the ropes, studied Computer Science in college (dropped out) and ended up getting a degree in design. Luckily, the internet came along, and my passion for the web was born. I have been combineing my interests in design and technology since day one of my career and I don't intend to do anything different in the future.

15 years

I've spent the last 15 years working with this small bunch. There is a lot more but you get the idea... AAA, Agilent, AT&T,Audi, Best Buy, Chilis, Chipotle, Chiquita, Duracell, E*Trade, Epson, Finish Line, Gatorade, Grey Advertising, GSDM Advertising, Hallmark, Hewlett Packard, Jamba Juice, Jack Links Beef Jerky, Jim Beam, McDonalds, Motorola, Molson Coors, Naked Juice, Nickelodeon, Noodles and Company, Pentax, Publicis & Hal Riney, Quiznos, Qwest, Red Robin, Sports Illustrated, US Cellular, Vail Resorts, Vox Vodka, and Walmart

Some Awards: 2008 Effie, Webbiea, 8 FWA’s, 3 Adobe Site of the Day, Awwwards’s, Denver 50, W3 Best of show, Create Magazine - Creative of the year Awards, IAC Gold and Best of Show, Horizon Interactive Awards and more...



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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Develop Denver JFDI

I had a blast speaking today at the Develop Denver Conference. Thanks to everyone that came and let me blab for an hour. I uploaded a JFDI desktop below. Thanks again. ( BTW my wife thanks you for the photo poof).



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Friday, July 26th, 2013

Digital advertising is becoming more traditional with TV (huh)…

Today I heard an awesome talk about engagement on the 2nd screen. Commercials are becoming viable again and we are not talking about the crazy multi million dollar 30 second thing. We are talking about a low dollar CPM on specific network TV. With tons of people using iPads and phones while they watch TV these commercials are becoming larger traffic drivers than some online campaigns. Its an interesting trend and I’m betting it will continue.

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Your Cool and Not Cool

You’re cool and then you’re uncool. Don’t believe your own press. You have to be a believer and what you’re doing a daily basis. What other people say doesn’t matter in the short-term it’s what you look back on your work and see that matters.

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Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Get it Done and Out in Order to Move

It’s too easy to easy to get caught up in the act of advertising and not think like an advertiser. Short story is don’t look at what you have to create with grand plans. Think small and manipulate things to be done fast but Great. They can both exist together.

Recently we made a large switch in technology that will allow us to move 10x the speed we were. It’s not as sexy as before but that is all a relative function. Take the steps to move things along fast, not elegantly with your tech.


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Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

What I Learned This Year #26: John Gilbert – The Denver Egotist

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Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Fav quotes:

“it’s hard to see your environment when you’re in your environment. look for the visible invisible”

“work like hell”

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. People will remember how you made them feel.”

“designers are meant to be loved NOT to be understood”

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