Gunn Report 2008

Fallon London’s Gorilla spot for Cadbury’s was the most awarded commercial in the world in 2008 according to the Gunn Report
All the winners from this year’s advertising awards ceremonies have been counted and verified, and the results of this year’s Gunn Report are in.

Want To Appear At Our Click Conference?

On 13 November Creative Review is staging our next Click conference. We are looking for students or young creatives working in digital media to present their work…

Grass Art

Wimbledon artwork by Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey for HSBC. Ad agency: JWT London. Exec Creative director: Russell Ramsey. Creative director: Axel Chaldecott. Creatives: Mark Norcutt, Laurence Quinn, Phillip Meyler, Darren Keff
Following on from the blog post on Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfalls in New York, we have some more nature-based art for you, this time by UK artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey. They have created this artwork, their first piece to be used in a commercial context, for HSBC as part of the bank’s partnership with the 2008 Wimbledon Tennis Championships, which, in case you haven’t been paying attention, are currently taking place. JWT London is the agency behind the campaign.

Reflections on Cannes 08

The hotels have lowered their prices, our livers are slowly drying out, and nearly a week has passed since the end of this year’s Cannes Lions. So it’s time to reflect: what can we learn about the state of the advertising industry based on this year’s festival?

Cannes Lions 2008 – The Winners

Gorilla for Cadbury’s Dairy Milk by Fallon London
Well, it’s all over for another year, after this evening’s award ceremony in Cannes revealed the winners of the Film, Titanium and Integrated Lions, ending the speculation on the Carlton Terrace. Taking a Grand Prix in Film was Fallon London, whose Gorilla commercial for Cadbury’s has drummed its way to the top of yet another awards ceremony. So far, so predictable you might think. But wait… this year Gorilla wasn’t the only one to enjoy Cannes Film glory, when the jury took the unprecedented move of awarding not one, but two Film Grand Prix honours.

D&AD And Graphic Design: What Next?

While the advertising community was celebrating at this year’s D&AD Awards and rightly so (see results here), many designers looked on aghast. The reason? There are no D&AD awards in graphic design this year. Not one. Not a single yellow pencil was awarded in any of the graphics categories. Now what?

D&AD Awards: The Gold Rush

Earlier this evening a record six Black Pencils were handed out in an unprecedented act of judicial generosity at D&AD’s 2008 Awards. Apple scooped two (making it the biggest single winner of the coveted Gold Award to date, with six since 1999) and it was a very good year for advertising categories, with The Partners’ Grand Tour initiative for The National Gallery picking up a Gold; and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Projector Inc. also winning for online campaigns (no Graphics awards though, of which more here and here). Oh and that Gorilla made a brief appearance as well…

Sweet as (Swiss) Sugar

Spill some sugar on a table and the urge to dip your finger in and draw is irresistible – or is that just us? Anyway, far nicer than our sticky efforts are four new commercials for Swiss Sugar…

Uniqlo Reborn

Over-ambitious expansion and over-reliance on one product nearly ruined Uniqlo, but now, thanks to employing an array of creative talent, the Japanese retailer is back in style. By Michael Fitzpatrick

Uniqlo reborn

Over-ambitious expansion and over-reliance on one product nearly ruined Uniqlo, but now the Japanese retailer is back in fine style

Subway Sect: Dougal Wilson and Shelley Parker in conversation

Dougal Wilson and Shelley Parker
Subway Sect is a new radio series, produced by Maria Bartolo and CR’s Eliza Williams, which is airing on Resonance FM, London’s art/experimental radio station. The shows aim to explore the complex relationship between art and music and take the form of a series of conversations between artists, musicians, writers, designers, DJs and music video directors.
The shows go out each Wednesday at 1pm on Resonance (104.4 FM or online at and we’ll also be bringing you transcripts of highlights from the shows each week on the CR blog.
This week’s Subway Sect sees music video and advertising director Dougal Wilson in conversation with DJ and artist Shelley Parker. The two discuss Wilson’s videos for musicians including Jarvis Cocker and Bat For Lashes, while Parker explains the differences between DJing at Tate Britain compared to Fabric, and describes her new record label, Structure. The conversation took place earlier this year at Wilson’s production company offices, Blink Productions.

Troy Hyde

It seems we weren’t the only people impressed with Troy Hyde’s work at last year’s St Martins BA Graphic Design degree show. Explosive, the London-based graphic design and advertising agency, also spotted his creative talents at the exhibition and duly hired him