Rhubarb On The Mind

Wieden + Kennedy art director, technologist and writer, Matthew Carroll likes pie. His pie chart may, or may not, indicate that it’s possible to live a healthy (but pie-centric) lifestyle while working at the pearl of the Pearl. Another take-away is that Carroll likes pie. In a quick Twitter-then-email exchange Carroll said that “sometimes stupid […]

Plop Plop Fizz Fizz

Writing in Adweek, Steve Simpson of Goodby Silverstein & Partners hits upon a strange truth for our time–that well made commercials are a welcome relief from the drone of sour news and other reality-based programming. The (news) announcer relays the day’s drama from Wall Street, where the rat-faced traders skitter rabid across the trading floor […]

AKQA Has Special Powers (And A Friend At Crain)

Illustration: Pete McDonell Ad Age commissioned a pretty sweet comic book illustration for their glowing feature on San Francisco agency, AKQA. Even as it achieves scale, AKQA hasn’t suffered any dilution of its reputation as a shop with technical smarts, creative chops and other attributes usually ascribed to boutiques. In short, it’s managed to stay […]

Dylan On Vinyl (Digitally)

The redesigned BobDylan.com has a tricked out record player that’s available as a pull down menu. Maybe it’s no big thing, but I like it. A lot. The scratchy man from Minnesota belongs on vinyl.

Meet the Marlowes

The Resonsibility Project from Liberty Mutual is a new campaign from Hill Holiday that rests on the shoulders of a fictional but believable family that’s faced with tough times and even tougher decisions. Stuart Elliott says the commercials–directed by the film director Harmony Korine–present fraught moments in the lives of the Marlowes. Paul G. Alexander, […]

Don’t Put Your Principals In A Parade, Show Me Your Principles In Action

Bob Hoffman of Hoffman/Lewis in San Francisco is offering a hell of a lot of value on his site of late. Just the other day, he framed the dance clients and agencies do quite nicely. There is one question every client should ask a prospective agency, and if you’re in an agency it’s a question […]

The Strategic Crafting of Your Story

Seth Godin is offering a great description of public relations. Most PR firms do publicity, not PR. Publicity is the act of getting ink. Publicity is getting unpaid media to pay attention, write you up, point to you, run a picture, make a commotion. Sometimes publicity is helpful, and good publicity is always good for […]

That’s The Way Patriot

In response to Danny G.’s earlier post today on the greatness of well rendered copy, I thought I’d respond with some examples of my own. Credits: Wieden & Kennedy, Radical Media and director Errol Morris.

Umpqua Bank Has Money Coming Out Of Its Ears

According to The Oregonian, Portland-based Umpqua Bank may return the $214 million in bailout money it didn’t need in the first place. “We have been put in the same bucket with all the institutions that have failed, these companies that are being bailed out,” said Ray Davis, Umpqua CEO and chairman. “I’ve gotten calls from […]

Getting Back To Basics With Great Writing

Every now and then (or more like all the time), I need to remind myself that there’s an art form to great writing and concepting. In the day-to-day, get-it-out-now world of advertising, we need to keep the basics in mind. Over at I Have An Idea, there’s a wonderful article by Suzanne Pope, GCD of […]