How do you make something out of nothing?
One Plus One Equals Three goes straight to the heart of the creative impulse.
Combining Dave Trott’s distinctive, almost Zen-like storytelling, humour and practical advice, its collection of provocative anecdotes and thought experiments are designed to light a fire under your own creative ambitions.
From tales of 18th century Japanese samurai to classic battles between ‘creatives’ and ‘suits’ in the boardroom, these stories act as a rallying cry for individuals and businesses who want to think differently, stand out and challenge convention.
Two explorers are walking through the jungle. Suddenly they hear a tiger roar. One explorer sits down and takes a pair of running shoes out of his backpack. ‘You’re crazy, you’ll never out-run a tiger,’ says the other explorer. ‘I don’t have to out-run the tiger,’ he replies. ‘I just have to out-run you.’
Predatory Thinking involves looking at a challenge you can’t solve and getting upstream of it – changing it into a challenge you can solve. Written in the form of engaging, brilliantly lean anecdotes and stories, it is the philosophy that has underpinned Dave Trott’s distinguished career as a copywriter, creative director, and founder of some of London’s most high-profile advertising agencies.
Drawing on Eastern and Western philosophy, and colourful characters that range from Second World War fighter pilots to Picasso, Plutarch and Warren Beatty, this book represents the distilled wisdom of a lifetime at the creative cutting edge.
Creative Mischief collects together all the highlights from Dave Trott s online blog about advertising. Part autobiography, part short story, part how-to advice, each of the entries will refresh your thinking about any creative process, whether it belongs to advertising, writing a book, or managing a team of employees. Published for the first time in book form, Creative Mischief, is a perfect prompt for anyone looking for new ideas, or for readers who simply enjoy the kind of funny story that, as Dave says, he would normally tell over a drink or three .