The Letter 'H' Takes Up Residence on Lexus Hybrids

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It seems the letter "h" has found a new home and has deserted words, keyboards, landmarks, news stories, and offices opting instead for a better life on the back of the Lexus hybrids, the RX 400h, GS 450h, and LS 600h. Called The Power of H and created by Team One, the commercial shows us what life would look like without the letter H. Apparently, it's a better life and one which embraces change, looks forward and doesn't rely on the status quo.

We never new a car could make such a powerful, cultural statement. Hence forth, we will be proud to be known as Steve All.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Boone Oakley Supports WGA With Solidarity Campaign

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While the strike may be nearing an end, Boone Oakley has come to the aid of the Writer's Guild of America with a solidarity campaign along the lines of so many other ribbon-style cause-related campaigns. The lead graphic element in the campaign is a pencil twisted into the shape of a ribbon. The campaign urges writers, directors, actors, crew and fans to wear the pin in support of the writers and to show "media moguls" the WGA is united and won't back down.

Checkout the campaign elements on the Bring Back the Dialogue site.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Good



Taking Cue from Apple, Nissan Murano Ads Highlight Usability

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While the Murano strikes us as exceptionally dull at first sight, here's a low-key ad that does a nice job of highlighting its merits. (Very Apple.)

The spot broke during the Super Bowl. Understandably, nobody paid it much mind; it's a bit mellow for such a high-tension time of year. But in normal daytime TV context -- between a Pampers ad and maybe a soothing Advil spot -- it would probably work quite nicely.

Hey, guess who made it? The ever-addled folks at TBWA\CHIAT\DAY.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 6-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2008, Television



How 'bout Them Apples...Uh...Peaches

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Pop quiz: When is it acceptable for a woman, say, Jolene Anderson from the Australian drama All Saints, to lay naked Sydney's First Fleet Park? Answer: When it really isn't Jolene Anderson but a 12 meter long replica of her made out of peaches to represent Ella Bache skincare. Get it? Skin so good you could eat it? We'll leave the entendre-laden edible jokes to you.

Here's the "making of" video.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Outdoor



Because Some of Them Needed a Big Ol' Platter of Common Sense.

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Jaffe Juice pointed us over to this video of a super-talky Miller High Life employee dropping knowledge about this year's Super Bowl ads. Among his observations:

"Unibrow aside, would you wanna date a woman who smelled like nuts? Cashews in particular."

"If you're looking for work, it helps if you're a lizard."

We love how he can never seem to remember the brand name for all those beer ads he mentions.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 5-08    
Topic: Good, Opinion, Super Bowl 2008, Video



Outdoor Ads Contrast Pizza Hut Timeliness with 'Filipino Time'

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In the Philippines, or maybe just among Filipinos, nothing happens on time. It's one of those things that drive us crazy. When we attended the premier for The Debut (an awkward Filipino-American movie you should never EVER watch), it started 45 minutes late. The director, who was present, gave us a winning grin and said, "Filipino time. You know how it is."

Giggles issued all around, followed by the crunching noise of smuggled food. ARG.

To promote the merits of Pizza Hut's on-time delivery in the Philippines, the creative team at BBDO Guerrero Ortega sent us the outdoor printwork for its campaign, "Hate Late?"

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 5-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Outdoor



Olympus Aids Breast-Obsessed Men

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With Super Bowl XLII behind us, we can now turn our attention to more pressing matters in the advertising business: the use of female cleavage and breast-obsessed men to sell stuff. Yea, yea, yea, who wants to read another story about some stupid ad that uses boobs to sell stuff? Oh, you do? OK, let's continue then.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-08    
Topic: Good, Magazine, Racy



DDB, Paris Adds Racy, Political Undertones to Iconic VW Campaign

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Here's a contemporary homage to the classic Volkswagen ads created by Doyle Dane Bernbach, NY. This version was put together by DDB, Paris. Adland has more. Some, like this one, position the 60-year-old van as politically transcendent as well as timeless.

Hey. Didn't the Dharma Initiative in Lost use VW vans?

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 4-08    
Topic: Brands, Good, Magazine, Political, Poster, Trends and Culture



The Super Bowl Is Over, Christina Ricci Our New Obsession

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OMFG! Finally, something not Super Bowl-related. When we head over to our fellow industry ad rag, Advertising Age (OK, it's far from a rag), we are usually in search of some specific article or reference that's been made. For some reason, early this morning, we headed directly to AgAge.com and were presented with one of their full page interstitial ads. We usually quickly click "Skip" (which, of course has some kind of built in delay forcing you to few the ad for about five seconds anyway) but at the sight of the deliciously captivating Christini Ricca lounging in the back of a limo reading Conde Nast's W, we became transfixed and couldn't turn away.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Online



Coca-Cola Brings Die-Hard Politicians Back to Sandbox Basics

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"Jinx" by Coca-Cola sparked a political flare war in our Adrants Super Bowl chat room. In it, James Carville and Bill Frist set aside their differences over a personal jinx (except Carville has to buy Frist a Coke, not a slushee).

Cute. Why can't more things in life be solved this way?








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