The crotch

This morning I saw an ad at the underground station for an erectile dysfunction product. It was some sort of Viagra substitute.  It was one of those moopi / adshel type things In the ad was a football lineout. One man in the line out was broadly smiling with his hands ...

What’s in a name?

I was thinking this morning about how the hardest part of writing the script of Ghostbusters would have been what exactly do you call them? What would an alternative name be? I can’t see Bill Murray kicking open a door to reveal ...

Different names. Same dog.

Will a dog react to commands in languages outside of its native one? Will a Puli (a long haired Polish dog) respond to fetch? Or will it only respond to pobrać? This was the conversation that was being animatedly discussed beside me one day in a pub by a couple who perhaps ...

Sadism and its causal link with creativity inside advertising agencies

Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote “To see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even more: this is a hard saying but an ancient, mighty, human, all-too-human principle... Without cruelty there is no festival.” Why does this statement feel like it should be embedded in the motto of every ad agency. TBWA: ...

Let’s not get contaminated with the results, okay people?

I was asked the other day a curveball by someone outside of the industry. It wasn’t the usual eyeball rolling fodder of “have you done any ads I would have seen?” or “what do you work on? TV or print or…” ...

Before they were famous they were in advertising

Not too many children say they want to grow up to work in advertising. So it’s always refreshing when some people manage to flee the traps of the 9 to 9 grind and follow their passion outside of the industry. Here are the best of them: Joseph Heller - The author of ‘Catch ...

The story at the bottom of the sea

The reason why I’m telling the following story in detail, is I'm seeing more and more collaborations between disparate industries.  It's exciting, and it's memorable. Read on for what I mean. The Troll A platform is an offshore gas platform off the West Coast of Norway. Construction on the platform started on ...

The best blog entry on Scam Ads

I've just found a great blog entry by another advertising blog on Scam Ads. It talks about examples and why scam exists. http://www.adsulikeit.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/by-roger-pe-its-awards-season-again.html

We need more people like John Snow

Being an amateur history geek I passed by The London School of Hygene and Tropical Medicine (an awesome title in itself) as they were having an exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary of John Snow (1813-1858). John Snow was a disease ‘detective’ and was responsible for mapping out the Cholera outbreaks ...

Modern Day advertising before DDB

Anyone who works in the vague realms of advertising knows the history of modern day insight advertising. For those who don’t know the story, simplified over the years is the following: DDB (the creative director being Bill Bernbach) and the creative hit team of Helmut Krone and Julian Koenig seemed to ...

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