Words and a few images from someone who cares a bit too much about the internet.

What I learnt from four days in France: Cannes Lions Awards 2017 wrap up

June 21, 2017

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Ever since 2009 I’ve wanted to attend the Cannes Lions awards. At first it was for the film – the cinematography and creativity of ads like the Philips Carousel stunned me. Even today they look fantastic, despite selling legacy products. Creative work like this and pioneering digital campaigns are a big part of what made me […]

Getting ready to geek: preparing for Cannes Lions (#CannesGoals)

June 17, 2017

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Industry events have a bad rep. Hour after hour of buzzwords, desensitised by PowerPoint and talking shop with drunk strangers usually results in a nasty hangover. But there are exceptions, among them the wonderful Playful conference (best described as ‘eclectic’) and the MeasureCamp series. I’d like to group Cannes Lions among this, but never having been […]

Cannes Creativity Festival by the numbers: what’s hot in 2017

June 17, 2017

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cannes festival of creativity talks

You can probably chart the rise and fall of different creative schools of thought through Cannes events. So that’s what I’ve tried to do – digesting the Cannes schedule to get an impression of what’s getting everyone excited and what’s losing its shine. Key topics: Being creative It’s Cannes so we’re all about the creativity […]

How to deal with a crisis (at home, at work, in life)

May 17, 2017

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Not everyone has deep experience of managing ‘crisis’. And not everyone works in PR. But this list of tips from a16z’s Crisis Communications podcast seems broader than just that – there are lessons here for any crisis you might face at your company, in your career or even at home. So here are my crib […]

On death and design

May 13, 2017

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If you’re under 60, reasonably healthy and unencumbered by mental illness you probably don’t think about death much. But it’s inevitable and one of the few things you only get to experience once. That experience matters. How we expire and what we decide before then is important not only to the dying but to the […]

Posted in: Design, Digital, health

How to make a GIF (and other essential skills)

January 28, 2017

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As we get used to the new normal (i.e. computing and Internet services everywhere) we need to rethink the skills that are important. For educators there’s a renewed focus on teaching STEM subjects, and a new computing syllabus that starts at age 5 (aside: great idea, but only if primary school teachers are computer literate […]

WTF is marketing science?

January 11, 2017

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data flows

As work changes, so do job titles. A few years ago, the idea that “the jobs we will all be doing in 10 years don’t exist yet” entered the mainstream, through Don Tapscott’s The Net Generation. That’s not to say we won’t continue to have doctors, accountants and lawyers; but the high-demand growth careers will be […]

Posted in: data, Digital, Marketing