Kevin Roberts on rebuilding Saatchi in SA

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Kevin Roberts, executive chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, is full of hope and optimism that its South African agency, the recently amalgamated Saatchi & Saatchi BrandsRock, will pull together to become a formidable name once again in the SA advertising world.

Gail Curtis leaves Saatchi & Saatchi

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Gail Curtis has left advertising and her position as group CEO at Saatchi & Saatchi South Africa, after nine years with the agency. She departed in May 2014 but is committed to advising the agency through July. Her plans are to establish a new consultancy focused on mentoring women in senior management positions.

Design Annotator: Face Cake, a WDC Instagram watchlist and our picks from Guild Design Fair

by Uno de Waal (@Unodewaal) This week’s Design Annotator includes: World Design Capital 2014 via Instagram, Yenza — Make It, 365 Postcards for Ants, Better Living Challenge, Plascon Design Awards, Guild Design Fair, Anthony Bila, Daniel Ting Chong, Machine’s second birthday, MTN’s “We’re Guilty” and Tuffy’s sweet makeover.

Shelf Life: Spicing up furniture design trends

Louise Marsland (@Louise_Marsland)’s weekly pick of recent product, packaging and design launches: latest furniture design trends from Cologne; spicing things up in the kitchen; is nailing a product to a wall actually art; and the sweet smell of success.

Publicis buys digital agency Synergize, integrates it with Saatchi & Saatchi

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Publicis is buying out digital agency Synergize and launching a new unit within Saatchi & Saatchi South Africa, called Saatchi & Saatchi Synergize. AtPlay, the digital division of Saatchi & Saatchi, will be integrated into the new agency.

Shelf Life: The Lazy Man’s Guide to Saving the World

Louise Marsland’s (@Louise_Marsland) pick of new product, packaging and design launches.

A Tuff environmental campaign; start-up success story’s bold new stores; Z-Card worms its way into creating Turkish delights; and sampling in the loo.

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