There's this cute little "climate change art group" called The Canary Project, which in turn is working on something called Green Patriot Posters, which looks to me like kids marketing climate change awareness in various ways.
Look: they have billboards! And adorable little tennis shoes!
The cute custom sneaks are the work of students at McCormack Middle School in MA, which were encouraged to express their knowledge of their carbon footprints on a pair each. The sneakers now appear in associated billboards along with the tagline: "The Kids at McCormack School know their CARBON FOOTPRINT. What about YOU?"
Peruse more earnest little posters, or make your own, at the website.
So the Nebraska design community is up in arms over the state's new license plate design calling it "boring, uninspired and ugly." A site, Get Ready For Action, has been launched telling "The Story of How Gov. Dave Heineman Got Punk'd and an Entire State Was Shamed."
You see, four submissions were made to the Governor's office. College Humor saw then and told their vast audience to all vote for the ugliest of the four designs. That design won and is now destined to become the state's plate. That is unless this group of disgruntled creatives can mount enough support to get the thing changed.
In addition to the website, there's videos, images and a blog.
The Global Coalition for Peace wraps its convictions around telephone poles and street lamps with "What Goes Around Comes Around."
Each piece features soldiers whose weapons stretch so far around the medium that the barrels ultimately aim back at the bearers.
"Stop the Iraq War," the prints proclaim. NICE.
To promote the launch of Woodland Park Zoo's penguin exhibit, WONGDOODY came up with "More Colorful than Ever."
The print/outdoor effort replaces the penguins' humdrum "tuxedo" appearance with patterns that look suspiciously like the seat cover designs of misguided 16-year-old girls. And that's all we have to say about that.
See a variant labeled (*wince*) "Floral."
We confess to being surprised by this video, one component of a campaign called "I See" for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In it, a bored museum-goer holds an audio guide to his ear and listens while it describes an abstract installation in a way that, while mundane, still struck us as strangely magnetic.
Without any audible change in tone, the audio guide suddenly ties the humiliation of the artist, who debuted his work in 1913, to a recent experience its listener suffered at the office. The voice, markedly female, remains sympathetic but professionally pitch-perfect, as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening.
At Piccadilly Circus in London, McDonald's has a dynamic billboard that stimulates both engagement and viral behaviour.
Playing on the irresistible human desire to pretend to interact with stuff that isn't really there, the billboard randomly flashes things like umbrellas, bouncing soccer balls, dumbbells and thought bubbles -- all waiting for some eager pedestrian to position his head and/or arms in just the right spot so some content-starved intrigue-seeker can snap a shot for mom and dad at home.
Orchestrated by Leo Burnett. See vid.
For client Rona, which recycles paint, the illuminated minds at Bos/Montreal erected a banner just beneath an iPod Nano billboard.
Remember those Nano-Chromatic iPod spots where the iPods bleed in technicolor? The banner includes a row of buckets that appear to be catching the seepage.
"Nous recuperons les restes de peinture" -- "We collect the leftover paint" -- the piggyback concludes, tying it all together. GENIAL. Nothing less than what we'd expect from this creative circle though. Bos is one of those agencies whose work is hit or miss, but always out-of-the-box; brave, unabashed, idealistic. And always singularly Bos.
There's a lot you can say about dot-coms in general, but you'd be hard-pressed to accuse them of being too scrupulous.
Because it's your industry too, beam with pride while observing how easy it is to place your outdoor work in high-traffic areas for 1/16th of the price. That's right! -- ride the homeless!
Bumvertising.com was developed by Front Door Enterprises, whose founder Benjamin Rogovy recognized the "enormous potential in wasted homeless labor." He also thinks bums "will incur higher revenues from donations" if it seems like they're at least flirting with joining the labor force.
See Bumvertising mini-drama below.
Score one more for ad creep
. You know those small blue adoption signs off to the right shoulder on almost any major highway? Well, get used to them because they're not going anywhere. While driving through CT recently, I noticed an outdoor sign for the Luv Boutique. No big deal, except that I saw an adoption sign
for the same place. Pick anything, a cause, a celebrity, a drug, anything, and chances are there's now a group willing to adopt asphalt in support of it. Socialists
, gay and lesbian community services
, a guy named Jonathan
, men in crisis
and of course, these
people. Although, it's not a bad idea. Tailor social media sites to relevant areas? Score! "This next stretch of barren road, devoid of people and real interaction is sponsored by Twitter."
Although to be fair, this time it was challenged. In southern California, Audi's got a series of billboards out that read, "Your move, BMW." (That's smooth chess talk for "eat my dust, bitch.")
In response, Juggernaut Advertising released some BMW M3 imagery under the headline "Checkmate." Outdoor ad space was purchased in the foreground of Audi's billboards, so at certain angles you can see both challenge and response. See them as they ought to be seen: while driving westbound on Santa Monica Blvd, perched on Beverly Glen in West LA.
Two years ago, BMW backed Jaguar into a corner with a similar submit-to-me! adtitude. It went out shortly after this series of ads, where a string of car brands dropped subtle euphemistic turds all over each other.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.