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If You Build It….They Will Come. – Field Of Dreams

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by AC Team No Comments

What exactly is it about Nashville? Why did this small, country music, boot wearin, ’honky-tonk town get so famous? Why are so many top chefs moving here to open their next hit restaurant? And are the rumors true? Did Justin Timberlake purchase 126 acres of land in a nearby tiny town called Leiper’s Fork? Did […]

Designing In a Paperless World

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by Sam Wasserman No Comments

Printed media will always have a special place for me. There’s nothing quite like holding a freshly pressed piece or art in your hands. From the feel and texture of the paper to the smell of the ink, it can be a very intoxicating experience. But ink fades, and unless properly preserved, paper will deteriorate […]

Art & Politics: Artist Jose Toirac Rewrites Cuban History

Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by Phoebe Claggett No Comments

It wasn’t just his aesthetic and his craft that knocked me sideways; it was his cunning, his wit, his passionate intent to sneak around the blind corners of the Cuban government’s glaring oversight. His studio was a few cobblestone blocks away in the heart of Havana. There was no sign on the door, only a […]

A First Hand Account of Gwyn and Goop: A Story of Authentic Branding

Posted on: February 12th, 2016 by Emily Fordice No Comments

“Well hey, yall!” That’s the line Gwyneth Paltrow used to greet an eager packed ballroom this morning at Music City Center during Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville. Instantly warming the room it was as if everyone’s back fell comfortably in their seats right at that moment. Since I had the opportunity of a lifetime […]

David Bowie: Man on the Moon

Posted on: January 11th, 2016 by Ryan Stout 1 Comment

David Bowie died today and I have a confession to make: he was not my favorite musician. The fact is, I really love about 10 of his songs, but outside of that I don’t know much of his music. Bowie fans look at me the way I look at Dylan fans who love “Like a […]

Boxing’s Evil Genius Hangs ‘Em Up

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by AC Team No Comments

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is hanging up his gloves. Retiring undefeated at 49-0, universally recognized as the best pound-for-pound fighter of his generation, he has long been lauded as one of the sport’s most intelligent and hardest working fighters. He also happens to be a pretty unlikeable dude. A repeated domestic violence offender and all-around bigot […]

Women’s Groups are for Bad Ass Women

Posted on: August 19th, 2015 by Emily Fordice 1 Comment

A social media director’s life lesson on doing things in society. Reason 1,345,678 why I love working for Astute Communications is that my boss, Anna Stout, loves pushing us to try new things – both individually and as a team. Whether it’s a book I’d never pick up on my own, or scaling a wall […]

Keeping Nashville… What?

Posted on: June 3rd, 2015 by Emily Fordice No Comments

It is no secret Nashville is booming. I noticed recently that even Google is hiring in Nashville- Google! I love my daily commute. It’s a 35-40 minute gift each day when I find myself drifting through thoughts where nothing is off limits and everything is random. I was approaching my street in the 12th South neighborhood, reaching the […]

Raise Your Glass: A Final Toast to Mad Men’s Ken Cosgrove

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 by Ryan Stout No Comments

Friends, we said goodbye to a beloved T.V. character recently. No, I’m not talking about Don or Roger, not Peggy or Joan. I’m talking about one of the greatest Account Men to ever drive a riding mower through an Ad Agency on Madison Ave. That’s right, we’re talking about Ken Cosgrove. Sure, we all loved […]

Why I’m here…

Posted on: April 17th, 2015 by Ryan Stout No Comments

I wanted to start my career at Astute Communications by explaining why exactly I work here. The first time I read the above quote was probably 15 years ago. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was reading the truest definition of the American Dream there is. It takes creativity to have that […]