Spotlight On NW Creative: Fell Swoop And Its Unique Client Mix

After living in Seattle for a few years, it’s become clear to me that many shops here struggle to capture significant business from clients headquartered beyond the west coast. Which is why seeing People, Time Inc., and Conde Nast on the roster of local agency Fell Swoop is so startling and highly refreshing. Founder Matt […]

Advertising Design and Typography Teaches The Craft Methodically

As an advertising instructor, I rely on all sorts of books and materials to help my class learn where “the bar” is. But most of what I use is written by working professionals in the business, aimed at other working professionals. It’s rare that I ever see an actual advertising textbook. So Alex W. White’s […]

The Simplicity Cycle Reminds Us Simple Isn’t Easy

If you’ve worked in advertising and marketing for a good bit of time, then you’ve seen everything become more complicated. Creating marketing plans, the many ways to execute ideas, and the media landscape seem more labyrinthine than ever before. Yet somehow, it’s the simplest ideas, and the simplest executions, that stand out the most. Dan […]

Buy My New Book: “Killer Executions and Scrubbed Decks”

If you’ve ever spent any time in advertising or marketing, you’ve heard people speak in terms that are beyond bizarre. Scope Creep. Deliverables. Ideation. You’ll also hear people talk about killer ads, hard-hitting ads, ads that are blown out and executed. I break down (and sarcastically deflate) these terms and others in my new book, […]

Sunny D Dips Into Its Archives, Delivers Fresh Spot

When I first saw this spot for Sunny D by Boulder’s Grenadier, I thought it was amusing. Then I learned it was based on this spot, which I should’ve remembered: While it’s common for ad agencies and brands to reference older parts of the culture — movies, TV shows, and yes, even commercials from a previous […]

Meet Mr. Product Chronicles Famous, And Not-So-Famous, Ad Characters

I was in a Creative Director’s office when I first heard the term “critter” in reference to a spokesperson I was developing for an ad campaign. The CD was a bit of a hack and used it rather incorrectly. But it’s probably safe to assume that advertising critters of all kinds are well-documented in Meet […]

Does It Work? Focuses on Digital Marketing Effectiveness and Much More

When I first saw “Dumb Ways to Die,” I loved it. Thought it was brilliant. Later when I heard the campaign only reduced pedestrian collisions with trains by 33% or so, I concluded it didn’t quite work as well as those of us in the ad industry were led to believe. It turns out Shane […]

Seducing Strangers Reveals Some Of Advertising’s Open Secrets

I’ll admit I’d never heard of Josh Weltman, but boy does he bury the lede with his new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You’re Selling. Because Josh Weltman is an LA-based veteran creative director who’s also a co-producer of Mad Men, and underneath the subtitle of the book is the […]