If you read my rubbish regularly you know that I have a funny relationship with advertising. But as I’ve tried to stress before I don’t have anything against the advertising industry.
I just think that the digital world has perhaps an uneasy relationship with the advertising establishment. I’ve tried not to get emotional about this or read too much into any of it, but here’s a few things I witnessed at the 2007 Clio Awards in Miami.
The interactive category got less time in the awards than the student category (it did get more time than radio but only just – and radio only had 2 winners)
RGA won a grand Clio and two gold awards for Nike+, I was sitting next to a nice man called Chapin from RGA. He didn’t get asked to go up and pick up the awards. Every other agency that won a grand Clio had the whole team go up and get recognised
The interactive jury didn’t get to meet up to discuss the winners, we did the whole thing online. (In my humble opinion this meant that lots of great work got missed out). Every other jury seemed to have had physical meetings to go through the work – except for perhaps Radio which also seemed to get a bit of a raw deal
The TV/Radio night was definitely the ‘big night’. The auditorium was full as opposed to 1/2 empty. Even the music changed, a subtle difference, but one that was noticed
In the ‘gallery’ you could view winning work from print, tv and radio (through a bunch of iPods). But you couldn’t see or experience the digital work anywhere.
I’m not particularly annoyed about it. And it’s probably right that I’m not. Perhaps I should shut up and actually enjoy the fact that digital it still little bit underground and grubby. In fact that’s exactly what I’m going to do :-)
I’m at the Clios Advertising Festival thingy. I’ll write some stuff about my impresions of what people have talked about and generally what’s going on when I’ve had a chance to digest and ponder. But in the meantime here’s some things that I’ve found interesting about Miami.
They have cool bikes, lots of big cruisers here:
Sometimes bikes have chickens on them:
There are R2D2 postboxes, which I’ve never seen before:
Starbucks really does sell music in the US now, bigtime:
And their touchscreen interface is pretty good:
You’re not allowed guns in the hotel.
It seems to be generally OK just to lie down wherever you like.
As I said I’ll post some real stuff again soon. But it is hard to sit down and think about doing a blog when the weather is nice. I’ve suddenly found a new respect for people who write blogs and come from places with nice weather…
As I’m now on the TaxiWeb here’s something else taxi related. I saw this parked near Old St yesterday:
It’s a London Cab painted with pole dancers. I thought to myself. That can’t be right, I’m sure the Taxi drivers code wouldn’t allow you to advertise like that. Especially with a ‘drive to you smutville for free’ promotion. Then I realised it didn’t have the light on the top. So it’s not a real cab, it’s just a smut-cruiser. What a horrible thing.
I don’t know where to start with this. I don’t think I can describe it. Basically there’s a new trend for putting ‘baddly spelld capshunz’ over odd photos. If they’re photos of cats (or katz) they’re called LOLcats, if they’re whales, they’re called LOLwhales, even LOLgays has a big scene.
Like I said, I can’t explain it. So you’re going to have to see it for yourself:
Only a French artist could say something like this: “When the social elevator is broken you have to know how to bounce. Between the take off and the fall, the man parachuted in the city learns to control his trajectory.”