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5 CREATIVE ESSENTIALS

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5 CREATIVE ESSENTIALS

Maybe it’s a cup of coffee? Maybe it’s a pair of lucky skinny jeans? Maybe it’s a disembodied rubber Batman head that rests at the base of your iMac to remind you of childhood, or … of what might happen to you if you miss a deadline? The truth is, we all have a few things we consider essential when it comes to our creative happy place. And so we ask the question, What are your creative essentials? Today, we feature an extremely talented artist and illustrator for Jolby & Friends, Brett Stenson.

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MANIFESTO NAMED #124 ON THE 2016 INC. 500 LIST

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MANIFESTO NAMED #124 ON THE 2016 INC. 500 LIST

Five years ago, to the low-lying rumble of a coffee shop, we opened our virtual doors—an agency founded on a singular mission: to tell the world what brands stand for.

No clients, no money. In a coffee shop. This is the way we describe the founding of Manifesto. It was an idea born out of conviction, opportunity and the nudge that life gives you to tackle your most daring dreams. Today, we’re thrilled to announce being named #124 on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies In America: a milestone we could hardly imagine when we set off on our own.

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5 CREATIVE ESSENTIALS

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5 CREATIVE ESSENTIALS

Maybe it’s a cup of coffee? Maybe it’s a pair of lucky skinny jeans? Maybe it’s a disembodied rubber Batman head that rests at the base of your iMac to remind you of childhood, or … of what might happen to you if you miss a deadline? The truth is, we all have a few things we consider essential when it comes to our creative happy place. And so we ask the question, What are your creative essentials? This time, we asked our fearless creative director at large, Michael Verdine.

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TABLE FOR TEN ALUMNI NIGHT

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TABLE FOR TEN ALUMNI NIGHT

After nine inspirational Portland Table for Ten dinners, we invited our guests back for a Table For Ten Alumni Night. Our PDX studio served as the location for our Alumni Night Happy Hour, complete with wine, hors d'oeuvres, and sweets.

Our guests sipped on bottles of 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, 2014 Chardonnay, and 2013 Sangiovese generously gifted from Local boutique winery, D’Anu Wines. Located in SE Portland, D’Anu Wines only uses fruit from vineyards that are either LIVE certified or sustainable farmed.

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5 CREATIVE ESSENTIALS

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5 CREATIVE ESSENTIALS

Maybe it’s a cup of coffee? Maybe it’s a pair of lucky skinny jeans? Maybe it’s a disembodied rubber Batman head that rests at the base of your iMac to remind you of childhood, or … of what might happen to you if you miss a deadline? The truth is, we all have a few things we consider essential when it comes to our creative happy place. And so we begin a new series in honor of our 5 years in business, in which we ask creatives, visionaries and partners, What are your 5 creative essentials? First up, our inaugural employee and art director, Tyler Sanderson.

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FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING

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FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING

Lightning strikes can happen at the least likely moments - what does it take for a lightning strike? Charged particles collide and create a spark - and boom.

Inspired by a long weekend at Summit at Sea, I couldn’t sit still anymore. Being surrounded by social entrepreneurs who were out to change the world is contagious and within a couple of weeks of the event I knew I had to make it happen. Tim and I had always dreamed of doing our own thing and running an agency together. Over the years we had worked for competitors at times, sometimes even pitching on the same business for different agencies. 

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MANIFESTO WINS 2016 EX AWARD FOR INTEL INSIDE-OUT EXPERIENCE

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MANIFESTO WINS 2016 EX AWARD FOR INTEL INSIDE-OUT EXPERIENCE

On Wednesday night May 4th at the Annual Experiential Marketing Ex Awards Gala, Purpose-Led Brand Experience Agency, Manifesto, was awarded a 2016 Ex Award for “Best Mobile Marketing Tour” from Event Marketer. The agency was awarded on behalf of the Intel “Inside-Out Experience”, a global mobile marketing tour launched simultaneously on three continents that traveled to 12 countries and 28 sites around the world.

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PORTLAND OPEN HOUSE

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PORTLAND OPEN HOUSE

April 1st was no joke for us – it was the day we shared an inside look into Manifesto’s new Portland office. 

Located on NE 20th and Irving, we gave an old boiler room purpose and made it our new home. Over the last three years our agency has experienced significant growth which has caused us to continue moving into one space after another. We are excited to have found ourselves a studio where we can collaborate, create and connect. 

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OLD PORTLAND HARDWARE + TABLE FOR TEN

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OLD PORTLAND HARDWARE + TABLE FOR TEN

Portland is a city saturated in history, a love for craftsmanship and a passion for finding purpose in the forgotten, bringing us to Old Portland Hardware & Architecture  for our Spring 2016 Table for Ten. Oregon native and Old Portland Hardware’s founder, Bret, told a behind the scenes story of history, passion and purpose with our guests. Our furnishings were provided by Commonwealth Rentals and decorated with antique pieces carefully selected from the showroom floor of Old Portland Hardware. Park Kitchen graced our palates with locally sourced blackened steelhead, beet chicharrones and double chocolate tart, while Bridge Nine Candles lit up our night by sending our guests home with their sustainable, hand­poured Portland Mist candle.

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URBAN LIGHT

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URBAN LIGHT

Manifesto and non-profit organization Urban Light came together to create a new website by leveraging their existing brand presence and bringing awareness to their mission, goals, and achievements. Working closely together, we created a website that showed an honest and authentic view into the world of Urban Light. Working together has ignited more than a partnership, it has forged a friendship and fueled a passion to make a difference and bring awareness to the end of human trafficking.

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#MANIFESTIVE | A TALE OF TWO CITIES + ONE FESTIVE AGENCY

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#MANIFESTIVE | A TALE OF TWO CITIES + ONE FESTIVE AGENCY

It was the best of times, and in the morning, it was the worst of times (if you catch our drift). With 2015 coming to an end, we wanted to take the time to think about the amazing growth we’ve had over the past year, as well as the opportunities we have on the horizon. While our teams may be halfway across the country from each other, it was important that we each took the time to be thankful for all of the great co-workers and partners we’ve worked with.

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SURVIVAL TO SIGNIFICANCE IN 2016

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SURVIVAL TO SIGNIFICANCE IN 2016

Over the holiday break, I took a moment to reflect upon not just what we as builders, creators and makers do, but how we do it. And articulating what can often be confounding ideas is the centerpiece of effective communication—and in truth—our legacy. And here at the dawn of 2016, it makes sense to reflect upon not just what we’re doing, but why we do. Early last year, I was on the phone with a mentor friend who is a successful entrepreneur and business-builder. While we were chatting, I began to feverishly draw on an oversized sticky pad in my office. When we were done, a new model that describes my journey had been created. It’s the hero's  journey of a business builder—summed up into a hierarchy of needs.

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

The Holiday Season is upon us and many people may be a little lost on where to find that perfect gift for that special someone.  But never fear, Manifesto is Here! Manifesto is very excited to announce the release of our first (physical) Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve featured thirteen unique and diverse brands, including Best Made, Topo, 31 Bits and the Hatchery. This book includes everything from the manliest candle scents to boldly flavored artisan salts - all reviewed by members of the Manifesto family and crafted into a minimalistic style guide. There are only 400 copies of the Manifesto Holiday Gift Guide circulating throughout the United States, and we don’t want anyone to miss out. Therefore, we have provided a link to our onlinee-book. Share it with your friends, family, and your favorite barista - just don’t forget to use #Manifestive!

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HERE'S TO THE BOLD, DENISE DOLLAR'S STORY

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HERE'S TO THE BOLD, DENISE DOLLAR'S STORY

To close out the first round of our 'Here's to the Bold', Manifesto went to Boulder, CO and met with Mount Mary University alumna Denise Dollar. Denise is the founder of Heart Strides, a non-profit organization inspired by her son's diagnoses on the autism spectrum and with type 1 diabetes. Heart Strides donates running shoes, attire and gear to mothers who, like Denise, are caring for children with special needs or critical illnesses.

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RED RIDGE FARMS + TABLE FOR TEN

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RED RIDGE FARMS + TABLE FOR TEN

On September 17th, our Table for Ten guests were swept away to the beautiful Willamette Valley, where perched atop the Dundee Hills is the breathtaking Red Ridge Farms. Our theme, Harvesting Ideas, was influenced by the location and incorporated into the night’s storytelling. In 1973, the Durant family was one of the first in Oregon to grow wine grapes, and in 2004, they became the pioneers of Oregon Olive Oil, dedicating 17 acres to olive trees on the family’s 120 acres.

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HERE'S TO THE BOLD CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

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HERE'S TO THE BOLD CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

Empowering women are making a difference everyday in today’s society. Mount Mary University has been supporting and encouraging these very women for over 100 years. To celebrate the successes of their amazing alumnae, Mount Mary University and Manifesto teamed up to create the Here’s to The Bold campaign. MMU creates their culture through compassion and they see the importance in reaching out to the women who have passed through their sacred place.

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TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT OF GIVING

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TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT OF GIVING

Buying the right gift can be challenging, but Amazon Gift Cards take the guesswork out of gifting. In an effort to show the quirky side of gift cards, we set out to create two stories that show the delightfully surprising benefits of receiving an Amazon Gift Card. Originally, Amazon tasked us tasked us with figuring out how we could position Amazon Gift Cards as the perfect gift because it allows them to buy the gift they really want.

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A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR MAKES THE MEDICINE GO DOWN

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A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR MAKES THE MEDICINE GO DOWN

On Friday, September 11, Tim Dyer, Manifesto Chief Storyteller, addressed a group of 150 healthcare marketers around the power of storytelling in healthcare and the unexpected places from which inspiration can be drawn. The talk: A Spoonful of Sugar Makes The Medicine Go Down: Six storytelling devices to help you tell the world what you stand for and why they should care.

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WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL + TABLE FOR TEN

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WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL + TABLE FOR TEN

The historical Washington High School served as our backdrop for our summer 2015 Table for Ten. Some changes have been made since it opened in 1867. We took a trip down memory lane with a behind the scenes tour guided by our friends at Mississippi Studios. Our Table for Ten guests were drinking in the hallways, hanging out backstage of Revolution Hall, laughing in the green room, and watching the sun go down from the rooftop. Our Summer Table for Ten was filled with laughter, lessons, and views for days.

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HOW DO YOU END SUMMER CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN AMERICA?

HOW DO YOU END SUMMER CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN AMERICA?

On the heels of our successful “Hungry For Happiness” mobile tour, the Arby’s Foundation re-approached us to tackle the challenge of childhood hunger. About 8 million American kids are at risk for malnourishment during the Summer months when they don’t have access to a free lunch at their school’s. With Arby’s new “School’s Out Food’s In,” campaign The Arby’s Foundation has been able to raise over $11 million to fight childhood hunger in America thus far. Not many people are aware that just $1 alone can provide up to ten meals for children who are hungry, that’s where we stepped in. Our goal was to position the Arby’s Foundation as the leader in ending, “Out of School” childhood hunger and raise awareness across the country. To help launch awareness Manifesto has created a new microsite for the Arby’s Foundation with ways to pledge, donate, and share the facts on social media. We have also created a highly emotive public service announcement video highlighting the importance of this topic.