In her womb there is a door…
D&AD Award winner 2016
Award: Wooden Pencil / Writing for Advertising
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Singapore
Client: The Life Foundation
Baby girls have never been popular in some traditional Asian societies. In the past they were often left out overnight to die, or drowned in milk. But now the widespread availability of cheap ultra sound scans has led to close on a million baby girls being aborted in countries such as India and China every year for the crime of being female. The campaign aimed to raise awareness of the issue.
Halfway down was a hell of a time to realise I wanted to live.
The man in my bed died last year. His fingernails still grow. I wash him every day. He sleeps with my wife.
How do I know my dog committed suicide? It was his third attempt.
The Kern Project 2014
Wonderfully nutty campaign conceived by James Nester and Graham Jenks at OgilvyOne. It involved sending a gnome round the world to demonstrate the accuracy of Kern scientific measuring scales. The point being, tiny, barely perceptible variations in gravity could be detected in the gnome’s fluctuating weight. I worked on the copy.
London International Advertising Bronze winner, print Business-to-Business Gold, Best Copywriting, Caples 2 Silvers, Best Copywriting, Caples 4 Bronzes, Print, Caples Silver – best use of copy – DMA awards Silver, IT & Technology.
FCO Ltd., London
McCann Erickson, Singapore
Batey Ads, Singapore
Ogilvy & Mather, Singapore
Ogilvy & Mather, Hong Kong
Ogilvy & Mather, Bangkok
Ogilvy & Mather, Tokyo
Ogilvy & Mather, New York
Saatchi & Saatchi, Bangkok
A campaign done at McCann-Erickson, Singapore. The legendary Simmons bed was used not only by the Roosevelts, Henry Ford and Marconi but also by Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. I was unable to release this state secret back in 1995 for reasons of personal safety. They still have judicial caning in Singapore and are not coy about using it.
AFTER THE DUST CLEARED
ABOVE RAFFLES HOTEL
THE JAPANESE BOMBARDIERS
LET OUT A TREMENDOUS CHEER.
CHURCHILL READ THE DISPATCH AND KNEW THAT SINGAPORE WAS DOOMED.
RAFFLES HOTEL HAD BURIED THE SILVER.
David’s Diary was part of a drugs education project for the Singapore Government aimed at educating school children aboutthe dangers of heroin addiction. The concept was to create a prison diary purportedly written by a heroin addict on death row, addressed to his younger brother. In it he talked about the mistakes he had made, the people he had hurt, the opportunities squandered, and the downward spiral that had led to the cell in which he found himself etc. I knew damn well those straitlaced, authoritarian bureaucrats in the Singapore government would never buy an idea like that. And yet, amazingly, they did. Hats off to them.