Sent today by a colleague (original work by Scott Campbell):
This is awesome. So true.
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Who did this? It deserves attribution as it is really creative!
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These are fantastic! I would love to have these as a series of desktop wallpapers.
Love it! Well done mate! Love the Amy Winehouse one.
Interesting, and satirically true.
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First thing today that made me laugh. Ludicrousness in art.
The original artist is Scott Campbell.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4647183&l=13fa175399&id=645995233 here is mine.
This is quite good …. well taught out.
Your Big ideas are dead. Long live simple, smart and social thinking.
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hahaha, how true.. true.
great! I really love it.
This is really good! You should add a share button so more people can see it
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This is a really dumb-ass idea. How far do you think you can get by parodying people important to your career? No wonder you’re stuck in a dead-end job like yours. Now get back to work and do something worthwhile. Make something of yourself instead of drawing stupid cartoons. Sheesh!
I disagree with the Winehouse analogy I think the drugs made her way more entertaining and she is an entertainer, therefore drugs made her better at what she does and didn’t kill her
While I understand “Client thinks he’s creative” – I’ve had several clients (usually goaded on by their spouses) who have ruined things for me by giving me their creative input. I don’t think all people do that. I think a clients quite often have great ideas about their product or service and simply do not know how to execute it.
Love it! Great visual explanation.
Everyone thinks this is awesome, as if to agree wholeheartedly with the message these illustrations convey. But…I believe we have all shut down an idea a time or two in our lives. So let these simple drawings be a message to us all to be a little more aware of what we hear and how we reply.
Very well thought out…can’t wait for more!
So hard to read…not even worth it.
This is so damn true!! Great post man..
Very good. And very true. Awesome!
here is 9.
IDEA… small letters you can’t read
the art in this is awesome. i only have one criticism about it.
Every idea is a good idea, even if it’s a bad idea. That’s how you learn from your mistakes and grow from them.
Fantastic. Hugs from Brazil!
I totally get this. Is your company part of Omnicom? No wonder you’re so creative!
couldn’t be more agree with this.
if it’s not creative director, it’s gotta be budget.
PS – to Mr Fnortner, J. M. Brown, Pooper and Rick – stfu, you humorless dinks( unless you, Mr Fnortner, are being ironical, then please proceed, nothing to see here.)
The 6th one is clearly amy winehouse
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You should have a pic of your mom on the left and your dad on the right. Haha
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WOW I WISH I COULD FUCKING READ IT
THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU FAGS AND CURSIVE
I love Scott Campbell. He’s a righteous dude.
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this is really funny
I love the illustrations – the font /is/ a bit hard to decipher though. Wish you had a higher res version of this
And the client one is my favorite – rofl
Eight ways to kill an idea : FLIRTing with the Crowds…
Thanks to everybody for all the comments. This post alone has so far gathered 150.000 hits in one week. You could call that a hit!
Sadly there are some many more ways to kill an idea…though, that said, not all ideas should see the light of day.
Agree with the person who said attribution would be appropriate…it’s someone’s idea and brilliant execution after all.
I have no idea why you’re thanking people for all the comments. This is Scott Campbell’s work, and the fact that a number of people have commented requesting attribution would seem to suggest that a single line at the top of a post full of images you’ve lifted from someone else isn’t quite sufficient.
I agree, it’s an excellent set of images, but using them to garner publicity for your own business isn’t the way to get them seen.
Thank you for this.
I might suggest a new one. EARTH and MAN. My problem is who is on the right, who is on the left?….
Too funny … not all people are created with the same measure of creativeness. Hard to believe but really!
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Sami, what you’ve done is helped raise visibility for Scott Campbell’s work. And that’s a good thing.
As for killing an idea, the key word missing is “Good” as in “Good Idea”. Some ideas get killed by creative directors and clients — not because they involve risk, but because they’re off strategy or just plain don’t make sense. On the other hand, the Legal Dept. is #1 offender in killing GOOD ideas. They’ll dismember until nobody recognizes it or cares.
the question is… is it a good idea?
So true ;(
Wow they are great – I’m going to check out some more of Scott Campbell’s work!
I’d love to get this as a poster!
Is that all?
Hahaha, really funny and sadly very true. Sure, some ideas unfortunately need to be killed because they don’t fit the strategy. It’s just a shame that more ideas are killed for the reasons in the image
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Cute! This is why I’m self-employed. I can do whatever I want.
Brilliant. Just brilliant.
Beautiful. Wonder what “social media isn’t branded enough” would look like.
that is SO TRUE!
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. AND THE ART DIRECTION DESERVES A GOLD.
The answer is as plain as the nose on your face, yet you still missed it.
The reality is that, despite the fact that you thought it was a great idea, the idea stunk!
haha.. very nice!
Yep. Sounds about right. Oh, the joys of bureaucracy!
……..Nah!!….he he he,#7
Funny, yet sadly true.
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Awesome and so true. Especially the email one.
One is missing…
The worst enemy of a good idea is a different good idea.
Put this on a T-shirt; but wait that’s not a really creative idea
Great illustration and wonderful humor – thanks!
Original Page (with four more, select artwork to view up close): http://scott-c.blogspot.com/2008/12/portugal.html
Wow, way kewl dude, I like it.
I am Little Red Riding Hood
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Haha, maybe a little pessimistic…
but brilliantly awesome.
Love these story lines! Very creative mindset you have there Sami!!
ooophs Scott for being the original channel and an open brain gateway!
distilledtees distilledtees they have some cool interesting pics there the site is distilledtees.com
The real answer is to tell Derek Neighbors about it.
So true …. I think so
Great but would be much better if the background (the brown wash) wasnt repeated in every image. Also the letters are slightly hard to read but that could be from the small image size on this page. Other than that, brilliant.
lol! Good one!
haha, I’m glad none of those ways was used to kill this idea.
did your colleague sent this via email?
Fantastic. Well put!!
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Wow, way kewl dude, I like it…
Great post. I made this one of my three links on my daily design blog:
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Next do 8 ways to kill a bad idea or 8 ways to improve on an okay idea.
That’s awesome! Thanks
High-Rez version here:
(author, consider adding a link from your posted image? There’s been a lot of chatter at least on Digg about how the text is hard to read because the image is too small.)
Great find though! Thanks!!
Great! In Germany we call this “Galgenhumor”. Stay tuned everybody
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With only modest changes this graf could also be used to answer the question “what does a Producer do?”
Nice artwork, and oh so true.
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Genius! Love the art style and the metaphors are spot on.
If only there was some way to illustrate the over-thinking of an idea into utter destruction.
Love it! Submit this to the Art Director’s award show. When ever that comes around. http://www.artdirectors.org/
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that is a funny strip there
so true and so funny ! amazing
shame you cunt spell correctly
Brilliant. I wonder if any of those illustrations area available for purchase.
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To chaz, thanks for noting the irony. The difficulty with irony and parody is that so often they are taken as reality. That is why they both work and don’t. They are not lowbrow comedy. Congrats for being “this tall” and able to ride the ride.
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And the truth shall set you free. It is amazing at how I’m laughing so hard at this, but it is so true.
Don’t forget “Jealousy” and the “Glass Ceiling”!
Great strip though, lmao.
Great visual commentary.
Also, good reality check for anyone in a leadership position.
Is it unprofessional of me to say: LOOOL!
That’s so funny and real. I’ve especially gone through a lot of Jason Xs! That’s the fastest way to kill an idea, where you have everything backing you up, but your client has no idea what creativity and marketing/advertising means and wants you to do things his/her way.
I like “client thinks he’s creative”
I love it, what a strong message that supports how dedication, commitment and perseverance are a must to become successful.
This is really quite brilliant and very true as well .. The creative team at my company will totally agree with it !
Have linked to your post via my blog as well
I recommend reading “The Art of the Idea” by John Hunt, a brilliant collection of useful observations on how ideas come to be developed…or squashed, written by a professional idea man.
Brilliantly executed illustrations with some very funny concepts. Well done.
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Awww, look at the poor creative person. A lot of these are bullshit. The fact is, you have to take a lot of these things into consideration when doing creative for business. I’m a creative director and deal with a lot of these every day. Guess what? It makes me better.
If your ideas are GOOD ones, they’ll probably hold up. If they don’t stick, think of something else. It’s what you get paid to do.
FANTASTIC! Should be compulsory reading for all companies!
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Jeff: “Guess what? It makes me better.”
By “better” do you mean “cynical”? Don’t elevate the opinions of countless moronical suits to some kind of healthy testing ground for ideas. The reaction of those around the creative process is often a thinly-hidden, impotent rage which they justify to themselves with the reasoning that if it’s a good idea then it can’t be destroyed. And that is what is known as complete bullshit.
This was great, but would have benefited greatly from either a higher resolution andor more legible text.
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From a former copywriter/designer…Bravo! Too true!
Well done..and so true.
Idea ……. . Ridiculously hard to read text.
That’s a campaign… I think I saw it at AdsOfTheWorld. It’s for portugal, I think….
As soon as any ‘executive’ from marketing gets a hold of it, it will be something ‘they like to see.’
Glad to see the artist maintained the creative energy to finish the piece.
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Not only is this so true, but terribly original and unique. I loved it!
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The cuteness is daunting.
Daunting opposition. I have an idea… wait. No, I have another idea… awww crap! I’ve got a new idea…
these are great! some similar posts of marketing mishaps at listsoplenty dot com.
ideas with unreadable handwrite!!
Best list ever! You’re the Mac Daddy of Creativity. Love it!
If you want to make money and be creative you go into advertising. If you don’t want to make money then you can let your idea’s live in all their original glory. If you do, you work within the guidelines provided by the people paying for your party.
Well, I don’t know about the creativity vs. money argument — I just wanted to tell you how refreshing it is to see someone so beautiful AND talented! wish they had more men like you in America.
the second one, concerning “ideas sent by e-mail”, should come up in e-mail as a warning before sending any e-mail with an attachment to a client. Brilliant.
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That’s awesome, can I use this on another site?
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I feel your pain. Too many good, young ideas have met such tragic ends.
AWESOME! Love it!
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I think, what is it good idea.
Oh my goodness. Will you come to the states and work with Brains on Fire. Same tribe. WELL DONE.
Very cool graphical representation!
Today is a beautiful day,and I read a pretty post like this,thanks so much for sharing.
Ha ha. Can’t stop chuckling.
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This is exactly what I was looking for. I am going to share this with my team members. I think we can do better now.
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