Archives for June 2007

Great Ideas Go Nowhere In Dysfunctional Organizations

Executive Coach, Doug Sundheim, describes the problem that plagues many businesses, particulary organizations that rely on lots of meetings. What passes as “communication” in most organizations is nothing more than people talking AT each other. Firing different opinions around a room with little structure to productively move any action forward. The dialogue is dysfunctional – […]

Xerox and Wired Invest In Mass Customization

In its April issue, Wired magazine, in partnership with Xerox, invited subscribers to upload their photographs to The first 5,000 who did so are now receiving their July issue with themselves as the cover art. Not coincidentally, the editorial theme of the issue is the growing personalization of all things in cyberspace, and the […]

Crispin Leads Dentsu Into Gutter

Newton Vineyard of St. Helena, Calif., with the aid of Dentsu/Los Angeles has mined a new space for its messaging—the gutter, that heretofore unused space between the binding and the first column of text. According to The New York Times, Newton Vineyard purchased a series of gutter ads in the June 15 issue of Wine […]

Dove Evolution vs. Fair And Lovely: Could You Create Both?

[UPDATE 7/5/07] If you came from the link on, welcome. I think this is simply a very interesting comparison of how one company, albeit a conglomerate, markets its products in different cultures and countries. Well, Dove Evolution won big at Cannes, as many predicted. From Adweek: “It’s a big idea, beautiful execution and a […]

Perez Hilton’s Paparazzi Problems

Gossip blogger, Perez Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, is fighting lawsuits by paparazzi and others who claim he posts their photos and video content on his site without permission, according to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.). His web site routinely posts tabloid photos of celebrities and adds scribbled commentary and rudimentary […]

Lining Up The Dots sold at auction in New York City today for $3,000,000. fetched $1,800,000. And so on. Probably my favorite of the lot is, which sold for $25,000—not bad for a melon. [UPDATE] The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) is reporting that (the business and the domain) is now on the auction […]

For Timex, It’s Time To Acquire More Shelf Space

According to The Wall Street Journal, Timex—the brand that takes a licking and keeps on ticking—is keeping some pretty fancy company these days. This morning, family-owned Salvatore Ferragamo SpA will open the doors of its medieval palazzo on the banks of the Arno River in Florence to Timex Group Chief Executive Joe Santana, who is […]

Wankers Get A Tan

Inimitable George “Adscam” Parker took a look at Howard “I own FCB now” Draft’s video interview from Cannes. Typically, he is not impressed. He goes on and on about how he’s still learning about creating the world’s greatest agency, whilst taking the credit for the South African branch of FCB picking up a couple of […]