Creativity. Listen to Motown and the Lion Rock.

“Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life.” Werner Herzog I have been staring at this rock for three days. It may have hypnotised me. I have become convinced it is trying to tell me something. I have smiled at it. I have photographed it. Once or twice, I haveContinue reading “Creativity. Listen to Motown and the Lion Rock.”

Creativity. Let’s remember there are never just two choices.

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.” Pablo Picasso I am writing this on a day where most people have now accepted Joe Biden is the next President of the United States. For the last 4 days we have been in a weird binaryContinue reading “Creativity. Let’s remember there are never just two choices.”

Advertising. Why do bad ads happen?

“We are our choices.” Jean-Paul Satre It was a question I should have been able to answer. I have been in the business a while and I have made a few ads. But maybe the simplicity or the clarity of the question blindsided me and left me saying nothing. A friend who wasn’t in theContinue reading “Advertising. Why do bad ads happen?”

Creativity. Maybe Kanye isn’t crazy.

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Coco Chanel If I have learnt anything in this business it is that every couple of years somebody comes along with something that is seen as the new answer. I can remember it really beginning more than a decade ago. It would almost always happenContinue reading “Creativity. Maybe Kanye isn’t crazy.”

So, what will the truth be like in the future?

“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. What-You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.” Kellyanne Conway “Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods” Chuck Todd This polite, and in hindsight, almost quaint exchange happened in January 2017. I will get back toContinue reading “So, what will the truth be like in the future?”

Do you believe in The Roaring Twenties brothers and sisters?

“Skate to where the puck is going not where it has been.” Wayne Gretzky Creativity: The use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness. So, what happens afterwards? What happens after a catastrophe? How do you carry on and what role does creativity play in all this? I started thinking about all thisContinue reading “Do you believe in The Roaring Twenties brothers and sisters?”

Creativity. You are never lost in Mumbai, you are just on your way.

“Mumbai is not a city, it’s life.“ Subhasis Das My problems began where most problems do. Being friends with a Bulgarian Art Director. Art directors have a strange need to collect or find things. Combine this with being in Mumbai and the unique Bulgarian trait of finding danger where there is none and what youContinue reading “Creativity. You are never lost in Mumbai, you are just on your way.”

Advertising. So, what happens to once upon a time?

“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.” Terry Pratchett In his excellent book ‘Blowing the Bloody Doors Off’ Michael Caine tells the story of meeting John Wayne at the Beverly Hills Hotel onContinue reading “Advertising. So, what happens to once upon a time?”

Advertising. Swimming with clowns.

“Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it shines everywhere.” William Shakespeare Twelfth Night This is a plea for naughtiness. Naughtiness is defined as mischievousness, prankishness, a type of disobedience. For about a year I have had this re-occurring thought. Has creativity become a formula because of how ideas have to serveContinue reading “Advertising. Swimming with clowns.”

Advertising. Phineas Gage is a strange story we should all know.

“One can be master of what one does, but never of what one feels.” Gustave Flaubert September 13, 1848 was not a good day for Phineas Gage. Until that day, the handsome 25 year old had worked his way up to the position of foreman. By all accounts he was very good at his job.Continue reading “Advertising. Phineas Gage is a strange story we should all know.”