Every day, creativity and design are top-of-mind here at Designsensory and, with Halloween near, any excuse to attend an event with costumes and celebrations was more than welcomed. The American Advertising Federation (AAF), Knoxville chapter, recently hosted the second annual Big Wig Awards event, with members of our team among the winners.

Held Halloween week, the evening celebrations were made livelier by many costumed attendees. With my Atari t-shirt, Vans sneakers and corduroy blazer, my disguise was appearing to be a young Wayne Bowman--an industry colleague, AAF member and one of this area’s better-known copywriters.

The awards were created to celebrate the uncelebrated, who have also been instrumental in helping others receive or in nominating others for ADDYs or other creative awards. Enjoying the evening’s lighthearted festivities, I was surprised to hear my name called. I was given the first annual Unsung Hero Award, in appreciation for outstanding dedication and devotion to the principles and ideals of the advertising community.

Needless to say, I was pretty excited and shared a speech that included a short commentary about my personal blog, recognizing the optimism and voice for advertising and disability. The night’s celebrations continued with Haley McCallie, Designsensory’s fall intern, receiving two honors during the evening’s festivities: Best Intern and Graphic Design Student of the Year. We were also glad to see one of our clients, RIVR Media, receive the award for Best Film/Video Production.