Jobs’ Mad Skills Dazzle Horn Blower

Presentation Zen: Even legendary jazz artist and master performer, Wynton Marsalis, couldn’t help but be impressed by Jobs’ presentation skills. Just seconds before Marsalis raised his trumpet to play, he paused and said (without a direct mic)…”That was a great presentation.” The audience laughed at what was clearly a spontaneous gesture. Marsalis and his band […]

A Remarkably Twisted Approach To Dining

Lewis Lazare: They must be doing something right. Former Ogilvy & Mather advertising executive Kim Holstein and her husband, Scott, began making pretzels 10 years ago in Kim’s Lincoln Park studio apartment. A good product and some savvy marketing and publicity efforts have enabled the Holsteins to grow Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels into a […]

Cultural Bias Clouds Communications

Spurred on by hurricane coverage, Experiential Marketing guru, Katherine Stone, asks, “Do I seem stupid to you?” in a poignant defense of her native Southland. I was born in Baton Rouge. I lived in New Orleans for the first decade of my life. I spent my summers in Mississippi with my grandmother in Vicksburg. I […]

The Triumphant Return Of Champ And Moore

The Wieden + Kennedy creative team who gave birth to inspirational advertising for Nike’s womens line in the mid-1990s are back. Janet Champ and Charlotte Moore have written a book and they have a brand new blog in support of said book. Ripe: The Truth About Getting Older and The Beauty of Getting On With […]

Hall Embraces Book While Rebuking Reactionary Flailings

Steve Hall likes Phil Dusenberry’s new book. The best thing about Dusenberry’s book as that it acknowledges the basic elements of advertising which have been in place and, for the most part, have worked since advertising was invented. While some will surely take issue with this assessment, reading Dusenberry’s book makes one wonder why we’re […]

A Casting Call For Account Advisors

Ernie Schenck turned his CA column over to Neil French this issue. The results are hilarious and didactic. There’s a Confucian saying that “he who asks humbly teaches how to refuse.” Well, “submitting” ads for approval is demanding refusal plus a damn good hiding, in my view. And while we’re meandering down this side-road, why […]

Eighteen Plus Six

Lewis Lazare: Oak Brook-based Ace Hardware has renewed its contract with former football coach and television color analyst John Madden for an additional six years. The 18-year association between Madden and the nation’s largest hardware cooperative is the second-longest spokesperson relationship existing today, just behind Michael Jordan and Nike. Share

Honor The Creative Process. Damn The Outcome.

Mark Fenske teaches advertising in the graduate program at VCU in Richmond. He used to keep a sketch book, or what he calls a workbook. Here’s a page from his workbook: Here’s some text from Fenske’s blog entry about workbooks: The job of a copywriter or art director isn’t fun and it isn’t easy. Jackasses […]

Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles

Need a reason to read the print version of Adweek? Here’s one. They weave interesting tidbits into the print version that are not found online. Former DDB-Dallas copywriter, Will Clark, has a new book out. It’s a black comedy about a psychic ex-dot-com-millionaire who falls in with paranormal spies, a Charles Manson-loving yogi, a chubby […]

Open Hearts Open Doors

Displaced Designer is a new site dedicated to helping people in the industry get back on their work feet. We reported last week on Brains On Fire’s effort to help Gulf Coast agency staff relocate temporarily to Greenville, SC. Now Adweek reports, Trumpet’s 32 employees were celebrating the agency’s eighth anniversary just two nights before […]