Archive for February, 2008

Looks like we’re moving

We’re off to a big new House very soon. Well, soon-ish.
All will be revealed very soon. Well, soon-ish.

You wait ages for one good programme about advertising – then loads come all at once


No, it’s not Ross and Michael nipping out for a fag. It’s a scene from Mad Men, one of the several advertising programmes that BBC4 have lined up. So nip out and get a copy of the Radio times pronto and also check out:

Timeshift – The Rise And Fall Of The Ad Man, Peter York looks at the changing fortunes of British advertising with the story of the personalities who led it through its highs and lows       

Selling The Sixties is a mesmerising blend of archive and contemporary footage exploring the post-War American golden age, when it seemed as if happiness could be bought and sold.       

David Ogilvy – The First Mad Man is the story of advertising through a man whose extremes and eccentricities are revealed by interviews with those who knew him and worked with him on his most famous campaigns.

See more about Mad Men here: 

Working here makes sense

Seeing as we’re hiring at the moment, this struck a chord.  We found it over at the Life Moves Pretty Fast blog –
Like all good manifestos, it looks like you could write it on the back of a fag packet.

This news is so important that we lifted it straight off Adland

All you horn-rimmed glasses, turtle-neck wearing, T-square wielding, mac-loving, spray-mount stinkin’ arty folk rejoice. There’s a new black in town, which is blacker than black.

Researchers in New York reported this month that they have created a paper-thin material that absorbs 99.955 percent of the light that hits it, making it by far the darkest substance ever made — about 30 times as dark as the government’s current standard for blackest black….The newest black — which when held next to something conventionally black, such as a tuxedo jacket, is noticeably blacker — reflects just 0.045 percent of visible light.

Better clear the closet from all the jet black, matt black (btw, there’s an Art Director named Matt Black in Oz who promised to name his son Jet), antracit, asphalt, charcoal and black to make room for the new black. Wonder what we shall call it?



Want to pursue some happiness with us? Several new jobs up for grabs.

Some exciting times ahead here in Elm House. If you want to be part of it, get in touch about the following jobs.

  • Senior Account Director
  • Senior Creative x 2  
  • Designer
  • Studio Manager

Email if you’re interested in applying. Fuller details will be up on shortly. But if you’ve got as much experience as we’re looking for, you’ll pretty much know what’s involved. 

Our Mortgage Shop commercial

Endearing little characters, we think. Many thanks to Kris, Jim and Grainne who helped make it happen. 

Spot the Pub

Welcome to the first Spot the Pub competition of 2008. Answers on a postcard to 46 Hill St. (Or just click the comment button as usual – it’s far handier.) First correct answer wins something from the drink cabinet.
PS: Sorry, that should say drinks cabinet.  

What we’re tweeting

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Music we’re working to… sometimes

Ben Kweller
Patti Smith
Alabama Shakes
Okkervil River
Little Barrie
Loney Dear
John Vanderslice
The Who
Tame Impala
The Tallest Man on Earth
Real Estate
The Rapture
Plants and Animals
The Walkmen
Panda Bear
Monsters of Folk

and gallons of others...

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