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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Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Extracting Editable Objects from a Single Photo

This is amazing

3-Sweep: Extracting Editable Objects from a Single Photo, SIGGRAPH ASIA 2013 – YouTube.

Posted in Cool Sh*t, Technology

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).



Posted in Thoughts

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.

Posted in Advertising, Thoughts

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.

Posted in Thoughts

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.


Posted in Thoughts

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

lets roll


There are some people that have the gift of sales. There are some that can make code sing. There are some that can see it creatively happen before others. I’m constantly amazed by people and the perceptions they have about how they work. It comes down to how they think and how they act and how they feel they should be treated. Anyways… it is sometimes very cool to see the different personalities that exist inside a business and how they affect what we all do together. Having been in one company that was two different companies and is now one its cool to see the affect. Sorry to get deep.

Posted in News

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Touch screen voice lessons

This is both weird and awesome. It is a cross over between art, instruction and technology gone awesome.

Posted in Technology

Thursday, September 15th, 2011



Posted in Cool Sh*t

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Facebook iFrame “Like” Detection figured

Pretty sure I have a decent link for anyone that has ever wanted to direct your Facebook business page users to another tab once they “like” your page. In searching for the process I cam across a pretty good article on http://www.hyperarts.com. It points everything out pretty well and even steps you through the process. From my initial test everything is working and looks to be the right way to go unless you want to buy a system from someone else.



Posted in Development, Technology Tagged

Monday, August 8th, 2011

10 Most Hated Jobs – funny (or not) that of the top 10 I do 6 of them on a weekly basis but don’t hate my job


I was just reading through CNBC.com and found an interesting article on the ten most hated jobs. As I was clicking through each job I found myself saying “Crap. I do 5 or 6 of these on a weekly basis but I don’t even remotely hate my job.” I think this article goes to show how hard/stressful being in the digital advertising industry can become. We have to be a lot of things for a lot of people. It also shows that if we do “it” right we have a lot to offer and lot to be thankful for. I guess each job on their own has its downside but what position doesn’t. We are in an industry that is redefining itself on a weekly basis. Just a simple thought from what was probably meant to be a traffic driving article for an big site.

Here is a link to the article from CNBC.com: http://bit.ly/p70xS6

Posted in Business, News

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