Miniskirt Symbolizes Paper's Reduction in Size, First Female Editor

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Italian newspaper 'L'Unità', originally founded in 1924 by Marxist Antonio Gramsci as the official paper of the Italian Communist Party, has relaunched and rebranded with a new campaign created by "controversial" Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani who worked on the United Colors of Bentton campaign.

Some have labeled the ad sexist. Concita de Gregorio, first female head of the paper doesn't agree, saying, "I don't think it's right to use a woman image to sell, for example, cars. But in this case, I think it's perfect. Since two months, this newspaper is controlled by the body and the head of a woman, me, so in this case I think is pertinent to use a woman's image."

Hmm. Interesting logic indeed tying the mini skirted body of the woman in the ad to her position as "head" of the paper.

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Barclay Slideless Card Slides America Towards Speedo Nightmare

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When you leave the office at the end of the day, you commute home on a water slide, right? Wait, what? You don't? What's wrong with you!?!? Idiot. Everyone commutes to and from work on a slide these days. Just watch this Barclay commercial hyping its slideless (pun?) card. Wait, what? It's just one guy? OK, so he's the idiot.

And what's this spot telling us anyway? It's great the card is slideless but are we to believe we have to get inside a water slide to use it? Wait, what? This is advertising? It's meant to be metaphorical? Well thank God. The thought of hundreds of disgustingly obese Americans slipping into Speedos to commute to and from work is enough to make one barf all over Madison Avenue.

Did Donny Deutsch create this?

by Steve Hall    Oct-27-08    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange



Economy Got You Down? Buy A Chainsaw, Cut Some Trees

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Appearing today in USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, Stihl offers confidence to wary consumers that, of late, hear nothing but bad news about the economy. With so many portfolios in shambles, Stihl promises to be a sharp investment in today's crazy market.

Say what? Is that a chainsaw in the ad? So, like, the solution is to take a chainsaw to your portfolio and dramatically carve it up because, given Wall Street, anything less would be wimpy?

Oh wait, Stihl isn't a financial management firm. It makes power tools. And not just any crappy power tools like the ones you can find cheaply priced at Home Depot or Lowe's. Nope. Stihl is an investment, not an expenditure because, unlike the cheap tools you have you buy over and over because they always break, Stihl is a life long investment. Or so the ad would have us believe.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-23-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Good, Newspaper



Trojan Asks Everyone to Evolve, Realize Kids Have Sex

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The girl featured in this Trojan Evolve One Evolve All Community video sums up the teen sex/sex education problem quite well when she says, "What really gets me...is that health care covers Viagra but they can't cover birth control or teach about effective birth control."

Trojan aims to change that with its Evolve One, Evolve All community site on which videos from the community and well know artists point out the problems and offer solutions to what Colangelo (Trojan's agency) Chief Digital Officer Craig Lambert calls "a terrible, epidemic problem."

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by Steve Hall    Oct-22-08    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Good, Online, Opinion, Video



Apple Pokes Fun at Vista's $300 million Advertising Budget

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Not one to sit idly by while its nemesis gets a $300 million makeover, Apple is out with two new commercials, one of which directly comments on the amount of money Microsoft is spending on its current advertising campaign. In the ad, we see PC divvying up Microsoft's budget allocating the lion's share to the ad campaign and a minuscule amount to fixing Vista's problems.

Mac comments on the seemingly illogical allocation which causes PC to think for a minute before he reallocates in a manner not quite expected by Mac. It's pointed commentary on the all too common viewpoint advertising can cure all ills.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-19-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good



Ball of String Captures Moment of Love

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Oh wow. This ad, capturing the precious moment between two people when they decide to ask and answer one of life's biggest questions which, in a big way, will determine how they live the rest of their lives together, is, by far, one of the best we've seen.

With nothing but a ball of string and some ingenuity, one man expresses his eternal love for the woman of his dreams. Love does, indeed, rock.

Created by The Richards Group for Zales, this commercial features music created specifically for the ad by Robert Francis. The song is entitled Don't Forget Love and was produced by PrimalScream Music Creative Director and EVP Nicole Dionne.

by Steve Hall    Oct-14-08    
Topic: Best, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Friday Racy: That Hot Chick is Also a Human Being

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April 8, 2008: With a link like slinkyfoxvideo.com (dead link. now here) and a red lingerie-clad, girl-next-door hottie like the one in this video, viewership is almost guaranteed. Here at Adrants, we've seen a lot of videos used to promote all sorts of things. A lot of them. Most of them terrible. This, though, is one of the best. One could argue it's just another trashy sex-sells piece of crap but one would be wrong. The content of the video is directly related to what's pitched at the end of the video and it's wonderfully done.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-08    
Topic: Best, Creative Commentary, Racy, Video



25 Best and Worst Fall TV Ads Critiqued

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An atrocious "Top Model" poster, a diabolically clever "Dexter" campaign, a witty "Chuck" ad, an insanely Candyland-looking "Biggest Loser" promo and an all-too-sleepy "Fringe" billboard are among the 25 best and worst fall TV "key art" ads bluntly critiqued and graded in a slideshow on Hollywood Reporter's The Live Feed blog.

The Hollywood Reporter's James Hibberd tells us, "Project was inspired by sitting in LA traffic, looking at the annual fall deluge of TV ad billboards and thinking it might be interesting to review the most compelling ones."

Check it out here. One of my favorites, Gossip Girl is first up.

by Steve Hall    Sep-24-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Outdoor, Poster, Television



Yet Another Hair Care Product Causes Women to Orgasm

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Not quite as blunt as the long-running Herbal Essence campaign which has no problem trying to make us believe its hair care products will give women thunderous orgasms, this new Euro RSCG London-created campiagn for VO5 Hot Oil more subtly eludes the the notion, somehow, hair care products do, in fact, give women orgasms.

The print campaign, with headlines like, "It took my by surprise in the shower," The best 60 seconds in my life, "I glowed afterwards, " It hasn't felt this good in ages" and "Oh. My. God," aims to "reinvent the cult status of VO5 Hot Oil as a miracle product in a manner similar to that women's exercise product on Mad Men which, yes, gave women orgasms.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-17-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Good, Magazine



Nike Says Here I Am, Just Do Me

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Over at Gawker, Nike is taking a beating for a new slogan it's testing in a new campaign targeting women in Europe. The tagline, "Here I am" is humorously pointed out to have, well, and interesting relationship with the parent tagline,"Just Do It." The relationship? The actionable "do it" portion of the parent tagline is seen to be a bit, well, awkwardly demeaning when placed next to the more submissive "Here I Am."

So is Nike telling the bulk of its audience to just do it with submissive women in Europe who will just lay down and say "here I am?"

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by Steve Hall    Sep-11-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Creative Commentary, Opinion








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