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Fist Bumper Tom Ajello Pokes New York

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An Adrants reader writes, "Tom Ajello, and several of his favorite 'creatives' from the ship he sunk, Agency.com, will be starting up an interactive division of MotherNY called PokeNewYork. The official announcement is rumored to be on June 5th. Currently the only thing on the site of pokenewyork.com is a picture of Tom's baby. Expect to see lots of 'upload your face' banner ads and a sharp drop in Mother's coolness!"

Poke New York? That has to be a joke? Who'd name an agency Poke? Oh yea:-)

by Steve Hall    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Agencies



Sun Gods Uphold Modesty For Vanity Fair Billboard

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For once, it's not a whining cause group throwing down a verbal assault of the oh-so-horrific nature of the seemingly blithe attitude some marketers have for parading hotties in public to sell stuff. No. This time it's the Gods. The Sun Gods, to be exact, are making a statement about the barely dressed model on this Vanity Fair billboard. Apparently, they feel additional coverage is needed and that there's something horrifically wrong with the female nipple which, after all, is nothing more than a device to provide newborn babies the nourishment they need to survive. What could possibly be wrong with that? In fact, it should be celebrated! Yes, we say. Celebrated. All hail the erect female nipple! The bigger, the better!. It's for the kids, you know.

Alright, alright. There's no Sun God. There's no erect nipple celebration. There's just Flickr dude who got a great camera angle. But that would have made a pretty boring piece, right?

by Steve Hall    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Outdoor, Racy, Strange



The London Olympic 2012 Logo Trashed, Questioned, Praised

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Creativity is subjective at best but we think we'll have overwhelming support when we say the newly released London 2012 Olympic logo sucks. On the other hand, creativity is subjective at best but also we think we'll have overwhelming support when we say the newly released 2012 Olympic logo is brilliantly infused with modernity of motion and the mastery of motivation. You choose. We can't.

Viewing the logo, designed by Wolff Ollins, initially caused an immediate WTF? Letting the logo sink in while viewing the illustrative brand video behind the logo causes an entirely different reaction. The support for the brand direction could have easily gone down the ill but well traveled road of Olympic fist pumping, rather it quite eloquently examines what motivates humans to achieve. Interestingly, it wasn't for quite some time, we realized the logo's imagery visually represents the numeric date 2012.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Best, Brands, Creative Commentary, Opinion, Worst



Cuervo Can't Be Taken Seriously, Even When It's Trying Really Hard Not to Be

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This intentionally campy Cuervo season campaign takes jabs at Sportscenter but fails to be funny on its own. Plus, the Game Game sucks and everything takes too long to load. The tickers suck too.

Well, the idea was funny in theory.

Cuervo Season = Fail.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Brands, Online



New iPhone Ads OMG!!!

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If there's one thing we can say about Apple, we'll say it knows how to set the stage. iPod ads feel completely different from Mac ones without deviating too far from the ruling Apple geek-meets-hipster-osity.

With that in mind, the prospect of seeing the new iPhone ads was really exciting, especially since the debut draws near and the bar was set so high with the nostalgic Oscars piece.

Check them out here: Never Been an iPod, How To, Calamari.

Though the style was a little too minimal (did some kid bang out that tune?), by the third ad the whole concept had grown on us. Like, really. Like, check out the functionality on that sexy beast.

We only wish they'd shown off that spinning-straw-into-gold component we keep hearing about from friends who jizz all over our shoes before they're even done saying the word "iPhone."

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



Between Films, Scorsese Works for AmEx

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Voila: an American Express ad for The Members Project, resulting from a collabo between Lost Planet and Martin Scorsese, via Ogilvy. It is surprisingly likable.

Poking fun at self-satisfied cause-whoring like Gap (red) and Kenneth Cole's Are You Putting Us On?, the spot includes Ellen, Andre Agassi and Sheryl Crow, sitting against a generic backdrop and admonishing the sympathetic to go forth and make a difference.

For those whose ears automatically perked up at Scorsese's name, there's no gunning-down for the cause. But amid the usual vagaries about doing your part, a casually-dressed guy (Tim from the office next door!) suddenly walks across the shot and points out the importance of keeping Lake Winnipesakee clean.

This sparks confusion between the stars and a general, if hesitant, admission that Lake Winnipesakee is probably worth keeping clean.

The spot ends with an empty stool and the usual closing jibjab about submitting your idea to website X. The winning entry gets not $10,000 (the going idea rate) but a whopping $5 million, which may mean this contest is actually worth someone's while.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Promotions, Television



Cows Picket for Udder Relief, Bovine Rights

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Apparently having "unalienable rights" can mean more for the common cow than just avoiding aliens. The fine folk at Sustainable Table have launched a campaign called Cows Unite, in which our bovine buddies battle it out for organic sustainability.

Check out the Bovine Bill of Rights, which states, among other things, that cows have the right to dignity and joy. Well, hey. Unlike the citizens of most countries, they clearly know what to ask for. No wonder the aliens are always abducting them.

We wonder what cows themselves would actually have to say about how much personality we project onto them. Would they laugh? Would they demand royalties in grassy knolls? Would they become self-conscious about their spots?

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Cause, Good, Online



For Bigger Balls, Get the Corvette of Golf Equipment

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Bored with being the khaki-shorts man's sport of choice, golf gets ballsy in a campaign called The Balls to Go for It. This is for Callaway's Top Flite D2, the must have for ball-chuckers who "never lay up - never wuss out."

Site features include Smack Talk 101, E-Insults and the Wussipedia, a user-compiled list of on-course faux pas.

Hrm. We never thought a sport could suffer from a midlife crisis. Then again...

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Online, Promotions



Dank!: 'Wait - that Coveted Couch, Like Larry Fortensky, Will Find You'

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DDB&Co, Istanbul hit us with this campaign for Dank!, a used furniture store that admonishes, "If you really want it, it's worth waiting for." To make the point, print ads outline a series of events that have brought actors or famous people all over the map.

A list of Elizabeth Taylor's husbands, for example, is at left. You can also see Sharon Stone's film career (up to the point where she hits Turk TV) and Gabe Batistuta's clubs.

We're not quite sure we'd want these peoples' hand-me-down divans, but hey, if Russell and Kimora clamored for the late Versace's bed and dining table we suppose there's a market.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Poster



Hardee's Celebrates Booty-Less Women With FlatBuns

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Not to be left out of the whole Angus Burger thing, Hardee's has crafted FlatBuns, a cheesy, Geocities-style site that worships Flat-Bun Bettys or, girls with no ass. Celebrating pancake butts, miss six o'clocks, and boney bottoms, FlatBuns makes it known every female isn't born with a Jennifer Lopez or Hayden Panettiere-like butt. It's all part of their promotion the the chain's Patty Melt Thick Burger...with grilled, flat rye bread.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 1-07    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Online



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