Gawker Bleeds, Oxfam Goes to Cannes, FarFar Lion Found

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- Chicago's O'Hare airport has a new website! (Some people think this sort of thing is important. Who are we to judge? Oh wait, that's our job)

- Yawn. Men dress up as women in Danica Patrick's new Boost Mobile Unwronged commercial.

- Soft drink\ company, The Feel Good Drinks Company, commissioned Loose Moose to turn a stop-frame animation created for them by one of their consumers into a national TV
campaign.

- smashLAB's Eric Karjaluoto thinks design has become commoditized but he has a solution

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by Steve Hall    May-26-09    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events, Online, Opinion, Video



Possibly the Best Climate Change Awareness Video Ever

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Cannes Young Lions competition entries for client Oxfam Great Britain have been mixed -- and the stuff we've seen has been wince-worthy, running the "Horrors!" gamut from complete mundanity to gratuitous panty-dancing violence.

That all changes with "Douchebag Pie," arguably the greatest climate change awareness ad for Generation: YouTube ever created.

And if it singlehandedly brings the word "douchebag" to the French lexicon, then all the better.

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Dance, Girl, Dance. Die, Girl, Die.

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This is madness, thick and black, I Know What You Did Last Summer-style.

To spread Oxfam's global warming awareness message, and as (yet another) entry to the Cannes Young Lions ad festival, some dark-humoured cat put together this creepy piece of work.

Ooh, it's getting hot in here. Like a seedy American Apparel ad, some dancing hutch starts peeling off her clothes. And suddenly...

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Yep, That Would Be a Yardstick.

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For the Cannes Young Lions Ad Contest, Y&R Interactive/Israel/Mizbala entered a video on behalf of Oxfam Great Britain. All it does is drive climate change-conscious users to the Oxfam YouTube page -- kind of a cheap prize after sitting through virtually nothing of entertainment value and then clicking -- actually clicking! -- on a button embedded inside the video.

Fail.

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by Angela Natividad    May-20-09    
Topic: Cause, Events, Industry Events, Video



Wrath of Cannes Powers into Third Year

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And it's crass as ever. (Be sure to watch the Firing Squad videos.)

For the unfortunate ad cogs that won't be making Cannes this year (cannes't!), there's always the Woods Witt Dealy & Sons' Wrath of Cannes.

Unlike last year, when we were shocked it even lasted two events, Wrath of Cannes is full steam ahead for the third: fueled by layoffs, budget cuts, more conservative advertising and all-around creative rage. Nice pink slip wallpaper, guys!

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by Angela Natividad    May-18-09    
Topic: Events, Good, Industry Events



BBQ Sauce Gets Cowgirl Hot, PSFK Videos, Cue Cat Returns

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- Um...ad for barbecue sauce?

- At PSFK Conference NYC, Danielle Sacks from Fast Company led a discussion about the rise of the "New Idea Agencies" - companies that are thinking outside of the traditional client-agency model and creating their own products, brands, and intellectual property to launch direct to market.

- 38% of all US mobile subscribers recall seeing ads on their phones in Q1 2009.

- Oh look! It's the Cue Cat all over again. Will we ever learn?

by Steve Hall    May-15-09    
Topic: Industry Events



Della Offends, Food Talks, Logos Wanted, Texting Pays Off

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- Yawn. Twitter all aflutter over supposedly sexist Dell website.

- In what feels like the world's longest commercial, food talks about how great Dixie's new paper plates are.

- Got a great logo? Submit it to Wolda, an annual worldwide logo award competition.

- Premium Channels has introduced Premium Campaign Echoes, advertorial mentions that "echo" banner creative.

- Think you're the fastest texter out there? Check out LG's annual US National Texting Championship. You could win $50,000.

- The world's weirdest Coke commercial.

- Paste Magazine is on it's last legs and will launch a "Save Paste" campaign later today.

by Steve Hall    May-13-09    
Topic: Commercials, Industry Events, Strange, Tools



Social Media Goes on A RoadTwip

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A week or so ago we told you about this thing called RoadTwip. Surely, you thought we meant Road Trip, right. After all, there's typos on Adrants all the time. But no, We got it right this time. It really is RoadTwip.

So what the hell is RoadTwip. Well, it *is* a road trip but it's so much more as well. The goal of RoadTwip, as one third of the RoadTwip crew, Jolie O'Dell, writes on ReadWriteWeb, is to "stop spinning on the NYC/SF/LA axis of the tech world, get outside the echo chamber, test the IRL capabilities of social media, and get a glimpse of something new and authentic."

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by Steve Hall    May- 8-09    
Topic: Industry Events, Social



One Club Releases Another Lust-Inducing Phallic Paperweight.

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The One Show is debuting a Green Pencil award to honour "the one piece or campaign that best represents the highest standards of excellence in the field of environmental advertising" (...aaaaaand rake in more preliminary entry dosh).

Actually, it was agency BooneOakley/Charlotte's idea. Hoping to keep the institution relevant, it came up with the Green Pencil concept: an award composed of recycled glass, made in Taiwan (natch!) by Tittot, a "lost wax casting" glass art studio. Rapper and Battleground Earth co-host Ludacris will present the award on April 6.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 5-09    
Topic: Brands, Industry Events, Magazine



Who's In -- and Who's Out -- in the TwitteRFP

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Last week Current.tv launched the first-ever TwitteRFP. That is, it's on the hunt for agencies. And instead of soliciting RFPs the old-fashioned way, it was all, "Post that ish on Twitter."

What's cool about this method is it put both large and small agencies on an equal playing field: that incessant stream-of-consciousness noisebox where we blow 3-4 of our good working hours per day.

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