Group stink

Group stink

Good article by my old boss John Hegarty saying Einstein didn’t have a brain storm. I also think group think can actually be dangerous. There’s lots of thinking along these lines online.

Natural born smoker

‘Natural born smoker’ trumps ‘Meet Graham’

The Cannes jury quite rightly decided Meet Graham was too similar to Natural born smoker by FCO London, which was incidentally witty and shocking for the time. They both remind me of an image in a graphics book I had at art college called the homunculus which show the body in its sensory proportions.

TKMAXX

TKMAXX

Had to mention TKMAXX, one of my favourite shops, is running this funny ad from Wieden+Kennedy. I have to say that little guy at the front is seriously odd but I guess that was intentional. It reminds me a little of the great Be Stupid Diesel campaign by Anomaly, beautifully bonkers.

Transformer

Actual working transformer

BMW have now made a working transformer. I had this ideas once for an Audi spot in around 2001, my boss said no. Then Citroen came along and did it a year or two later. The rest is history.

The Danny Kleinman interview

The Danny Kleinman interview

Have a listen to this great one hr interview by my old friend Ben Kay of my even older friend, the living ad legend Danny Kleinman. Such a talented, interesting and decent all round chap. So decent I hired him twice, once in 1999 when he directed my Audi Wakeboarding spot and again in about 2002 when he directed my Baileys spot at Pinewood.