Percipient thought-pieces and opinions from some of
the world’s most respected industry leaders.
Leslie Harro, owner and EP of Havoc Content, identifies how a system which relies on good faith is being undermined, leading to clients missing out on the true value which comes from working alongside a woman-run company.
Simon Richings, ECD of We Are Social, explores the rise of pseudo-authenticity and how brands attempting to simulate ‘realness’ can end up with phony baloney that consumers see right through.
Is comedy curtailed by a committee? Do we need flexibility in order to allow jokes to evolve? How has humour changed in the last few decades in advertising? Merman director and comedic commercial legend Guy Manwaring discusses the role of gags in an industry nervous to act on impulse.
Accessibility in design isn't just about the visually impaired, says Chris Perowne, Head of Design at INITIALS, and while that's still important, there are many other considerations to take into account if you want to make your brand an open door for everyone.
Barella Roberson, Senior Brand Consultant at 1HQ USA, says that brands that manage to put all the pieces together to create authentic, effective and innovative products will win the hearts, minds and money of consumers.
Jonathan Grant, Senior Creative at The Brooklyn Brothers London, has been involved in comedy for 18 years. Here he explains the lessons comedy has taught him and how he's applied them to advertising.
Director Danny Corey has worked with various celebrities and sports stars and here explains the best ways of conjuring the comedy from your non-professional acting talent.
In a readers' poll of the best ad of all time run by Campaign in 2008, every entry in the top ten was a comic commercial, with John West's 2000 classic, Bear, being the winner. Here, G Neil Martin, Honorary Professor of Psychology at Regent's University of London, and author of the book The Psychology of Comedy, delves into the mechanics of humour and explores the role of mirth in marketing.