Another day, another friend doing some good stuff

If you only read one advertising blog, read The Ad Contrarian.

If you read two, add one or both Of Dave Trott’s.

If you read three, read mine.

But if you’re desperately searching for a fourth*, my friend Hugh Todd, one of the CDs at JWT London, has just entered the fray.

I recommend him not just because he’s a ridiculously good bloke, but because he’s been there and bought the T-shirt at some great places with great bosses: Mid-nineties BBH under John Hegarty, Saatchis under Droga and Granger, JWT under Nick Bell and now the same place under Russell Ramsey. He’s also won loads of awards, judged D&AD and projected Gail Porter’s arse onto the Houses of Parliament.

So expect some good shiz.

*UPDATE: obviously, Sell! Sell! and Vinny Warren also have excellent blogs. That’s why they’re also on the blog roll. Read theirs before mine.

Comments 18

  1. ritika wrote:

    Hi ben,
    need some help, could you please suggest a couple of design schools in and around London. My friend in India wants to get into product design. Any info would help.


    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 10:26 am
  2. ben wrote:

    Hi Ritika,

    I don’t really know any design schools other than St Martins, so to answer your question I would end up searching Google, something I believe you could do more efficiently yourself.

    But if anyone else is reading this and has any recommendations, please leave a comment.



    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 10:46 am
  3. john p woods wrote:

    Is that Hugh of Hugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb fame?

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 11:51 am
  4. ben wrote:

    Surprisingly, no it isn’t.

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 11:53 am
  5. ritika wrote:

    Thanks ben, i meant some insider dope… yes, saint martins certainly tops the list.

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 11:59 am
  6. Sell! Sell! wrote:

    Good blog, ta for the tip-off.

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 12:52 pm
  7. john p woods wrote:

    Btw point of issue. Surely you can’t use the William Goldman maxim, ‘Nobody knows anything’ and similarly big up where one has been or rather whom one has worked under/with. Or rather you can but it would be contradictory. Not good management. Just saying.

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 1:01 pm
  8. ben wrote:

    Well, you can take or leave Hugh’s ‘advice’, but he might have a story or perspective that you’d find interesting or inspiring.

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 1:29 pm
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    Hugh Todd. Todd Hugh. Two first names. It’s confusing isn’t it?

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 2:10 pm
  10. Andy Colin wrote:

    Tell me about it.

    Colin Andy

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 2:13 pm
  11. Higg's Bosun wrote:

    I’m just pleased Bosun is a run-of-the -mill surname.

    Mr H. Bosun.

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 2:15 pm
  12. john p woods wrote:

    Reading between the lines, I get your point, Ben.

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 2:58 pm
  13. Anonymouse wrote:

    Nice blog.

    But blogger? Arrrgh. Surely wordpress is the way?

    Impossible to comment on it.

    Best topical ad I eve saw was e.n.d.s.f.r.i

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 3:16 pm
  14. ben wrote:

    e.n.d.s.f.r.i = fantastic, as was R (picture of Big Brother Eye) P

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 3:36 pm
  15. Mister Gash wrote:

    @ Anonymouse

    Try viewing it on Chrome. And even then you’ll have to sign in via an account (Gmail etc). Not easy.

    Maybe Hugh will move it….?

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 4:05 pm
  16. vinny warren wrote:

    thanks for the mention. i would agree with you too. must reads all. really like the new blog. he’s got that new blogger intensity.

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 4:34 pm
  17. adam wrote:

    Good to see that Hugh has enough time on his hands to write a blog during the day. Shit, sorry man.

    I just got back from Brazil. And guess what? None of the ads that win in the shows is on telly, or billboards, or in the press/on a wall/taking over the whole city like a crazy, fun, social-media-driven virus that also got mentioned on the news.
    I was, like, literally, amazed.

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 5:35 pm
  18. Hugh Todd wrote:

    Apologies for difficulty with comments
    Will take it up with blogger. Or should I switch? Is tumblr better?
    Adam tucker working hard in Brazil eh? Tough gig. Still has time to read daytime blogs, on a reclining seat?
    Do tell over a beer this Fri Ads, Session in pie club, Newman arms from 2pm….

    Posted 06 Dec 2011 at 11:05 pm

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