August 2004

Designer fired for having an opinion about Bush

by Andy Polaine on August 23, 2004

I just heard this story about a designer, Glen Hiller, from agency, Octavo Designs, being fired for heckling George W. Bush at a politcal rally.

Apparently one of Octavo Design’s clients had provided the tickets to the event and took objection. It’s pretty scary that something like this could happen. It seems likely that Hiller could take his former employer to an industrial tribunal and win, but he has no plans to get his job back.

I’m surprised there are even tickets to these events, but perhaps that’s to stop hoards of people turning up to shout Bush down for being so inept. It also shows the shallowness of the advertising agency world when they suck up to clients so dreadfully. Surely they pride themselves on their originality and creativity? They probably even trade on their hip, cutting edge understanding of youth markets. I can’t tell at the moment because their site doesn’t appear to be working at present.

Individuality, thinking outside of the box (including the ballot box), voicing opinions when others shy away are all markers of a creative mind, particularly in advertising. It just shows how governments and big-business are in each other’s pockets. What was the client doing giving out tickets to a Bush rally if they didn’t expect people to voice their opinions? It’s hardly like sending out complimentary tickets to The Lion King after all.

Have fun with nuclear reactors

by Andy Polaine on August 10, 2004

in General

I just received this invite:

Saturday, 21 August 2004 10:30am to 4pm New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights

Have fun and learn about the fascinating world of materials science at Australia’s only nuclear facility.

There will be a range of hands-on opportunities for people to learn about the diverse and exciting materials that make up our world. From bugs and drugs to bridges, roads and buildings.

Further information: www.ansto.gov.au/msd

Now, is it just me or does “having fun at Australia’s only nuclear facility” sound a little odd?

I, Robot – a very short review

August 10, 2004

I finally saw I, Robot the other night wondering what Alex Proyas might have made of the famous Asimov story. I had the interesting experience of working with/for him creating his Mystery Clock Cinema site (the navigation was changed by his crew since). I haven’t read the original but I have some idea of what […]

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How to be Creative

August 3, 2004

Just saw this thread titled How to be Creative doing the rounds. As someone who spends his time trying to teach others to be creative, and lamenting my own lack of dedication/time in the process, I can truly say it’s spot on. It’s nice to see this has been picked up so much on Popdex […]

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