Agency Brief: Soul, sisters and selfies

Let’s get this out of the way: I’m not Meg Graham. Your usual writer is off today — like most of the rest of the world — enjoying her Friday holiday in Chicago. So you get the second string today while Meg is in the second city. Deal with it.

If you’re like most of us, you’re busy buying Aretha Franklin songs on iTunes, where it’s gratifying to see the Queen of Soul topping the charts once again. Her contribution to music and to popular culture is immense, and in case you missed it, we put together a roundup of some of the many ads Franklin appeared in over the years.

Among the spots she graced were a number from BBDO, Snickers among them. Franklin appeared in the candymaker’s longrunning “You’re not you when you’re hungry” campaign alongside fellow diva Liza Minelli.

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If I knew then what I knew now … I wouldn’t have worked so many weekends

If I knew then .. is a weekly series of essays by small agency founders and executives about what they learned starting out their businesses.

As I look back over my (almost) 40-year career in the business of advertising and marketing, I often recall a line we all lived by when I worked as a young art director at Chiat/Day back in the mid-1980s.

“If you don’t come in on Saturday, don’t bother coming in on Sunday,” we used to say. Another maxim of those halcyon days was the nickname we gave the shop where we so feverishly toiled: ChiatDayNight.

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Should you really be scared about weed killer in your cereal?

A new report about glysophate in common breakfast cereals has parents frightened–but you don’t need to empty your entire pantry and start making your own granola.

There’s a fairly good chance that the half-empty box of Cheerios in your cupboard has a little Roundup in it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t let your children eat it.

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How the money donated to Hurricane Harvey relief was spent

While aid organizations were able to serve 12.8 million meals and give 83.8 million pounds of food, there are still many lessons about disaster relief to learn.

In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston and outlying areas of Southeastern Texas, causing $125 billion in damages while killing at least 100 people and radically changing lives of at least 13 million more.

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Android’s Back button is great, but makes gesture navigation worse

The lowly, utilitarian Back button makes copying the iPhone X a lot harder.

It’s been a few months since I started using Android’s take on gesture navigation, having enabled it on my Pixel 2 XL smartphone as a beta feature back in May. Now that the feature is out of beta alongside the rest of Android 9.0 Pie, I’m turning it back off again.

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