For the lonely men and women.

Illustration Courtesy Minky Stapleton This beautiful description comes from a speech Leo Burnett did many years ago. He spoke about those lonely people that work into the night pushing themselves. When everybody else has left, they stay.Their solitary, unobserved greatness is based on satisfying themselves before they satisfy anybody else. They are advertising’s invisible heroes.Continue reading “For the lonely men and women.”

The DNA of Lego

Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. Coco Chanel Average advertising agencies and great advertising agencies are often like country clubs and football clubs. You join a country club but you belong to a football club. You join a country club because of status and perhaps the amenities.Continue reading “The DNA of Lego”

Judging the ADC. Before jargon there was craft.

After 30 hours of flying nothing wakes you up like your imminent death. Costa Rica has night colours you feel you have never seen before. And the intoxicating smell of burnt sugar cane turn evenings into a cloak of potential. I was taking this all in as our driver (that’s him in the picture) wasContinue reading “Judging the ADC. Before jargon there was craft.”

10 000 bicycles. Why creatives need cults.

“You can look at anything as a cult. Churches are cults in their own way.” Philip Seymour Hoffman Whenever I go to America I always feel like I am in a giant sitcom or film. Everything is familiar. A type of television déjà vu. San Francisco was no different with our Russian taxi driver wantingContinue reading “10 000 bicycles. Why creatives need cults.”

Critics don’t make mistakes because they don’t make anything.

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves. Brendan Behan Mistakes. Lately, many people are asking about mistakes. It’s funny how this happens. As the world becomes obsessed with data and certainty we all start to crave madnessContinue reading “Critics don’t make mistakes because they don’t make anything.”