So MBA were the winners of the coveted prize ‘Give Charles and Jake their first creative placement’. It was a hard battle to fight and go on to win, but their charm, charisma and the fact that they were full of “really nice chaps” – (Charles, Jan 11th) sealed the deal for them.

Nobody told us that the first advert we’d get made would be a cheese related pun (Germain Gruyere didn’t make the cut unfortunately) but they wouldn’t of changed it for the world. Researching ideas for the social media account of a Gruyere cheese account is actually very insightful, we learnt some things that we’d never of known in our entire life a month ago…

Jake learnt not to say that you know how to use InDesign and say yes to a job before you actually know the size of the task you’re being presented with, cut to 6 hours later, a head ache, sore neck and the start of RSI he had finished the Sage Appliances by Heston Blumemmentaal 2000 page Coverage book.

Charles learnt that Fridays in advertising agencies as a creative are very fun. He learnt that the creative lot are in fact very generous (they gave us 20 quid to get pints before we’d even sat down) They then plied Charles with alcohol and expected him to go back to work.

It was another first for Charles as he enjoyed his first ever burrito from Benitos Hat. He was heard saying to himself “Well, I just don’t know where to start with this…” again another gift from MBA, the agency that keeps on giving…

All in all, it’s been a great experience “short and sweet” – and that’s just Jake…

We both enjoyed juicing every day, listening to Take me out anecdotes, talking about cheese puns, finding out where ODEON’s name comes from and being in a cool little agency that’s very welcoming and inclusive. We will see you sooner rather than later!

See you on the other side.

Charles and Jake


Post pop: East Meets West at the Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi gallery’s latest exhibition explores the legacy of Pop Art over world regions that have had very different and sometimes opposing ideologies, from China to Russia to the UK. Pop Art is based on exploiting identifiable imagery from mass media and everyday life to reflect the nature of the world we live in, and is a style that has flourished throughout the world in different guises.

One of the most interesting themes of the exhibition is Advertising and Consumerism. This room displays the interesting relationship of Russian and Chinese artists with Western advertising. For people whose lives were formed under Communist regimes, Western advertising presented an interesting parallel with the political propaganda they were accustomed too. This is shown no more clearly than in the work of Wang Guangyi, who combines communist propaganda with Western logos and slogans. (see below) Another cool piece was Feng Mengbo’s communist take on Mario Kart, in an 80s arcade games machine, in which a digitized Red Army soldier throws Coca-Cola cans at his enemies. This room also reminded me of relationship between pop art and the advertising industry, particularly the development of the first memorable print ads.

Other highlights of the exhibition included the kitsch-and-proud colours and images of Jeff Koons, and Gu Wanda’s seriously stunning installation of world flags created by gluing together human hair. Overall, Post pop: East Meets West presents a fascinating view in to the way in which pop art has been translated throughout different cultural dialects, and is worth visiting for anyone interested in an art movement which has had a huge influence over the industry.

Caroline Hailstone


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There’s a Good Girl exhibition celebrates advertising’s most audacious women

Check any shop, and guarantee you’ll find a woman. That’s right; women buy things! To continue labouring the obvious, this means most adverts are designed to appeal to male and female consumers alike. So why, in agencies working for clients hoping to engage both sexes, do females remain under-represented in creative departments?

This question was recently explored by VivaWomen! a Publicis Groupe project which celebrates women in advertising, in a collection created under Saatchi & Saatchi Creative Director Jo Wallace called “There’s a Good Girl”. This features the personal artwork of top female creatives and artists, and consists of exploding domestic items, glowing juicy red lips and Kanye helping Kim into a pair of spanks. As warned in the exhibition description, these women clearly “refuse to be good girls”.

Although small (literally a couple of small rooms), it is worth going to have a look at the popping colours, flying hoovers and flashing lights of some women who have created iconic commercial work as well as innovative fine art. The exhibition has now been extended until the 9th January.

Caroline Hailstone


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Creative interns Andy & Jonny chronicle their MBA experience: Part Two

So we’ve reached the end of our time here at MBA. It’s been an incredible 8 weeks getting to know everyone and pushing ideas with the creative crew.

We’ve learnt many things over our stay, Peely’s a natural born rapping extraordinaire, Graham probably moonlights as a rock god and Claudias missed her calling as a stand up comedian.

This one time she said ‘good afternoon’ but it was still the morning!

Classic Claudia, always bringing the megabantz.

We feel like we’ve been properly accepted by this agency, like a couple of cheeky rascals adopted off the street in what’s (probably) been an even more heartfelt version of Oliver Twist.

We’re going to miss everything from the cheerful atmosphere to the incredible quality of the printer paper. The gloss on that bad boy is ridiculous.

Thanks for the laughs and lessons MBA, it’s been magic.
Andy & Jonny – signing off


Our creative interns Andy and Jonny chronicle their MBA experience: Part one

So, it’s currently our second trip through MBA’s buddha guarded door – you’ll know if you’ve visited – and I think its fair to say we were both pretty amped about returning. It’s been great coming back to an agency that we thoroughly enjoy working at.


Since returning, the office has had a shuffle around, and we’re currently enjoying the constant laughter produced by Caroline and Claudia. Two persistent callers who know more about the life of Juicing Guru and film star Joe Cross, than Joe Cross himself. (In-jokes on blog posts don’t really work do they?)

It’s been a refreshing couple of weeks working on brands that we’re not really in touch with as consumers. We’re unsure as to whether we’re allowed to talk about the work we’ve created, but nethertheless it’
s been a blast working on a window salesman named after a mountain, and a make-up brand that make you feel individual. Coincidentally Andy’s cheeks have never looked rosier.

Having been extended for another couple of weeks (cheers guys) we feel that for the next blog entry we need to step up our game a bit. So in true blogger style, we sign off this entry with the 3 words that scream ‘old teen star kick-starting failed career’….Watch. This. Space.


From Andy & Jonny