For client Garanti Bankasy -- an online bank in Turkey -- agency Rabarba created this site that we can't even begin to pronounce, so we aren't even going to try: Yazik Degil Mi Carlos'a.
The slogan: "Sending the fastest left back on the planet to the bank takes at least 40 minutes, doing it online takes 1." Playing on that, soccer star Roberto Carlos runs a series of user-selected errands while trying to navigate Istanbul.
We weren't really sure what was happening most of the time but we liked the dismayed look that flashed across Roberto's eyes when we picked a new task. (Strangely, watching him accomplish them never actually revealed to us what we set him off to do.)
Adrants reader Steve from Brand Canada Blog tips us to yet another contextual/text advertising oddity. Squeaky clean Disney site Disney Family has found itself hovering over a video of the stunningly curvaceous and undeniably hot "Andrea" as she fondles her (clothed) breasts, removes her shorts and tantalizingly plays with her thong while swinging her impossibly perfect booty in front of her webcam for horny guys to admire.
While we're sure guys who occasionally get horny and occasionally view racy webcam videos are also be fine, upstanding students, professionals, parents and role models, we're thinking this isn't exactly the mood Disney was hoping its potential target audience would be in when viewing its family-focused ads. After all, moods like horny tend to distract people quite a bit from just about everything except matters directly in hand. A captive audience for sure but captivated by something entirely other than an annoying text ad. Besides, thoughts of family fun aren't likely to be top of mind at this particular moment.
Ty's Ty Girlz hit us with their latest effort, Ty Girlz Q&A. Watch a doll ask members of the general public questions about shoes, Obama and hybrid cars. It's a little like Sesame Street's Word on the Street, except ditzier and less funny.
We think this is Ty's way of telling us the Ty Girlz care about what matters.
Anywho, thanks out to Animax for sharing it.
Eric over at SmashLab thinks Google copied his logo for its new SearchMash offering.
And while some may be quick to remark a font is a font is a font, Eric gets down and dirty, geek-style: "Back in 2000, when we started our firm, we created the smashLAB wordmark.
"It presented a few technical problems, including the marriage of two styles/cases, and an 'h' with an awkward counter and a tricky ascender. I think we resolved the issues well by condensing that counter's horizontal space, cranking the x-height on the lower-case glyphs and a few other tweaks."
Check out the comparison at left to decide for yourself.
Some spam out of the Adrants mailbag:
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Discover why Charlotte wouldn't leave her room for days until Sarah Jessica Parker burst in and wrestled it away from her.
We're going to be honest. Shortly after seeing the Sex and the City episode mentioned, we bought a Rabbit. This is one instance in which the hype is sadly misguided.
Look: a bunch of women making noises. And they seem to have forgotten their shirts. See more at the Playtex Fits YouTube channel.
One actually pulls a harmonica out of her bra and starts to play it.
Until we did more research, we thought these (bra) ads were for tampons. Boy were we confused.
If you happen to have a funny bra story lying around, you can upload it here.
People like to over-care about stuff. That's why we have the PC police monitoring everything movie stars say, and Arianna Huffington.
But if saving toast seems like too futile a mission for you, try your hand at saving tile.
Save the Tile is a Delta Faucet campaign by Young & Laramore. The idea is to promote quality tile that's aesthetically friendly (so you don't hammer it all away at your first opportunity).
The campaign includes print ads narrated by disgruntled bathroom items. See Scent Stick (who owns these?), Loofah and Toothbrush.
Or, you know, go out and try saving something you actually care about. (Like puppies or hungry kids.) But who actually does that?
With virtually no load or lag time whatsoever, today we blew two hours of our workday watching Sideways online.
We didn't need to pay for, illegally download, or sacrifice precious computer space for it.
And while the occasional :15 or :30 ad cuts through our experience, we're willing to deal. The content is worth the trouble.
This is all part and parcel of Hulu beta, a valiant joint effort between News Corp. and NBC Universal.
This brainteaser killed about 45 seconds of our time. It is part of a new effort called Save the Toast, where a bunch of characters try saving toast by defaming stick butter.
The campaign, for Country Crock, is orchestrated Presidential election-style and only slightly less ridiculous than Election '08. Each animated character has a MySpace. See Bobby Biscuit's.
A petition and -- more to the point -- digital coupons are available at the website.
If the Guinness ad scavenger hunt actually sparks your curiosity, we've got news for you: Guinness Tipping, the official campaign site, has been launched, courtesy of iChameleon Group.
The plot thickens with the inclusion of dominoes and mystery numbers. There are also people in an unfiction forum calling the ad-hunt a "beer ARG" comparable to a previous Stella Artois effort which we thought was interesting but never heard about again.
Happy hunting. We're getting curious about the treasure on the other side of this rainbow.