Facebook Doesn’t Want You To Be Lonely In The Vast, Dark Universe

This is a cardinal rule: DO NOT DEVELOP AN AGENCY STYLE. This is a cardinal rule because look and feel, a.k.a. style, belongs to the brand, not to the agency. Somewhere along the way, Wieden + Kennedy, one of the world’s few great big agencies, forgot about the cardinal rule. How do I know this? […]

Is Your Agency Model “Perfect” For A Complex Age?

I had the good fortune to meet Faris Yakob at MIT in 2007. We were there to hear from Henry Jenkins and company on transmedia storytelling, and other developments at the edge. Today, Yakob works as Chief Innovation Officer for MDC Partners and New York agency KBS+. Here he is sharing some cogent thoughts on […]

Advertising Is A Business Full of Generalists, Specialists, And Listlessness

One time, I mocked up a few ads for a client presentation because I knew where the line breaks looked best in the headlines for maximum effect. My CD (an Art Director by trade) did a few as well. When the client preferred my comps more than the typographically-challenged Creative Director’s comps, the CD said […]

We’re Shaped By Our Environments, And So Is “The Work”

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Agencies are often known not just for their work, but for their design-centric office spaces. Given that agencies advise clients on how best to live and breathe their brand, it’s important for agencies to lead the way. In other words, “judging a book by its cover” is part of the brand identity game. According to […]

The Google To Adlandia: Be Lean And Agile Like Us, And You’ll Be Rich Like Us

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Earlier this summer, a technology company executive suggested I look into “lean and agile development.” Seeing a parallel between our work environments, he thought it might help me improve the way I make work. I’ve been intrigued by the idea ever since, but I probably need to read a book about it to get a […]

Slicing Up The New Apple Spots

“Steve would’ve killed these.” “Lee oughta know better.” It’s no secret that Apple’s current spots, featuring a typical Apple store “Genius,” are getting panned. I’m not here to pour more criticism on. My question is simple: How did they get these done? By that, I mean: Who approved this strategy? Who thought this kind of […]

Small Shops Don’t Have Room For Big Problems

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I’m not big on industry awards, but “Small Agency of the Year” sounds like the kind of award I’d like to win. No offense to agencies of size, but small agencies deserve more accolades. Clearly, it’s not easy to keep the roof on a small agency, nor is it easy to provide the kind of […]

Disruptive Patriots Are On The Job At Made Movement

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BOULDER—If there is hope for advertising, it can be found in a non-descript retail bay on the east end of Pearl Street. Ad people aren’t cynics, they’re “crest fallen idealists,” says Dave Schiff, partner and Chief Creative Officer of Made Movement, a new agency boldly dedicated to growing the American economy by promoting American-made goods. […]

Meowbook Is The New Catvertising

Cadbury sells a chocolate bar in Australia called Boost. Droga 5 in collaboration with BE VIACOM, Ignite Media Brands and Carat sold Cadbury a cat video. Sadly, it’s a mocumentary that’s been done before. According to Campaign Brief, the three-part series, cleverly titled “Meme Myself and I,” is running on MTV Australia. The video also […]

Wunderman Tries To Look Natural At Cannes

The 59th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity doesn’t need a commercial, but Wunderman made Cannes one, because Wunderman can. And Wunderman isn’t stopping there. This is 2012, every company is a media company, including global marketing services agencies. Ergo, a team of 30 of “citizen journalists” from AdPeople, Blast Radius, Designkitchen, Futurecom, These Days […]