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‘Weddings’ on demand

Author: Kerry Rice

I have a question for magazine publishers everywhere. In the age of digital printing, when homesick antipodeans can pick up the same copy of the Sydney Morning Herald in London as is on newsstands in Australia that day, why can’t we get a copy of any magazine from anywhere in the world printed digitally on demand and delivered to us?


Choose life. Choose health. Choose print & packaging. Choose cross media campaigns. But why would anyone want to do a thing like that?

Author: Joanna Muggeridge

Any client or media friend who’s visited us here at AD in Esher will most likely know that Waitrose is one of the most frequently visited shops in town – if only as our working lunches are generally purchased there! So, it almost goes without saying that I seem to spend a fair amount of time (and money!) in this high street supermarket chain, and therefore can’t fail to notice any offers or brand introductions.


The wonderful world of labels and films

Author: AD Communications

I recently started working for a client that specialises in providing innovative products for label and window applications, which naturally raised my awareness to the different types of product in this market – much to the amusement of my friends, especially if I decide to inspect a clever piece of print on a night out!



Polite as an English, direct as an Italian

Since I joined AD my colleagues have been asking me to write a piece regarding my views on business and lifestyle in England, pointing out the main differences with my country. Such a huge topic!



Back to the Future?

Author: AD Communications

Space, the final frontier, these are voyages…and you know the rest. In the 60s, 70s, 80s and even the 90s, television and film depicted the humans of the future as great explorers, ‘we’ were an active species. In Back to the Future we glided round the streets on hover boards, in Star Trek we sought out new life and new civilisations and in Planet of the Apes…well we were slaves controlled by the giant apes we created, but that’s neither here nor there.


Print Stinks

Author: Shireen Shurmer

A few cultural outings are vital to break up the long school holidays and this week we ventured out to see ‘Mr Stink’, which brings to life David Walliams’ children’s book for the stage.  The story – for those without young offspring – concerns the friendship between a young girl and an old tramp, the eponymous Mr Stink, through whom the young heroine and her family learn some valuable life lessons.


Convince the buyers that AVEs are inconsistent and we’ll get new standards sooner…

Author: Greg Mills

Interesting to read that Ogilvy PR Worldwide is going out on its own to drop AVEs and roll out new global standards for measurement later this year.  Rather unfortunate, though, that the internal announcement obviously didn’t get through to the agency’s top man in Europe, who according to the PR Week report, was ‘initially unaware of the plans’!  Anyway, getting back to the story itself, Ogilvy deserves some measure – no pun intended! – of congratulations for their planned actions. 


The Joy of Books

Author: Joanna Muggeridge

I’ve just finished a really good book. I absolutely couldn’t put it down, and, when I did pause for breath to surface away from the story I was captivated by, I wondered if my experience would have been the same had I been reading it on a Kindle or an iPad.


Communication is a fascinating thing

Author: AD Communications

Recently I attended a workshop in London. Run by the PRCA the topic of discussion was communication, and much of the conversation focused on building rapport and recognising body language.  The speaker also asked us to throw away our preconceptions and pay attention to the old adage “you can’t judge a book by looking at the cover” (does anyone else remember that Yardbirds song?…).


Packaging: the unsung industry

Author: AD Communications

Yesterday’s parliamentary debate regarding packaging created a flurry of discussion from professionals, urging me to sit up and take note. Having formerly discussed the prospect of print in a digital world (predicting development and growth, might I add) I decided to dig around for public opinion on the idea of packaging and the ramifications surrounding it. Having said that, this task proved somewhat difficult, given that there was virtually no coverage surrounding the debate that took place in Westminster.



Marketing, have you been introduced to print? It’s just over there….!

When I registered to attend Marketing Week Live I didn’t expect print to play a central role in the event. My reason for attending this event, intended to challenge marketers with innovative ideas, trends and strategies on marketing & communication, was its rich and attractive programme of conferences. And, as I looked at its schedule in more detail, I wasn’t surprised when I didn’t spot any print related sessions.


Industry reacts as Mr President refers to print as ‘Pointless waste’

Author: Lucy O’Dea

Call me cynical, but I was rather bemused to read that having just attacked the printing of the US Federal Register as “a stack of expensive doorstops” and “stupid spending” that “doesn’t benefit anybody”, President Obama, the leader of the free world had also launched his ‘Obama for America 2012’ re-election website, offering a host of campaign paraphernalia for purchase, and dare I say printed paraphernalia at that!

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