Wednesday, September 30, 2009

BBC Local Radio

This beautifully executed idea is close, personal and relevant to the products purpose in people’s lives. The choice of music is fantastic and pulls is all together in a very elegant way. Very impressive dramatization of how people might feel about their local station exemplified though icons.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Allan Gray

18 months in the making this epic little film tells a lot about lost opportunity. Definitely not what you expect from an investment bank until they tie it all together in the end with the tagline “Given more time, imagine the possibilities.”

Sunday, September 27, 2009


It doesn’t get much simpler or smarter than this. The benefit dramatized in a way you instantly recognize. Very impressive clarity in conveying something that so easily could have become uninteresting.

Ads that make me nod and smile

The Obvious Made Interesting has been a sleep for a while. The obvious reason for this is that it’s time-consuming to find communication interesting enough to share. Lately though, I’ve come across a lot of inspiring stuff – some new, some old. What ties it all together is the “nod-and-smile” reaction I get when I see it.

In the posts to come I’ll try to find examples of communication that pass both the “nod-and-smile” and “the-obvious-made-interesting” tests. The work I’ll try to find will hopefully be examples of this approach to making advertising:

“Planning should simplify a complicated problem down to a single, powerful thought - creative should exaggerate that simple thought into an impactful message that dominates its environment.”