Dan Wieden and The Imitation Game.

You never think you will meet your heroes. And when you are a creative at the bottom of Africa far from everywhere, you really don’t think you will meet your heroes. But then you do. You meet one of those people that makes you believe. One of those special humans who does work that makesContinue reading “Dan Wieden and The Imitation Game.”

Creativity. To hit the target, you have to go too far.

“Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativity.” Pablo Picasso There is nothing quite like a drag queen singing a Britney Spears number within a false eyelash of your face to make you think very deeply about life. It has been a beautiful blur. It was The Monkeys Aotearoa 1stContinue reading “Creativity. To hit the target, you have to go too far.”

It’s not the stars. It’s the spaces between them.

Cool Hand Luke: “I can eat fifty eggs.”Dragline: “Nobody can eat fifty eggs.” From the film Cool Hand Luke In 1992, Cannes only had two categories. Film and print. Today, Cannes has over 30 categories. In the 30 years between 1992 and today there has been a theme that pops up every year. Advertising isContinue reading “It’s not the stars. It’s the spaces between them.”

Advertising. Fawlty Towers and the art of prediction.

“Most successful pundits are selected for being opinionated, because it’s interesting, and the penalties for incorrect predictions are negligible. You can make predictions, and a year later people won’t remember them.” Daniel Kahneman The legendary comedian John Cleese is being interviewed on the radio. He is explaining how arguably the most successful television series, FawltyContinue reading “Advertising. Fawlty Towers and the art of prediction.”

The chess player in Brick Lane and the joy of Cannes.

“The French Riviera. A sunny place for shady people.” Somerset Maughan When it comes to Cannes and advertising, people often start with what’s wrong with it. I don’t want to do that after a million zoom calls over the last couple of years. I would rather write about the joy of Cannes. And the joyContinue reading “The chess player in Brick Lane and the joy of Cannes.”

Creativity. Intelligence is not enough.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.“ Albert Einstein I will get back to this brilliant quote in a minute. Jerry Seinfeld is standing on stage. Actually, he is leaning on the stool provided. The stage is small, smoky and I imagine dank. It’s one of the those rooms that you always find at the bottom ofContinue reading “Creativity. Intelligence is not enough.”

Creativity. Choose your certainty wisely.

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” William Butler Yeats Ahead of me on the street were two late 20 somethings talking very passionately. They were on vacation. T-shirts, cargo shorts, sandals and a farmers tan. They were very excitedly talking about crypto, blockchain and NFT’s. It was theContinue reading “Creativity. Choose your certainty wisely.”

Advertising. You can learn a lot and very little in 10 years.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” Robert Frost I am going to apologise in advance. I am not sure what this post is about. It’s a little sentimental. I just felt I had to put something down or say something. Next month is a little milestoneContinue reading “Advertising. You can learn a lot and very little in 10 years.”