Arnold Helps City Year Say 'Change the World'


Last week Arnold Worldwide launched several new PSAs for City Year, an organization of 17 to 24 year olds with diverse background who mentor, tutor, clean up neighborhoods and generally do good things.The spots are full of "we are change"-iness but that's to be expected from an organization that's out to, well, change things.

The spots were shot by Redtree Productions documentary filmmaker Josh Seftel who's received his fair share of independent film awards. All the spots can be seen at the City Year website here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-15-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Good

Target Uses 'Web 2.0 Aesthetic' to Peg College Kids


I recently saw this cute rich media ad for Target's "Happy Together" campaign, targeted to college kids.

Its composed of harmonious extremes that appear one after the other, like flash cards: planner + dreamer, night owl + morning bird, extrovert +introvert. The accompanying illustrations remind me of the work of Liling Yu, who created Twitter's FailWhale.

Yu's art totally personifies the Web 2.0 aesthetic: bug-eyed animal friends, soothing pastels, and non-confrontational sans-serif typefaces, all culminating in brands that seem to want to play with us. That Target knows to tap into all this is part of what keeps it young, fresh and lively.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-14-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online

High Culture Got You Down? McCafe to the Rescue


In the latest TV spots for its McCafe label, McDonalds surrenders the art house crowd to Starbucks -- and liberates the crusty, football-loving Joes that never quite fit in.

This ad starts with two guys in a typical cafe scene, reading books and sipping coffee out of wide cups. One haughtily asks, "Did you hear McDonald's has cappuccinos now?"

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-14-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television

Naked, Taped Jessica Alba Wants You to Vote


There are stranger ways to encourage people to vote but this one from Declare Yourself featuring an undressed, taped up Jessica Alba -- which is somehow supposed to suggest only you can silence yourself (i.e. not vote) -- is up there on the strange list.

So are we supposed to be encourage the tape off Jessica so we can ogle her naked body? That might actually distract one from the necessary concentration required to make in informed decision when in the ballot booth.

Like clockwork, cause groups are outraged...OUTRAGED over the ad.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Political

Office Crush Aided by Whitecoulls


Everyone's had a crush on a co-worker. Just ask The Daily Ad Biz who's on a lovestruck conquest for the Pretty AE. To aid in the lovelorn's expression of crush-worthy giddiness, Whitecoulls offers the geek a chance to stand out in the crowd by affixing little something special to her going away card.

by Steve Hall    Sep-12-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good

Because Being Uninsured is Almost (?) Like Being Naked


To draw eyes to the 6.7 million uninsured residents living in California, Blue Shield erected 40 naked statues at a Los Angeles-based event for universal healthcare coverage. Each statue is frozen in a vulnerable position, which reflects the state of people living without healthcare coverage.

I like the effort. It brings a bit of provocation to a public landscape without making it seem cluttered with advertising. See more photos.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-10-08    
Topic: Cause, Events, Good, Guerilla

Live the Life of a DJ with Samsung's 'My DJ Fantasy'


Engaging. Interactive. Immersive. Yup, they're overused buzzwords but they do a pretty good job describing this new Woo Agency-created work for Indamixx's and Samsung's DJ Fantasy, an example of the computer maker's vertical market applications for its mobile computer Q1 Ultra. The Q1 Ultra is a very cool looking portable computer which celebrity DJ Cut Chemist is endorsing.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Video

Milk Sold in Japan...With Classroom Chalk Fight


Every country's culture is different from another's but Japan's always has an enjoyable bit of quirk to it which, like any country's culture, makes itself quite evident in its commercials. In this ad from the Japanese Dairy Council, a chalk fight of epic proportion breaks out between a student and a teacher.

Sadly, if this sort of spot was attempted in America, some cause group would rise up and cry inappropriate student/teacher interaction! Too Violent! To...who knows but they's come up with something.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange, Trends and Culture

Now You, Too, Can Play Doctor.


To promote his circumcision business on a shoestring budget, Ismet Dural of Istanbul, Turkey prepared the tear sheets at left. More photos here.

It's so deliciously creepy. Not only do you get to casually circumcise, you can carry the fruit of that labor in your pocket all afternoon long.

by Angela Natividad    Sep- 9-08    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Outdoor, Strange

MINI Clubman Offers Fly Legendary Death


I love this commercial. It's for the Mini Clubman. The spot opens on a Tim Burton-esque funeral at which several flies (played by humans) offer up their last word for their fallen friend who met an untimely but sensational (even legendary!) death. Yes, their friend, a hero, died a death bigger than life. How did he die? It would be too much of a spoiler to tell you here. Just watch.

Oh, and why do I love it? because I am a sick, twisted, adolescent-minded person who is easily amused. The work was created by Munich-based Webquerillas. Video production was done by Berlin-based Big Fish and online seeding was done by Vienna-based Knallgrau.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange

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