Like a Tranny, the Satinelle's Merits are Many

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We've seen weird shit sell razors before, but we've never seen an angle like this one.

For its Satinelle ice epilator, Philips explores the life of a transvestite. The premise is simple: he has feminine hair removal concerns AND a man's intolerance for pain.

I loved the spot's "tender journey" narrative. But that "Like all men he's not great with pain" jab? It's so wink-wink-nudge-nudge.

Jesus, Philips. You did a cool thing crossing the gender divide, but you screwed it all up with that last ra-ra for the Girls Team. We don't need to be coddled.

UPDATE, 5/19/08: Boinkology scored an interview with Karis, the dancer in the ad. The boobs were fake, and he thinks of himself as less of a "tranny" than a sexually evolved person. Neato.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-28-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Good, Video



Mobile Phone Replaces Cue Cat in Magazine Interactive Feature

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Well, it's better than Cue Cat. Rolling Stone and Men's Health are testing a program whereby readers take pictured of ads and txt them to a number which returns offer information from the advertiser. Technology from SnapTell enables image recognition so snapped images are matched with the correct offers.

Not a bad idea. After all, it's definitely easier to simply take a picture than text a URL for more info. Nice way to track ad viewership as well.

Cue Cat attempted this years ago with a clumsy device that would plug into one computer and be used to scan a bar code in the ad. A web page with product information was returned. With near everyone owning a cell phone these days, there's no need for a separate device such as the Cue Cat.

by Steve Hall    Apr-28-08    
Topic: Good, Magazine, Mobile/Wireless, Opinion



Comments on Fake Campaign Become Young Lions Promotion

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Abusing those who make a living commenting on advertising, the Leo Burnett Brazil campaign that gave us that cockroach on the bottom of a pizza box has been extended to further abuse. By highlighting comments made on a set of fake print ads, the agency extended the campaign adding the tagline, "Advertising needs more doers than talkers." Nice. Kick the shit out of the people you are trying to woo.

It doesn't really matter though because the whole thing is for some shitty ass awards shows called Cannes Young Lions:-)

by Steve Hall    Apr-28-08    
Topic: Bad, Good, Industry Events, Magazine, Online



Life's Too Short; Don't Get Boxed In

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This is awesome. Jobsintown.de used the "people on display" gimmick (other examples: 1, 2, 3) to drive this point home: "Life's too short for the wrong job!"

Cog-in-the-wheel miserati are trapped inside self-service machines. Catch them toiling away in ATMs, vending machines, photo booths and coin-op washers.

No real people were actually encased; otherwise, this might have been kinda risky.

Part of what I liked about this campaign was the sheer variety in the implementation. It's like somebody saw human hands behind every device we take for granted.

Thanks to the people at influencia for sending it over.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-28-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Outdoor, Poster



Naked Vietnamese Hottie Showers. Loses Hotness

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AdFreak's David Griner twisted my arm on Twitter and made me write about this. He taunted, "Don't get it. Wrote about a gorgeous woman disrobing and showering, and no follow-up yet from @stevehall." OK, David, here you go. Naked Vietnamese Hottie Showers. Loses Hotness. 'Nuff said.

by Steve Hall    Apr-25-08    
Topic: Good, Racy, Strange, Video



Cross-Dressing Jersey Mom Puts Bells on for Broadband Emmys

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Did you ever see "Christmas Tree" by Clay Weiner? It's this short online film where a dude, impersonating somebody's ultra-New Jersey mom, hustles an invisible family through the dire process of buying a Christmas tree.

That video got Clay nominated for an Emmy.

To spread the love he put together "Make Your Mom Proud," a promotional video for the 2008 Broadband Emmy Awards. The video was commissioned by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

We laughed. And cried. And flashed back to Moonstruck.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-24-08    
Topic: Events, Good, Online, Promotions



Discovery Channel Takes a Turn for the Simpler

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Viewpoint Creative has redesigned the Discovery Channel logo, which for the longest time looked like this.

I'd call it a serviceable redesign, mainly because I can't think of much to make fun of, and I had trouble even remembering what the old one looked like. But now that I've revisited the old one, I'm really glad it's gone.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-24-08    
Topic: Brands, Good



Because Do You REALLY Wanna Take the Casale Bag Home?

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Last week at ad:tech, Steve and I ran into Marjorie Kase. Kase, in tangent with David Preciado and originator Mike Liskin, is a mastermind behind the Schwaggin' Wagon, whose mission is to gather craploads of SWAG (Stuff We All Get -- but don't actually want) for charity.

The Schwaggin' Wagon will take donations all through the Web 2.0 conference in SF this week. Follow the van's activities on Twitter (caution: psychedelia ahead) or check Facebook for tour updates.

Let's just hope the Schwaggin' Wagon doesn't cross paths with Plaid Tour '08, because the result (AESTHETIC WARFARE!) might give us epilepsy.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-23-08    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Events, Good



It's a Daisy Chain of Sensory Delights!

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Okay. We don't make music ourselves, but this iPhone synthesizer is too cool to stand. Wait for the piano sequence around 2:10. Oh, and the song is pretty kick-ass too.

Brought to our attention by Shilo.tv, a team of bicoastal filmmakers, music lovers and artists. We Make it Good serves as its blog and portfolio site, where you can get a taste of neat things Shilo's involved in, like Pretty Titty's We Make It Good mix series, which went out on Obey Giant Records -- another brand we love to the point of hyperventilation -- this year.

Obey Giant was founded by Shepard Fairey, who first caught our eye with his provocative visual mashups of familiar advertising, Communist propaganda and pop and political icons.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-23-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Tools, Trends and Culture, Video



Caution! Large Fleshy Objects Overhead, Productivity Challenged

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Just how can a guy be expected to concentrate on work when a giant pair of bulbous breasts hanging pendulously from an incredibly hot model suddenly spill forth from a billboard image found on Flickr? Even more disconcerting is expecting a guy to physically walk past this giant pair of bulbous breasts without experiencing at least a tiny bit of "DAMN! I want sex right now!" urgency.

Is this how we sell clothes to women? By making guys horny? Clothing sales...horny guys. That's a total non-sequitor. A hot mess if you will. Yes, leave it to Sisley to temporarily hamper the day's productivity causing all men who come into contact with this billboard to revert to a sex-starved high school boy. Damn!

by Steve Hall    Apr-23-08    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Strange







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