Monday, October 27, 2008

The Pisa Tower of Leaners

Just came back from a short trip to Florence and Pisa. Did the usual sight seeing and shopping and found out a few things:

1. Italians love to eat. They take 3-hour dinners; starters, first course (which are the pasta dishes), main course (usually a roast meat or stew) and desert.
2. Florence love their Michelangelo's David statue. There are no less than 3 in the city and the real one isn't all that different from the replicas.
3. The Leaning Tower of Pisa... ahh... Who can resist doing those customary poses.

So I set out on a mission - taking pictures of people doing exactly that. Pay attention to those who are taking the pictures because they are actually the gung-ho ones, 'directing' their subjects on what to do.

I'll leave you to fill in the captions.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Flashback 80's

We love a bit of 80's. Especially on Fridays.

Check out this literal take on Aha's 'Take on Me'.

That aside, this is quite possibly the best 80's music video.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Dyslexia in Tesco

So according to Tesco Metro on Dean street, I've just bought a W 800G Seeded, Carbonara, Prepared Salad, Phoiledelphia (??) and parma ham. Talk about cryptic.

PS and nope I didn't have a clubcard. ;)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

F**K me, social media

Pretty neat but cutting presentation/guide to social media. Probably tells us what we've already know but there's this bit that gave me a dose of reality check.

It says that by 2010, Millenials/Gen Y-ers will outnumber Babyboomers. And they spent an average of 16 hours online with 96% of them on a social network program.

It really had me thinking because I genuinely feel that there seems to be an inborn resistance to embrace online advertising. I do not know if it’s the hereditary nature of the industry but one day, very soon, most of us are going to next head of some agencies, or at least someone that will be making key decisions to talk to these late Gen Y-ers and early Gen-Zers (I'm presuming most who read adsareboring are our age, sorry folks). And when THAT time comes, it will probably be all webspeak.

Sure, there will still be print and tv but as far as engaging goes, they will increasingly become irrelevant when compared to the internet.

So very soon, it won't be 'is it talked about down at the pub' but more like 'is it talked about on facebook?'.

Friday, June 20, 2008

We've moved house.

Myself, Janson and our old CSM chums David & Phoebe created this little moving film for our agency DHM London. It meant we had to move the entire office in stop frame but we think it was worth it.

Thanks to Margaret len tang for the music and Billy for the edit.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Don't hate the player, hate the game.

This post is in response to Scamp's view about Cannes 2008, scam ads and advertising in Asia.

I'm from Singapore by the way, or better known as the land of scams. Although i can see us losing (or have already lost) the title to India pretty soon.

See, in the business we are in, and as most have agreed on Scamp, we are judged by how good, creatively, the work are (fuck the sales and brand recall bit). But unfortunately in a country like Singapore and I believe most part of Asia, we are still pretty much an ad-illiterate country.

Having said that, there were some memorable ads I saw on TV over the last few years. It probably gives you an idea as to where we are at but this is not a yardstick and I may be wrong as I’m only back once a year. They were short of award winning but it had everyone talking. Some even spoofed the mocca ads and post it on youtube. Search for it.. pretty hilarious stuff.

But generally, our TV and print ads resemble those that you see on daytime TV and regional papers over here.

It's all a bit presumptuous, mind you... Because both clients and agencies seem to hold on to the notion that the general public probably won't appreciate a Harvey Nicks boxing ring ad, so would rather chose to splash across, the prices of as many products you can squeeze, onto a broadsheet spread.

Add that to a combination of clients playing safe, agencies can't be bothered to fight for better ideas, and the public 'not ready' for it (according to erm, the clients and agencies).

SO herein lies the problem - how do you judge how good an agency is doing... right down to who gets promoted next year? Yes, billings counts but it means fuckall for creatives. You don't go knocking into Creative Directors and tell them 'after I did this ad which i showed the product now at a 50% discount, sales shot through the roof, their profits went up by 67% year on year'.

Another problem - the JWTs, DDBs, Saatchis of Singapore, India, Malaysia all have to answer to their parent companies in London and the US on how well they have performed. As much as it is about bottom line, being creative is our product. So something like 'TBWA Singapore this year had an exceptional year winning 5 big accounts and is the top billing agency in Asia' doesn't read excitement, except to perhaps the few money men/top management... I will be damn surprised if the head office MDs and CEOs only look at that when do their yearly review of worldwide agencies.

My point is, we are (increasingly, may I add) judged by how creative we are, not how much business we can win.. Things like the Gunn Report and those awards league tables don't help either.

So what do we do?

Scam ads. To show what we are made of. Not necessarily who we are.

It’s depressing if you ask me. I was just looking through the Cannes press shortlist of Singapore based agencies. One had ‘Post-its’ as their product. The Client?
Gin He Stationary & Office Supplies.

But if I ever head home, I guess I'll have to live with that. And obviously I wouldn’t mind having a couple of Lions on my CV, a week of partying at Cannes and a pay rise straight after.

Advertising is quite fun if we forget about the bitching.


PS I'm not condoning scam ads but the industry we are in, sort of, manifests itself isn't it. It's vicious. It's ugly. But then again what isn't?

PPS Dave Droga did his stint at Saatchi Singapore. Saatchi Singapore is the mother of all scam ads according to a headhunter I spoke to recently.

PPPS One final thing. I want to give a special mention to BBH. Apparently BBH Singapore has always adopted a 'No-Scam-Ads' policy. The flip side is that with them refusing to ‘play the game’ they have fallen off the radar quite considerably.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

My First Video

MATHS CLASS - 'NERVES' from ollie & brad on Vimeo.

Its for a forthcoming single called Nerves by a Brighton band called Maths Class.

I've put up some behind the scenes shots too for your enjoyment. let us know what you think.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Day 12: Be@rbrick x Fendi

Spotted a giant Bearbrick outside a Fendi Boutique here. A little late to jump on the designers + fashion bandwagon but still got me a little excited nonetheless.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Day 11: You Are What You What?

Eileen insisted that I should not put this picture up as it would paint a pretty bad picture of Singaporean's usage of English. Personally I do not know if it's bad English, lost in translation or the writers trying to be 'creative/different'.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Day 10: Kungfu Hair Treatment

Found this interesting package design - 2 faces on the front - on my supermarket trip this morning.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Day 9: The World is Our Playground

I walk pass this playground near my fiancee's flat practically everyday but today I decided to take a closer look at the make and feel of it. It's sponsored by Little Tykes. No big, bold branding. Just a little logo on the roof of the slide.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Day 8: Here's Our Ferris Wheel

And we've named it the Singapore Flyer.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Day 6: Today's Menu

I visited a friend whose wife had just given birth to a baby boy and saw this vending machine at the hospital lobby.
Sorry for the poor photo quality but today's menu is Cheese and Egg Omelette Sandwich and Fillet of Fish Sandwich.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Day 5 - Hair Problem Detection

I think they are selling some hair loss treatment although the graphic illustration baffles me.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Day 4 - Public Service Messages

4 messages in one go, on a local food centre table.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Day 3 - Matte or Glossy?

Matte tends to be sexier.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Day 2 - Multi-lingual

I had a few people asking me recently what is my first language. I find it quite difficult to explain. There are 4 main races and languages. I'm Chinese. My forefathers came from China. But Singapore, as a country used to be part of Malaysia so the national language is Malay. I can understand some of that but can't speak or write in Malay.

Then there's English, which we are taught since young. In fact I consider English to be the first language as everything in school is taught in English, except of course the respective mother tongues. So there you go.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Revamp & Day 1 - Random Sale

Apologies for not posting for a while. Amongst other things, we've been pretty busy with our website (which has been taking way longer than expected) and our work at DHM.

As you would have probably noticed, we've made changes little by little to the blog just to freshen it up a bit.

And to kick start again, we are doing a picture of a day for the next two weeks while I take a little holiday. Here's the picture of the day - the only flea market of Singapore. It's a lot less organised than London's and the things sold are a lot more random.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Super Tuesday

I used to watch loads of American football when i was a kid but fell out of love as i grew up to realise how slow it is. So slow that they have hours to fill with ads.

Here are a selection of the ones from this years super bowl which which didd'nt suck ass ( as they would say)

Will Ferrell in a tie up with his new film.

A coke spot with fighting parade balloons including Stewie Griffin from Family Guy. It seemed fresh set against some of the other cruder ads.

And finally the Justin Timberlake Pepsi Ad.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008