Because I have a few blog posts in my draft folder that don't seem to get finished and because I saw someone else do this the other day, here are a few things in no particular order.
* There is a recession going on. A big horrible one. Friends of mine have lost their jobs. But generally speaking everyone I know who is very good is very busy, everyone who is average or worse is quiet. Possibly there are two reasons for this; firstly in difficult times clients go for safe bets, secondly talented people are better are making themselves busy.
* I keep hearing people say the internet is going to change, nay revolutionise, politics. A new dawn is coming. Fine, except I see an Eton educated Tory Prime Minister coming over the horizon. That doesn't feel very new does it?
* People keep telling me that no-one is interested in politics any more. Wrong. Go and speak to some constituents of a Duck House MP. Go and speak to some Tories. They are all very engaged with the forthcoming election. The world is not full of Labour voting social media consultants.
NB I imply nothing about Eton, Tories, Labour, social media consultants or ducks. This is not a political blog.
* More and more it appears to me that small companies are good at innovation and big companies are good at Getting Things Done. Both of these are attractive at different times. Very few companies (Google being a clichéd example) are good at both. £££££.
* That fucking Philippe Starck programme is awful. Lots of people say it's good that design is on the telly. Not when it's design like this. Mind you, designing does not lend itself to exciting TV.
* They should bring the two Dicks back. Do not Google that, the reference is here.
* Advertising agencies are much better at account management than design companies. This matters and is one reason why ad agencies have the relationship many design agencies grave.
* If you say, out loud "the internet is going to change my business" you are fucked. It already has changed your business. All that is over. But there's some good news, it probably hasn't changed that much. All you need to do is work out which bits of your business are good and then concentrate on those.
* You work too late. Really. It's no good for you. Stop it.
* Sir Harold Evans, famous editor said last week, “I’m in love with the craftsmanship of print. But I have to say I’m intoxicated by the speed of the web”. He's right and that gives me a cute link to remind you Newspaper Club launches in January.
* Anish Kapoor is worth a visit.
That is all.