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10 Rules of Trends

Grant McCracken has written an excellent post on the art of trend watching. In it he lists the 10 rules of trend watching which provide a very clear definition of the differences between trend watching and cool hunting.

Russell Davies has been inspired by McCracken and come up with his own ideas for a futures market based on trends.

Jimi Nano Cover

One of the best items I've had in the last 6 months has been my Jimi wallet. A very thoughtful gift, it has proved ideal for carrying around the essentials for London life; my oyster card, credit card and cash.

As a logical follow-up Jimi have released an iPod nano cover. Made of the same durable plastic as its' wallet sibling, the nano cover is available in a wide range of colours including the orange 'safety' version on the left.


Puma launch Golf range

The German sportswear manufacturer has decided to launch its own gold range.

In an attempt to merge golf and fashion, Puma have put together what is actually a pretty interesting collection of traditional golf apparel but with their own Puma twist.

Check it out here.

A thought. Simple vs Complex

I've started a new planning job and to give myself a fighting chance have been rooting around the WARC archives (a really great resource). As a result I've been devouring IPA Effectiveness and APG Award papers. Amongst these a couple of themes have developed. And I think I've been able to pull a thought out of them...

When ever we're explaining something we're always told, by our teachers / bosses / parents, to simplify things to ensure that they are understood. On the other hand, these very same people that the world is a complex place.

This raises an interesting point when it comes to advertising and marketing; should we simplify things so that the consumer gets it; or should we leave them to be complex so that we truly portray a brand, product or service.

On the one hand there is the M&C Saatchi dictum of 'brutal simplicity of thought'. On the other is the Russell Davies school that argues that if you wish to give a brand scale and emotional depth, you need to embrace complexity.

The brutal simplicity of thought concept is a great theory and M&C Saatchi creative briefs are a great tool for bringing out a proposition.

To create an individual campaign it works wonders. The 2003 BA Club World adverts which form the basis for M&C's APG paper of the same year demonstrate how the most simple of ideas, in this case sleep, can create an incredibly powerful and compelling advert.

But can you apply a brutally simple thought to more than just an established brands product?

Davies argues that in order for brands to cross cultural, category and audience boundaries they need to have the depth and complexity to talk to different people in different ways and not be seen as schizophrenic.

He believes that all the usual marketing tools that we use to narrow things down just narrow things down too much. You can have the sharpest spade but still be digging in the wrong place.

The argument could be taken further, after all would you want to talk to someone for a long time who spoke in a monotone voice and only had a few stock phrases? No, I thought not. So why would you talk to a brand with these characteristics?

Sadly when it comes to a brand simplicity is not enough. Simplicity is a great tool but it needs to be used for specific purposes. To create a brand that really resonates it needs to be complex. To have flaws, to have a point of view and to be, for want of a better word, humane.

Los Juncos

Another lovely picture of me on holiday. Whilst we were in Argentina, we had the pleasure of staying at Los Juncos hotel in Bariloche. If ever there was a special hotel this is it.

Each room is designed completely individually and each has equisite attention to detail.

The headboard of our bed was made from reclaimed drift wood from the nearby lake, the pictures behind the bed were old shots of naked men with clothes painted on them, whilst the wet room and washroom were beautifully arranged.

The lobby/lounge/dining room is a gorgeous space that feels like the great room of a farm house. The design aesthetic here is very much a mish-mash of differing styles but it works beautifully. The whole hotel is very rural in feel and should you be in the neighbourhood I absolutely recomend it.

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H+L of the Year 2006

Who is that cat chillin in the big blue?

Those lovely chaps at Hart+Larsson have nominated yours truly for H+L of the Year 2006!

I can retire now.


Craft Design Technology

Craft Design Technology are a Japanese firm who have decided to take on basic, staple products and make them better. CDT have created a gorgeous range of stationary and by keeping things simple this set of tools just work.