Please, No More Lipstick On The Pig

“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.” -Steve […]

Frenchman Unimpressed

Fast Company is giving Apple’s competitors a chance to talk about the iPod. Henri Crohas Founder and CEO, Archos Paris, France I do not share the opinion that Apple’s design for the iPod is any good. That’s because I define great design in terms of fantastic machinery. And if you look inside the iPod’s technology, […]

Leo Burnett Says Men Aren’t Just Interested In Sex, Beer and Sports

A new study by Leo Burnett, quickly summarized here, suggests that “half the men in most parts of the world don’t know what is expected of them in society and three-quarters of them think images of men in advertising are out of touch with reality.” “As the world is drifting toward a more feminine perspective, […]

Buy High Sell Low

Ad Age: Joe Mansueto, the founder and chairman-CEO of Morningstar Inc., has emerged as the lead contender to buy Fast Company and Inc., Gruner & Jahr USA

Socialist Realism Gets Another Go

Maryland commuters are being subjected to what one person has deemed, “authoritarian post-modernism,” on their daily train ride. Thanks to Articulatory Loop for the post.

Naomi Klein Is Going To Be Pissed

Adrants points to this Toronto Star article on McGraw-Hill’s efforts to place ads inside college text books. Thankfully, the random ad man asked to comment blasted the idea. “Textbooks are one of the last bastions,” said Randy Stein, a partner at Grip Media Ltd., a Toronto ad agency. “There are some things that should remain […]

Social Networks On Slippery Slope

Molly Wood, a CNET editor, has published a piece claiming social networking doesn’t work. I’ve gotten a lot of invitations to Friendster over the years, which, to be honest, I ignored. I always just assumed I didn’t have time for that tomfoolery. Plus, I already had a boyfriend, and I already had friends. I know […]

Newspaper Men Meet Craig

Here’s another entry in the dinosaur chronicles. According to the New York Times, many newspaper execs are totally clueless about where their classified revenue is going. Surprisingly, the momentum of this online alternative with virtually free offerings had not drawn much attention as recently as last fall, when Creative Intelligence, a consulting firm based in […]

Get ‘Em Ernie

Ernie Schenck is not impressed by Carl’s Jr., nor GoDaddy. Pointing to their “sex sells” approaches, Ernie says the tactics are, “a weak-minded crutch that lame clients like Carl’s Jr and GoDaddy and a thousand others invariably fall back on in a sad attempt to get noticed.” He goes even further in his comments section. […]

Squeezing Nickels Pinching Pennies

from New York Times: Clients, facing relentless competition and consolidation in categories like automobiles, fast food and telecommunications, are anxiously squeezing every nickel of waste from their ad budgets. “In the 80′s, we used to fight with clients over creative. In the 90′s, it was about strategy. Now, it’s only about money,” said Jonathan Bond, […]