A non-traditional Super Bowl Post Mortem. Or a reminder for the peanut gallery.

Hey Asshole in the Peanut Gallery from last night’s #AdBowl, According to your tweet, you really hated the spot for XXXX last night. That creative team really blew their shot on the big stage of the Super Bowl. Man, if you had a chance to wow the tens of millions watching at home, you sure […]

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmul

In Creativity, Inc, Ed Catmul, the founder of Pixar tells the story of the creation and success of Pixar and also breaks down why he believes they have been so successful in producing blockbuster after blockbuster. Most of all, Creativity, Inc. is Ed’s story and his philosophy on running a creative business. He also delves into […]

Book Review: Zero to One

I’m reading a lot more physical books these days. I’m still reading a lot of online content but I’m taking more time to sit with bound paper book in effort to change things up a bit. For me, this is helping with being a little more contemplative about what I read. One of my favorite […]

What’s your creative origin story?

Who are you and where did you come from? This is a powerful question that we often use to describe ourselves to ourselves and to others. It can have a profound impact on how we treat others, others treat us and how we treat ourselves. This is profoundly important on many levels but it’s also […]

Mr. Clean and I had a falling out. I’m not sure it’s gonna be OK.

Sometimes you just want a relationship to go back to when it was simple. But things are rarely simple these days. There’s so many ways we interact these days with social media being so important to everyone. It used to be you could just turn things off and chill at home and no one would […]

Creative Control

Who has creative control? It’s a simple question with a complicated answer. When you’re in the business of making money using your creativity there are many stakeholders, so no one person really has complete creative control. There’s always someone else in the equation with whom you must negotiate. The boss, the client, and the market. […]

Process without purpose

I’m a huge fan of process. Having a great idea can’t really help you or your clients if you don’t have the process that gets you from a great idea to a great execution. Without great execution you end up with a so so. All the great studios, production companies, agencies and anyone who consistently produces […]

Breaking writer’s block

I’ve worked as a writer/ad creative and producer for over 20 years. Needless to say, I’ve felt blocked more than a few times. The most important thing about breaking writer’s block is not to freak out. It’s called writer’s block because we all experience it from time to time and to my knowledge no one […]

Ritual and Creativity

Sharpened pencils. A quit room. A still mind. That certain type of background music. Preparation is often the key to getting the most out of the time you set aside for creative work. And doing the same thing each time is one of the best ways to do that. I like to prepare myself a […]

Figure and Ground: Why everyone and no one is a photographer in the age of Instagram

I’ve seen a whole lot of change in advertising and media production business over the years. Mainly in the transition in the media we use to communicate with audiences and the technology we are using to create the communication. Back in the mid 90s I worked at an agency where the principal was experimenting with pre-consumer digital […]