David & Goliath talks about “brave.” Jean-Marie Dru writes and talks about “disruption.” Lots of ad agencies try to find a word to describe themselves as outside the box thinkers. I was searching this morning for a video about a young Israeli illustrator who wanted to get published in The New Yorker… his one word is “no,” his story about its power to motivate.
Brand planners have a word too. It’s the word “but.” Even in our quest to find brand-illuminating patterns, we are wowed by the word but. The word takes what is considered known and understood and it angles that understanding. It reorients it in a new way. In a fresh way with a little friction. And as you know friction causes heat.
Sp read your briefs planners, and search for the word but. Wherever you see in on your paper you can be sure you’re getting close to the idea. As my Norwegian aunt might have said “tink about it.” Peace.