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  “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”                                                   –Gustav Flaubert. • • • • • • • • • […]

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Here’s the thing. I went to a School School but now I teach at an Ad School. And it’s really different. At School School, you study the books they assign you, do the homework they give you, take the tests they hand out in class. You’re checkin’ the boxes so you can make your parents […]

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  Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. Cardinal sin of bloggers, not to create new content. That, and sucking. But anyhoo, here’s an interview I did a while back with some nice folks in Romania. Here was their very nice intro. (I promise, the interview’s more interesting.) Luke Sullivan is included in the Business Insider’s […]

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Most of us grow up with pretty finely tuned bullshit detectors. The thing is, this technology is getting better every day. In fact, over the years, I think bullshit-detection technology has more than kept pace with computer technology, to the degree that kids today have BS detectors picking up readings as low as one-part-bullshit-in-a-million. Interestingly, […]

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Anne Lamott is the author of one of my favorite books on writing – Bird By Bird. The title itself is one of the first lessons Anne gives us, in which she recalls having to write a long report about birds for school. She was daunted by the size of the project and finally in […]

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“3 A.M. CALL TO THE PLUMBER.” (Curtain rises) WE OPEN ON A CLOCK ON THE WALL. IT’S 3 IN THE MORNING. WE PULL BACK TO REVEAL SLEEPY PLUMBER ENTERING A BATHROOM AS THE CLIENT HOLDS OPEN THE DOOR. CLIENT: It’s in here. The sink is just totally clogged. PLUMBER: No problem. Sounds like a hairball. […]

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Thank you to author Chanpory Rith of Lifeclever.com for this marvelous little lesson. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • What 50 pounds of clay can teach you about design. A 3rd-year graphic design teacher, Alison Woods, once told a parable from […]

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(A small excerpt from the new fourth edition of Hey Whipple, Squeeze This.) In a screenwriting book I read years ago I stumbled on this basic Hollywood trick that seems to apply to what we do here in advertising. To create a story, the author said, “Create one world and then look at it through […]

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Recently, Heidi Ehlers, (Creative Career Consultant, and founder of Heidi Consults www.heidiconsults.com), told me about a lesson she once learned from her mother. Heidi had just moped into a room to whine to her mother, “Momma, I am so bored.”  And her mother responded, sagely if a little coldly, “No my dear, you are boring.” […]

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Advertising is an itinerant business. I tell students when you step out of school and into the river of commerce, let the current take you where it may. Yes, you can have your target cities, your preferred agencies, but the creative process and the creative life are unpredictable and full of unexpected left turns. I […]

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