‘You can’t email a hug’, runs the headline, against a picture of a mother (or is it father?) and baby cuddling. Continue reading “L’Age Idiot.”
It renews itself, continually: and it renews me. Continue reading “New York City Boy.”
Big Data’ this, ‘Big Data’ that. As Monticello’s Melyn McKay explains, one of the quirks of modern corporate life is that we somehow expect ‘the numbers’ to show us the way….. Continue reading “I’ll Be Watching You.”
Or whatever Panama’s equivalent is. Continue reading “Now They Know How Many Holes It Takes To Fill The Albert Hall.”
The Future of….Management
– by John Newton, Chief Marketing Officer, Aroq
Let’s make one thing clear, no-one has any idea what the future will bring, regardless of what the experts might tell you. Continue reading “And The Boss Don’t Mind Sometimes If You Act A Fool.”
Wired Magazine ran a cracker of a story about L’Oreal’s – wait for it – human skin factory. Continue reading “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”
And now there’s plenty of ways in which boys, and girls, can do that. Continue reading “Only Boys Who Save Their Pennies Make My Rainy Day.”
We really liked The Wall Street Journal’s piece on the next generation of Apps: they’re people-powered…. Continue reading “Power To The People.”
Marc Kushner is an architect: with a particular interest in social media. Continue reading “We Built This City.”
When I was a teenage boy, I’d sometimes find porn in hedges. Continue reading “When It Comes To Love, I Need A Slow Hand.”
Can you remember the last time you saw, or read, something that really made you stand still, draw breath and want to wallow in its beauty or message? Continue reading “They Seek Him Here. They Seek Him There.”
There are greats.
And then there are GREATS. Continue reading “I Saw The Crescent. You Saw The Whole Of The Moon.”
There’s a museum in Oxford called The Ashmolean.
Kind of a weird name, but a very cool place. Like a more accessible, and better curated, British Museum. Continue reading “And The People Bowed And Prayed. To The Neon God They Made.”
The Future of….Design
– by John Mathers, CEO, The Design Council
Asked recently what she sees as the single greatest driver of social change, Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation replied, “Design.”
We’ve written a bit recently about authenticity. In the digital world, there is, of course, the ‘us’ that we want the world to see, and the ‘real us’. Continue reading “I’ll Tell You What I Want, What I Really, Really Want.”
Devin Fidler’s piece in the Harvard Business Review somewhat proved our thinking on that particular publication. Continue reading “The Leader Of The Pack.”
But, rightly in our view, he’s starting with the kitchen utensils. Continue reading “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.”
Being a Saudi prince is pretty cool.
Until you travel overseas and realise that the rest of the world has a certain – not terribly positive – view on you. Continue reading “You’ve Got To Find A Way, Say What You Want To Say – Break Out.”
Melyn introduced us to the works of David Graeber. Continue reading “Je Ne Veux Pas Travailler.”
Atul Gawande is a Harvard professor who was invited to give a series of Reith lectures in 2014. Continue reading “Shake It Up, Just Like Bad Medicine.”
Meanwhile, over at ReDEF, Adam Davidson was waxing lyrical about the advantages of the ‘Hollywood model’.
This is less porny than it sounds. Continue reading “The Sun May Rise In The East; At Least It Settles In The Final Location.”
The genius that was Peter Drucker continues to give. Continue reading “1990s: Time For The Guru.”
For an industry that’s all about fresh thinking, there doesn’t seem to be much of it on display when it comes to the election. Continue reading “Too Many Protest Singers?”
On 9 March 2014, Andrew Sullivan wrote a telling piece for the for The Sunday Times in which he excoriated online journalism for ‘selling its soul to the admen.’
In 2006, I stopped going to the theatre.
We had a one year old, and nights out were precious.
Theatre just seemed too risky. Continue reading “It’s Time To Play The Music; It’s Time To Light The Lights.”
We all know about the importance of authenticity.
It’s been part of the bullshit bingo in agency-land for some time.
The currency of leadership is the future.
The future is what leaders deal in, and, ultimately, it’s where they will be judged. Continue reading “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.”
Sir John Hegarty is a well-known Big Data Hater. To the extent that this is a product of an impatience with the industry’s addiction to the latest buzzword, I’m with him.
Today’s UX people are (perhaps justifiably) proud of the impact that they have on web design, putting the user and her journey centre stage.
But it’s nothing new, of course.
Arsene Wenger said that ‘we have moved from being a thinking society to being an emotional society’.
– or; What Will Jezza Do Next?
The rights and wrongs of Clarkson-gate to one side, his ‘moving on’ raises some interesting questions about the relative strength of media brands in the 21st Century.
“….the main responsibility”, asserts the brilliant Ian Priest in the IPA’s booklet A is for alliances: Less pitches, more partnership, “lies with client marketing and procurement”. Continue reading “If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place, Take A Look At Yourself And Make That Change.”
When I was a boy, my Dad said to me:
There are three types of people in this world. There are people who make things happen. And there are people who watch things happen. Then there are the people who simply say, “What happened?”
Rose Fass has written a genuinely brilliant book about being, and staying, in the first category.
But if you try, sometimes, you might just find, you get what you need.
His paintings on the wall. Continue reading “The Grand Old Painter Died Last Night.”
The world is about to undergo another huge, technology-led revolution.
A friend of mine recently hosted a birthday party for his Dad.
Who was 100.
Every year, a panel of experts chooses the UK’s Superbrands. Continue reading “You’re Simply The Best.”
We have an odd relationship with the Harvard Business Review. In our view, a lot of their content amounts to pseudo-scientific ‘statements of the bleeding obvious’. But every now and again, they publish a gem. Continue reading “There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards.”
Bren Smith is rethinking fishing. Continue reading “Down By The Sea.”
‘On Mondays and Thursdays, I learn how to die’.
In his final, brilliant oeuvre, ‘Literature and Science’, Aldous Huxley urged a rapprochement between the two disciplines. Continue reading “Painting, By Numbers.”