by John Fountain.
Here's some articles, videos and websites worthy of further exploration...
Kirby Ferguson. Embracing the remix.
Kirby Ferguson is a film-maker from New York. He has a point of view that I guess many of us believe there is some truth in, and that's no idea is ever original. In fact Kirby reckons that some of the most creative people of our time, Bob Dylan for example, have been 'borrowing' right from the start. As the 1920's blues singer, Blind Willie McTell said, "I jump 'em from other writers, but I arrange them my own way."
Shit London began life as Facebook group for Londoners to post their pictures of strange and unusual things they spotted on their travels around the city. Here you'll find photographs of the unintentional human comedy that surround us in the city. It's the flotsam and jetsam of city life , the overlooked minutiae, the tragic, the grotesque and the basest of base. It's the adapted posters the dirty joke on the back of a van, the glory hole in the public loo, that weird shop down the end of your road and the knob graffiti strategically placed for maximum effect. I think this might be my favourite website.
Here's a round table discussion from creative guys in Canada who argue that people who have enjoyed highs in their career become less satisfied as time goes along. And these days, a Creative Directors role is not so much to do with creativity, but management.
How Saatchi & Saatchi recruited new creative teams
When Saatchi wanted to hire more creative people with leanings towards digital - what did they do? They created an iPhone app. They got lots of hits on Facebook. They got the whole industry talking. Yeah, right. I bet they ended up going to a headhunter.
Four bored Scousers at Prague Airport
It does what it says on the tin. Genius.
Volkswagen Polo. Singing Dog.
Created by Dylan Harrison/Feargal Balance, and shot by Noam Murro, here's a little bit of genius that our profession used to be famous for. Yes you've seen it before and yes you should see it again.
A Short Lesson in Perspective. Linds Redding
Linds Redding, a New Zealand-based art director who worked at BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi, died recently at aged 52 from an inoperable esophageal cancer. Nothing ever published around the creative industry has been as important (or as widely read) as Linds Redding's "A Short Lesson in Perspective." If you have not read this, put on some headphones and this guy below will read it for you.