It's a Flickr Search Tool for Art Directors!

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This ... this is amazing.

SF-based junior art director Bryan Denman and designer Ryan Teuscher built a flickr search bar for the advertising community. "It pulls in a flickr feed at speed (w/ some other tricks) so that an AD can quickly scour the site as a source for reference material," he wrote.

Play with it at Compfight.com. The super-fast search bar filters for images licensed by Creative Commons, among other neat tricks.

We queried "hamburger" just for kicks, and got a delicious-looking page loaded with hamburgers, hamburger restaurant signs, Ronald McDonald looking pensive, Paris Hilton eating a hamburger, and one lion.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Research, Specialty, Tools



'Hazard Lane' is the Reason Why You're Going into Foreclosure. Seriously.

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This is a game called Hazard Lane. It was put together by TAMBA for Landmark Information Group. (We like how the title tag says "Landmark Information Group Presents 'Fair Game'" when "Hazard Lane" is emblazoned in green across the top of the page. Somebody must've missed an email.)

The object of the game is to buy expensive property by propelling real estate agents out of a car. And just for kicks, you have to avoid environmental hazards.

We don't get it. In fact, we think it's the lamest thing we've ever seen. And because TAMBA had the gall to try disseminating it anyway, we're going to use it as the scapegoat for the mortgage crisis.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Bad, Games, Online



Imagine If the World Was Made of Bubble Wrap

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Wouldn't it be delightful? You could fling yourself at walls. Roll down stairs. Jump off skyscrapers. (Well ... no, not really. But at least there wouldn't be a mess all over the concrete.)

Yeah, a bubble wrap world would be awesome.

Now buy Snapple antioxidant water. It will protect you, much like your hypothetical dream world of bubble wrap. It's not like you're eating broccoli anyway, right? Antioxidants are like bubble wrap for your cells.

This ad was created for Snapple by agency Cliff Freeman & Partners, production company Anonymous and Post/VFX firm Asylum -- which, from experience, knows a thing or two about padded spaces.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



Aston Martin Makes Richards Out of Dicks, MILFs Out of Moms

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Being a predominently image-conscious, ego-driven society, it's natural that car advertising...since Henry Ford cranked out the Model T... focus heavily on what a car can do for one's self image. With a new campaign from Boston's Full Contact Advertising, it's now Aston Martin's (or at least New England Aston Martins) turn to do the machine makes the man thing.

In true car dealership fashion (even one as high end as Aston Martin), the ads read "Lease a new V8 Vantage for only (ONLY!) $1596/mo." Doing so will turn Moms into MILFs, Dicks into Richards and Rednecks into Southern Gentleman. All for only (ONLY!!!) $1,596 per month

by Steve Hall    Mar-26-08    




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Pen Power Used to Market Wacom

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Witness The Power of the Pens, the last leg of an email marketing campaign for Wacom by eROI. Wacom makes pen tablets and interactive displays for inputting graphics into computers.

eROI used Power of the Pens to showcase work from a different digital artist every day for 12 days. The art was available to download for Wacom email subscribers, which could also upload creations onto the website.

The winning artist received a Cintiq 12WX tablet. View his entry.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Promotions



Dr. Pepper Supports Chinese Democracy. Oh, the Horror!

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Uh Oh. Another PR faux paux. Well, at least according to Adrants reader Rich who wasn't too pleased with a recent press release from Ketchum for Cadbury Schweppes which exclaimed, "Dr. Pepper Supports Chinese Democracy." Predictably, Dr. Pepper was doing no such thing. It was just another publicity ploy.

Rich explains, writing, "Ketchum, Dr. Pepper's PR agency, issued this online press release with the headline 'Dr. Pepper Supports Chinese Democracy.' Reading the press release reveals that, no, Dr. Pepper is not supporting the Tibetans risking their lives and well-being for democracy; rather, they are running a publicity stunt surrounding the long-delayed Guns 'n' Roses record, 'Chinese Democracy."' Ha ha ha! Bet you thought we were talking about dying Tibetans!"

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by Steve Hall    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Promotions



Fergie Remixes 'Glamorous' to Promote Safe Sex and AIDS-Fighting Lip Gloss

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That tangle of head and hair spilling out of a corset is Fergie posing for Mac's VIVA GLAM campaign, which sells lip gloss to fight AIDS.

Fergie remixed her Glamorous single for the VIVA GLAM VI Special Edition Lipglass, joining spokeswomen like Eve and Dita von Teese to combat AIDS with vanity (which, unlike the compulsion to love thy neighbor, is irresistible). Download the song, watch video footage or send safe sex e-cards from the Mac Cosmetics site.

Advertising Age says 100 percent of proceeds for the $14 lip veneer will go to the MAC AIDS Fund. Considering the thought of Fergie hashing out her (safe!!!) sex life makes us grimace in a way that scares small children, we'd hope for no less. Bravo, MAC.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity



Toronto Blue Jays Bring Back Tube Socks, 80s Frill

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Isn't it fun to look back to the childhood days of your favorite baseball players? Sometimes but not when it involves 1970's-era shorts and tube socks. The Pretty in Pink-inspired 80's stuff we can deal with. Those nasty seventies, not so much.

It's all part of a campaign from Publicis Toronto for the Toronto Blue Jays. Director James Haworth comments on the work saying, "Set in the 70's and 80's and shot in Florida on Color Reversal film, a film stock that was prevalent back in the day, and it gives the viewer a feeling of how things were, visually, in that time - especially in the 70's."

Hmm. Sometimes we'd rather not remember. But if you really want to remember, you can see all three commercials here.

by Steve Hall    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



So, Uh, About that Rape Thing.

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Yeah, that was kind of a stretch.

Here's what happened. Some tipster emailed us sounding off all offended about rape connotations in an ad on Wienerschnitzel's homepage. So we looked and saw this shit with the hungry Eskimos, and we were like, "Okay, whatever. We can kinda see the creepy rape angle."

The dude emailed us again today and said the spot on the site had been changed, which is why the whole Eskimo thing jived so badly with rape. Apparently the previous ad featured a wiener being harassed in an office setting, after which an HR woman says, "you asked for it."

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Opinion, Television



New Social Network ncludr Makes Everyone Your Friend

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In what is clearly a joke or some sort of clandestine promotion for the next greatest social network or some other entity, ncludr.com (get it? includer?) has launched with snarky fanfare including claims it's "the most awesomest ultimate social network ever" with "international membership already in the billions."

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by Steve Hall    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Social, Spoofs



MTV Tr3s Deluges Latin Kids with Culture's Colour

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Check out this dope Hispanic pop culture mash-up for MTV, put together by PandaPanther. It's totally random, but maybe random is better than seeming too focused. Interstitials like this one will appear in the MTV Tr3s Top 20 countdown show. Each number will feature a different vignette.

MTV Tr3s launched in mid-2007. Its goal was to encourage marketers to start looking at Hispanic youth culture instead of always focusing on Spanish-speaking adults.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Brands, Television, Video









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