Creativity. The unfortunate way ideas happen.

“If you run out of ideas follow the road; you’ll get there.” Edgar Allan Poe I wonder how many times a great idea has been filmed? It couldn’t have happened that many times. Most of the time it is an internal process. You cannot see it. Fortunately, and luckily for us, that is not theContinue reading “Creativity. The unfortunate way ideas happen.”

A line is a dot that went for a walk.

This is a quote that I think about a lot. It comes from the great artist Paul Klee. Anybody who knows me has heard me say it. For me, it perfectly sums up the tension between closing the deal and creatively staying open. Anybody remember the great movie, The Man from Pluto? No, me either.Continue reading “A line is a dot that went for a walk.”

WTF is creativity anyway?

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein Have you ever had one of those moments that just stays with you? It might have happened years ago but it will be a normal Wednesday and the moment just pops into your head. Maybe, it’s just me. Well, here is mine. I was a young creative andContinue reading “WTF is creativity anyway?”

Starting again. Sometimes nothing is the gift.

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” Leo Tolstoy A couple of years ago I was in the middle of Mumbai in a place called Dharavi. It is what the West would call a slum. It is where Slum Dog Millionaire was filmed. It taughtContinue reading “Starting again. Sometimes nothing is the gift.”

Why does emotion matter?

“If everything on Earth were rational, nothing would happen.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky The 2020 Olympics started on Friday 23 July 2021. As you can tell by that non-sensical sentence the world is dealing with some weird shit. I think we can agree most people thought having a major global sporting event in a city full ofContinue reading “Why does emotion matter?”

Relax, reality comes later.

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” John Lennon Imagine you are four guys in Liverpool in the early 60’s. One day you decide you want to be famous. Ringo starts to tell everybody that the 4 lads are a band. This rumour spreads. They dressContinue reading “Relax, reality comes later.”

Creativity. The goal that was too interesting.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso Some things stay with you don’t they? You ever find that? A piece of film, a painting or some words that you think about over and over. Every couple of days it just pops into your head. Ok, maybeContinue reading “Creativity. The goal that was too interesting.”

Creativity. The truth is not enough.

“There is nothing as boring as the truth.” Charles Bukowski The Oscars used to be about look how good we are at making movies. Now, it’s just look at how good we are. I recently read this line in a story in the New York Times. The fallout in terms of viewers has been astonishing.Continue reading “Creativity. The truth is not enough.”

Advertising. Queen’s Gambit versus the robots.

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Joan Didion Well, here I go. This is the advertising equivalent of the charge of the light brigade. I am going to ride my horse of belief right at the cannons of coolness. I am about to fight for a word even I hate. Tally ho. ForContinue reading “Advertising. Queen’s Gambit versus the robots.”

Advertising. A restaurant without a kitchen.

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” Francois De La Rochefoucauld When I was growing up I never lived in a house. I lived in many hotels because my father was a hotel manager. This gave me a unique perspective on the chaos that is needed to create order andContinue reading “Advertising. A restaurant without a kitchen.”