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The Essential List: Graeme Bowman



Recipe's creative director on his top sources of inspiration and the kit he can't live without

The Essential List: Graeme Bowman

Graeme defied most of the odds to become Carlisle’s 4th best advertising creative ever. He’s worked at TBWA, Leo Burnett and freelanced at a bunch of other agencies, some of them quite good. 


Place of birth: Carlisle

Hometown: Carlisle

Staycation: Local pride insists I say The Lakes.

Vacation: Haven't been abroad in at least five years.

Pet: Tiger and George (cats)

Place of work: Recipe 

Place of workout: various 5-a-side football pitches

Side project: Block O’Choc. The world’s only 1.6kg solid chocolate brick 

Mode of transport: Walking

Bonus travel essential: Shoes


Artist: Magritte

Musician: Kevin Parker

Commercials / music video director: Dougal

Film director: Nolan 

Photographer: Mike Plumridge

Film: Primer if I’m trying to be cool, Apollo 13 if I’m being truthful

Series: The Simpsons (Seasons 1 -8 obvs)

Commercial: Lynx - Getting Dressed or if I need to pick one of my own then our Joe Marler X CALM Finding the Words ad.

Music video: All is Full of Love - Bjork and Chris Cuningham

Video game: Kerbal Space Program

Board game: I’m not a nerd

Book: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. 

Graphic novel: Again, not a nerd

Podcast: The Anfield Wrap

Newspaper (off or online): BBC (if that counts?)

Magazine: Private Eye

Food and Drink

Breakfast: Cheerios

Restaurant: Hawksmoor

Cheap bite: Nissin Noodles

Working lunch: Dino’s in Charlotte Place. I’ve been going there since I got a job at TBWA in 2007 and it hasn't changed one bit. I see that as a good thing btw.

Favourite dish: Le Creuset casserole dish probably (30cm)

Snack: Maoam

Guilty pleasure: Block O’Choc. The world’s only 1.6kg solid chocolate brick

Bar: Nah

Booze: Pornstar Martini

Not booze: Chocolate milk

Bonus food: Block O’Choc. The world’s only 1.6kg solid chocolate brick

Bonus beverage: The blood of my enemies. 


Phone: Samsung S20 FE. 

Computer: If it’s my own coin I’m building a PC


Headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3

Camera: Still rocking my old Canon 550d

Soundsystem: Still got my old Yamaha system I bought when I turned 21

Pen / pencil: Bic. I’ve fully finished two in my life. (one pictured below)

Where you document an idea: Google slides

Casual clothing: Nudie Jeans

Smart clothing: N/A

Footwear: adidas almost always

Watch: Fitbit


Favourite social media feed: TikTok

Work program: After Effects

Analogue work tool: light box

Morning grooming / makeup essential: comb

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Recipe, Thu, 27 Oct 2022 08:30:33 GMT