ArtWalk Agenda: Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend In Our Neck Of The Woods

by Big Communications
posted on 9:22 pm
September 05, 2014
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The Loft District is a center for arts & culture in Birmingham 365 days a year, but this weekend, there’s something extra special going on.

Outside our window today, the downtown Loft District is shaping into a huge, temporary art gallery for the 13th Annual Birmingham ArtWalk. In the past two years more than 100,000 people have roamed the streets of the festival, and while there is plenty to see from the art to the music stages, we think one of the best features is the setting itself.

From our window on Second Avenue, we’ve had a front row seat for the daily evolution of Birmingham. And if you haven’t taken a visit since last year’s ArtWalk, let us reassure you—it’s been quite a show.

So while you peruse the tents and stages of ArtWalk, take a visit to some of our favorite new Second Avenue staples and experience the culture of our city and the street that we call home, and be sure to share your favorite downtown experiences with us this weekend using #INBirmingham!

1. John’s City Diner Mural

John's City Diner

The Magic City Mural Collective just finished this lovely piece on the side of John’s City Diner. This one’s not for sale, of course, but you’ll want to check it out.

2. Games and Dining at Paramount


One of Birmingham’s newest bars doubles as a throwback arcade with games galore. Check out this barcade for a great meal, and be sure to bring plenty of quarters.

3. Cocktails at Collins


Our next-door neighbors at The Collins don’t just serve cocktails—they perfect them. Come up with any type of flavor combination you can image, and they’ll bring you the drink you didn’t even know you wanted.

4. Coffee and Conversation at Urban Standard

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This coffee shop is a standard for Second Avenue these days. (See what we did there?) Stop by and pick up a drink, a pastry, or even a full meal.

5. Brunch at Barrio


El Barrio has quickly risen to the top of Birmingham’s Mexican restaurant list, and their brunch is killer. Trust us. We eat there quite a lot.

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Southern Foodways Alliance Announces Food Media South in Birmingham

by Big Communications
posted on 3:09 pm
September 03, 2014
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Birminghamians love to rave about our culinary prowess. (And, as often as we can, take advantage of it.)

But people from all over the South—nay, the country—come to Birmingham for the food scene too. And while they’re here, we like to teach them a few lessons in Southern cookin’. Other than perhaps Oxford, Miss., you’d be hard-pressed to find a city with more food passion per square mile.

That’s why we’re very, very excited that the fine folks at the Southern Foodways Alliance are presenting Food Media South, an all-encompassing culinary conference slated for February 27-28, 2015.

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Big, Billy & Gulf Seafood

by Big Communications
posted on 10:02 pm
August 14, 2014
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If you’ve followed Big at all in the last several years, you know that the Alabama Gulf Seafood campaign is one of our greatest points of pride. It’s a brand that we bore and raised from its inception, and it’s one that’s shined an ever-brighter spotlight on the amazing Gulf seafood industry of our state.

And in that pursuit, we’re pleased to announce another partnership with the good people over at Billy Reid, who are releasing a new series of t-shirts, promoting the Alabama Gulf Seafood industry.

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Ad Age Highlights Big Communications’ Go Build Campaign, New E-Textbook Launches in iBooks Store

by Big Communications
posted on 10:10 pm
July 29, 2014
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One of our most extensive campaigns over the past few years here at Big has been Go Build, a branded effort for the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute to educate middle and high school students on the benefits of a career in construction.

It appears as if students aren’t the only ones listening.

Yesterday, Ad Age published a feature on nationwide efforts to target potential young tradesmen, including a mention of original Go Build spokesperson Mike Rowe.

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Torch: Passed. What We Learned as the Southeast Small Agency of the Year

by Mark Ervin
posted on 8:15 pm
July 25, 2014
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Last week marked the end of an era for Big Communications. And by era, we mean the end of our year as reigning champion of Ad Age’s Small Agency of the Year for the Southeast.

On Thursday, our compatriots at Bohan in Nashville brought home the Southeast Gold for 2014; to them, we respectfully and earnestly tip our hats.

But as most of us in the advertising world understand, awards are just motivation to improve continuously the work we already love doing.

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Job Opening at Big: Account Executive

by Big Communications
posted on 2:40 pm
June 25, 2014
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Nimble. Hungry. Unforgettable. Big is seeking a genuinely inspired account executive with agency experience that’s looking to join a national award-winning agency in a small agency atmosphere. Here, we don’t simply ask people to fulfill a list of tasks – we expect all of our team members to help make us better by contributing to our unorthodox culture while being awesome at their jobs. This position requires a person who is a constant builder of great relationships (both internal and external), a hero for the brands they serve, and a respected representative of the agency among our clients and in the community. This position requires a diligent self-starter that already exhibits the necessary skills of the account management discipline who’s looking for their chance to shine. Only those willing to be pushed, challenged, inspired, welcomed, diversified, multiplied, and appreciated should apply.

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Big Communications to Celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day

by Big Communications
posted on 2:53 pm
June 18, 2014
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Florence + The Machine said that the “Dog Days Are Over.” But here at Big Communications, we like the dog days.

If by “dog days” you mean the days we get to bring our dogs to work, that is. Which, actually, is most days.

That’s why we’re excited to once again join offices across the nation to celebrate Take Your Dog To Work Day this Friday, June 20!

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Big Racks Up a Handful of 2014 Regional ADDYs

by Big Communications
posted on 8:31 pm
April 16, 2014
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We were honored and overwhelmed at the Birmingham ADDYs in February when we took home 29 awards, including Best of Show, Creative Director of the Year, and Interactive Developer/Art Director of the Year.

And it was pretty dang cool to have the District 7 Regional ADDY Awards, as part of the 2014 AAF District 7 Spring Conference, right here in Birmingham April 10-13.

We’re proud to announce that we received a combination of three Gold ADDYs, two Silver ADDYs, and one Judges Choice Award for our work on the Jim ‘N Nick’s, Dixie Fish Co., Brookwood Medical Center, and Made in Alabama campaigns.

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Big Communications Goes to South By Southwest

by Big Communications
posted on 7:57 pm
March 26, 2014
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South By Southwest started as a small, local music festival. Now, it’s grown to become the largest (and only) cultural event of its kind in the nation.

For ten days in March, musicians, filmmakers, and interactive experts of all kinds from around the world gather in Austin, Texas to engage and indulge in social engagement at the highest level.

It only makes sense that an advertising agency would want to be in the midst of all that craziness, right?

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