Art.

I’ve never been one for art.

In fact, I could probably count the amount of art galleries I’ve visited on one hand.

Am I uncultured? Probably.

Am I a heathen? Possibly.

I feel that, as a creative, I should probably rectify this – I’ve always had an eye for design, but have never let it flourish – preferring to spend my creative time around words.

So, as I’ve completely changed my surroundings recently, I’ve decided to surround my new room with some art.

Not too much.

But just enough.

A couple of images that will make me think. Because, that’s what good art should do.

The first one is Picasso’s ‘3 musicians’ (which you can see above) – and not just because it was cheap in a Cyber Monday sale…

Ahem.

Just because the things I create centre around paragraphs, full stops and hyphens – it doesn’t mean I can’t be inspired by something else.

Perhaps I should visit a few art galleries when I have some free time. I can see a new series of blog posts beginning – ‘Understanding Art: An Idiot’s Guide’.

Watch this space.

(image credit: wikipedia)

Sleep with people from around the world…

Yesterday I spoke about injecting a bit of humour into the drier parts of business.

But one part of business that can easily be fun and witty is advertising.

I often see this advert on my walk home and every time it’s caught my attention…not just because it’s huge:

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(excuse my terrible photography, the post with the camera is covering a wink emoji)

Netflix and Chill

In a business world of bottom lines, fees, fines, negotiations and contracts it’s easy to be…well…for lack of a better word, boring.

If it’s a serious matter that you’re dealing with, there’s no room for humour – right?

Well, actually I think that’s wrong.

Why do we have to sound like clerks and solicitors all the time?

Why no de-formalise things from time to time and have a bit of fun?

Now, I’m not saying that you should go to your next board meeting in a clown suit, but in a busy and noisy world…perhaps sounding a bit ‘fun’ and a bit ‘humorous’ might actually be a good way to stand out?

Take Netflix for example.

A big brand who are in the middle of battling a very competitive market. They were one of the forerunners when it came to ‘on demand’ programming and as other competitors rise they’re doing all they can to stand head and shoulders above them.

One of their big pushes at the moment is their own shows. One of them being ‘Stranger Things’ – a show that I’ve never watched, but hear a lot about thanks to social media.

Anyway, without asking Netflix’s permission, a pop-up bar in Chicago opened up and named themselves after one of the fictional worlds in Stranger Things.

Which is copyright infringement.

Netflix’s lawyers were informed and, instead of sending a threatening letter, they sent out this genius response:

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(Credit: https://www.inc.com/)

I think Netflix got it right here. They knew that they were dealing with fans of their brand, and dealt with it accordingly.

Read the full article here.

Ashley Brown 2017

Revamped

I’m not keen on re-marketing things.

I’m not one for revamps.

The new Mad Max movie sucked in my opinion, and told me just how right I was to keep away from it.

But today I picked up my copy of “Ogilvy on Advertising in the Digital Age”.

It’s a revamp of one of my favourite books.

I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it…but as the first book was such a classic, I have high hopes.

Book review to follow…