We Love Billboard Extensions!

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Like hair extensions, we love billboard extensions. Wait, what? OK, yea, that was a freakishly strange analogy but still. We like billboard extensiosn. Well executed, they add a lot the the creative element of the board.

To hype the fun having that can be had at Mammoth Mountain, David and Goliath created this simple billboard with a boarder rockin' the billboard like it's a half pipe. It's simple. It conveys the excitement of boarding. And it employs a jell of a lot of our favorite thing: white space.

by Steve Hall    Jan-20-09    
Topic: Good, Outdoor



IKEA Wants the White House.

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More specifically, it wants its couches and desks and bedroom sets and carpets and oblong dishware inside the White House. (See concept design for the Oval Office, which doesn't so much say "President" as it does "patriotic single mom with puppy and kindergartener.")

And by adopting the "Change" message that worked so well for Obama, it hopes you'll help achieve its goal. Witness and wince while it slathers Washington, DC's Union Station with bright yellow propaganda:

o "The time for domestic reform is NOW!" (At left.)
o "Fiscally responsible home furnishings FOR ALL!"
o "Change Begins AT HOME!"

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Online, Outdoor, Political



Pepsi Promotion Plasters Times Square With New Logo

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In an all out effort to accost, uh, make the public aware of its new logo and celebrate the "next generation's" apparent positive outlook for the coming year, Pepsi has unleashed itself upon Times Square with a week-long promotional extravaganza.

This past weekend, Pepsi, with street teams and a Times Square billboard takeover, featured its new Refresh Everything message of hope, optimism and a world made perfect through the rose colored glasses of advertising. A new television commercial, Wordplay, also made its debut.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-29-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Events, Guerilla, Outdoor



Lamb's Appeals to Every Man's Inner Lumberjack

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Under the slogan "Your holiday spirit," Lamb's pushes a triage of billboards that speak directly to scruffy dudes exhausted by the spendy and energetic gyrations of others.

Each board appears to be wood-paneled and (festively?) duct-taped. Perched by a swig-worthy neck of Lamb's are the following messages:

o "Yeah, we're into free-range turkey. It's called hunting."
o "You can buy a $75 tree. Or a $10 axe." (At left.)
o "Holiday shopping should be a one-day event."

Amusing work, even if it speaks to the parts of men that have attempted to fix our cars, build us coffee tables and otherwise sprinkle havoc (and sawdust, and transmission fluid) on our tidy store-bought worlds. Given the lines we're all having to brave just to visit the bank or buy groceries, the ads'll probably draw more lips to the bottle than those of the target market. (Frankly, we're halfway there.)

The work builds on Lamb's "It beats fancy" campaign, orchestrated by John St.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-23-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Outdoor



Levi's Beast Tops Taxis, Humans Righted, Swag Watched, Data Ported

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- The Levi's Beast is now hanging out atop New York Taxi cabs. OK, so the beast is imaginary but the jeans are unbuttoned.

- If you could step into a human rights violation. this is what it might look like. The video celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

- Ad Age is doing its Annual Swag Watch again. Up today, lot's of candy.

- Alisa Leonard-Hansen thinks data Portability will have a big impact on design practices in the next five years.

- Oddcast loves Adrants! And they've sent us a nice dog-themed holiday card.

by Steve Hall    Dec-17-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Outdoor



FirstBank's Cop-Out Gifts Help Stingies Save Scrilla

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To prove how far it's willing to go to help you save, FirstBank encourages holiday spendthrifts to snap digital photos of its ads -- and repurpose them as presents.

The idea's a lot funnier than it sounds. At left is an outdoor ad with a generic piece of art, which you can photograph, frame and pass on to unwitting (or undeserving) family members.

Other cheapskate gifts include a star adoption certificate (which we're actually thinking of using) and a homemade jam label.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-15-08    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Outdoor



How Much is That Little MINI in the Window?

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A MINI really isn't so mini when you wrap it up in Christmas packaging and place it in a mall. Which is exactly what Young Marketing did in the El Retiro Center in Bogota Columbia.

The backside of the package was designed to be a store at which Matchbox-sized versions of the MINI could be purchased.

Check out all the images of the work here.

by Steve Hall    Dec-11-08    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Specialty



Shopping Mall Claims Holidays Are NOT About Spending Money

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Last night during Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!, Charlie complained about the flagrant commercialization of Christmas. If creatives ever felt the way he did, they're probably well over it out of professional necessity. I know I am, and I just blog here.

Adding to our jaded perspective of how things operate in Ad Land's warped universe, Cherry Creek North -- a high-end shopping mall, mind you -- worked with CULTIVATOR ADVERTISING & DESIGN/Denver to launch The Yuletide Project. Its goal is to remind holiday shoppers that the holidays are about more than frequent wallet molestation.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec- 9-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Online, Outdoor, Strange



Stove Top Stuffing Keeps Bus Patrons Toasty

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There are few things more soothing than warm stuffing out of the gutted sternum of a turkey. And with help from JCDecaux, this soothingest of comfort food is warming bus patrons at 10 bus shelters in Chicago.

The Stove Top ads -- radiant with warmth -- feature a heaping bowl of stuffing, tossed and tasty looking and beckoning hungry passengers home.

"Cold, provided by winter," the ad reads. "Warmth, provided by us. It's a good night for Stove Top."

Find stuffing-hot bus shelters in the Chi through December. Reps will also be handing out (steaming?) samples. Work by DraftFCB.

by Angela Natividad    Dec- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Guerilla, Outdoor, Poster



Dogs Get Pop Up 'Hotel For Dogs' Store to Promote Movie

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Because foster parents are mean and don't let you keep your dog, kids sometimes have to take matters into their own hands and build a Hotel For Dogs. That's the premise and the name of a new Dreamworks/Nickelodeon movie starring Emma Roberts.

To help promote the movie, BigHeads created a pop up store - a converted Ann Taylor space at Westfield Century mall in Los Angeles - called Hotel For Dogs. Throughout the holidays, people can take their dogs to the "hotel" and have their furry ones doggy sat for free while they go shopping.

Check out some more shots of the hotel here.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-08    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Point of Purchase, Promotions










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