Category: Archive

The September issue

It’s that time of year again, as made made famous by Vogue’s movie ‘The September Issue’. Sadly their cover this year is rubbish, with the rest of the market not much better. But the clear winner is this brilliant Harpers’ cover. Aside from the access and technical perfection, it borrows heavily from sixties’ title Nova, which is […]

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Honest Andy’s Guide To The PPA Front Cover Of The Year Chase

Welcome, fellow punters, to the annual PPA Front Cover Of The Year Chase, decided as always by public vote. You can cast yours here, but to guide you in your deliberations here is Honest Andy’s annual guide to this year’s big British race-off. . . NME (4-5 Favourite) Rihanna looks by far the toughest filly […]

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Five good stories

Download the entire 1976 NASA graphics manual here. For free. Millennials. Who are they and what do they want? Engagement up the wazzoo. Excellent deconstruction of ad speak. Buzzfeed slashes its revenue forecast in half PPA CEO Barry McIlheney’s amazing eulogy for Kevin Hand, who died last week.  

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Five good links

The New York Public Library just digitized and made available more than 180,000 high-resolution items, which you can now download for free. Brilliant and original example of interactive storytelling from Buzzfeed Why ecommerce photography is so important. Successful content marketing: Old school print plus tons of video. Excellent writing from James Murdoch on the power of storytelling […]

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Esquire spoofs the greatest magazine cover ever

The Beano is enjoying something of a resurgence of late, as demonstrated by the confidence of this recent cover art. Editor Craig Graham would like to point out that the coverline: ‘You should have seen the other guy’ refers to the BACK cover, which can be seen here after the jump.

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Five good links

From the FT, Adland’s continuing existential crisis, along with good observations as to how brands grow. Twitter’s troubles, by Emily Bell along with a deeper dive from The Atlantic. Story of the year; facebook’s interest in AI is going to become our reality. Posts from The Mail and The Guardian. DC Thomson’s Jacqueline Wilson magazine goes Dyslexia […]

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Small, but perfectly formed

Here are the crisp new emoticons facebook is planning on us all using anytime soon. Will they give a better user experience? Maybe. Will facebook aggressively sell the ‘nuanced responses’ to brand content that these emoticons might generate? Certainly. Here’s Mr Zuckerberg himself explaining how they work, using what the new pressure sensitive iPhone UI. This is […]

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Welcome to your new identity

As seen somewhere in West London, this picture was pinched out of Richard Huntingdon’s excellent twitter stream. It perfectly illustrates why print magazine covers can be so compelling. Not quite sure who you are these days? Never fear, Yummy Mummy will take away your identity crisis. Or perhaps create one…

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You lookin’ at me?

Taking pictures of strangers in public places without their permission requires some nerve. Photographer Ed Walker clearly has plenty of that, as he’s taken loads of pictures in this very way. There’s an extraordinary quality to his images. Because the sitter is given no notice that they are to be photographed, the look Ed gets […]

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Rock n’ roll meets corporate finance

Along with my colleagues Andy Pemberton and James Lumley, I’m presenting at this top-notch event next week. Our agency Furthr has teamed up with White Light Media to challenge your expectations with a provocative line-up of speakers with backgrounds in business investment, disruptive thinking, brand development… and rock music. It’s an invitation-only, free event for senior […]

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