We told you the latter half of this pre-Christmas week would soon devolve into nothing buy silly games and an endless supply of agency Christmas cards. And that seems to be exactly what's happening. Try as we might to scour the industry for "real" news, all we seem to come up with is fun little Christmas-themed timewasters like this Red Christmas game from UK agency Thought.
It's simple and we like simple. All you have to do is make sure Santa gets down each of the chimney's to deliver his presents. As a sick little bonus, while delivering presents, you can have Santa wield his chain saw (yup, Santa has a chain saw in this game) to bloody the elves who, according to this game, are making slave labor allegations against Sr. Nick. Good, sick fun.
Having some fun with their new neighbor, Denver Colorado agency Thomas Taber & Drazen created this holiday card which ask those sending "lavish holiday gifts" to address them to the company's new address in Denver. It also directs those sending fruitcakes to address them to Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder Colorado. Friendly joke or just jealous the Miami shop is now in their backyard?
We get a lot of holiday stuff from agencies, but rarely do we earn (is that the word?) a personal greeting from, like, one agency guy who happens to love us just that much.
Edward from JUXT Interactive is one exception. This year, he sent us an interactive greeting card where, to The First Noel, a bunch of dudes piss a message into the snow.
Nothing like the pairing of religious music and insult to fill us with glee. Aw shucks, Edward. Check your lawn tomorrow morning.
And make your own bio-friendly snow messages at Golden Tidings!
Simple, brainless fun. That's what's so special about this year's JWT holiday card. For a while there, we thought the ad industry had decided to forgo the annual rite of creative passage known as the holiday card but now we have so many submissions we just don't know what to do with all of them.
We like this one because:
A. It arrived via email with a single URL in the body of the email. No lame sales pitch.
B. It's actually good in the most simple of ways. You get to hlep that A Christmas Story doofus detach his tongue from the light pole with various items like a blow dryer, a spatula and a chain saw.
C. You don't have to log in.
D. Even your buffoon on a boss who still refuses the Internet will amount to anything can work it.
Here's a few agency holiday cards we haven't seen yet. As one commenter pointed out, there seems to be far less of then this year than last. Either that or no one's sending them to us for fear of receiving some kind of negative rant. Oh come on, we never do that around here!
Oh but wait, we have to. Any holiday card that requires you to log in...well...that's just too much effort to exert just to celebrate the holiday season. Oh but wait, it's for a good cause. Yes, Wieden + Kennedy London's Wieden's Woods provides some sort of green-friendly tree growing thing. Oh, and over there in the UK, they don't mess around with the whole politically correct "holiday" thing. They just come right out and say it: Merry Christmas.
Lest we perceive Arnold as naught more than a passel of salty stripper-lovin' pervs (that's how we like 'em!), the agency has decided to educate us on its "culture" with a series of online videos.
The first installment, which is understandably very boring (the better to fight the "perv" connotations), is all about the AdColor Awards, which took place in Boca Raton, FL in early November.
Listen to one employee wax poetic about the award show's "positive messages." And hear snippets of quotes from people whose titles include Change Agent, All-Star (like Magic at left), Innovator, Legend, and other monikers whose meanings we don't feel super-clear on.
Stay tuned for more episodes that feature different employees from its offices in DC, Boston and NY.
We've had fun over the years enjoying the pitfalls of stock photography and the seeming inability of those using it to, when warranted, sign for exclusive use. So it is with great pleasure we bring you yet another stock photography goof courtesy of Publicis Macedonia...or BlueStepStudio which had a hand in developing the Publicis site...or Ultralase, the laser eye treatment company that used the same photo.
Yesterday, we were tipped to the striking resemblance (um, identical match) of a model used in an Ultralase ad found on an AOL UK page and another used as the background image of the Publicis Macedonia homepage. Yup, there she is. Looming large, peering out from behind a frame created by her fingers akin to a film director framing a shot.
Perhaps taking a cue from Arnold's Boston office holiday party last year during which stripper antics were performed on a pole in Creative Director Pete Favat's office, Arnold New York management hired five strippers for its New York office party held at Pravda reports Agency Spy reports.
It seems the ladies stripped down to nothing but pasties and thongs leaving employees, Agency Spy reports, "shocked and horrified" with female employees "alienated" and male employees "guilty." While a full on strip show might not be the best entertainment of an office holiday party, pictures of the event make it all look like a harmless, burlesque-like show. In fact, the one lone female caught observing the so-called strip tease is smiling. Yes, smiling. Hardly indicative of "shock and horror." OK, so it's only one picture and to be fair, hardly indicative of the entire evening.
Well here's a cute agency holiday card and it's perfect for those who just don't know what to buy for themselves or for their significant others.
Called Gift-O-Lator 1.03, the site, complete with happy elf lets you choose whether you want your gift to be masculine or feminine, work-related or play-related, thrifty or expensive and geekish or jock-like. It's amusing enough to use if only to cause your cube mate to pop their head over the divider wondering where the hell that mousy succession of "yeas" is coming from.
The card comes courtesy of Cleveland Ohio's Liggett Stashower.
Here it comes... Here it comes... Here it comes... No, not Dove's Onslaught. The ad industry onslaught of holiday cards. We know there will be many more but for now we have a few to share.
First up is Damashek Consulting which went green with its wildlife and environmentally focused approach that actually involves selling holiday-themed art created by artist Diane Grappasonno. All proceeds from the 200 signed prints will be donated to the World WildLife Fund. Nice. After all, Christmas is all about giving, right?