June 30, 2010 Place-Laced

Out of Home Archive

Hey Google, Save the Curbs

The Road to the Art (in a) Director's Ad

Vuitton's Arty Ads Hit the Road

Take Our 2008 Ad Art Quiz!

Ad Art Grows in $$ Value

Getting Outdoor, Digitally. Not Digital Outdoor!

Not Quite the DaVinci Code

"Blade Runner" & New York's Landscape


By Kurt Brokaw

Once upon a time in New York City, it was possible to fly in from a business trip and cut one's commuting time back into Manhattan by taking a helicopter from LaGuardia airport to the roof of the Pan Am building (now the MetLife building), next to Grand Central Station.

I did this twice in my advertising career, both times at night - once to impress a marketing director client I'd flown in with, the second time to tempt a complete and beautiful stranger who I'd shared a long and bumpy and liquor-laden flight with. The views, of course, were staggering as the chopper made its way over and around Manhattan, sweeping gently and smoothly and pretty close-in to the skyscrapers of Broadway, Sixth, Fifth and Madison Avenues, then navigating down Park Avenue and climbing to the very top of the Pan Am building and settling onto its helipad. I recall the largest lighted sign in midtown at the time may have been the Admiral Television logo, about two stories worth of lights attached to a building in Times Square.

As it happens, the great film director Ridley Scott had the same experience, some years before he prepared the production design of his 1982 film, "Blade Runner." Writer Don Shay's hugely detailed article in the July, 1982 issue of Cinefex magazine describes Scott's experience. Scott had a second notion of a massive city where New York and Chicago join, and even a third idea of the 800 mile western seaboard as a single population center with giant cities and monolithic buildings at either end. But Scott elected to stay with Lost Angeles, advanced to 2019.


How To Buy City Hall


Church and state, the classic Time Inc. term Mr. Hency Luce once used to describe the imaginary wall between his magazines' editorial and ad sales staffs has little relevance today, what with the mating ritual Paradise Publishing and Madison Avenue have given birth to.

The birth of "creativity" being inserted into once purely numeric media planning analyses has fertilized "the street". "Advertorial" is now here and wants everyone to take notice, much like a new born baby getting Mom and Dad's attention at 3AM in the morning.

MACVIDEONY Creative Work

Hey Google, Save the Curbs

Next-Gen Mobile Carrier: Magee

Sarah Fay in wwwLand, Parts 1 thru 3.

Alan Chapell Goes Public on Privacy, Parts 1-3.

800 lb Gorilla Fandango Makes Noise at App Planet

Agency Rich Media Lovers Boogie as Palm Gets "Flash-y"

Churchill @ the Mobile UpFront

Google's Buzz Gets Stoned @ the WMC

Don't Go Into the Bathroom!