I kinda got a kick out of this demo for Audio Spotlight,* a technology that enables the user to transmit messages from a set of speakers to your skull. From as far as 20 meters away, the person using the device can target individuals and whisper secrets (and ad messages) only they can hear.
Gawker's Joshua Stein is less amused by the effort. He was totally blindsided by the technology, which targeted him on the streets of New York for a Paranormal State promotion.
Gotta say, it is in fact some creepy shit -- not to mention invasive. But hey, that won't stop Remy Martin from using Audio Spotlight to add an intensely personal element to its billboards in Chicago, LA, NYC and Atlanta.
So watch out. The cognacs will be coming at you from that most sacred of temples: "inside the brain-house," to seize an expression from Joshua.
Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment uses the image of a coffin nail to declare, "The Cigarette is Dead!"
"Today, cigarette smoking has not only become passe due to all we've learned about its health effects, but, plainly speaking, it's become a difficult behavior to keep," gushes a press release with the undaunted conviction of a fourth-grade graduate of DARE.
"The days when smoking was socially acceptable are over!" (Zeal added by us.)
Under the wince-worthy tagline "Fix your dog, it's all good!", the ASPCA uses graffiti to encourage pet owners to spay or neuter their animals. See the bad-ass pitbull variant.
The campaign targets black and Hispanic inner-city male dog owners, which will probably smirk, or maybe dolefully shake their heads, when they see the earnest posters on the streets of New York. But since this is a friendly effort to encourage proper furry-friend-stewardship -- and not a lamesauce rap promotion for Taco Bell -- maybe they'll cut the ASPCA some slack.
Put together by Tampa-based Pyper Paul + Kenney.
David&Goliath launched "Shut Up & Play," an outdoor campaign for the NY-NY Hotel & Casino that revolves around the rowdy, party-hardy ambiance you'll find within.
Creative below. It reminds me a lot of D&G's campaign for Rok Vegas, a night club owned by NY-NY.
Lori Kanary, an artist known for cobbling pictures together out of Lite-Brite, was recently commissioned to build the world's biggest Lite-Brite image -- a garishly-coloured Asics shoe.
Impressive. Though part of me is just relieved Asics didn't reach for the graffiti artists, which are making a tidy living off shoe labels experiencing crises of brand relevance. The other part of me is resentful of how, as a kid, I never even got to touch a Lite-Brite.
This time could be different, however. Splashlight Studios will be exhibiting the Asics Lite-Brite, starting with New York, for the next six months. Think there'll be guards around it?
I can't help thinking Snow White's childhood would have been less tragic if her evil stepmother was fed marketing propaganda, and not beauty validation, from her enchanted mirror:
"Mirror mirror, who's the fairest?"
"You're very close! Here's a projection of what La Mer can do about those unsightly crow's feet."
If, like other emotionally unavailable moms, she spent all her free time working on herself, she would probably never have gotten hip to the "fact" Snow White was -- le gasp! -- prettier than she was.
I'm thinking these thoughts because Alpay Kasal and Interference Inc. created something called the Interactive Mirror, which lets people "draw" across reflective surfaces or interact with stuff that's already there (like ads!).
See a demo. I like it when the girl runs her finger down the mirror and flowers bloom along the trail. Oh, it's also neat when the guy customizes a shirt. The photo-viewing feature is cool too.
This is pretty nifty all around, actually. I can imagine it seeing it in "ambiance" stores like Virgin.
Jakarta-based agency SemutApi has created what its labeled the "first digitally interactive out of home advertising in Indonesia." That may be true but it's not the first worldwide. Anyway, the work is for...OMG...cigarette maker Djarum Super and is called The Bro & Cuy Super Show.
As art director Aria Gorba Hamdani describes, the work is "about two soccer addicts who are willing to do anything to be famous. So they went inside an LED screen billboard and perform cool and silly soccer moves as requested by anyone."
Passersby can text the board and request specific videos featuring Bro & Cuy to be played. There are ten videos in all. You can check out a video of the board here.
- The British Humanist Association has launched a transit campaign on London buses claiming "There's probably no god."
- Not as racy as the tweaked Disney Video/DVD covers of old, the designers of Canadian Farm Frozen Broccoli packaging had some fun.
- Speak Media Blog's Jennifer Jones takes a long look at the Dove Real Beauty campaign that's been running in various forms over the past four years.
- Have the day's of FuckedCompany returned? Yahoo will lay off 1,400.
- ihaveanidea has announced its D&AD 2008 Screening North American Tour. Dates and ticket info are here.
- Using $15,000 as a start up loan, Harry Chemko and Jjason Billingsley launched online retail software company Elastic Path. It's a $10 million company now and the pair were recently awarded BDC's Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
- Avenue A/Razorfish is changing its name to Razorfish.
- Considering an iPhone? Read this first.
- Wife killed by estranged hubby for changing her Facebook status to "single" too soon. Wow ... the world has changed.
- Make magazine offers Twitter support. Hey, neato.
- Wayne Wang's The Princess of Nebraska premiered on YouTube last Friday. Which brings up the usual "dawn of a new era?" questions.
- Ecast MixMaster helps decide how best to get you trashed.
- O noes, kids and search and porn.
- Little Big Planet alienates Muslims. I would never have guessed.
- The essence of blogging.
- Do you dare mess with someone else's Hummer -- even for love of advertising? Good luck and godspeed.