Advertising. The illusion of control.

Kintsugi. The Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with powdered gold. “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” Carl Jung Recently, I was in Sydney at an award show conveniently called AWARD. A young creative started chatting to me before the show about good and bad agencies. He askedContinue reading “Advertising. The illusion of control.”

What if you could change the world?

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’ George Bernard Shaw I will get to the picture above a bit later. First, let me give you a scenario. Imagine there is a job you have dreamed of your whole life. It is all you haveContinue reading “What if you could change the world?”

A Priest and a Psychic walk into a New York Bar.

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Steve Martin This is one of my favourite pictures of New York. It shows the density of the place. As I am taking a picture of the graffiti, in that split second of focusing, a yellow cab and a man on a motorised wheelchair drifted into frame. AContinue reading “A Priest and a Psychic walk into a New York Bar.”

Two Lessons From The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge.

“Man, if you gotta ask you’ll never know.” Louis Armstrong Chicago. It’s almost midnight and it’s cold. But not too cold. It’s the kind of cold that makes you alert. It gives the evening a crispness and makes the neon signs a little sharper. I stepped out of the cab onto the green glowing pavementContinue reading “Two Lessons From The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge.”

Advertising. The worst laugh is at the back of the room.

  “An egg is funny, an orange is not.” Fred Allen One of the most painful things you can ever see is a comic bombing. It is like watching somebody else being kicked in the balls but somehow you feel the pain. This was happening to me about a week ago. It was late atContinue reading “Advertising. The worst laugh is at the back of the room.”

Advertising. Be somewhere.

     I want you to imagine I am telling you the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. In your head, run it through. Picture all the details, the twists and turns and the big ending. Right, now take the same story and tell it in half the time. Now halve the time again.Continue reading “Advertising. Be somewhere.”

Advertising. Respect the Pain.

(Image from Nike Nothing beats a Londoner commercial) ‘Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time.’ Drake I would like to talk about a feeling. A very strange and specific feeling that you can get being a creative in advertising. To explain it I will take you back a few years to aContinue reading “Advertising. Respect the Pain.”

Advertising was never supposed to be a generic medicine.

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” Pablo Picasso The first thing advertising has to do is be noticed. It would seem right now many are forgetting this. If an ad isn’t noticed the rest doesn’t matter, does it? Making an impact is the job. Which is why I have always thought itContinue reading “Advertising was never supposed to be a generic medicine.”

Advertising. Aloha, porn, missiles and the unchanging human race.

“It took millions of years for man’s instincts to develop. It will take millions more for them to even vary. It is fashionable to talk about changing man. A communicator must be concerned with unchanging man, with his obsessive drive to survive, to be admired, to succeed, to love, to take care of his own.”Continue reading “Advertising. Aloha, porn, missiles and the unchanging human race.”

Advertising. Maybe we should try fun this year.

(Picture taken at Yayoi Kusama exhibition) “I have a fun clause in my contract. If I’m not having fun I can leave.” James Burrows Last year, was a very serious year. People were very serious. They were serious about where advertising is going. There were lots of serious conversations about the new models of advertising.Continue reading “Advertising. Maybe we should try fun this year.”