Archive for April, 2008

My attention was caught by a news item reported by AutoCar this week concerning Lamborghini. While it is generally recognised that Lamborghini has benefitted from Audi ownership; with the Gallardo a perfect example of how the Italian auto-manufacturer has successfully entered new ground under German ownership. The marriage between the manufacturers has reached an interesting […]


I was very surprised that the FT left such a significant fact out of its front page coverage of Dawn Airey’s move back to FIVE as CEO today. Only a couple of months after she was promoted to the ITV board. I’m sure I heard Michael Grade had prohibited any lunches being claimed on expenses […]

It was with genuine regret that I read of the demise of SHOP today. The agency formerly known as Campbell Doyle Dye is about to close. The advertising agency with a flair for some digital and below-the-line campaigns punched above its weight in terms of the talent employed and their agility in making engaging creative […]

Yann Arthus Bertrand has been working on a social study since 2003; gathering videos of the hopes, dreams and fears of consumers around the world. The project recently reached the point where the material was ready for distribution and online collaboration to extend the project. So there is now a website which allows you to […]

I had to remind myself as sleet and hail fell between the sunshine and lightening storm today that it’s Spring. Only a couple of weeks ago the snow settled and my kids had great fun in the park making a snowman. I can only assume I’ll need to carry sunscreen, an umbrella and arctic survival […]

The winners of the Thinkbox TV Planning Awards will be announced on May 21st at a lunchtime ceremony held at Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair. If you would like to see the list of finalists, click on the LINK The competition is tough, so while some of my Phones 4u work has made the cut […]

OLED screens


If you’re fed up with blurred, low-resolution screens on your mobile phone, digital camera, mp3 layer or desktop computer, you’ll appreciate OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) screen technology. The first generation of handheld consumer electronics devices that use an innovative new display technology are starting to appear more commonly on store shelves, with more many more […]

A new Banksy was spotted by friends in London last week, so I dropped by to take a look on Friday. In real life it’s glorious. The image painted of the child grafitti artist completing the line ‘One Nation Under CCTV’ while under the gaze of a CCTV camera brought a wry smile. The work […]

Over the weekend I’ve been sorting through a small design library. It’s been a case of weeding out the tired and weak examples, while reminding myself of the great and good in product and environmental design. Some of the quotes and work examples I re-discovered in the collection of books and articles brought a smile; […]

Is this the end of Battenburg cake and mushy peas as we know them? Well, the answer may quite possibly be yes. Partiicularly if you like yours with the artificial colourings that have caused concern at the Food Standards Agency . I’m sure the manufacturers will find alternatives, but the original colourings currently used in […]

The latest promotion for the BBC’s online iPlayer service, which allows you to catch up on the last week’s programmes, has struck a direct heading for brand engagement. Unlike Sky, Channel 4 or ITV, this brand film doesn’t focus on showing content highlights from traditionally popular programmes. Instead the BBC have decided to release a […]