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WHY THE AGENCY WORLD NEEDS MORE STRAIGHT TALK

For an industry that champions its ability to communicate ideas, we’ve done an almighty job of confusing how we talk about what we do.

I wonder the last time a director of an agency sat down over a pint and described their company as a “free-thinking, forward-facing creative studio that specialise in deploying client-based infrastructures in order to spearhead pioneering global movements”. Even after several pints, I think it’s unlikely.

Why then, is this kind of language so common? Maybe it works to elevate a sales pitch? But it totally fails to communicate the value in what we do. In fact, often, it only diminishes it. As an industry, we need to do better. We know how powerful and effective design can be, but jargon makes people think we don’t.

If design is really about making sense of things, could it be time to burst the bullshit bubble?

Look, we’re not saying it’s easy. It isn’t. Trying to articulate Overview’s positioning we wrote, re-wrote, crossed out & ripped up our ‘bio’ a hundred times - chopping and changing lofty buzzwords to try and find the one that felt right.

Truth is, none of them did. It’s just not us. At the end of the day, we want our website to talk like we do. Not like a robot. 

Instead, Christian, one of our designers, thought it would be fun to build a satirical generator that captures the humour in agency jargon.

And so, we did.

Our Agency Bio Generator ™ calls time on the fluff. It’s a facetious play on the over-complicated jargon you often have to wade through to get to the good stuff. In true DADA fashion, the site generates around 8trillion different agency bio combinations. Saying everything, and absolutely nothing at all.

Go have a play. 

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