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Some fine lessons from a writer

I’ve just finished reading an excellent piece by Susanna Grant, the writer of Pocahontas/Erin Brockovich. I highly recommend reading the hell out of it, but if you don’t have time to do that, or you want to know which bits of it I found most interesting, read on… Her Pocahontas experience, writing animation for Disney was not […]

A client speaks

We tend not to hear that much honest insight from clients, which is why this article is worth a read. It’s written by Lesya Lysyj who, aside from being a great Scrabble score, is the ex-CMO of Heineken. And with that experience behind her she comes out with gems like this: They (your agency) are […]

Close every door to me, hide all the world from me. Bar all the windows and shut out the weekend

Every single Kramer entrance, in order: The best-ever opening tracks of albums (thanks, J). Worst-ever special effects (thanks, J). Disney princesses photoshopped (thanks, R). Charts inspired by Morrissey lyrics (thanks, C). The puntastic Tweeted Love (thanks, S). American literature’s most epic road trips (thanks, J2). The Rolling Stones at their most Spinal Tap (thanks, T). […]

Treatments

Treatment writing is a thorny subject at the best of times.  What was introduced as an innovation to provide a director with competitive edge has now become the norm.  From the day that a virtually unknown director named Tarsem successfully pitched for Levi’s Swimmer with an inches thick book (it included swatches of material for […]

amazing…

 

It ain’t what you do, it’s the why that you do it

If you saw someone knock a T-shirt off a shop display then walk away you might be inclined to pick it up and replace it, but why? If you want the place to look a bit tidier for other people, or you want to save the shop assistant from having to do it, or you want to […]

Yo soy un hombre sincero De donde crece la palma. Yo soy un hombre sincero De donde crece la palma, Y antes de morirme quiero Echar mis versos del the weekend.

MacSabbath: the McDonald’s themed Black Sabbath tribute band (thanks, V). Glitterjizz (thanks, J). Shovel drop sounds like Smells Like Teen Spirit (thanks, J): Inside an artificial brain (thanks, J): Travel through the music of the past as you get further from Earth (thanks, D). Amusing song (thanks, J): Every episode of Murder She Wrote. Bill […]

The volvo paint bullshit, but decades ago and funny

I was just reading Dave Dye’s brilliant interview with Jeff Stark when I spotted this:

Mike’s Blog

My old friend Mike Nicholson has just started a blog. For some reason, blogs by creatives are pretty rare enough, but blogs by creatives who have worked in great agencies and won D&AD pencils are even rarer. Check out his words of wisdom.

Rick Rubin and advertising

Earlier today I was listening to Tim Ferriss interviewing Rick Rubin (in a barrel sauna). After discussing how you can lose 148 pounds by consuming nothing but protein shakes, they moved onto the creation of music. Rick had four big points (that I can recall): 1. Only listen to the very best. It will inspire you […]