Channel 5: idents
These idents were created at Devilfish for Channel 5. And yes, that is the Channel 5 logo made out of meat being eaten by a great white shark. Ahh, there was still money in the naughties.
By 2006, I was at the brand design start-up, Dave where I worked three days a week. The rest of the time was spent making music for The International Christian Playboys
Ski Republic: 'Cadogan Guide'
Most of my time at Dave was spent on nonsense luxury brands such as Vertu phones and an Alpine chalet rental brand owned by the S of ad agency WCRS who shared our building as part of the Engine Group. Ski Republic offered some light relief, especially as they let me illustrate it too.
Ski Republic: 'Manifesto'
Today every brand has a manifesto, back in 2006 this was a little more unusual. Still, Ski republic were creating a revolution in ski hire, taking business away from local family cartels who had never had any proper competition.
Hot Leg: 'I've Met Jesus'
With the Darkness in hiatus, Justin Hawkins' solo project Hot Leg was in full flow. While not writing ads for luxury phones, watches and mountain lodges, I wrote this one, as well as Gay in the Eighties and Cocktails. This earned me membership of the PRS and the MCPS as well as the thrill of seeing my songs played live to a screaming audience. A rush.
This fabulous sushi cafe in Gracechurch St couldn't afford Dave so I took them on myself. The owner, Rueben Guerra was trained by Gordon Ramsay and used to be head sushi chef at Nobu. I created a line, some cards to pop into sandwich bags and wrote a book.
In June 2006, the Che Jesus ad appeared in an exhibition in the V&A in London commemorating Korda's iconic image
OK, so this isn't advertising but I have put more than 50 articles on Wikipedia since 2006. This was one my first. Most centre around the region of North Cirnwall where I grew up and the area of Soutehrn Tasmania where i now live.
Facebook: Cricklewood is Brilliant
In 2006, I launched a community page for Cricklewood, NW London where I lived and hosted it until the move to Aus in 2021. It still has 1000s of followers.