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Working At An Ad Agency: Then Vs. Now

There was a time of actual cutting and pasting. A lot has changed in the ad world. Luckily, some of it is for the better — like Sprout by HP, a first-of-its-kind computing platform that can help you unleash your creativity.

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1. 9 a.m. then:

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Already busy workin.

9 a.m. now:

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Juuust waking up.

2. Client meetings then:

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All's well when it's IRL.

Client meetings now:

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Just a series of technology-related mishaps.

3. Briefs then:

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Many years ago, in a far-off land, people believed great ideas took time.

Briefs now:

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And the client needs everything by EOD.

4. Image searching then:

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Very hands-on.

Image searching now:

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There's less manual labor involved.

5. Writing copy then:

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Give the people what they want: 800 words about deodorant.

Writing copy now:

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"Actually, could we cut it to one?"

6. Making comps then:

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Actually cutting and pasting.

Making comps now:

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Technology to the rescue.

7. Being a designer then:

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Hand-drawing away.

Being a designer now:

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Tools, tools, all kindsa tools.

8. Doing research then:

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You need at least 12 in-depth interviews before you start thinking of ideas.

Doing research now:

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Honestly, a cat could do it (JK, but it is WAY easier).

9. Getting legal feedback then:

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The '60s YOLOed harder.

Getting legal feedback now:

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You live by the law, big time.

10. Casual weeknight drinks then:

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"One old fashioned, please."

Casual weeknight drinks now:

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And you probably have a presentation tomorrow.

11. Brainstorming then:

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Objective: Write client-friendly headline.

Brainstorming now:

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Objective: Break the internet.

12. Winning awards then:

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The statues got the respect they deserved.

Winning awards now:

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Nothing is sacred.

13. Finally finishing a project then:

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Everything's finalized and no more changes can be made at this time.

Finally finishing a project now:

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The circle of advertising.

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Watch how photographer, illustrator, and newfound cat-lover Todd Selby uses Sprout to reimagine what’s possible in his home studio.