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How Branding Lost Hillary the Election

As an American, I have a lot of thoughts about what has happened in the past 24 hours. As a brand strategy professional, I have a lot of thoughts about what has happened over the …

How Branding Lost Hillary the Election

As an American, I have a lot of thoughts about what has happened in the past 24 hours. As a brand strategy professional, I have a lot of thoughts about what has happened over the …

The Method Actor Approach to Design

I spotted that expression in a recent interview with branding luminary Michael Beirut of Pentagram. Despite being a practitioner of this rather compulsive form of design thinking for as long as I can recall, I …

The Method Actor Approach to Design

I spotted that expression in a recent interview with branding luminary Michael Beirut of Pentagram. Despite being a practitioner of this rather compulsive form of design thinking for as long as I can recall, I …

Making a smart move to Dubai Design District

I moved to Dubai about three weeks ago.

While Xische is preparing our office move to Dubai Design District (d3) – coincidentally also a long-stranding client – my thoughts are around modern design and architecture …

Making a smart move to Dubai Design District

I moved to Dubai about three weeks ago.

While Xische is preparing our office move to Dubai Design District (d3) – coincidentally also a long-stranding client – my thoughts are around modern design and architecture …

Why Jazz is like Hybrid Thinking

When a jazz musician is coming up he divides his free time between two pursuits: memorizing the heads of the standards and transcribing and committing famous solos to memory.

In a genre that celebrates the …

Why Jazz is like Hybrid Thinking

When a jazz musician is coming up he divides his free time between two pursuits: memorizing the heads of the standards and transcribing and committing famous solos to memory.

In a genre that celebrates the …

The Problem of the Pine Trees

How many pine trees are in a forest?

Sophomore year of High School, early fall.

My best friends and I are bundled in jackets and hoodies, tramping through the woods behind the school. It is …

The Problem of the Pine Trees

How many pine trees are in a forest?

Sophomore year of High School, early fall.

My best friends and I are bundled in jackets and hoodies, tramping through the woods behind the school. It is …

The GCC is a Tourism Juggernaut

When Nick Hall of the Digital Tourism Think Tank in Brussels invited me to join a workshop on helping European tourism boards and hospitality chains better understand the Middle East market, I didn’t hesitate to …

The GCC is a Tourism Juggernaut

When Nick Hall of the Digital Tourism Think Tank in Brussels invited me to join a workshop on helping European tourism boards and hospitality chains better understand the Middle East market, I didn’t hesitate to …

Google is dead. Long live Google.

This morning, we all met Alphabet.

“What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google.” Larry Page

Image Credit: Daily Infographics

For many years, Google has …

Google is dead. Long live Google.

This morning, we all met Alphabet.

“What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google.” Larry Page

Image Credit: Daily Infographics

For many years, Google has …

Finding Pluto

The Great Pluto Demotion

For years we grew up thinking that Pluto was part of the nine planets in our solar system…and then it wasn’t, but in 2006 poor Pluto received some closure on it’s …

Finding Pluto

The Great Pluto Demotion

For years we grew up thinking that Pluto was part of the nine planets in our solar system…and then it wasn’t, but in 2006 poor Pluto received some closure on it’s …

#MayPac: Boxing in the Social Media Age

Boxing Means Money

Manny Pacquiao VS Floyd Mayweather – do you know what their one hour in the ring was worth? While Pacquiao, inspiration to many around the globe with his rags-to-riches story, earned $120m, …

#MayPac: Boxing in the Social Media Age

Boxing Means Money

Manny Pacquiao VS Floyd Mayweather – do you know what their one hour in the ring was worth? While Pacquiao, inspiration to many around the globe with his rags-to-riches story, earned $120m, …

5 Lessons at #FFWDDXB

1) Too many hashtags spoil the broth.

One hashtag per event can generate the ‘viral’ buzz. Yes, we said it: #VIRAL. The more the hashtag is used – the more likely it is to trend …

5 Lessons at #FFWDDXB

1) Too many hashtags spoil the broth.

One hashtag per event can generate the ‘viral’ buzz. Yes, we said it: #VIRAL. The more the hashtag is used – the more likely it is to trend …

The Quantum Mechanics of Branding

My qualifications are as follows: Bachelors of Science in Physics; Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics; Masters of Education in Curriculum and Teaching. Therefore, I am supposed to be a high school physics teacher in …

The Quantum Mechanics of Branding

My qualifications are as follows: Bachelors of Science in Physics; Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics; Masters of Education in Curriculum and Teaching. Therefore, I am supposed to be a high school physics teacher in …

Social Media circa 2014

It is no secret that brands have embraced social media. What was once the platform for college party planning is now the world’s go-to destination for photos, news and updates from brands ranging from apparel …

Social Media circa 2014

It is no secret that brands have embraced social media. What was once the platform for college party planning is now the world’s go-to destination for photos, news and updates from brands ranging from apparel …

The Inertia of Middle East Advertising

This post originally appeared as an opinion piece for dotmena in April 2013. Camel courtesy of The Dubai 50.

Our track record in the Middle East across any given sector points roughly in the same …

The Inertia of Middle East Advertising

This post originally appeared as an opinion piece for dotmena in April 2013. Camel courtesy of The Dubai 50.

Our track record in the Middle East across any given sector points roughly in the same …

Our Road from Denial to Self-Discovery

Disruption Led by Pixels

Let’s face it: regardless of industry, globalisation punched each of us in the gut–and hard. The very nature of competition mutated—and not just in the cliched China-beats-everybody kind of way. In …

Our Road from Denial to Self-Discovery

Disruption Led by Pixels

Let’s face it: regardless of industry, globalisation punched each of us in the gut–and hard. The very nature of competition mutated—and not just in the cliched China-beats-everybody kind of way. In …