Russell Davies is a creative director at Government Digital Services
I've always thought that the best advertising people are those who are a bit suspicious of it. That may well be true of other professions. A degree of distance, a measure of not-drinking-the-Kool-Aid, might help you be good at your job. That's certai...
The past few days have been filled with spluttering pundits comparing the WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook to some sort of end times. "$19 billion!" they cry. "For what?! They don't even take advertising!" Indeed, they don't.
The past few days have been filled with spluttering pundits comparing the WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook to some sort of end times. "$19 billion!" they cry. "For what?! They don't even take advertising!" Indeed, they don't. This is a company that h...
When I first started writing these columns, they were pretty grumpy - lots of poking fun at dumb agency stuff and pointing at industry idiocies.
There's a splendid interview with Kevin Kelly on edge.org. He points out that, in the early days of the web, everyone assumed it would turn into "TV 2.0": "5,000 different sources giving you the specialty information about a horse channel and a dog c...
Just off the top of your head, which country do you think has the best air force - pound for pound? The answer, apparently, is Brazil...
Here s a great tip for fun in a meeting: ask everyone how advertising works. It always leads to blank stares; then, when everyone has had a chance to think about it, you normally get to something about condensed message delivery. Which might be right...
If you're a columnist, some things are mandatory: the "signing off for Christmas" column, the "interestingly bad service experience" column, the "kids say the darnedest things" column. And further expectations surround those of us who make stuff up a...
Are you old enough to remember Perry Mason?
This is my last column before the festive season, so here is a handy Future Of Media Christmas Gift Guide. You might like to imagine it as a magazine supplement with lots of cut-out items against a white background, divided into those annoying lifest...
Last week, we lamented the fading of the "web 2.0" dream: the erosion of a data-sharing economy based on feeds and APIs, specifically the demise of LastGraph, which made listening maps based on a feed from Last.fm.
Something important died last week. It was a little service called LastGraph, which took data about your music-listening habits from Last.fm and made it into all sorts of pretty and interesting graphs.
I have found myself horribly guilty of the kind of short-sighted, incurious prejudice I always spy in everyone else, wagging my finger and raising my eyebrows. I should be mocked and humiliated. I am a dinosaur. I must be disrupted. My crime? I ve al...
One of my internet heroes is a chap called Ze Frank. Older readers may remember him from way back when, before the dawn of YouTube.
If you fancy reading an eloquent, angry rant, look for a blog about Microsoft Word by the science-fiction writer Charles Stross. It is spitting, splenetic and smart.
I remember being suspicious of Twitter at first. Looking at my old Tweets, it wasn't until the end of 2006 that I properly got into it.
The word "cliché" apparently goes back to the days of hot-metal type.
The next challenge for TV is to see if it can hang on to its prized "second screen" status. The screen we carry around with us and fondle is clearly the first - that's the one we use for shopping and talking to friends, it's the one that knows all ou...
I spend quite a lot of time in a Derbyshire town called Belper. My parents live nearby. There's a nice little high street with one more cafe than you might expect and a high-quality Oxfam bookshop.
I've judged a fair few awards in my time. It's never pretty.
- Mid Weight Planner - ATL Daniel Marks London £30-£50K + Excellent Benefits, Central London
- Client-side PPC / SEM executive - £25K - Central London Digital Gurus £23000 - £28000 per annum + benefits, City of London
- Digital Project Manager Premier Media £250-£300 per day, London
- Media Account Director Premier Media Up to £300 per day depending on experience, London
- Marketing Assistant, up to £25k Blue Skies Marketing Recruitment £25000 per annum, Benefits: +Fantastic Benefits, Teddington
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