One Badass Product Positioning

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In the world of rock guitar, you can never have too many effects pedals. Especially distortion pedals. Guitar players talk about distortion the way wine drinkers talk about wine. One pedal has “a brittle edge with a sweet undertone.” Another features “boosted mids and a smooth top-end.” One pedal pairs well with a vintage tube […]

Jean Paul Gaultier Proves Thinking Is Always In Fashion

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Holidays are always a good time to relax and recharge, and if you can do something that inspires you during your time off, so much the better. That’s exactly what happened this year after I gave my wife a Christmas gift of tickets to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. […]

Common Sense in Advertising? It’s a Christmas Miracle!

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When did simple become so difficult? The short answer: who knows? The long answer, of course, is that it’s probably always been that way. Marketing milquetoasts have always been with us, and they always will be. Research-addicted clients have always had agency-side enablers eager to take their money in exchange for the next fix. MBAs […]

Street Level, On A Global Scale

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London-based music production and research house Aurotone launches a unique offering today with its Aurotone Network—a collection of influential musicians and music professionals in 30 cities around the world who are available to advise on music trends and help research music for specific projects. According to Aurotone “They include new music editors of print publications […]

The Only Difference Between Famous Creatives And You Is That More Of Their Best Ideas Have Been Produced

Let’s face it: fame (for lack of a better word) is important in advertising. From the people to the work itself, it’s good to be known, to be noticed. It can happen at any time, even overnight. Fame is part of what makes advertising glamorous and cool. And if you can acquire a small bit […]

FIFA, American Style

To say the rest of the world loves soccer is an understatement. Americans, not so much. Nothing new there. Video game soccer, however, is a slightly different story, as the success of EA Sports FIFA series will attest. (Insert your own joke about Americans preferring artificial things to real ones here.) But hey, if you […]

Taking It Personally: In Advertising, Criticism Is 100% Guaranteed.

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Recently, after presenting to a particularly difficult client, a colleague in the media department turned to me and said, “Wow. You creatives really get beat up. I don’t know how you handle the constant criticism.” It wasn’t the first time I’d heard that—almost always from someone outside the Creative Department—but it reminded me how surviving […]

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming

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Behold the latest from Parry Gripp, close personal friend of mine (OK, professional acquaintance) and the musical genius behind YouTube sensations like Do You Like Waffles?, Hamster On A Piano and my personal favorite, Wiener Dog On A Minimoog. It’s a new iPhone app from Kihon inspired by one of his most popular songs, Baby […]

EVE Is Real. With A Museum To Prove It.

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In an effort to promote and celebrate EVE, one of the longest-running MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) out there, the folks at game developer CCP and their agency Ayzenberg Group have created an online museum of sorts to showcase user-generated content at www.eveisreal.net. According to the its creators, the site is a place where “players […]

Your Brief Is Showing: World Gold Council

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I found this print ad in The New York Times over the weekend. Sometimes we ad peeps and clients get so wrapped up in satisfying the brief that we forget who we’re really supposed to be satisfying: the customer. In this case, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that equating the […]