Summary of 22 Irrefutable Laws of Advertising

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

22 Irrefutable Laws of Advertising book summary


7 Overall

8 Applicability

7 Innovation

5 Style


This book is a series of short essays about the elements that contribute to good advertising. The 22 "laws" are really not laws at all. Each one is an informative, inspirational article about a particular point in advertising’s creative or management process. Separate contributors wrote each of the 22 "laws." Author Michael Newman identifies each writer as an accomplished ad industry pro. As a result, this book offers some good examples of ads from a worldwide perspective, which is especially important since the industry seems to be floundering globally. The essays are short, often interesting, but sometimes unevenly focused. Some contributors took their assignment more seriously than others did, and a few should never have even made it into the book. But thinks most advertising professionals will find something inspirational here.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What 22 laws can help you produce better advertising;
  • How to apply them; and
  • Why originality will always matter.

About the Author

Michael Newman is the founder of brandnewman, an "ideas company," and the author of Creative Leaps. He is also the former executive creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi in Australia. Newman is a regular columnist in trade magazines and has lectured on advertising subjects in Asia and South America. In December 2003, he launched M&C Saatchi’s second agency network, DNA, in Australia.



Conventional, Yet Imaginative
Advertising is a complex process that has to build a creative spark before it can connect with potential buyers. But advertising is also grounded in the real world. It is expensive, so it has to produce measurable results. It must be conventional, yet imaginative...

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

By the same author

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category