Digital’s Rising Star

Does the name Mauro Alencar roll off your tongue the same way Jeff Goodby does? Publicis certainly hopes so. Ad Age reports that Alencar, 32, who formerly worked at Organic and AKQA before that, is now executive creative director of Publicis Modem West. “Mauro’s … portfolio boasts some of the best-known and most highly awarded […]

What If…

David Goss and Phoebe Coulton are a creative team in London who like coming up with ideas. Not just advertising ideas but ideas for the real world too. Here’s one: For more, see What If….

Legendary Brand Architect Says CGC Is “Like Pulling Your Own Teeth”

Adweek talked to Phil Dusenberry, the 71-year-old former chairman and chief creative officer of BBDO North America, who is being inducted into The One Club Creative Hall of Fame this week. Here’s a selection of his thoughts on the state of advertising today: Q.What do you think of the state of copywriting, given that we […]

Saatchi ECDs Quit

Saatchi & Saatchi/NY ECDs Jan Jacobs and Leo Premutico have left the agency, according to Best Ads on TV. These are the guys who did “Hot Juicy Burgers” for Wendy’s and won a platoon of awards during their 2-year stint at the agency. My two cents on the Wendy’s spot is that it works too […]

Roy Spence—American Populist

“What you stand for is as important as what you sell.” -Roy Spence Roy Spence is a character. He’s also the “S” in GSD&M, one of America’s premier advertising agencies. Roy is presently away from Idea City. Yet his ideas are flowing. He’s on a 20-plus miles a day walk across America, where he’s seeking […]

A Two-Fer Of Columns

Looking for some very light reading for the weekend? Check out A Carbon-Neutral Pile of Manure, my new column on Talent Zoo which takes a look at brands desperate to greenwash themselves. Why? Money is green. Or vice versa. If you live in Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, or other Midwest cities, you can head to the […]

We Are Arrogant

According to Ad Age, We Are Gigantic, a MDC Partners-backed ad shop born earlier this year out of the now-defunct Margeotes Fertitta Powell, is being sued by Gigantic Marketing, a two-year-old New York-based marketing firm. I can’t argue the merits of the case (please use our comments area if you can), but I will offer […]

Dump The Bucket

Greg Storey doesn’t like the word “bucket,” nor what it implies. I just got off the phone with another in a long list of clients who used the word “bucket” several times during a conversation about information architecture. In olden times we used words like “categories” or “sections” but these new kids are dropping their […]