Ron Anderson, the godfather of Minneapolis advertising, got the best out of his people by giving them freedom to fail
Virtually everything Ron saw, read, heard, felt (and I suppose smelled) was somehow instantly “cut-and-pasted” into his mind. And he could access it at a moment’s notice. A good example is the rusty shooting gallery duck on my bookshelf.
When the godfather of Minneapolis was promoted and relocated to NY, one of the first things Ron Anderson did was put together this book. It was sent to prospective new clients. And given to every employee. The publication – filled with 82 ads – was so popular it was updated and reprinted six months later. This is […]
Ron loooved this ad. Probably because it expresses his POV so clearly. For those who can’t read the tiny type at the bottom of the ad, here’s what it says: YOU CAN’T SAVE A BAD IDEA WITH GOOD EXECUTION. Creative Credits: Art Director: Dick Lemmon Writer: Dick Lemmon Client: Dick Lemmon Artist: Charles Hughes
CA-76 AWARD-WINNING POSTER (19″ x 27″) Full Disclosure: We added the words “spoiler alert” to this 40-year-old headline. Art Director: Ron Anderson Copywriter: Tom McElligott Photographer: Rick Dublin Client: Bible Belt Incorporated (Minneapolis)
I recently stopped at a gas station/convenience store to use their restroom. On the way out, this point-of-sale display caught my eye. Something about it seemed familiar. So I cracked open an old ad award show annual and found the ad I was looking for. Plus a few more. CREATIVE CREDITS Ron Anderson, Creative Director, Art Director, […]
Found this Cannes Lion Award Winning public service announcement (PSA) on an old Bozell reel. I’m sharing it for two reasons: (1) It’s more than a quarter century old yet it could run today. (And would probably be the best PSA on the air.) (2) This testimonial isn’t real. It’s a riveting performance by a young actor […]