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Election posters: The Battle of the billboards

Big Ben had barely chimed in the new year when the political parties launched their campaigns. Kunal Dutta asked five advertising agencies to imagine what the hoardings might look like in 116 days’ time, while Westminster-watcher John Rentoul gives his verdict

Adverts for women: The gender agenda

A new marketing campaign by Always is the latest to stress the importance of a woman's appearance. Natalie Haynes looks at whether this is a positive strategy – or exploitative

The Media Column: British Mad Men shine amid tension in Cannes

British newspapers have long had a snooty attitude towards this country’s £20bn-a-year advertising industry. Better to avoid mentioning it all than bite the hand that feeds, might be a summary of how most editors feel, despite the fact that advertising is something the Brits are good at.