About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.

Muscle Up The Strength To Save A Bro

Last year, when “Bros” needed saving, Organic Valley and its agency Humanaut was up to the task. It’s a great campaign. Still, not every Bro knows about the dangers of pounding protein shakes with synthetic ingredients and scary chemicals. If you know of a Bro in need of better protein, please go to SaveTheBros.com and […]

Roundhouse Throws Caution To The Wind, And A Copywriter To The Wolves

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To celebrate its 15th year in business, Portland agency, Roundhouse, is preparing to drop copywriter Lee Kimball along Oregon’s wild and scenic Lower Crooked River. Why would they do that? To see if the writer can survive one week in the wilderness equipped with only the help of the agency’s clients’ products. “All creative agencies […]

Summer Will Be So Great With Cotton #CoolerInCotton

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Cotton feels so nice next to the skin. In extraordinary cases, the fabric may even inspire free people to sing and dance. #CoolerInCotton from DDB/NewYork is reminding consumers of cotton’s warm weather benefits in the age of synthetic fibers. After all, cotton is the most breathable, scent repellent, durable, wash­-and-­go fabric there is, according to […]

Laura Fegley Moves To Minneapolis

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Laura Fegley recently left her role as executive creative director of BBH NY to take up the same position at Minneapolis agency Colle + McVoy. The Drum asked her a few questions about the move. One question in particular is worthy of further exploration. What’s the most exciting trend you’re seeing in advertising right now? […]

Urban Violence Epidemic Spreads Fear, Sadness and Rage

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Wieden+Kennedy has something to say about the rampant violence in our society, and they’re saying it with a homepage takeover on WK.com. I like it when a company takes a strong stand about things that matter in the world. Things beyond the bottom line. Therefore, I see this as a good thing. Thankfully, timid is […]

Want More Great Work? Allocate The Resources And You Shall Have It

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Creativity is subjective, but that’s not a positive for the ad business. For the industry to function properly, creativity needs to be quantifiable and answers to questions like, “What distinguishes a great creative person from a good one?” and “What distinguishes great work from good work?” must be readily and honestly answered. James Robinson, executive […]

At Wimbledon, Tennis Fans Don’t Generate Media, They Are Media

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Häagen-Dazs UK and Grey London are showcasing the pleasures of championship tennis, accompanied by an ice cream bar. According to Adfreak, the agency hired fashion photographer Adam Katz Sinding, known for his streetside style portraits, to capture courtside fans for the ice cream brand’s Instagram. The idea celebrates the ice cream marketer’s new five-year sponsorship […]

Dave Trott Is Making It Simple—Listen, Learn and Grow

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Creative director and industry gadfly, Dave Trott, wants to fix advertising. His fix involves stripping away the false complexities put in the way by egotists and charlatans. It’s a long weekend, push play. His talk is full of notable moments, including his discussion of “form follows function.” Trott says we tend to fundamentally misunderstand this […]