- An A to Z of fonts: what’s what, what’s in and what’s out
- Emerald is the new black: Pantone dictates fashion in the ad industry
- Social media is driven by passion – Not greed!
- If you’re going to ‘be more dog’, get one for the blind!
- I didn’t go to university – gissa job!
- Preserving Britain’s oldest brand: the traditional pub sign
- This is how the world ends – not with a bang, but a wimpy
- Einstein and the new science of marketing
- Another safety first from the advertising archives
- I used to be a copywriter. Now I write my own slogans – for the Big Issue!
- KISS – The first law of successful copywriting
- Nivea’s new face is as ugly as ever!
- Why we should be blogging
- Like the Cheshire cat’s smile, only Nike’s stripe remains!
- Name the Movie Character
- Selling to consumers who no longer ‘know their place’
- Sweeping up the star dust
- On the delicacy – or otherwise – of the deep-fried mars bar
- Life after death on Youtube
- “Having great creative ideas is like angling for a wily old carp”
- The world’s going to hell in a handcart, and has been for generations!
- Powerful but perishable – use social media whilst it’s hot!
- Limited edition corn flakes – how exclusive can you get!
- On finding inspiration in the bottom of a glass
- We’ve not only taken the craft out of art. We’ve taken the craft out of craft!
- Retail Revival Demands Ideas – Not Just Money!
- Now even baked bean tins have celebrity designers!
- Consumer Profiling – The New Censorship
- Revealed – The real ‘hidden persuaders’
- Tweet, Woof, Miaow – Welcome to Social Petworking!
- Simpsons in promotion of one of Stortford’s oldest firms
- Che Guevara Meets Today’s Pretty Poster Boys
- What to do About ‘Cookies?’ – Try Confused.com!
- “So, Mr Bond, first I am going to give you this Omega watch, then I am going to kill you!”
- The ‘ah’ factor – advertising’s secret ingredient
- Come Back Bill Stickers – All is Forgiven!
- Social networking untangled: New guide FREE from Simpsons
- Wake up and Smell the Coffee – It’s Nescafe!
- So you Think you Know What Social media is all About?
- Name That AD – Prize Competition
Serif or sans serif? Roman or italic? Regular or bold? Display or text? Can you look at a font, recognise it, categorise it and, most importantly, specify it for any given application? If you can’t, don’t worry. Given the growth of digital typography – by the most conservative reckoning there are more than 50,000 fonts commercially available – even...
Once upon a time ‘memories were made of Kodachrome’ and cinema’s latest releases were brought to you in ‘glorious Technicolor’. But with the coming of the digital age these famous systems of colour reproduction have faded into obscurity, even if, in Technicolor’s case, the name lives on as an old label for a new technology.
Uniquely amongst them one colour...
It’s a difficult lesson for businesses to learn that the most powerful and effective social media is not driven by commercial considerations, but the passion of those devoted to a cause.
A case in point is that of author Lynn Truss, who became so incensed by the omission or misappropriation of the apostrophe that she staged a demo outside an...
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been baffled by posters in 0₂ shop windows exhorting me to ‘Be more dog’. I’ve heard of a man being called ‘a bit of a dog’ – i.e. a scoundrel – and a woman being described more bluntly as ‘a dog’ – i.e. singularly unattractive. So it seemed a rather strange injunction...
‘Black’s white today and day’s night today’ as Cole Porter memorably phrased it, so perhaps I shouldn’t be too surprised that Rory Sutherland of Ogilvy, the advertising giant, has sent out a call to ‘pot head’ graduates to ‘finish your joint and come and work for us’ on the basis that ‘nobody has any evidence that recruits with first...
English pub signs are probably the earliest examples of ‘branding’ in the country. In the days when the church and pub were the heart of the village community and the local populace was largely illiterate, stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes and pictorial pub signs – such as the Lamb and Flag or the King’s Head – were effective...
Whilst visiting some friends in Horsham last weekend I was surprised to discover, in the heart of this historic market town, an unreconstructed branch of the Wimpy Burger Bar chain, complete with its original signage, décor and PVC and tubular steel furnishings.
I felt as if I’d walked onto the set of Life On Mars, transported back into the 1960s...
Remember the scene from Back to the Future when Marty drops into Doctor Emmet Brown’s lab on his way to school? Dozens of wall clocks explode in a chorus of chimes triggering a gimcrack machine that opens and dumps a tin of dog food in the already overfull bowl of Einstein (the Doc’s dog).
You have there the future of...
History repeats itself, and it often brings with it the fashions of its day: witness the phenomenal success of the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster from WWII that has struck such a chord with us in the stressed-out Noughties and Tens. It’s nostalgic and tongue-in-cheek, sure, but there’s no question that it taps into the zeitgeist and inspires...
There’s a little ditty that’s often recited by advertising people which goes: ‘If the client moans and sighs / Make his logo twice the size / If he still should prove refractory / Show a picture of his factory / But only in the direst cases / Should you show the clients’ faces!
It’s a reminder that, when all is...
Now hands up those of you out there familiar with the terms ‘blastocyst’, ‘Bratt pan’ and ‘graphic filtering’. No? Neither was I at the beginning of the week, but they’ve all been added to my vocabulary over the past few days, and I gather exotic new specimens all the time.
Such are the joys of being an advertising copywriter. It’s...
Do we love people because of their quirks and idiosyncrasies, or despite them? I mean, you’ve got to love a woman a lot before you can tolerate the way she wears her hair curlers in bed or leaves her stockings to soak in the kitchen sink. On the other hand, as the old song has it (the way you...
Why Blog ?There are many reasons to create and develop a business blog. The key aim is to increase visitor traffic to your website thereby increasing visibility to potential customers. This has to be one of the key objectives of any online activity when it comes to your company website. The greater the volume of visitors to your website also...
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The publication of the annual Newspeak dictionary in George Orwell’s 1984 was deliberately designed to dumb down the population by progressively reducing the vocabulary at their disposal, with the result that words (as well as politically suspect individuals) simply disappeared without trace.
I can’t but help wonder whether a similarly dastardly plot is afoot in the branding world. First Starbucks...
We had a great response to our logo competition in October, and we’re expecting an even better response this time, because our Christmas challenge to you, once all the turkey is eaten and the last mince pie is looking sad, is to identify 36 movie character names – that’s the character names, not the actors.
Send your answers to email@example.com...
The famous Class Sketch from the Frost Report which featured John Cleese (Upper Class), Ronnie Barker (Middle Class) and Ronnie Corbett (Working Class) discussing their various stations in life was already out of date when it was first broadcast in 1966 and satire, sexual revolution and the ‘youthquake’ of that decade began to shake the foundations of the old...
Some reflections on celebrity sponsorship
‘With friends like these, who needs enemies?’ is a phrase that must have come to the mind of celebrity sponsored organisations who have had the misfortune to link their names to the likes of Tiger Woods and Jimmy Savile; a query that begs the further question of whether celebrity endorsement is worth either the risk...
When asked what he would like for his tea, my Uncle Jack would invariably reply ‘Kippers and custard’, an old joke that drew a collective groan from the family, but never failed to evoke a shudder of disgust at the very idea of such a combination.
No doubt Rowntree’s brand managers experienced a similar feeling of repulsion at the idea...
At Simpsons we like to think of ourselves as pioneers in the use of new media – certainly we were amongst the first to introduce our clients to the potential of QR codes which, for example, can allow a home hunter to download property particulars from a for sale board, or link them to a company website from a...
“Lack of experience can be a good thing. Not knowing the ‘right way’ to do something can produce innovative results” says John Barnbrook, a design school tutor in his booklet ‘Aesthetic Sense’, produced as a guide to graduates seeking employment in the commercial world.
He’s got a point. In the creative world ignorance can sometimes be an advantage, and one...