Whyte & Mackay

A striking poster from Whyte & Mackay, somewhere near Leith. However, whats the idea for this well known blend from Glasgow? Smoothness. A result no doubt from the Triple Distillation favoured a little further west than Glasgow in Ireland. However the most interesting point is the headline ‘Surprisingly Smooth’, suggesting that most of us would have thought it pretty rough? Either … Read More

Train Heresy

To block a view from a train window. Especially when travelling along the East Coast of Scotland, north of Berwick. Like flying over the Andes with your eyes shut.    

The power of partnerships

  Expressed here by Mimi’s Bakery and Luca’s Ice creams, both of Edinburgh. A beautifully designed kiosk to consummate a perfect partnership, where each brand is amplified by the inspiring combination of them both.

TV as event experience

In Wales rugby is still a big deal. People follow it almost religiously. Last year I saw this poster on a train wending its way up the Valleys from Cardiff. Promoting coverage of the 6 Nations Rugby by BBC Cymru Wales. What struck me was the power that the media, especially TV,  still exerts to create an ‘event’ and forge … Read More

Brands that fly higher

There was a time, just for a while, when taking to the skies meant flying with a company with their head in the clouds. A bright and confident airline, flying in the face of prevailing conventions of the time. An airline that could have coined the phrase ‘Think Different” long before Apple. Braniff was a bone-fide 60’s revolution, in a … Read More