Monday, 15 April 2013

Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process

I have a new book out with Routledge titled Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process. This is somewhat different to my past forays into digital advertising, behavioural matters and privacy as it focuses on the centrality of creativity to advertising, and the ways in which it ‘miraculates’ it.

The impetus for it comes from my days spent studying/practicing creative advertising, working with more senior practitioners, and highly unsatisfactory definitions and accounts of creativity from both industry and academia. It also flows from working in the School of Creative Studies and Media here in Bangor (Wales, UK) that promotes inter-relationships between theory and practice. 

That said, the book is far from being a practice-based handbook and is quite philosophically involved as I conceptualise creativity in terms of 'events', affect and process. With more than a nod to Whitehead, the general aim here is to shift away from the obsession with representation to an understanding more focused on the lived moment of interaction with creative objects. This focus on lived moments is an attempt to shift the terrain of discussion away from ontology (interested in categories and being) to ontogenesis (interested in ongoing growth, development and process).  This to me seems a more sensible of approaching things because, after all, we live our lives immanently and a key part of this involves development and interaction with all sorts 'bodies' capable of affect (whether these be ideas or material objects).

Advertising then, while closely assessed within the book by means of of a wide range of classic and of the moment campaigns, is intended to provide a gateway into a much more extended discussion of creativity that has applicability to a wide range of disciplines.  Have a look at the link here to the Routledge home page for blurb and detail.

Do also drop me a line at if you are looking at similar sorts of topics, would like to get together on a project, or would like me to come and give a talk.

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I am director of the Media and Persuasive Communication (MPC) network at Bangor University where I also lecture on political-economy of the media. I am currently working on a book provisionally titled Deconstructing Privacy for Peter Lang and leading two empirical projects in connection with privacy perception and the use of new media for smoking cessation. I am author of Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process (Routledge, 2013); The Mood of Information: A Critique of Behavioural Advertising (Continuum, 2011); and Digital Advertising (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009). Please contact me at if you are interested in Ph.D supervision or consultancy services.