Can someone who has spent little to no time working in advertising really cover it?
Or is it even better that way?
In the conclusion of my recent "exit interview" with legendary New York Times ad industry columnist Stuart Elliott, we discuss what it was like to cover such a idiosyncratic industry without much first-hand experience in the business.
How did being one step removed hinder - or help?
As Elliott says goodbye to the Times, we'll get his views on that topic.
And we'll try one last time to get his predictions for what's next in the world of advertising. His response is worth noting even for those of us who do work in this crazy, wonderful industry.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO: FAREWELL Q&A WITH STUART ELLIOTT: WHAT I SAW AT THE REVOLUTION (CONCLUSION): UNCERTAINTY CERTAIN
Listen to Part One here: What I Saw at the Revolution
Listen to Part Two here: The Rise & Risks of Content Marketing
Listen to Part Three here: Change is (On) the Air
Longtime readers know I dig 3D projection mapping - and have put it to use for clients.
And I have to say, this demonstration video adds some serious WOW. It's called "Box," and it comes from San Francisco-based design & engineering firm Bot & Dolly. And it's a fantastic demonstration on taking 3D projection mapping to a whole new level by integrating 3D computer graphics, robotics and an actor.
Just think of the application outdoors, in-stores, in-concert or anywhere you want to create a wow moment with consumers.
According to io9, this was all taken in one shot, and captured entirely in-camera (ie, no post-production touch-up).
Read more about the initiative here. And then ask yourself: How might your brand or clients put this kind of tech?
Call it 3D projection writ small. Very, very small.
In January, I posted about an initiative we spearheaded to super-size a client's core message on a 12-story building through the power and magic of 3D projection mapping.
In celebrating its 10th anniversary, Ropongi Hills - a renowned Tokyo landmark, decided to use the technology in reverse - with a remarkable digital campaign called "Tokyo City Symphony," an interactive website where you can experience playing with 3D projection mapping on a 1:1000 miniature model of Tokyo.
According to the Mori Building Company, the handcrafted model is an exact replica of the cityscape of Tokyo in every detail. Three visual motifs are projected onto the city in sync with music: "Future City," conjuring futuristic images, "Rock City" that playfully transforms Roppongi Hills into colorful musical instruments and monsters, and "Edo City," or "Traditional Tokyo," that portrays beautiful Japanese images.
One very big small idea.
Check it all out yourself, here.