The music in Palm Pre's "Flow" feels Stephen Spielberg epic, but the concept of the ad itself is a little weird.
In "Flow," a woman saunters into an empty field, settles on a giant rock and starts futzing with her Palm Pre phone. At the same time, an entire army of orange-clad martial arts-inspired dancers appear around her, illustrating her big internal soliloquy with their unified movements.
We were somewhere on Rue de Rivoli when we saw a print version of the image at left for coffee label Lavazza. Below the image of a feral woman clad in furs, her body hunched protectedly over two infants, an espresso cup clutched delicately in one hand, reads the tagline: "The Italian espresso experience."
Lavazza is the same brand that did the utterly carnal coffee-bean-grind prints two years ago.
After a bit of Googling we found out the image we saw is one of seven Annie Leibovitz-photographed prints for Lavazza's yearly Coffee Calendar, an artful and sexy tribute to a handful of Italian icons. The image at left is a reinterpretation of Colosseo & Lupa Capitolino and represents the January-February portions of the calendar.
Handbag designer Rachel Nasvik promotes fresh wares with an urban Quest for ladies that lust for free stuff.
96 of her handbags were hidden in public places around NYC, filled with girly things like lip gloss, bobby pins and personalized playlists; as well as a note spouting the campaign manifesto: "You didn't find this bag, this bag found you." Lucky finders can keep 'em.
Rachel's Twitter is loaded with cryptic clues about where the bags can be spotted; her blog also sports images of discovered ones.
It's telling that eclectic music lover @quikness apprised us of this ad, featuring Dr. Dre for Dr Pepper, with nothing but a sad face. That's pretty much how we felt when Dre gave us his whole "slower is better" spiel -- a philosophy for hip-hop hits and Dr Pepper drinking etiquette.
For Dr Pepper's "Trust me, I'm a doctor!" effort, Dr. Dre joins a colourful list of other non-doctors that made careers out of pretending to be: Dr. Love and Dr. J.
Cisco's trained us to expect a campy pitch for the ASR 9000 to accompany almost all holidays where we have to demonstrate undying loyalty with cash.
Father's Day is no exception. After giving Dad a pass on every cheap brag and unlikely childhood triumph he's ever told, Cisco poses profound questions like this one:
"...And In what freaking universe would argyle socks be more appealing than six times the mobile backhaul capacity?!!"
Not this one, I guess. That reference to Dad being "burly and barrel-chested" was kind of creepy though, but in keeping with that slightly-violating oddvertising vibe that we're all crazy about right now.
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To strengthen the US Postal Service's online chops -- and give augmented reality technology some bonafide useful marketing implementation -- AKQA/DC developed the virtual box simulator.
Here's how it works: you print a little eagle off the website. (This is so the system knows how big your item is, relative to something else.) Switch on your web cam and launch the Virtual Box Simulator. Hold the eagle up to the camera until a virtual box appears, then toggle the size to best suit whatever item you plan to ship.
30Rock's Jane Krakowski appears in this tacky ravaging of Gone with the Wind for Breyer's ice cream.
And while we can appreciate the seamless integration of a contemporary (if hardly worthy) Scarlett O'Hara, it disgusts us to no end when she puts on the Southern simper and weds her crappy girls-night-out-fantasy dialogue to Rhett's timeless hot/cold leading man ditties.
Make sure you sniff some glue before watching this Sub Rosa-created video or Diesel's fragrance, Only the Brave. Or smoke some weed. Or, better yet, heroin. No, we're not advocating drug use. It's just that the trippiness of this whacked creation would likely be be far more enjoyable under the influence of something.
What do Dean Cain, Bobcat Goldthwait, and a rotund man in a silver unitard all have in common? They are all part of Microsoft's latest Internet Explorer 8 campaign developed by Indiana-based advertising agency, Bradley and Montgomery.
If that pitch made you as almost-curious as it made us, check out browserforthebetter.com. Hopefully you'll have better luck than we did: the site demanded that we install Silverlight before divulging anything, and even after that, it still wouldn't relinquish its secrets.
So we had to hit up Ads of the World, where we found out the campaign is coloured by a series of PSA-style "Special Internet Service Announcements" targeted to people with internet afflictions.
So it's kinda like that HANDTOSS shit all over again. Microsoft, how one-trick-pony are you?
When Lenovo told us about its laptop theft preventative, the SMS Kill Switch, we didn't think they actually meant "kill the thieves dead."
That's the vibe we got when we saw "Laptop Theft Goes with a Bang," a video promoting the new feature, seeded by The 7th Chamber.
But if it's any consolation, even as the street crook spontaneously combusts, you can rest assured your laptop remains both safe and scratch-free.
The SMS Kill Switch now comes stock in new Lenovo ThinkPads. Actual WCDs (weapons of crook destruction) probably need to be modded in -- but hey, if iPhones can open car doors, that can't be hard.