nunuOur group Chairman, Nunu Ntshingila received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th Annual AdReview Awards a few weeks ago. Tony Koenderman, in his announcement speech, said “Nunu had taken over the largest communications group in the country and made it even stronger, earning the love and respect of her colleagues and competitors along the way.”

What makes Nunu’s journey even more incredible is that she started off her career as a trainee account executive at Ogilvy – her first job was reading letters from Omo users. Here’s a great interview with Nunu, chatting about how she “fell” into advertising and the changes in the industry that she’s helped bring about. Thanks to Jenny Cwrys Williams and Talk Radio 702 for the interview.

bannerThe Music Box

The Music Box is a project in New Orleans that consists of nine shacks made of reclaimed building materials. But they’re constructed to create sounds, which the group of artists, musicians, and engineers who made them call “musical architecture.”

The new instruments inside are Rube Goldberg contraptions that bring to mind the ingenuity of Southern jug bands. There’s a twisting staircase that pumps out tones from organ parts retrieved from a church flooded during Hurricane Katrina; a giant stand-up bass with a weed-whacker line for a string and a bathtub for a resonator; a tall, weather-vane–like structure hooked up to an analog synthesizer.

“It reacts to rain, sunlight and wind velocity and uses those variables to modulate an ever-present, droning E major chord,” explains its inventor, Quintron, a New Orleans musician who conducts Music Box performances. The concerts attract hundreds who wait in line for a chance to sit in a small set of bleachers.

Skinny Venus

Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano reconfigures romantic representations of the iconic Venus character in the Western Art canon using Photoshop.

Giordano reconfigures these iconic representations to embody the notion of the current aesthetic standards of beauty as she transforms voluptuous figures into trimmed goddesses. Images of Venus, the goddess of love has been employed by Giordano to act as a cohesive framework from which to organize a collection of thinned waists, slimmed arms, legs and stomachs in combination with an enhanced bust to portray the appreciated aesthetic of the 21st century.

Portraits with Foam Sculptures

Referring to both vulnerability and impermanence, Suzanne Jongmans’ investigates the texture and feel of both the present and past. Since 2007 she has been working on the series ‘foam sculptures’: caps and collars, inspired by 16th and 17th century Flemish and Dutch “Golden Age” paintings, made from materials currently used for packaging and insulation (cheap material which is often discarded after use).

By using these materials Jongmans makes a reference to consumerism and the rapid circulation of materials. She transforms old costumes into new plastics and old masters into new photographic works. By using time foreign materials, plastics and techno’s, she is creating a time crux, a tension of time for all of us to enjoy.

Fideli Sundqvist’s Still Life Sculptures

Agnes Cecilia Fideli Siri Charlotte Sundqvist (a.k.a. Fideli Sundqvist) is a paper artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her latest paper project is a collaborative exhibition with photographer Olivia Jeczmyk and the stylist Joanna Lavén titled SMAKLÖST, which is a series of beautiful paper still lives.

The Human Pantone by Pierre David

Since its creation, the Pantone color chart has been the official dictionary of color.  Artists, designers, painters and decorators have used Pantone to precisely pair colors to create a desired visual aesthetic. Artist David Pierre has redesigned the Pantone with a different shade of coloring – the varied beauty of Human skin tones. Pierre’s work was shown in Brazil, showcasing the range of beautiful colors of the people of the proud South American nation.

Justice Mukheli is probably one of the most famous (and stylish) guys we’ve got on campus. He’s starred in ads for Cell C and I-Pledge and regularly takes a bow on Ogilvy Outfitters, yet he’s one of the nicest guys around.

He’s got a twin brother, Innocent, who’s also an art director. The one thing that sets them apart is their style. They often work together, recently starting a project with another friend, I See A Different You.

“I taught myself Design and Fine Art in my spare time while I was in Athlone Boys’ High School. I enjoyed it so much I ditched all my other interests and only focused on design and illustration,” he says. “I never went to any kind of advertising or art school, so a lot of what I know I learnt from mentors and the rest is self taught.”

His prolific talent has led to his work being featured in many magazines as well as on websites, in books and in exhibitions internationally. “I am constantly trying to further my expertise in Art Direction and Design, and won’t stop until I have mastered all the tools needs to fully realise my ideas. I use whatever techniques I can get my hands on to achieve the desired effect and I’m happiest when learning new ways of creating visuals and ideas. Art is my expression. It’s my contribution to the world.”

Join us tomorrow at 11:30 to ask Justice some questions – be it about photography, what it means to be creative, his new ride or how the twins have fooled people who can’t spot the difference between them. Follow the #AskJogilvy hashtag for all the action.

Ogilvy & Mather has been named Network of the Year for award-winning work throughout the Ogilvy network at the 53rd Annual Clio Awards.

“This is the first time Ogilvy & Mather has received the Network of the Year award, and I’m proud of the amazing variety and quality of creativity displayed in all our global offices,” said Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather, who accepted the award at the Clio Awards.

Longtime Executive Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather India, PiyushPandey, was named winner of the Clio Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. In presenting the award to Mr. Pandey, Ogilvy & Mather Chairman Shelly Lazarus said, “Over his 30 year career, Piyush has won over 600 awards and is known in his native India as the ‘godfather’ of modern advertising.  My favorite thing about Piyush is that he doesn’t think of advertising as a job. As he says, ‘When you’re having so much fun, how can you call it work?’  Congratulations to my long-time friend and collaborator on such a well-deserved achievement.”

“The breath of work seen from Ogilvy & Mather this year was truly astounding.  The recognition they are receiving is well-deserved and I believe that they are not just having a great year, I expect to see them dominating the creative landscape for some time to come,” said  Karl Vontz, Director of the CLIO Awards. Here’s some of that work:

Ogilvy Buenos Aires called on the city’s most remarkable speakers, taxi drivers, to make TEDx ideas get to ordinary people. This bit of inspired thinking won a bronze Clio for Innovative Media:

The New York office created a beautiful range of posters for IBM’s Think Exhibit, winning a silver in Design. Individually the posters highlight five key principles to making the world work better: Seeing, Mapping, Understanding, Believing and Acting. Together the posters form one giant poster that communicates the overall idea of progress.

We won a gold for the sound design on this Cadbury Lunch Bar spot featuring Michael Winslow from Police Academy fame:

Another spot from our offices that did really well is this much-loved ad for KFC, winning bronze in the Music – Licenced category:

Two spots focusing on bringing awareness to child abuse also won for Ogilvy & Mather at the Clios. The first one from Santiago, catching you quite by surprise in a beautifully filmed mini-story, winning silver in the Film TV / Cinema category:

The second was done by the Ireland offices for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Childhood Cruelty. This incredibly powerful PSA won silver for Direction and was banned by Ireland’s Advertising Standards Authority. They pulled the ad after claims that the PSA was sexist, because it only shows an adult male abusing the boy.

Also at the Clio Awards, Memac Ogilvy Tunis won the Grand Clio in Innovative Media for “The Return of Dictator Ben Ali.” This multi-platform effort drove Tunisians to vote for the country’s president by reminding the country of its past under dictatorship.  The campaign succeeded in achieving a record 88% of voter turnout.

chrisChris is the editor of the Mail & Guardian Online, Africa’s first news website (founded 1995), and blogs on He works agnostically across several media platforms, believing that it’s all just content. He was founding portal manager of Vodacom World Online, portal manager for MWEB, South Africa’s largest ISP, and Editor-in-Chief at, South Africa’s largest online publisher.

He has worked for many print publications in various capacities, including editor, and has won several awards in the category ‘stuff on paper’, including SA Columnist of the Year in 2008.

His only rule of creativity is from Alice in Wonderland:
‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’

He’ll be chatting about all this and more. Follow the conversation through #HowToFriday and Chris here.

bannerI’m excited to share some interesting fine art with you for the second installment of Suzanne’s Selection. Unusual materials and subject matter shines through the clutter of every day art.

Seung Mo Park

South Korean artist Seung Mo Park created a stunning series of giant portraits made with layers of wire mesh. Yeah, that’s layers of wire mesh.

KAI’s Hip Hop Royalty Paintings

Street artist Kai is showing some of hip hop’s biggest names in a whole new light. The acclaimed painter unveiled his new exhibit “Now Royalty” at the Guetta Gallery in Los Angeles last week. The 26-piece collection depicts rappers as noblemen, and poets of society. Diddy, Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z, and Kanye West are just some of the MCs rocking armor, robes and a few swords for the exhibit.

Enrique Marty’s Shrunken Sculptural Portraits

Enrique Marty’s sculptures depict everyday life with exaggeration. He begins by making molds of actual people, and then he plays
with proportion. In this way, his work is like a tragicomedy, showing humor and horror at the same time.

Aganetha Dyck Sculpts with the Bees

“I am a multi-media Canadian artist who is interested in language and communication; how knowledge is transported and transcribed between humans and other species. I am interested in inter species communication. I have chosen to sculpt and draw collaboratively with the honeybees for the past 14 years. My research has included the bees’ use of sound, sight, scent, vibration, and dance. I am studying the bees’ use of the earth’s magnetic fields as well as their use of the pheromones they produce to communicate with one another, with other species and possibly with the foliage they pollinate. The bees’ work can take years to complete due to a short summer bee-keeping season of 7-9 weeks a year. I spend the rest of the year researching, traveling, and preparing work for the next bee-keeping season.”

Bovey Lee’s Cut Paper

Chinese artist Bovey Lee creates paper cutout drawings, seeking to contemporise the ancient Chinese folk art through her modern day versions of it.

The Eagleman Stag

This movie is a must see and won the 2011 Bafta award for best animation. Stop-motion animated, the film incorporates thousands of hand-created models across 115 sets to tell the story of Peter  Eagleman. From a young age, Peter possessed a peculiar awareness of time. Obsessed with the concept that any unit of time represents a differing fraction of one’s life depending on age, he becomes preoccupied with this “speeding up” of time as he grows older, and longs to reverse the process.

dustDustin Chick is Head of Strategy for Ogilvy Public Relations and has extensive communications experience, having managed various multi-national brands and campaigns over his 15 years in the industry. He’s in the habit of making big, bold statements:

Write a blog post on PR they said. Make it 300 odd words they said. That’s like asking a nerdy chemistry geek to explain nuclear cold fusion. On Twitter. Without exceeding the 140 character limit. #sigh.

So avoiding the obvious temptation to lecture, the game has changed.

Public relations is no longer about “PR this” slapped onto the end of a brief (often as an afterthought). PR is no longer about just amplifying, it’s wholly about influencing. It takes longer, but it means more to the brands we serve.

Why influence then? Well … media don’t care about scratch and sniff billboards because the people who read, watch and listen to them don’t care either. Instead, making brands a credible part of the consumer mind set (and therefore their conversations) is the foundation of building a sustainable and credible “PR Brand”.

PR campaigns which have cracked this, are successful not because they generated lots of coverage (you’d be surprised how often this is the brief); but because what was said was relevant (read credible), how consumers were mobilised was not about marketing to them and because the influence which was created was seeded through content that actually matters. Yes I said it, actually matters. All this thrown into the mix with immediacy, that ability to follow the consumer attention span online, offline and online again.

Brands are getting it right. And it’s about time too. In Brazil efforts to save water did just that … Have a look at this good (although a little old) case study. It won PR Silver at Cannes. But it makes the case loud and clear for where the future of PR sits. A future which is credible. A future which is seamless in the conversations it generates. A future founded on influence.

Indeed, peee aaaar is dead. Long live influence.

suzHi there. I’m Suzanne and I’m a hoarder. I’m also a creative at Ogilvy Johannesburg. I love working here because I’m surrounded by creative and talented people who inspire me every day. I spend a lot of my time collecting some stunning examples of design and art, great graffiti and urban art, fantastical new technologies and gadgets, boredom-killing websites, trendy trends and just some really strange and bizarre shit you can only find if you dig really deep into the world’s wonderful web. This is a weekly selection of these bits and bobs I find interesting to give your Monday morning a kick-start:

There seems to be a boom in Urban Art this week with a wide variety of styles. Here are my best for the week:

Urban Plant Tags

Carmichel Lynch cleverly adapted plant tags – those markers that tell you how to keep the plant you just bought from your local Home Depot alive for a few days/weeks/months (depending on how green your thumbs are) – into playful urban art.

Miniature Bug Memorials

Thanks to our clumsy human foot steps, millions of bugs, roaches, ants and mosquitos die a painful death on the sidewalk. Our cities are full of mass graves resulting from tragic insect massacres in public space. With their Bug Memorials project, the Minneapolis-based Carmichael Collective wants to raise awareness for this terrible side effect of mankind by installing little memorials at places where an insect has died.

Awesome Traffic Light Art By Roman Tyc

Czech artist, Roman Tyc, a member of the art group Ztohoven, modified 48 traffic lights in Prague by replacing the standard red/green figures to display more than simple walk and stop actions. After the modifications to the lights, the figures now show more interesting actions such as urinating, drinking, being hanged, walking a dog, and even taking a dump.

The general public embraced it as a fun prank and the project was even awarded top prize at ‘Austria’s Sidewalk Cinema Festival’ in Vienna – but the authorities had other ideas. Roman Tyc was handed a hefty fine and had to pay for the repairs. The artist agreed to pay for the repairs, but was sentenced to 30 days in prison for refusing to pay the fine. In protest, his supporters signed petitions to have him released from jail and blacked out the heads of traffic figures throughout Czech Republic to make them appear as if they had been decapitated. Despite efforts by Tyc’s supporters, the 30 day sentence was carried out and the Czech artist was released from prison last month.

The Trashcam Project: German Garbage Men Convert Dumpsters into Pinhole Cameras

A group of enterprising and rather creative garbage men from Hamburg, Germany, have blended work with artistic expression by converting dumpsters into giant pinhole cameras, dubbed the Trashcam Project. The method is pretty straightforward: by drilling a small hole on one side of the dumpster, an image is projected onto a giant sheet of photo paper suspended inside. Each shot takes about an hour to capture and its then developed in their special lab.

Urban Cityscapes by EVOL

German street artist EVOL is currently showing a number of new pieces at Jonathan LeVine gallery. The new works feature urban facades spray painted with the use of stencils on flat sheets of cardboard. Much like his outdoor graffiti, these stencils display an uncanny attention to detail, depicting light and shadow that transforms mundane surfaces of consumer packaging into fascinating, seemingly multi-dimensional pieces of art.

mike_bMichael Balkind is co-partner of the Content Bar, an innovation company that dabbles in all things digital. They’re a unique blend of digital media company and an agency.

They’re most proud of the work they’ve done with the JHBLive franchise – extending it to Cape Town, Durban and Soweto. JHBlive has been live for over 11 years and is one of the first online communities in South Africa. The sites reach over 70k through their own URL and a further 250k + on Mixit and Vodacom content networks.

The Content Bar has been developing technology that enables brands to interact with people in the “real world”, offering an experience that then creates content and drives people to digital platforms and social networks. Their technology combines touch screens, video cameras, SLR, green screens, LED’s etc. with their custom distribution software that engages with people and creates instant content.

He’ll be chatting about their technology and how to translate those experiences onto digital, making them ultra-shareable.  Follow the conversation through #HowToFriday and Michael here.