Where Are The Extraordinary Creative Leaders When You Need Them? In Cannes And Elsewhere

Because certain creative directors like to send updates to Twitter about what award show they’re currently judging, I thought to ask a rhetorical question in the wee hours before sun up this morning. Q. how much time do “famous” creative directors spend working versus judging award shows? in a ratio please. Thankfully, one famous creative […]

Award Shows Are Wankfests

Look at the way Dave Trott writes. It looks like poetry, doesn’t it? But it is not poetry, it’s an ad guy helping other ad guys see what being an ad guy is all about. Let’s see if we can remember the original purpose of advertising. Wasn’t it something to do with selling stuff to […]


Here’s a sampling of spots that won a place in Communication Arts’ Advertising Annual this year: Agency: DDB Canada, Vancouver Agency: zig Agency: BBDO New York Agency: Goodby Silverstein & Partners Agency: La Communidad Agency: BBDO New York

CA Doesn’t Do Best of Show, But We Do

CA’s Advertising Annual has been sitting on my coffee table for more than a week. I finally opened it last night and examined its contents. I have to say, I’m not that impressed with the overall quality of the print work, and I’ve always found it difficult to experience the broadcast winners in a print […]

Haggling For Gold

Metal Potential is a Posterous blog from Rob Schwartz, Chief Creative Officer of TBWA\CHIAT\DAY Los Angeles. In case you’re wondering how Schwartz feels about ad industry awards, take a look at his site’s tagline: “Advertising awards aren’t life and death. They’re much more important than that.” Due to the wedding of “communication + craft” in […]

Iron City Sees Less ADDY Entries

I’ve noted before that in smaller ad markets, the ADDYs can be a big deal and a point of pride in the local business community. But it’s a sign of the times that there’ll be less entries across the country this year for all awards shows. The Pittsburgh Business Times reports: The Pittsburgh Advertising Federation […]

Martin’s MVP Honored By One Club

“Design is thinking made visual.” -Saul Bass Mike Hughes, of The Martin Agency, and the late Saul Bass, a graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, will be inducted into the One Club’s “Creative Hall of Fame” at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, March 4, 2010. Mary Warlick, Chief Executive Officer of […]

Have You Hugged Your Freelancer Today?

Scott Goodson, founder and CEO of StrawberryFrog reflects on his agency’s use of freelance talent, and how it differs from the way mainstream agencies hire freelancers. We worked with some of the best talent – all out of courage while the corporate agencies used them out of fear, never willingly admitting that they had freelancers […]