A generation of Creative Greatness at Hall Advertising. The Grand Dame of Scottish Advertising.

I was absolutely blessed to start my career at Hall Advertising.

It was a true hotbed of creativity.

Many of the people written about in this post I consider to be not just my colleagues, but my friends; Mill, Downie, Farrell, Gumm, Taylor, Robertson, Jeffery, Atkinson, Cox, Lindsay, Stanier, Sutton, Gibsone, Wyper, Marr, Redding (RIP), Scott, Grassick, McCowan-Hill.

I met my wife of 28 years (and counting) there.

I discovered gratuitous hedonism there.

I realised advertising was more than just the best job in the world there; I learned that it has enough logic, science and passion-potential to rise above mere fun and can make a difference.

It’s a roll call of Scottish creative greatness and I am honoured to have served them.

Thanks Jim Downie (then Creative Director) for putting this history lesson together.

Enjoy.

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RIP Lindsey Redding, 52.

Lindsey and I worked together at Hall Advertising in the 1980’s.  He was a brilliant art director and was a good friend until he emigrated with Jo to New Zealand.

He has written a blog about suffering from cancer that, to my mind, should be required reading for all cancer sufferers because of its wit, its humour but most importantly its honesty.

I hope it stays up and that the medical profession who he talked about with respect come to find it.

You can read it here.

God bless you Lindsay.