AdLand Suit is Dan Shute, a Board Account Director at Delaney Lund Knox Warren, a top ten London Advertising Agency. This is where I write about the life of a Suit - which can include pretty much anything. Delaney's didn't know I was doing this, but they do now. They still don't agree with everything I say though. They'd also probably rather I swore less.
Monday, 22 June 2009
Welcome, dear friends, to the world of Secret Cinema. The brainchild of the braindaddy behind Future Shorts, it's a quite wonderful thing. Basically, once a month, somewhere in London, they screen a film - you don't know where it is until about a week before, and you don't know what the film is until the film starts. And it's much more than just the film - they create a huge, perfectly crafted event around it. They show a mixture of films, from cult classics, to plain old classics, to previews of soon-to-be-released blockbusters: this time round we had the quite magnificent (and the quite bonkers) Harder They Come, starring the quite magnificent Jimmy Cliff, and it was quite suitably mental; last time they showed Anvil (which is quite, quite brilliant) at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, and as the credits rolled, the band themselves struck up from the balcony.
Friday, 19 June 2009
So, a few people have questioned my anonymity. Or, to be more accurate, questioned why I'm anonymous - to question my anonymity itself would be to suggest that my real name is Adland Suit, and that I don't have a head, which would be ludicrous. I have a very fine head, thank you very much. Anyway - I digress.
Friday, 12 June 2009
Last night, D&AD handed out four black pencils, two of which went to Droga5 (one for their "Million" initiative, one for their Sarah Silverman-fronted "Great Schlep") - two fantastic pieces of work. A third went to ART+COM for their BMW Kinetic Sculpture - a beautiful piece of design in motion, that says great things about the brand (it's hard to talk about why without using the word 'semiotically' - I'll leave that to the planners). And finally, to Matt Dent, the guy who came up with the idea of using the reverse of the new British coints to create a shield collage. I'm not the sort of person who has a downer on the whole world of design, but this example seemed a bit 'meh' to me at the time, and really still does...
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Except that it hurts a lot more now than it did when I was 8. Yes, you are now as likely to see ALS scurrying through the streets of London atop a 24 speed commuter bike as you are to see him in the back of a magic black bus.
Monday, 8 June 2009
So, obsessive geek that I am, I spent a fair bit of time thinking about work while I was away - and with work naturally came thoughts of ALS. I've been doing this for a while now, and I'm starting to get a clear idea of what I'm here for. More than I had when I started, anyway. But I think it's time for a bit more. And as such, you might start to notice some changes over the next few weeks. Up until now, I've been posting pretty much exclusively about the process of advertising. Whilst I definitely don't intend to stop doing that, I worry I might be doing the role of a Suit a little bit of a disservice. After all, as I've pointed out elsewhere, the joy of a Suit's life is that pretty much everything counts as work, and everything is relevant - if ALS is to reflect the life of a Suit, then it should reflect that.
And so it shall. The tips will continue, the rants will continue, the Suits Laid Bare will continue, the Everything Is Your Faults will continue. But alongside them, will be some more personal posts. Whilst, for reasons that I may one day reveal, I will have to remain anonymous, there's no reason why ALS shouldn't have a little bit more of me in it. (Explicitly me, that is - those that know me will testify that there's an awful lot of me in it already.)
So there you have it. ALS continues, and ALS grows. And possibly becomes self-obsessive and tedious. Meh.
As regular (or rather, thorough) readers of ALS will know, I was inspired to start this blog, in part at least, by a shiny young creative called Scamp. Scamp is, as all of you will know, a stalwart (if not the stalwart) of the UK Ad-Blogging scene, and today's sad news is that after three years and 707 posts, he's decided that enough is enough, and that the time has come to concentrate on other, bigger things.
I don't know what it says about me or our industry that a 41 year old, ironic-t-shirt-clad creative deciding that he's going to spend less time blogging about ads feels momentous, but it does. Perhaps because it is.
So, if you haven't already, pop on over to say goodbye to Scamp, and hello to Simon. And then check out a couple of the 'bloggers most likely to'.