- Last week Washington Mutual ran this colorful little ad on its homepage. It reads, "Most banks are grey. That's not our style." Its fortunes have changed since then. See what ad they're running now. (Thanks to Adrants reader Martha for the link.)
- Who's the dick writing comments on your blog? Via David Griner at Adfreak.
- Over the bar-and-bowling scene? Hit up a hamster race near you. (Come prepared. See track specs.)
- Branding with LaserGames. Watch out for epilepsy.
- Alphas eat beef jerky.
- Bored or pissed off at Cubicle Cog #4? Play the Super Fantastic Corporate Confusion game. Unlike life, it will not let you down.
"The Fly in the Eye" follows in the tradition of old-school psychological horror cinema. Created by Cisma/Sao Paulo, it's the story of a man who, in his efforts to get rid of a fly, bends the constraints of reality and for some reason ends up with two irises in one socket.
Weird shit. The video concludes with "Always expect the unexpected!", followed by a link to BlackThinking.com.
imc2 made a site where you can put your likeness on M&Ms. I've always wanted to eat my own face off, so I clicked through to The Candy Lab with premature glee.
What I saw were my old buddies, the Red and Yellow M&Ms, wearing zoned-out, slightly stoned expressions. Between them sat a giant M&M into which they trapped the head of a jovial black dude.
Use the buttons on the right to get The Head to sing you I Want Candy or She Blinded Me with Science.
Hoping to reproduce the viral success (eh?) that Elf Yourself garnered for OfficeMax, EVB/San Francisco launched MakeMeSuper.com for Kodak.
Look look! It's me! Except blonde and trapped in the '70s!
Use the Kodak gallery to prop your face -- or that of an unwitting victim -- on a spandex-clad body. Your name is incorporated in a theme song (choose from one in five HUNDRED!), and -- that's not all! -- your own logo and swag. It's almost too super to stand.
Apparently Viera plasma and LCD TVs are so awesome that you'll leap tall buildings and whatnot just to sit your ass down in front of it. Okay, maybe not tall buildings but motorists at least.
By IBD Brands/Mumbai for Panasonic.
IKEA's first webisode stars Illeana Douglas, who arrives on-set as a spokesperson but is mistaken for an employee. The ensuing adventure involves Jeff Goldblum, Tom Arnold, Justine Bateman, Jane Lynch, Craig Bierko, and Kevin Pollack.
You could play the video without the sound on and probably lose none of the impact. I felt only a blandly receptive response to the cheery color palette.
For Johnson & Johnson's Aveeno label, Ogilvy commissioned a street artist to create a three-dimensional "fountain of youth" with chalk on pavement.
See a sped-up video of how the drawing was made. It's sorta like watching a Bob Ross segment, except too fast for you to follow and there aren't any "happy trees."
Of late, Ogilvy's totally stuck on this street art thing. See what it did for IBM and Tom of Finland. If it keeps this up, subversive street punks might actually go back to using Sharpies and aerosol paint.
It'll be like the '80s again.
You've probably seen ads for Cisco's "The Human Network" campaign, which tries making the possibilities of Web 2.0 seem accessible to ordinary business people. (What, there are still execs out there that don't video-conference?)
Phase two of the effort uses the banality of airline travel to demonstrate how the so-called "human network" makes it unnecessary to leap time zones for work. In "The Save More Travel Less Effect," an array of business people perform the airline safety procedure you hear every time you get on a plane. They do a nice job of seeming alternately bored, frustrated or severe.
In this spot, a deserted baggage belt rotates slowly as the frustrations of travel flash across the screen: jetlag, wake-up calls, expense reports, lost luggage, etc. As the words go by faster, the music picks up: this is a life you can leave behind!, the ad seems to shout. Three cheers for the human network!
Of late, IBM's been trying to loosen its tie and go a little green. Its efforts so far have been earnest but self-conscious: potentially exciting work dampened by risk-aversion.
For its "Fight Carbon" campaign, IBM gets down with the street artists -- "vandalizing" public areas, then removing its work and leaving those spaces cleaner than when they left them.
In its younger years, IBM was clearly not the rebel in the 'hood.
JC Penney's Crue Boarding is giving away rebates for the full purchasing price when you send them an e-receipt and a shot of you wearing their gear.
To infiltrate its target market -- "full time slackers" into "surfing beer music classy girls" -- Penney's invented Samthebrodude, a fake video blogger who does jack besides post vlogs about this promotion.
Sam's videos are short and the lighting terrible, harking back to a time (pre-dating Lonelygirl15) when those characteristics might have suggested authenticity. Beyond that, he's too much like a character invented out of intensive MySpace research.
Plus, he joined YouTube three weeks ago and has uploaded seven videos -- five of which are all about Crue Boarding's promotion.
See him clutch a guitar, just for show, and flash his rebate check. As if you care.