Oh we've seen them. You have too. Those people so engrossed with their iPods, they look like they're conjuring their inner Michael Bolton. Those people so intently involved in their Bluetooth earpiece-enabled cell phone conversation they look like mumbling mental patients oblivious to the fact they look like idiots.
Apparently, according to a recent DraftFCB-created campaign for Ontario's Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, the above mentioned scenarios can lead to a bloody death. Death by iPod. Death by ignorance of signage. Death by ignorance of safety manuals. Hmm. Somehow, we're glad the most dangerous thing threatening our existence is the copy of George Parker's book, Madscam, perched on a shelf above our desk.
Check out "Meet the Denialers" for Mackenzie Investments. Put together by Lowe Roche, Toronto, it tells the story of "a family of four that spends like fourteen."
Creative is spread across print and online without losing the tune: that of a strangely relatable fable. The campaign does a nice job of positioning an investment firm as a natural option for cash-burning families.
Meet Brett, Penny, Simon, Devon and Amanda. The website, BurnRate.ca, includes nifty little tools like a cashflow calculator and a burn rate spending test.
To promote what it calls its "iconic baby lotion," Johnson launched Touching Bond to encourage moms to get touchier with their babies. Glean advice on making "your touch more touching," massaging your baby, and capturing its giggle.
Chinese footballer Zheng Zhi brings some Asian Algier to Adidas' Beijing Olympics campaign.
The hand-drawn spot builds on "Together" with Zhi's narrative about how the 2008 Beijing Olympics will redeem his people from loss. Disembodied wings carry the Chinese into the clouds. The Chinese, and some feathers, fall out of the sky when Zhi describes the 1999 game.
Despite the tripped-out depressing imagery, the story ends on an up note. Because impossible is nothing, right?
Deep. Or at least really abstract. In which case ... deep.
Phone sex too confrontational? Put the work where it belongs -- into your thumbs. Get into "promiscuous text."
Let's Have TXT is Virgin Mobile USA's raunchy rendition of a Valentine's Day mobile campaign. Play the voyeur as a trained professional of your choice -- housewife, plumber, cowboy, nurse or sexbot -- invites you to take part in sweaty handplay on that most seductive of QWERTY keyboards.
That clammy-palms feeling is also viral. Create invites for friends!
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Having moved on from over privileged whiny teen to desperate housewife, Bebe Sports has unveiled its new print campaign featuring Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker, who, last year, replaced Mischa Barton as the company's celebrity spokesperson. In the campaign, we see Longoria Parker dressed in Bebe Sports sportswear lounging on a surfboard, posing with a bicycle, standing next to a motorcycle and sitting on a car. See it all here.
HP is looking for the world's most talented hands.
Entrants to the Idolhands contest could win $10,000 or one of four TouchSmart PCs. Contest ends February 28.
Having sat through five or six of these, we don't imagine the expectations are super-ambitious. If you're Vera Wang or Jay-Z, that is.
Other brands have have relegated talent to fancy fingertips include Guinness, Elle MacPherson (in panties, no less!), and Phaeton.
Oh, and Campusfood, if soliciting handouts counts.
Adfreak pointed us to this homecare ad for the Dutch Socialist Party. In it, an 86-year-old woman undresses for the camera eye to demonstrate displeasure with the government's new policy of rotating personal helpers amongst the elderly.
Maybe because it has so much trouble getting people into actual cars, Mazda is inviting users to test-drive its virtual cars on Southern California roads: Angeles Crest, Arroyo Pkwy, the Pacific Coast Highway and Decker Canyon.
There's an explanation for the odd action angles (for example, the one where you get a birds-eye view of the front wheel). Mazda observed that on YouTube, car enthusiasts strap cameras to the sides of their cars to show you how gears shift and such.
Okay, then. Now excuse us while we head back to Problem Playground.
It seems the letter "h" has found a new home and has deserted words, keyboards, landmarks, news stories, and offices opting instead for a better life on the back of the Lexus hybrids, the RX 400h, GS 450h, and LS 600h. Called The Power of H and created by Team One, the commercial shows us what life would look like without the letter H. Apparently, it's a better life and one which embraces change, looks forward and doesn't rely on the status quo.
We never new a car could make such a powerful, cultural statement. Hence forth, we will be proud to be known as Steve All.