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What Can Scotch Teach You About Branding??

Hilton Barbour
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When your mother’s maiden name is Anderson, you grow up with some very clear opinions on Scotland and all things Scottish. Scottish rain isn’t as ferocious as people say. Scots are genuinely friendly to outsiders – you just have to get past that gruff exterior. Hadrian’s Wall [...]


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Catching up with the Tomorrow Awards Shortlists // REPLAY

In this final of a three parts series, we sit down with Rob Schwartz, Chief Creative Officer of TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles to discuss one of his agency’s three shortlisted campaigns : REPLAY


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Catching up with the Tomorrow Awards Winners // SOUR ‘Hibi No Neiro’

We get a chance to catch up with, Hal Kirkland, Masashi Kawamura, Magico Nakamura and Masayoshi Nakamura, the team behind the ‘Hibi No Neiro’ music video for Japanese band SOUR. Now unlike, James, who helped develop eco:Drive as part of his Chief Creative Officer duties at AKQA, Hal, Masashi, Magico and Masayoshi created this video during their own time, with virtually no budget to speak of. Here’s what they had to tell us about the making of their wildly successful piece…


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Catching up with the Tomorrow Awards Winners // Fiat eco:Drive

We recently had the chance to catch up with AKQA’s Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer James Hilton to chat about one of our five winners, Fiat eco:Drive, to see how the campaign came about and hear where they intend to take the platform in the future…


The Creative Solution Agencies Seek is Within thumbnail

The Creative Solution Agencies Seek is Within

I can tell you one of the things that keeps you up at night once you’ve reached the “heights” of Chief Creative Officer is, “Where’s the next job going to come from if this one doesn’t work out?” Actually, now that I think about it that was probably my wife whispering to me as I tried to fall asleep. It’s not like there are many openings for that title at any random time given the average number of years a person stays ensconced in the position, considering they define the agency’s style and voice.


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Why Your Idea Sucks

I hear it all the time. In fact, I’ve even done it myself and just recently a good friend of mine said it to me over a beer: “man, I had this great idea the other day but I didn’t write it down.” Sounds like a pretty shitty idea to me…


Paul the Octopus is full of mussel shit and other advertising lessons as observed from the World Cup thumbnail

Paul the Octopus is full of mussel shit and other advertising lessons as observed from the World Cup

I watched pretty much every game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, waking up at 7AM to get in as many of the matches as I could. Even when the ihaveanidea team was in Cannes, I made sure to not book important meetings around Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Holland matches. I cried, I screamed, I laughed. I vuvuzelaed. And today when The Netherlands went down to Spain in the Finals, after an entire month of dedicating my life to this ‘peaceful world war’ I realized that like the kids from South Park, I also had learned something today. And everything I learned I could relate to everyday life in advertising. Let the game begin…


Howard Draft: Introducing The Gunn Report 2009 thumbnail

Howard Draft: Introducing The Gunn Report 2009

Howard Draft, Executive Chairman of Draftfcb, served as Guest Editor of the 2009 Gunn Report. The fine folks at the Gunn Report were kind enough to share some of Howard’s thoughts on the most awarded ads and campaigns of the previous year or so. Howard pulls no punches; just because an ad won enough gold to outshine Fort Knox doesn’t mean he necessarily loved it, and he doesn’t shy away from telling you so.


How to Train Ideas to Come When They’re Called: Notes and Advice for Young People in Advertising PART THREE thumbnail

How to Train Ideas to Come When They’re Called: Notes and Advice for Young People in Advertising PART THREE

What happens if you do something unexpected with your product or your medium or an everyday object? Many years ago, Volkswagen found a way to make the shape of their car say something about thrift in tough economic times (agency: Doyle Dane Bernbach, New York):


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How to Train Ideas to Come When They’re Called: Notes and Advice for Young People in Advertising PART TWO

Let’s talk about another process for idea generation. This process isn’t specific to advertising, but it can work very well for what we do. It’s called SCAMPER, and it is attributed to a writer named Bob Eberle. SCAMPER is an acronym in which each letter suggests at least one exercise we should try when facing any creative challenge.


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