What is it About this Holiday Season that Just Screams 'RODEO'?


Riffing off an idea first presented to us by Lucky Brand Jeans, agency Bernstein-Rein gives us the Reindeer Rodeo, yet another holiday game where the objective is to keep a skittish elf on a bucking...

...well, I'd hate to ruin the surprise.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-22-08    
Topic: Agencies, Games, Online

Mortar's Recession Solution: A Spork, Some Booze and Pocket-Sized Luck


Instead of sending over a typical holiday card, Mortar went the extra mile and sent us a Holiday Recession Kit.

It is amazingly practical.

Tools for survival include Top Ramen ("It got you through college, it'll get you through this"), a Magic 8-Ball, a Spork ("Perfect for Top Ramen, or digging your way out of prison. Or defending yourself in prison"), matches, edible packing material, and a wee bottle of VooDoo Spiced Rum, which is pretty self-explanatory.

All it's missing is a single cigarette and some rope.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-22-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Guerilla

Closer Look Makes Adrants Even More Amazing


We'd like to thank our friends over at Closer Look for making Adrants even more amazing that it already is with their kick-ass Amazing Amazer design tool. Every agency should have one of these. After all, who doesn't love some twinkling sparkle in their advertising?

Give is a visit. Make your site (and your photo too) way more amazing than it already is.

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-08    
Topic: Agencies

Fallon Melts Industry Treasures, Produces Golden Idol


Apparently Fallon is so bad-ass it would melt down One Show Pencils, Clios, Cannes Lions and even an Emmy -- all those paperweights you slave so hard for -- just to celebrate its staying power.

The You Are Fallon project represents 30 years of creative work and also commemorates the agency's move to a new space. Existing and former employees donated awards they won while at Fallon, then sat back while the gold, silver and bronze bits were melted into a 175-pound plaque that simply proclaims, "We are Fallon."

Kinda cool that people unloaded enough trinkets to produce 175 pounds' worth of Fallon love. Provided the plaque isn't one day lifted by a disgruntled (and extremely strong) ex-creative, it's like being immortalized into the fabric of your second home. See making-of.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Events, Social, Trends and Culture

Hired Elf Makes Mischief at White+Partners


If ever an elf is offered to you, I can say with relative certainty that it would be scientifically impossible -- futile, even -- to decline. The likelihood of wild, wonderful, madcap hijinks is just. Too. Great.

So after hearing that Santa's shrinking down its workforce, agency White+Partners leaped at the opportunity to get a pointy-eared labourer of its own.

He is horrors. But even if he punches balls and gives unsolicited lap dances, don't you still kind of want one?

by Angela Natividad    Dec-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Video

Lots and Lots and Lots and Lots of Holiday Greetings.


- n-tara's greeting card (at left) solicited donations for Speedway Children's Charities.

- Ace Hardware's Ace Your Face lets you personalize kitschy holiday greetings.

- Holiday jihad fireworks.

- ATTIK's extra-extra customizable Times Square holiday marquee.

- Hungry Man's Amazing Jake sings ape-tastic Christmas Carol. From his ass. (NSFW, and also objectively ugly.)

- The requisite vintage holiday hello!, courtesy of your friends at Big Tobacco.

- Colle+McVoy build 3D mountain hideaway.

- CPX Interactive sends digital holiday card with snowball-throwing holiday game.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Online

CPX Throws Snow Balls, N64 Kid Promotes Ballet


- CPX Interactive wishes everyone a happy holiday with Balls of Snow, an online snowball fight.

- The Nutcracker Ballet at the Royal Opera gets Nintendo N64 Kid treatment. Weird.

- Frederick Samuel who blogs over at Advertising/Design Goodness just found out he's one of the 3,500 Omnicom employees let go. Help a guy out if you can.

by Steve Hall    Dec-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Games, Spoofs, Video

Minneapolis Brings Glad to Mad Men


The use of the beloved Mad Men for agency-related promotions is in serious danger of jumping the shark. Hey, it's a great show and there have been some interesting homages but you all know how the ad industry works. If something becomes cool and is played up as cool, it loses it's cool faster than agencies will lose employees come January.

So, here's yet another Mad Men-themed agency holiday message, this time from Minneapolis-based Gabriel deGrood Bendt. It's not bad. Not at all. But there's only so much Mad Men one can take.

by Steve Hall    Dec-16-08    
Topic: Agencies

Barbarian Group Named Digital Company of the Year


It's no secret we've loved Barbarian Group from the start. From the first time we heard of them back in the days of Subservient Chicken to its more recent work for CNN and Dove, they have always impressed. And not just with their work but with who they are as people.

So we're super pleased they were just named Creativity magazine's Digital Company of the Year.

Co-Founders Rick Webb, Robert Hodgin, Keith Butler and Benjamin Palmer are amazingly talented. Boston office President Bruce Winterton is a great guy. Uber PR pro/Director of Communications Eva McCloskey does a stellar job telling the agency's story. They host amazing parties. What's not to love?

more »

by Steve Hall    Dec-16-08    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events

Out of Work Animation Seeks Employment


This Christmas card from Manchester-based AHD imaging in which an out of work computer-generated character, AHD168, finds itself homeless and destitute strikes a cord. With this one video, AHD has accomplished two things; it's wished everyone a Happy Christmas and it's looking for work, something a lot of companies are doing these days.

So come on, help out an unemployed animation (company).

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Video

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