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Indonesia’s First Gold Lion

Beberapa malem yang lalu liat twitnya Yerry Indrajaya yang bilang dia gak bisa berhenti senyum… Ternyata hari ini keluar alasannya. Gold Cannes pertama Indonesia dari Y&R Jakarta! Horreee! Salut guys! Kongrats buat Yerry dan Glo, juga buat semua yang terlibat!

Chief Creative Officer : Marcus Rebeschini, Sachin Ambekar.
Associate Creative Director : Ahmad Fariz.
Art Director : Yerry Indrajaya.
Copywriter : Gloria Martie.
Illustrator : Flora Marcella, Budiman Raharjo.
Photographer & Digital Imaging : Heru Suryoko, Alex Reagan, Handri Karya.
Typographer : Yerry Indrajaya.
Advertiser Supervisor : Halim Astono.
Account Manager : Wolga Satyanto.
Account Supervisor : Hendra Suryakusuma.

The grammar cheat sheet

 

WRITTEN BY ALEXANDER CHARCHAR

When you know the correct way to structure a sentence, the world becomes a scary place – you start to notice how many people get it painfully wrong. The ease of content creation that the web now affords us is making the problem worse, so why not get a basic understanding to help make your text a little more professional?

Before we get into this, let’s establish two things.

  1. A lot of these ‘rules’ are different country to country, decade to decade.
    The way a proof reader or typesetter might lay out a page in Britain is different to how it might be done in America. How it’s done in 1985 is different than how it might be done in 2005. The styles of typesetting can change over time and throughout different regions.
  2. Always be consistent, even if it might not be ‘correct’.
    Some companies will have certain ways they layout text, even if it might be considered wrong for their geographic location. But they are consistent with how they lay their text out and that is the most important thing. You don’t want your audience to get half way through a piece of text and get confused because you changed the way you laid something out.

Double Spaces

Never use them. Ever. Your high-school teacher was wrong, don’t ever use them.

Apostrophes

An apostrophe is inserted when letters are removed.
Let’s go to the race. (Let us go to the race.)
It’s going to be a great day. (It is going to be a great day.)

The other use of the apostrophe is to show ownership.
The runner’s shoes.
Mayor Swanks’ opening speech.

Tip: If the last letter of the owners name ends in s, place the apostrophe on the end without adding the extra s.

Commas

Ah the lovely comma. A comma can help you set the pace of your text, but don’t go crazy.
He ran faster and faster, faster still, his muscles burnt, his face dripped.

Is more interesting than:
He ran faster and faster. His muscles burnt and his face dripped.

There are also a few rules when using a comma:

  1. Use it to divide items in a list (of three or four items), when in a run-on sentence.
  2. Use with and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet. 
    She ran as fast as her body would let her, yet it wasn’t enough.
  3. Use to separate contrasting parts of a sentence. 
    She felt she couldn’t summon the energy to run the fastest, she was wrong.
  4. Use in a similar way to parenthesis, but when you don’t want to break the flow. 
    She smashed her feet on the pavement, not realising the damage she was doing, in an effort to win.

Paragraphs

This can be a problem on the web, as apparently the ‘enter’ key is a little hard to find. We’ve all seen those sites, where someone posts an article that isn’t broken into paragraphs correctly. The problem with this is that your text needs to breathe, flow well and look smooth – a lot of this is achieved by well spaced paragraphs. A couple of simple guidelines:

  1. Stick to around 5 sentences
    The reality is that you can have as many sentences in a paragraph that you feel is needed to get your point across, but for arguments sake, let’s save five or six is somewhat of a limit.
  2. Keep each paragraph topical and relative.
    Don’t make two distinct points in one long paragraph when two short ones will work better.

Quotation Marks

The British will use single quotes, then double quotes, when there is a quote within a quote.
‘I can’t forget I “can run as fast as lightning” for as long as I need’ Samantha told herself.

While the Americans will do this the other way around.
“I can’t forget I ‘can run as fast as lightning’ for as long as I need” Samantha told herself.

The British idea is that single quote marks are less obtrusive, the American idea is that double quotation marks are more noticeable. So really, they have their preference for the exact same reason. However, as I am an Australian, I go by the British standard of singles first.

Punctuation in Quotes

If the question mark, full stop or any other punctuation is part of the quote, then include it within the quotation marks.
He raised an eyebrow and scoffed, “Did you hear that Samantha is ‘going to run me into the ground’ at today’s race?”

If the quote is part of a sentence, and the punctuation isn’t part of the quote, then keep the punctuation on the outside.
To think, he thought he could win, he even went as far as to say ‘you aren’t even a blip on my radar’, in that cocky I’m-a-prick tone of his.

If the whole sentence is a quote, then keep the punctuation inside of the marks.
‘I won, I won, I won, even with this athletes foot, I won! Whooo!’

Hyphens & Dashes

There is a difference here and this is probably the thing most people get wrong on the web.

The hyphen is essentially used to join two words together, without space on either side.

Dashes are different. There is either the en dash or the em dash. An en dash will be the width of the capital N in any given font, while the em dash is the width of a capital M in said font, and they both have different usages.

Em Dash (in HTML: )
You would use an em dash instead of a comma or brackets as it helps give emphasis and is the typographical equivalent of the dun-dun-da music. Just make sure you never have space on either side of an em dash.
The race was almost over—but it was only really beginning for Sam.
The race was almost over—it has been a hard hour for all—and it was only down to a few contenders.

En Dash (in HTML: )
The en dash is used between a range of numbers, while kept closed, and is best used when the span is part of a list.
1–5 runners are expected to fail.
10–25 runners will be hurt.

However, if the span is part of running prose, then it’s generally nicer (phonetically and typographically) to use from and to, but use your own judgement on this.
One to five runners are expected to fail.
The mini-Olympics will run from the 29th until the 30th.
The temperature is expected to have a top of 20–25 degrees on the day of the race.

Another use of the en dash is when you want to offset a phrase, but without the sudden hit of an em dash. Use it with a space either side.
Winning a race can be very hard work – I knew I could do it.

Tip: An easy way to easily insert the correct dashes into your writing, if using a CMS or something similar is to type out — for en dashes, or — for em dashes. Then perform a find and replace and presto, you’re done.

Numbers

This is nice and easy – numbers up to ten are typed in full, 11 and beyond are numerical. However, sometimes it’s nicer to spell them out.
Runners eight and 17 broke their legs.
The first place winner won two million dollars, second place received $158.

Conclusion

There you have it! A quick list on how to use some basic grammar that will set you apart from most schlumps who don’t know their ems from their ens. This list is quite basic and isn’t enough for perfect writing, but it’s enough to make you look like you actually care about your content, and you do care, don’t you? Yeah, that’s what I thought. The two books I used for guides, both of which you should already own or pick up eight copies of each of were;

Type it Write. A Voice project.
The Elements of Typographic Style – Robert Bringhurst.

I’m willing to bet you own the second book, or currently waiting for it to arrive (seriously, this thing is the typographic bible), but the first may be a little obscure to some of you. It’s a small book that was put together by the Voice group from Adelaide, Australia. It’s an awfully handy little thing and well worth grabbing a copy, whenever you see it.

29/08/2008 – A very special thank-you to those in the comments for letting me, and anyone else who is reading this article, know of the mistakes originally made. It is greatly appreciated!

 

Via Retinart

DON’T BE AFRAID

Tulisan yang sering menyadarkan gw dari mengeluh dan meratapi nasib. Smoga bisa menggugah kalian juga. Enjoy!

 

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To the blacks browns reds and yellows periwinkles teals and fuchsias, if you want to be in advertising, there is one thing to remember.

Don’t be afraid.

of hard work, rejection, racism, responsibility, sexism.

don’t be afraid of being the only one in the room.

don’t be afraid to ask question, find answers. listen. hear. trust.

don’t be afraid to follow. dont be afraid to lead.

don’t be afraid to learn. to grow. to mature. to change.

don’t be afraid to try. to fail. to try again. fail again. tray again and fail again. dont be afraid to ask for help.

don’t be afraid to be smart. clever. witty. funky. hard. street. elegant. beautiful. you.

don’t be afraid to be fired.

don’t be afraid when you hear the word nigger.

don’t be afraid to remind them that right after the black jokes come the jewish jokes the polish jokes and the fat jokes.

don’t be afraid to master the craft. to master the game.

don’t be afraid when they don’t understand your accent, dialect, or slang. your heroes, your sex symbols. your style. your music. your people. your culture. your you.

don’t be afraid to take criticism.

don’t be afraid to be wrong. to be right.

don’t be afraid to speak your mind. stand up for what you believe and pay the consequences.

don’t be afraid to be a team player. don’t be afraid to be the peon. the rookie. the junior. the helper. the pair of hands. the intern. the student.

don’t be afraid to not be the victim. don’t be afraid to not take it personally.don’t be afraid to call a spade a spade.

don’t be afraid to have a personality. an opinion. a point of view. a perspective. an objective. a positive attitude.

don’t be afraid of those who are threatened by your presence. or feel you don’t belong. or those who need you to fail for them to succeed.

don’t be afraid to understand the difference between racism and insecurity. between racism and power. between racism and chauvinism.

don’t be afraid to forgive. to apologize. to be humble.

don’t be afraid to surrender. to win. to lose. to fight.

don’t be afraid of titles, awards. salaries. egos. offices. windows. ponytails. clothes. jewelry. degrees. backgrounds. lifestyles. cars. bench houses.

don’t be afraid to compete.

don’t be afraid of not being popular.

don’t be afraid to work weekends. holidays. birthdays. sick days. personal days.

don’t be afraid to work twice as hard. twice as long. twice as good.

don’t be afraid to get more out of this business than this business ever intended on giving.



Charles Hall

African american copywriter & film director


p.s. and under no circumstances whatsoever are you to be intimidated. because some will try.


   

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move for health: hdp jangan disingkat


Hehehe… Sebelumnya, maaf buat yang tertipu sama e-mail berjudul “pgn umr lbh pjg? jangan disingkat!”… sebenernya itu cuma mau ngetes efektivitas viral media (bisa disebut viral gak ya e-mail gw?) dan copynya. Pengen tau doang, dgn media dan copy itu bakal ada yang datengin webnya gak ya… dan sekalian pengen minta komentar soal tagline ini.. hehehehehe… Jadi sekali lagi saya minta maaf… hehehehe…

Well, ini hasil revisi dari judul dan tagline kampanye yang “move! for life” kemaren… Move for healthnya diambil dari programnya WHO. Sedangkan hdp jangan disingkatnya adalah hasil proses dari what to say “olah raga 30 menit sehari untuk hidup lebih lama” dengan menggunakan metode uzur, bite system.. Dari “hidup itu singkat”, ke “hidup itu singkat, jangan dipersingkat”, sampe akhirnya dapet “hdp jangan disingkat” hehehe..

Seperti biasa, mohon pendapatnya, masukannya, kritik dan sarannya, atau paling nggak pujian dan sanjungannya tentang tagline diatas… hehehehe… siapa tau masih bisa dipush lagi…

MOVE! for life


Butuh masukan nih…. Gw lagi ngerjain tugas akhir bikin kampanye sosial “hidup sehat dengan olah raga”. What to say-nya “olah raga 30 menit sehari untuk hidup lebih lama” yang diambil dari data WHO bahwa dengan olah raga 30 menit sehari bisa memperlambat laju kematian dan terhindar dari non-communicable disease (penyakit tidak menular) seperti jantung, stroke, diabetes, hipertensi, hiperkolesterol, dll.


Nah, dari situ gw bikin judul program/kampanyenya “move!” dan tagline-nya “for life” yang punya dua arti: for life = untuk hidup dan for life = forever, keeps, permanently. Yang di atas itu sketsa signature kampanyenya…

Gimana? Comment please….


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