BusinessWeek Puts Big Brains on Print

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Because it's low-key, informative and witty, and because each piece of creative merits a long look, we've watched the ongoing BusinessWeek ad campaign with interest for some time.

This is one ad we really liked, in part because the purple shapes on the brain look vaguely like happy people with their hands in the air. Side effects of reality TV? Probably. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 6-06    
Topic: Good, Magazine, Outdoor



Snickers Puts Us In Contact with Creepy Inner Child

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The scenario: opening the front door, expecting to find a trick-or-treater, and finding yourself as a six-year-old staring back at you. TBWA/Chiat/Day writer Robert Kleman tells AdCritic that this ad "[taps] into the thought that if you were a kid this Halloween, you'd like to be given Snickers." We're happy he explained because we couldn't think further than "Dude. Fucking twisted."

The ad's a photographic collabo between Shawn Michienzi and Julian Wolkenstein. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Magazine, Strange



Babies Look After Best Interest in Condom Ads

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These ads remind us why it's important to wear a condom - indeed, even to press condoms into the hands of unwitting couples who may need them more than others. The print reads "Don't forget to use 'em. Please." Nice touch with the baby handing over the protection. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Magazine, Racy, Strange



Degree Adds Depth to the Little Black Dress

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We dig this series of ads, which are part of Degree's "Little Black Dress Approved" campaign. Aside from the obvious reasons, like the fact they can take this in so many more directions than they could have with the Audrey Hepburn prototype alone, we think the sari girl is hot and we have never seen an Amish woman. Interesting. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Good, Magazine, Outdoor



Jason Lee Promotes Streethorsing Jacket

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We're not really sure what's happening here but from what we gather a company called WESC sells leather jackets you can wear while on a horse and raising hell in the city at night. Oh wait. That's a sport? That's horseshit. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Magazine



Back Tattoo Sells Ink, Conjures 'Prison Break'

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We're not sure how a tattoo on the back of an apparently attractive Asian woman encourages people to save money on ink at OfficeMax but...oh wait...yea...we get it. All the people in the office who have gigantic back tattoos like Michael Scofield on Prison Break now don't have to break the bank to afford to buy ink...or in Michael's case, purposefully break into an actual bank to get arrested to get sent to prison to save his brother by planing an elaborate prison break which has now turned into a less than exciting out of prison manhunt. Huh? How'd we get from office supplies to a man hunt? Blame it on DDB Chicago which created the ad.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Magazine



'Bowling Balls' Urge Men to Bowl

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Latching onto yet another nickname for the human female breast and the human male's inability to function properly in its presence, upscale bowling establishment Bowlmor Lanes where President Nixon and the Rolling Stones have appeared has an ad that gets right to the heart (breast?) of the matter. yes, we're thinking of bowling now too.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Magazine, Strange



Politico Burglared, Philips Buys College Ball, Ketel One Goes Subliminal

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- It's political ads like this that make us realize why an increasing amount of people don't vote.

- Following up on its 60 Minutes ad buyout a couple years ago Philips has purchased all the ad time on this Saturday's Texas-Oklahoma State college football game on TBS. Some o the time will be used for ads. The other time will be given back to TBS for additional programming during the game.

- London agency with German lineage Scholz and Friends asks visitors to weblog to not mention the war.

- London agency Cake is hosting a contest for people to decide the title of the next Young Bond book.

- Ketel One wants you to find the subliminal messaging in its ad. Hmm. We know there's a message in there somewhere.

- Xbox360 game Gears of War gets sidewalk graffiti treatment in San Francisco.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Magazine, Strange, Video



Evergreen Launches Non-Confrontational Nature Campaign

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Non-profit Evergreen begins a campaign that differs from typical tree-hugging orgs in that it's provocative without inspiring the provoked to pour oil onto small mammals.

Here you can decorate suburbs and city streets with nature stickers. This brought out the five-year-old in all of us. And in Toronto they suspended oxygen masks from trees. As a digression, why does it seem like everybody does stuff in Toronto?

The method reminds us of Truth except we didn't feel inspired to light up in a crowded, preferably windowless room - or raze down the next tree we see, for that matter. Nice work. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 1-06    
Topic: Direct, Good, Magazine, Outdoor



Madonna Benetton Ad Interestingly Timed With Adoption Controversy

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Make the Logo Bigger points us to a new Benetton ad in which Madonna candidly poses with her three children, including the boy from Malawi whose dubious adoption she's actively campaigning to defend. But hey, we're willing to bet at least $1 that one has nothing to do with the other. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 1-06    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Magazine, Outdoor








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