Breathe, breathe in the air, don’t be afraid to care. Leave but don’t leave me. Look around, choose the weekend.

Funny old table tennis:

Rick Rubin returns to his NYU dorm:

Secrets of the world’s greatest art thief (thanks, D).

Space Man:



Con los terroristas. Tas, tas, tas, tas, tas, tas, tas. Tas, tas, tas, tas, tas. And do the weekend.

Have you ever had a dream like this?

Motels stuck in the 70s (thanks, J).

Chemical Brothers video from W&K London:

Enough:



ITIAPTWC Episode 55 – Trevor Robinson

I loved chatting to Trevor.

We’d never met before, but he was a warm and lovely fella.

His first Tango ad broke the mould, as popular with kids in playgrounds as it was with award jurors. But then there was the weird, pervy Apple Tango ad. And the weird, pervy Pot Noodle ads: as popular with sex fetishists as they were with award jurors.

Then he created a new kind of ad agency that is still going 25 years later.

Then he won an OBE.

And he helps prove the benefits of diversity, both in terms of race, and background. Take a bloke from a South London council estate and add him to a bloke from Scotland and you get the kind of magic that only happens when two plus artichoke equals hen night.

Here’s the Soundcloud link and the iTunes link. The direct player is at the bottom of the post.



ITIAPTWC Episode 54A – Paul Silburn, from beginning to Lowe.

At last!

Paul is one of the people I’ve most wanted to interview. He’s arguably been responsible for more classic advertising over the last 20 years than anyone else.

Whether it was for Stella, Nike, Playstation, John Smith, John West, Adidas, Levi’s, Scalextric, Olympus and dozens of others; with a very talented art director or on his own; at Simons Palmer Denton Clemmow and Johnson, BBH, Lowe, Leo Burnett, Leith, TBWA, Fallon, Rainey Kelly Y&R, freelance, Saatchis or BBH (again)… His hit-for-shit ratio is second to none.

But he’s also a thoroughly good bloke: always helping younger creatives (myself included), always up for a chat, always ready with a massively inappropriate but very funny joke in the middle of a creative review… I can’t remember how many times I’ve asked for his advice, but he’s been the first person I’ve spoken to at several career crossroads.

So here’s two hours where you can find out why he spent a year and a half working in Glasgow, why John West Bear was shot from so far away, why he booed his own Stella ad when it won a Gold at Cannes, what happened at Fallon and dozens of other inspiring, illuminating and fascinating tales of one of the great creative advertising careers.

One small thing: we chatted so long that I had to upload the episode in two parts. You can listen to the whole thing in one go on Soundcloud here, or listen to the first half at the bottom of this post, and the second half here, or find both halves on iTunes under ‘If This Is A Podcast Then What’s Christmas’. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Here are some of the ads we discussed. You can find others here.




There’s also a ton of excellent print ads but WordPress seems to only allow me to add them in tiny thumbnails, which seemed a shame. The proper versions can be found here.



ITIAPTWC Episode 54B – Paul Silburn, Leo Burnett onwards.

So here’s the second episode. Thank you for your patience, and thanks to Paul for his.



How to lie down:

Notes on nostalgia:

Let her go:

The Tesla World Light:



“Forward!” he cried from the rear, and the front rank died, and the weekend.

Hank Azaria’s Simpsons voices:

Sculpting Freddie Mercury:

The best version of Kashmir you’ll hear today:

Modern logos in Bauhaus Design.

Words to avoid using in restaurant reviews.

Artists are made by their network of friends, not their skill (thanks, B).



And I am not frightened of dying – any time will do, I don’t mind. Why should I be frightened of the weekend?

The psychology behind filmmaking.

How Millennials burned out.

Grow a Bonsai:

Great design ideas (thanks, D).



Far away across the field, tolling on the iron bell calls the faithful to their knees, to hear the softly spoken magic spell… (The weekend; I don’t want to mess with such beautiful lyrics).

People discussing/recommending their favourite TED talks.

Best movie openings ever.

Paintings of songs (thanks, J).

Work out your British/Irish dialect from this quiz.

The security features of a $100 bill:

How ice sculptures are made:



We just wanna party, party just for you. We just want the money, money just for you. (Yeah) I know you wanna party, party just for the weekend.

Guy photoshops himself into celeb pictures (thanks, A).

A tank firing a shell:



Gyroscopic pool table:

Ten hours of fractals with falling tone:

Drawing timelapse: