ADC Global New York
It was difficult to generate contacts in New York because a lot of agencies were busy but a lot of creatives I know were in Europe at Cannes, France. Fortunately, Brett McKenzie of Art Dire- ctors Club ADC Global had some time to meet me. Even in the weekend. So big thumbs up! Brett showed me the gallery downstairs. A lot of design stuff is in the Gallery. Last week for example there was an event of MTV and the TV Series ‘Teen wolf’ art. The office was upstairs. Our conversation started first about the first steps of ADC Global. But ADC Global has nothing to do with the ADCN (Art Directors Club Netherlands) and ADC Europe. They told me that there are some contacts but it’s not yet connected. In the future they hope there will be a greater sense of community. Brett told me they started in 2001 in Canada (Brett is Canadian by the way) with one of the prime founders Ignacio Oreamuno. Ignacio is by the way exactly doing what I’m doing. Traveling the world and get in touch with creative people at several agencies in different continents. Although he is doing it on a much higher level. Brett also told me that they have an office in London, run by Sarah Shanks. The London office is primiarly responsible for organizing events in the Eurasia region. For example, India – which is so far from USA, making it difficult to communicate effectively.
I told him about my experiences across the globe. What do I think about Canadian and US advertising? By the way, there’s actually no difference, except for the Province of Quebec.. In Quebec want do it totally different – that was my experience in Montreal. They prefer to operate in a more ‘French’ way. In fact, they are more French then the French itself from France! However, their advertising is more subtle and down to earth instead of the bigger, more flashy compared to the English North Americans. But if people from Quebec want creative more international advertising normally the clients not allow that although you have some agencies like Sid Lee they’re looking abroad. Quebec is for me a little bit like Australia and New Zealand. Looking more to their own advertising and country. Allowing no foreigners involving their work. Well you can work there as foreigner if possible but it’s a lot harder.
Old vs New
The difference of Cannes and Miami Ad week is widely spoken. Miami Ad week is more relaxed, less of a party, and is more local (North American). Cannes is an international event, where you could party all day long and besides there are seminars and presentations at the conference hall the real thing is happening outside. It reminds me of the ‘old time’ advertising days, where Advertising was matched with the world of Glamour. Up to the nineties and beginning of the 2000’s there more glamour advertising with huge egos and party a lot and advertising is their life. Because of that clients do not have any insightful creatives or agencies in those days can ask anything you want. One photo for a brand cost you 100K dollar. But since 2008 all the agencies are smaller and ask half of the price (and still earning a lot of money). So the clients are wondering why not achieve great creative things for half the price and in good times ask more? You are doing more for less. Art Directors like me should be more all round. Doing some photoshopping and graphic design if it possible. That also includes more creative people in multimedia, social media, photographers, designers etc. Nowadays you still have some egos but teamwork is worth the effort instead of all creative teams are like an island. I experienced that in Kuala Lumpur, San Francisco and in Toronto. You achieve a lot more to be constructive to each other and not burn someone down. In Amsterdam James Walter Thompson is reorganizing. Approximately twoyears ago the James Walter Thomspon office was exposed to ‘New time’: more constructive teamwork.. Working late but the boost of energy is more worth it when doing teamwork. And I’m much happier with that. Although you still have some egos and just doing ‘Art Direction’ but at the end the client is not paying for that anymore.
It was a good end of my North American trip and balancing up. I want to thank Brett and ADC Global to give me the opportunity to be at the Gallery and the ADC office for welcoming me.
Check the website of Art Directors Club Global: adcglobal.org