J&M Recommends: April 2018

J&M Recommends is a monthly deep dive into what our team is currently digging. Filled with creative inspiration, mindless entertainment, and everything in between, there's a little something for everyone. This month's recommendations come from Creative Director Craig Birchfield.


MAKE Documentary

When was the last time you stopped and asked yourself why you do what you do? From the folks behind Music Bed and Film Supply, this documentary follows creatives of all disciplines as they work through important questions and themes in their process. A kick in the ass for anyone wanting to dig deeper and make better. 


Don't Get Me Started Podcast

Produced by The Creative Circus, this podcast is hosted by ad department head Dan Balser, who interviews day-to-day players, from junior copywriters to COOs. There are episodes that ramble or are too self-congratulatory, but the helpful career and process insights more than make up for that.


Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits

Debbie Millman is goddamn national treasure. In my holy trinity of branding, it's her, Paula Scher, and Wally Olins, and she talks to at least one of them for this book. It's a masterclass of interviews with the industries' most brilliant thinkers that will challenge your perception of brands and advertising.


Craig Birchfield is the creative director/agent of chaos at James & Matthew. He’s a transplanted Floridian in the frozen wonderland of Massachusetts and enjoys the little things in life - mostly scotch and cigars.