About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.

Arby’s: We Have The Meats

Fallon is a legendary advertising agency, and one of the pillars of the Minneapolis market. Fallon picked up Arby’s a few years ago and has helped the brand find its unique baritone voice. There is a keen sense of humor in play here; yet, this is no-nonsense product advertising. In other words, there’s something for […]

Film At 150

As a signature event celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, this year’s National Canadian Film Day 150 will see more than 1,500 screenings in schools, theatres and public squares across the country and in consulates and embassies around the world. To help promote and drive participation in the festival on April 19, Reel Canada, the non­profit that […]

The PIA Agency Makes Its Pitch

Agencies are notorious for being the pauper’s child when it comes to promoting their own brand. But The PIA Agency, a woman-owned agency in San Diego, isn’t playing the avoidance game. “Our great country was built from brilliant minds and resilient souls from all over the world,” says David Clark, PIA’s executive creative director. Create […]

Nay Say All Day To Keep Ad People At Bay

Do you get tired of reading about how the ad agency business sucks, and how no one wants to work in advertising any longer due to the long hours, low pay and lack of prestige? Personally, I see many of these sour takes on the industry as little more than ill-informed attempts to fill space. […]

31 Interesting Ad People To Follow On Twitter

Listicles are ridiculous. Lists, on the other hand, are often helpful and handy. Grocery lists, for example, keep one on task. Twitter lists can also be put to good use. Here’s a new list I made that’s comprised of 31 agency leaders who regularly drop knowledge on Twitter. Updated list of 31 interesting advertising people […]

Ireland’s West Coast Calls

Ireland’s west coast, also known as the “Wild Atlantic Way” is a romantic tourist destination and a beautiful setting for lifestyle videography of the highest order. Let’s take a look… Ireland is easy on the eyes, that’s for sure. Thanks to the pace of these videos from Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, the […]

Billboard Disrupted

When a giant technology company releases an innovative new product, the creative community must experiment with it to see what the technology can do, and how it might be used to entertain or inform customers. McCann Lima, for one, has Google’s Cardboard figured out. The agency created a breakthrough sampling program and virtual-reality experience for […]