10 Advertising Resolutions for 2014 - Inspired by Art

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10 resolutions that ended up being more a (personal) reminder of the good ole fundamentals we need to keep, as we continue to adapt to the evolving world of our craft in communications/advertising planning and design.

The content of this presentation was inspired from an unplanned trip to the NSW Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

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10 Advertising Resolutions for 2014 - Inspired by Art

  1. 1. By Alex Goh, Associate Strategic Planning Director, M&C Saatchi, Kuala Lumpur. Advertising Resolutions For 2014 Inspired by Art
  2. 2. #1 Find the counter-trend behind every trend. On insights: Flip the “insight” to uncover its other side. In the example below, the artist attempts to capture the idea that the other side to globalism and commoditisation is the rising instance of social alienation and cultural exclusion. Images taken from: New South Wales Art Gallery & the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  3. 3. #2 Be Open to Multiple Viewpoints. Learn to be open to different viewpoints. You don’t need to always agree with it. But you need to acknowledge that it exist and work with it. Images taken from: New South Wales Art Gallery & the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  4. 4. #3 Don’t be an advertising academic. If advertising is all about getting someone to do or think something differently, we need to remember that real change is all about “feelings” – what emotions are you looking to trigger? Selling anything comes from “feeling”; not “telling.” Images taken from: New South Wales Art Gallery & the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  5. 5. #4 There are no absolute rights and wrongs. To be in advertising, you need to constantly adapt and evolve. To do that means not being fixated with a specific way of doing things. You need to play in-between the black and white. There are no absolutes. Images taken from: New South Wales Art Gallery & the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  6. 6. #5 Ideation tip: Work with binaries and ironies. The world and the people in it is a very interesting place partly because of the ironies that surround us. In bringing a feature to light, consider juxtaposing it with its opposite – hard/soft, permanent/impermanent, light/heavy. In the example here, a bronze “balloon” (soft) was juxtaposed with small clusters of “barnacles” (hard). Images taken from: New South Wales Art Gallery & the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  7. 7. #6 Always create work you can be proud of. There will never be enough time. So with whatever time you have, short or long, create work you can be proud of, given the limitations and constraints. Images taken from: New South Wales Art Gallery & the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  8. 8. #7 Make heavy work, appear light. True experts simplify rather than complicate. It’s your duty to help clients feel smarter, rather than confused, when they are around you. Images taken from: New South Wales Art Gallery & the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  9. 9. #8 Make things up as you go along. With the Internet, we can search for opinions on anything, online. That also means we think less, on our own – instead, oftentimes adopting the opinions of others. The guy you see below was tasked with teaching children how to experience art. His advise? Make up your own story to whatever is before your eyes. The act of “making up stories” itself forces you to more deeply process what’s in front of you. That’s “appreciating” art. Images taken from: New South Wales Art Gallery & the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  10. 10. #9 Die to self, daily. Don’t stop yourself from trying anything new or different because “I’ve never done it before”, “I’m not the creativetype”, “I’ve tried before; it was baddd…”, etc. Every day is a new opportunity to be a different “you” – to be the best version of “you”, yet. Images taken from: New South Wales Art Gallery & the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  11. 11. #10 Excuses never stopped time. Whether we do or we do not, the clock goes along its merry way. If we do, then the passing of time would have thought us something new and that’s time well-spent. Images taken from: New South Wales Art Gallery & the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  12. 12. By Alex Goh, Associate Strategic Planning Director, M&C Saatchi, Kuala Lumpur. alex.goh@mcsaatchi.com.my Now, go be the best version of you.

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