Along The Path To A Sale a.k.a. Sway

Lewis Lazare: Chicago-based veteran creative Gordon Robertson is giving Chicago something it needs more of — a new boutique ad agency. Robertson is teaming with Brainforest, a design firm specializing in Web, identity and strategic development, to launch the city’s newest boutique shop, called Sway Creative Group, which will function as the advertising division at […]

Puddletown Rooftop

I challenge you to show us a nicer deck in all of advertising. Thanks to W+K brand planner, Sudeep Gohil, for sharing his images, and to Steve Hall for uncovering them.

Ad Peeps Have Aesthetic Responsibilities

Sedgwick Road says they do pro-bono work for Seattle Art Museum, “because we believe in making advertising that’s not just effective but aesthetic. The campaign for the Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism exhibit generated attendance 59% over goal and revenue 69% over goal.”

A Major Draft

According to Lewis Lazare, the marketing communications division of Lowe in Mexico City is being rebranded as Draft Mexico. The operation in Mexico brings Chicago-based Draft’s global presence to 40 offices in 26 countries. In other Lazarian news… Berlin Cameron, a relatively young boutique agency, lost the $200 million Samsung account to Leo Burnett. The […]

Capitalizing on the Neil French Debacle

Courtesy of the tip line (thanks George), it didn’t take long for someone to capitalize on the Neil French Debacle. Hart + Larsson, an upstart studio in NYC found by two “deviant creatives, or creative deviants, whichever you prefer,” offers a humurous play on a help wanted ad. (note to Hart + Larsson: make your text […]

You Want Transparency I’ll Show You Transparency

It takes guts to be transparent. Blog eveangelists often cite transparency as a key blog benefit, but they don’t say a giant set of cojones is required to operate the thing. Robbin Phillips is a CEO up to the transparency challenge. Here’s how she handled a recent flub up. Brains on Fire was given a […]

Gettin’ Busy In London

The New York Times: Rarely does an agency, particularly one with only six offices, have as satisfying a week as the one enjoyed last week by Bartle Bogle Hegarty. First, the agency landed the worldwide creative account for British Airways, wresting it away from M&C Saatchi, which had handled the assignment for a decade. The […]

Go Somewhere With Your Agenda

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Trumpet Rising

Adweek: Nearly six weeks after evacuating New Orleans to escape Hurricane Katrina, the Trumpet advertising agency returned to its headquarters at 839 St. Charles Monday with job openings and additional work, the agency said. Trumpet founder Robbie Vitrano and other members of the staff have been working in space donated by Blattner Brunner/SRC in Atlanta. […]

Is Neil French Sexist, Old, Or Just Telling It Like It Is?

Well, I don’t have any direct quotes or transcripts, but apparently Neil French had some choice words to say about women creatives at a speech in Toronto last week. Nancy Vonk, Co-CCO of Ogilvy in Toronto and co-author of the new book “Pick Me,” had a response, clearly taking exception to Neil’s views that women […]