The soft, silence of Tokyo.

“Living right in the heart of Tokyo itself is quite like living in the mountains – in the midst of so many people, one hardly sees anyone.”  Yūko Tsushima Imagine you are in a city of close to 15 million people. You are walking down a large street. It is a lot like 5th AvenueContinue reading “The soft, silence of Tokyo.”

Advertising. There’s a reason they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

“Meow means woof in cat.” George Carlin Years ago, I was asked by a client to write some ads. There was a catch. He wanted me to write ads about nothing. He had no facts to communicate that would persuade anybody to use his company. His competitors had far more advanced platforms and it wouldContinue reading “Advertising. There’s a reason they say a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Advertising. What do you want creativity to do?

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Erich Fromm What can creativity do? Last week, I was asked this simple question. I have been asked this four word puzzle a few times in my career. It is a strange question. You intuitively know the answer but find it hard to be particularly articulate.Continue reading “Advertising. What do you want creativity to do?”

Advertising. The love story of an engine and a compass.

“A flower is basically a weed with an advertising budget.” Rory Sutherland Years ago, I was lucky enough to work with two giants in the advertising industry. Out of respect, I am not going to name them because they would want it that way. One was a suit, the other a creative. They were bothContinue reading “Advertising. The love story of an engine and a compass.”

Stranger Things. The Cannes Edition.

“Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.” Lou Reed I had been looking for a sign for a couple of days. And there it was. I was walking down a little back street in Cannes. I reached one of those fashion outlets that always make me think they are a front for something else.Continue reading “Stranger Things. The Cannes Edition.”

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. 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.”