Friday 25 September 2020

Farewell Friday

I started BrandDNA almost 15 years ago as part of a student collaboration experiment while teaching at RMIT University during my career sabbatical.

Back then blogging was new, but really taking off. And thru the comments sections of industry blogs I made several new friends and contacts.

The arrival of Facebook and particularly Twitter saw many adland blogs start to gather dust, as people began voicing their thoughts and opinions on social media. 

Which brings us to today. Farewell Friday. 

After 4,400 posts I am closing down BrandDNA. It's been fun. Actually it's been awesome. But I think blogging and I are over for now. 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by, shared a post, and commented in the early days. See you over on Twitter! 

Thursday 24 September 2020

Simple is hard


Wednesday 23 September 2020

I'm Confused

 Public health messages in the time of a pandemic are so important. 

So why do we allow clients to make them so messy and confusing?

Why have three people when you just need one?

Why have that headline when the mnemonic device at the bottom would make a better headline?

And whilst I like the rhyme of face and space why use space when we've been talking social distancing for the last 6 months?

Tuesday 22 September 2020

I want to believe


Monday 21 September 2020

Make your mind up

So what is it? 
Are they a discount brand or premium. 
Surely can't be both?  

Friday 18 September 2020

Normal Sex

The craft of the typographer is dying. Sadly. 

Any good typographer would probably die of shame if they'd set the headline in this poster.

If the focus of the message is on so called 'normal sex' why on earth wouldn't they set those two words together? 

Thursday 17 September 2020

Pointless advertising

Found these ads from DDB Prague while clearing out my Dropbox. I used them in a talk I did late last year about pointless advertising. 
Yes they are nicely art directed and strongly branded, but what is the point of these ads? 
Every person that drives a car knows to buckle up, put their lights on and drive carefully. 
I'm not saying these are scam ads, but there is definitely a strong scent.


Wednesday 16 September 2020

Yeah. Ummm....

 A bus in Denmark transformed into a blood soaked tampon. Eye catching for sure but a great ad I'm not so sure.

It's for CLUE. An app that enables women to monitor their menstrual cycle.

One of my early mentors taught me about the concept of negative residual. This bus ad has that in spades. 

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Hare vs Tortoise

Another one of those ads that only the UK seem to able to produce. Great track by Roots Manuva too. Completely unexpected advertising.

Monday 14 September 2020

Almost Trainspotting

Put the word 'choose' in front of every one of the statements in this ad. Then read it out loud in a Scottish accent. So much better. 

Friday 11 September 2020

Ogilvy on writing


Thursday 10 September 2020

Write Right

I shared this great Vikki Ross video on Twitter a couple of weeks ago where it really resonated. So I thought i'd share it here for anyone who hasn't seen it. Terrific advice for every copywriter.

Wednesday 9 September 2020

McMoving Day

This campaign is fromMcDonalds in Canada to celebrate Moving Day.

Yes Moving Day.

Apparently it's a thing in  Quebec.

Who knew!?


Tuesday 8 September 2020

Not To Do

I've just discovered a great new Insta account out of New Zealand called Not To Do List.

It's the work of Auckland creative Tony Xia. 

Check it out here.

Monday 7 September 2020

Lockdown reminders

These posters are little tricky to read at this size so you may need to click the pics to enlarge. 

Having been stuck in some sort of lockdown since March they sure struck a chord with me.

When will it end!?

Friday 4 September 2020

Coke gets woke

Coke via 72+Sunny Amsterdam have just created the 2020 version of I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing. Personally I don't mind it. But the comments on YouTube are really vitriolic. Here's just one:

"Another Covid-irrelevant brand goes 'woke' for no other reason other than they think it'll sell more products. Stop telling me how I should think and feel and just sell me the goddammed unhealthy sugar drink."

Thursday 3 September 2020

Spike Lee x Montblanc: What Moves You, Makes You.

I'm a big Spike Lee fan. Have been since I saw his first feature a lifetime ago. So it's great to see his creativity and passion recognised in this new campaign from Montblanc. Only thing is I just don't picture Spike being the kind of guy to use a seriously expensive fountain pen for his ideas and notes. Sorry for being a cynic. It's still a great little film though!

Wednesday 2 September 2020

A good night's sleep

This pic of Ikea in Bahrain was doing the rounds on social media last week. The copy in Arabic below the English text basically says 'same but in English'. 

First time I saw it I thought to myself I bet it's just another agency stunt. Turns out I was right. This week Ikea started posting the pic on social media with a caption about how this is what happens when you don't get a good night's sleep.

As Johnny Rotten famously said: Ever get the feelin' you've been cheated?

Tuesday 1 September 2020

You're good get better

Love this Nike spot to celebrate the late Kobe Bryant's birthday. Terrific v/o (or should I say narration?)by Kendrick Lamar.