By John – The SCA Intake of 2017/18
What is the best piece of advice you have received so far during a book crit?
Meg: Don’t jump straight to execution, use your insight as a springboard to a more exciting idea rather than just putting it on straight on the page… And don’t worry, no one is naturally good at this.
Helena: your first books will probably suck
Rachel: Great thinking but you need to go back to crafting that north star for executions. Make it whole.
Phil: What is the problem? With every brand, start with why you are doing this work.
Philly: a great ad speaks for itself you don’t need the insight and proposition introducing it.
Dan: Be more brave.
Darius: Don’t turn up with a student book. Students go to school.
Nick: Pay for the beer.
Henry: Say something. Don’t just make vanilla noise. Whether they love it or hate it, give them a reason to.
James: Be confident in your work and ideas.
Becky: Show an idea I can write off straight away.
Zoe: just show us brilliant ideas you can’t polish a turd.
Holly: If you have and hour to come up with an idea, spend 55 minutes on the problem and 5 minutes on the solution.
Twyla: Every opinion is subjective. Listen to the one that resonates with you.
Steve: Don’t feel wedded to a brand. It’s okay to change the brand if the brand already has great work you will be compared to.
Joe: Book them earlier. They’re busy people.
Melina: Don’t make campaigns your brand could run tomorrow.
Sara: Have more fun with it, don’t stress yourself out.
Poppy: Just worry about getting something on the page that makes sense. Worry about making it whacky later.
Adeline: Make work that would make a better world for you.