Think Hard

Becoming Beckham. Another Adam &Eve Campaign Gold winner for H&M.

This is actually hilarious in parts.  Great demonstration of David Beckham joining his wife in the world of fashion and effortlessly showcasing H&Ms Beckham range with great wit and humour.

Kevin Hart becomes Beckham.


Agency: Adam & Eve/DDB
Chief creative officer: Ben Priest
Executive creative directors: Ben Tollett, Richard Brim
Creative directors: Feargal Ballance, Patrick McClelland
Director: Fredrik Bond
Production company: Sonny London
Production company producer: Alicia Richards

Campaign Big Awards – Gold Winner for Harvey Nicols

I love this quirky wee ad for Harvey Nicholls using real footage of shoplifters in their store and with a magical sound track and great animation.

Agency: Adam & Eve/DDB
Chief creative officer: Ben Priest
Executive creative directors: Ben Tollett, Richard Brim
Writer: Ben Stilitz
Art director: Colin Booth
Business director: Paul Billingsley
Director: Layzell Bros
Production company: Blinkink

DBA Awards nomination


Delighted to say that the Glasgow Life (World Gymnastics Championships) paper I wrote for Front Page – well I wrote the original paper, that won a Gold and a Chairman’s Award at The Marketing Star Awards earlier this year and Paula Anderson used that as the basis of the DBA paper – has now been shortlisted at the DBA Awards (extremely prestigious and we won a gold three years ago for Royal Caribbean Cruises).

It’s definitely won an award.  Just don’t know what colour yet.

First great ad I’ve seen for the US presidential election.

OK, negative electioneering gets a poor reception typically.

But when it’s great, it’s great.  Right?

Especially when your opponent is an odious, racist fascist.

Beautifully put by the Democrats.

Nick Cave: Philosopher.
September 8, 2016, 1:30 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

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Total respect to Mars and Channel 4 (and thanks to David Reviews for publishing)

As David Reviews says “This is one of three new commercials for Maltesers which won a competition launched by Channel 4 earlier in the year. The Paralympics broadcaster wanted to further its commitment to diversity by offering airtime to work which puts disability and diversity at the heart of a campaign.”

The commercial, one of three, is extremely “saucy” and  as Bodyform did earlier in the year  it has taken on a taboo subject (in their case menstruation; in this, disability) in a bold and confident manner.



The end of my first decade of Thinking Hard? No, the start of my second!

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Ten years ago I sat at my desk looking out onto Ashburnham Loan without a single client.  I’d walked away from my job as CEO of a Stock Market listed communications group.  Just like three years earlier I had walked away from my role as MD of my own advertising agency (50 strong and highly regarded).

Why had I done this?

(After all, to lose one senior level role is unfortunate, to lose two is downright carelessness.)

But I hadn’t lost either of them.

I’d elected to change my viewpoint on work.  To get out of the hamster’s wheel of eternal financial year ends, HR responsibilities, client bum sucking, to keep the corporate machine rolling on when I didn’t always respect all of the clients or all of the work my team was doing for them.

And that’s actually the crux of it. “the work my team was doing for them“.

I, personally, wasn’t actually a net contributor to anything that came out of either of those agencies.

I was simply a manager, albeit a senior one.

I didn’t want to be a manager.

It’s boring.

And so I walked away.


Ten years later I’ve completed 694 creative (mainly) projects for no fewer than 80 different clients.  The vast majority of which I can say I’m proud of.  And have enjoyed the process, liked the people I’ve worked with, and for, and made many new friends along the way.

In fact, it’s the longest I’ve held down a job in my life.

And it’s allowed me to indulge in other things I consider worthwhile; NABS, FCT, The Lyceum, Creative Edinburgh

Thanks guys.

Thanks very, very much.

I hope some of you will stick around for the next ten.