The kings, James & Al, on trebling agency in last decade

by Herman Manson. Over the course of 20 years, King James Group has established itself as one of the creative drivers in the South African agency market.

Ad of the Week: The wealth of Allan Gray’s “Oh Sinner Man”

by Oresti Patricios (@orestaki) Concentration is a challenge for most people. The latest ad from Allan Gray, “Distraction is the Enemy”, is a refreshing departure in style from previous ads from the financial services company and was produced by ad agency KingJames.

Design Annotator: a Photography Trio, Young Illustrators and a new Allan Gray TVC

Design Annotator with Uno de Waal is a new column featuring the top design work from South Africa’s biggest online creative showcase, Between 10 and 5, curated by Publisher Uno de Waal.

At 10and5 we are still continuing with our Young South Africa series – our feature on young people in South Africa doing some really interesting and creative projects. We’ve featured the guys from I See A Different You a few times in the past, but we couldn’t pass them up for a feature this month. Alexander’s Band is a new illustration representation studio that aims to promote the best of the best – they would definitely be a useful resource for agencies looking for brilliant illustration work. The new moving billboards by King James for Allan Gray has evoked some controversial discussion on the site – have a look and weigh in your opinion.

Quick case: Allan Gray – growing its market share from 3.9% to 16% in eight years

Allan Gray, a successful but niched Cape based asset management firm, decided to extend the business into the retail sector with the launch a unit trust company, in a market dominated by a handful of big brand asset managers (such as Old Mutual and Sanlam) and specialist investment organisations (like Coronation, Investec etc.).

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