Death and resurrection

Recently, I attended the Portfolio Night in Singapore organised this year by Y&R. In case you haven’t heard of this event, let me explain. On the same night right around the world, students and young creatives bring examples of their work (portfolio) to show to top local creative directors. It works on a speed-dating concept. About 15 minutes is given with each guru who can advise the aspiring writer or art director. Often the best people are offered an appointment for…

“Goodbye, Goodbye” sung the Beatles

I watched the singing talent show, ‘American Idol’, the other night (yes, I admit to being addicted to it). The theme was the music of The Beatles. But I was shocked to hear two contestants say that they did not know any Beatles songs! They had to learn one for that night, and they did pretty well too. Now if The Beatles can be so quickly forgotten, how do you suppose the advertising industry fares? Once upon a time if I said…

Some things don’t change

In the Straits Times on 1st April was a report on The Asia News Network (ANN) attracting entries for a logo contest. I wish it was an April Fool’s joke – although someone is certainly making a fool of the design and branding industry. It was reported that more than 1,000 entries had been received for this competition which closed on the end of March. The winner will picked on 30th April. Guess how much the winner gets? The person responsible for the design of this important new logo will get just…

Getting leery of beer bubbles

During a presentation on its research, Iris Singapore, quoted a mother who said that as soon as she awoke in the morning she checked her mobile for messages and then answered her emails and finally got around to getting the children ready for school. A study in the USA showed students could not for all practical purposes function without their mobile device and other surveys have shown people suffer anxiety after a day without the phone. There is no doubt people spend much of the day being…

A year to get better

With the New Year over, and Chinese New Year just a few weeks away, we can expect quite a few resignations. It is after a company bonus (if anyone is lucky enough to still get those) that many get itchy feet. The arrival of the new year tends to force one to take a good look at the current job and progress, or lack therein.

Let's not look back

There were too many deaths in 2012. This column is not really the place to discuss politics or bigotry and the other ills of society but I heard a few moments ago on the radio that the poor India girl who was raped on a bus in New Delhi, and was sent to Singapore for medical treatment, died. A week or two back we were shocked to hear of 20 young boys and girls getting shot in their school in the USA. Violent weather conditions have killed people in the Philippines, Japan and in the USA. The world economy is also not in good shape…

Finding a voice

Twenty little boys and girls and a number of teachers were gunned down in an American school just a few days before I sat down to write this column. While President Obama hints at tightening gun controls in his country, the defenders of “the right to bear arms”, which appears in the American Constitution, have already made it clear that they will oppose any restriction. As someone who grew up in England where even the police are not armed, I find it incomprehensible that someone can even buy…