Words&Pictures

All material ©David Hartley 2019

Words&Pictures

David Hartley  
Copy Writer and Artist

David Hartley

Early on, I was told I had a talent for graphics, drawing and painting, and I loved music and science fiction. So naturally I went to art college to design book jackets for Kurt Vonnegut and album covers for Pink Floyd. And naturally everyone else was doing the same. And naturally I got nowhere.

 

So I started selling my (and other people’s) paintings door-to-door, with some success. But it was cold and wet and I was chased by the police and bitten by dogs, so I went to sell advertising space on a computer magazine in a relatively warm office.

Then I realised that flash West End agencies were coming to me for marketing advice, and I thought, “Hey, I am helping these people to buy Porsches and they have much nicer, warmer offices than I do. I can do colouring in, and I can write stuff that sells computers.”

 

So that’s what I did. And after (deleted) years of doing just that, I am still available to do writing and colouring in (but I do them separately now.)

 

So, I can help you develop a concept that will (say) sell a cloud-based security product into local government, or you can buy one of my pictures.

If you fancy either (or both), please get in touch.

Rainbow. Acrylic on Canvas (Sold)

 Security Ad for IBM VAR 2005

 

Blogs&Stories

I'll post a few things I'm proud of. Stories I've written, observations, outpourings of angst.
Not always to everyone's taste, and apologies if I offend anyone, as I am too long in the tooth to be politically correct all the time. But hopefully there will be something in there for somebody!

10 RULES OF COPYWRITING

Rule one? You don't have to follow the rules!

GUNS IN SCHOOLS

You know when something is is so absurd you just have to write about it?

WHAT NEXT FOR IDENTITY THEFT?
Future shock. It can only go this way. Data is the new currency; unregulated, we are all very vulnerable

GENDER STEREOTYPING IN ADVERTISING

Generally I quite respect the ASA, but they should get their priorities right

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