Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Lipstick.

“One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.” Gustave Flaubert Sell Harry Potter to kids and their parents. This didn’t seem to be the hardest brief in the world for a young creative. And to make it even easier, the marketing director informed me that we would beContinue reading “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Lipstick.”

The 11 occasionally, immutable laws of advertising.

“Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.” Thomas Edison I have been in advertising for twenty-five years and I swore I would never write a ’Ten rules of’ article. So, I didn’t. I wrote one with eleven laws instead. In my defence, I felt I had to because in theContinue reading “The 11 occasionally, immutable laws of advertising.”

Advertising. I hope this doesn’t go viral.

“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.” Jonathan Swift For the last 10 years, I feel like advertising has tried make an argument. The argument is one of precision. If you have enough knowledge about the customer and you are in the right placeContinue reading “Advertising. I hope this doesn’t go viral.”

Advertising. Sometimes a yacht needs a horse.

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start winning a game.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe In my head, I went through all the answers I thought he could give. But I was way off. I was in a hotel room with jet lag watching an odd documentary withContinue reading “Advertising. Sometimes a yacht needs a horse.”

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.”

What will advertising be like in 500 years?

This is an article Rupert Price (Chief Strategy Officer) and I recently wrote for Idealog Magazine. We were asked a simple question. What will advertising be like in 500 years? Now, Rupert and I are not very good at thinking ahead. Even when it comes to what we want for lunch. And 500 years isContinue reading “What will advertising be like in 500 years?”

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.”

Advertising. 450 million dollars for peacock feathers.

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” Leonardo da Vinci This is Salvator Mundi. The world’s most expensive painting. It recently sold for 450 million dollars at Christie’s in New York. Most experts thought it would get to about 200 million dollars. They were very wrong. However, the gigantic sum paid isContinue reading “Advertising. 450 million dollars for peacock feathers.”

Creativity. Gentle anarchy never hurt anybody.

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.” Leo Tolstoy There is probably a weird German word for it. A word for that strange feeling you get when you see an idea and it makes you happy and jealous at the same time. I looked at my phone screen and sawContinue reading “Creativity. Gentle anarchy never hurt anybody.”