Faces Clopped, D&AD Calls, ADC Calls, Gen Y Speaks

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- If for no other reason than to stave off boredom, check out Monoclops and turn yourself into a morphlicious monoclop.

- The deadline for entering the D&AD Awards in Wednesday, January 2010. If you're inclined, you can view the call for entry ads here.

- For the second time in the history of the broadcast, Super Bowl ad pricing has dropped. Last year, spots went for $ 3 million. This year, they are going for $2.5 - $2.8 million.

- Mullen-supported The Next Great Generation is a GenY-focused blog which covers crowdsourcing, explores the GenY demo and aims to educate brands and marketers about the segment's thinking and lifestyle.

- The Art Director's Club is looking for entries for its 89th Annual Awards. get them in by January 22.

- How were Legos...uh LEGO bricks...invented? by some strange looking dude with a mustache after he realized people can't fly. And it's all about community. And there's a video. And there's a Twitter profile to follow. And there's an iPhone app!

- Hmm. Branding people with AIDS? Or just making them aware of it?

- When making a billboard buy for alcoholism, it's best not to place the board near a board that promotes an alcoholic beverage.

by Steve Hall    Jan-13-10    
Topic: Games, Industry Events, Strange, Super Bowl 2010, Weblogs



Bras Big Enough to Hang From A Building Need A Big Washing Machine

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OK so if a bra was so big it needed to be hung from a 30 story building to dry, wouldn't you want to meet the woman who wore such a bra? OK so that has nothing to do with this new commercial from Young & Rubicam for LG which wants us all to know their new washing machines are HUGE!

But if for some unknown reason you did want to meet the woman who wore a bra this big, she might look something like this.

by Steve Hall    Jan-12-10    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



Wanna Laugh? Watch These Fart-Fueled Commercials

There's nothing like a good fart joke to break up the seriousness of the day. And there's nothing like a collection of the Most Flatulent Food Commercials to make one break out into laughter in a public cafe while trying to write a piece about the Most Flatulent Food Commercials. Believe us, it's not easy. People must think we're insane.

But go ahead. You try to watch these commercials without snickering. You won't be able to do it. In fact, you'll likely have your co-workers crowding around your cubicle sharing in the farty goodness of it all. At least you hope they do or else they'll all think it's you pumping out the farty goodness.

by Steve Hall    Jan-12-10    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



If You Want to Commit Suicide, Audi Can't Help You

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This is, by far, the most twisted method used we've ever seen to sell a car. Of course, this isn't really selling a car because this isn't a commercial. It's spec work from a director touting his directorial abilities.

Akin to suicidal robots selling GM cars aan bombers selling Volkswagens, this spec work touts Audi's diesel goodness by illustrating its clean technology filters out all the bad stuff tail pipe suckers look for when choosing this mode of death.

Maybe the power windows instead? Nope.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-10    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Emma Watson Loses A Leg For Burberry

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Yes. Emma Watson, darling of the Harry Potter movie franchise, is making her way into the world of advertising. Except, she's left one of her body parts behind. In a new Burberry ad, her right leg seems to be missing. Was she recently attacked by a shark? Or did a designer, once again, get a bit overzealous with PhotoChop?

It's beyond comprehension how such an egregious error could go unnoticed by all of the eyes that most certainly saw this campaign before it went out the door. Unless...which is a much more likely scenario...it was released on purpose by Burberry which knew full well the press would eat it up. If that's the case, big points for the marketers behind the brand. If not, someone's getting fired. Or at least sent back to PhotoChop...uh...Shop training.

Update: There's a video of the photoshoot which appears to reveal this ad may not have been a Photoshop Disaster. In the video her leg can be seen behind her brother's leg. Whether or not it's the same pose is up for debate but this seems to confirm our assumption Burberry did this on purpose knowing they'd get press. Watch and decide.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Strange



If You're Fat, Aliens Will Eat You First

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If you're happy and you know it clap your hands. If you're fat and you know it, slap an alien...because they are going to eat you first according to this latest cause-tagonistic ad from UK fitness center Cadbury House which states, "Advanced Health Warning: When the aliens come, they will eat the fatties first."

Apparently this ad, which was lifted almost verbatim from a 1999 Grey-created 24 Hour Fitness billboard, has the English up in arms. One women complained, saying, "I am not overweight yet I still find this extremely offensive and patronizing, but how much more so to someone genuinely overweight?"

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-10    
Topic: Magazine, Outdoor, Strange



Advertising Has Destroyed Our Perception of the Human Body

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Just what sort of thoughts run through a designers mind when they so egregiously fuck with the human body with Photoshop to the point any normal human can tell there's some serious digital manipulation going on? Do these designers actually look at their work before they are done? Do they live on another planet where body parts are freely adjusted with the click of a mouse?

Oh wait, they live on earth...with the rest of us...who, because of all of this ongoing digital manipulation, now have no idea what a normal human body looks like unless a fat roll slaps us in the face.

Oh and for those suffering from extreme digital manipulitis, it's the woman's belly button that's out of place.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-10    
Topic: Strange



For A Better Looking Tomorrow, Don't Take NyQuil. Stare At Big Boobs

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Make the Logo Bigger's Bill Green points to this pulchritudinous contextual oddity which features sleeping men in NyQuil ads surrounding a story about a study, out for about a month, that claims staring at the breasts of well-endowed women will increase the life expectancy of men.

The corrigendum? The fact the sleeping NyQuil men are wasting away their lives taking drugs and sleeping while they could be ogling mountainous cleavage and getting healthy without drugs. A stretch? Perhaps. But for once, it wasn't us making the stretch.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-10    
Topic: Racy, Strange



Oh Look! Threesome Marketing Snuggie-Style!

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Look. It's like a Snuggie for booth babe marketing. How long before we see this at the next ad:tech, Blogworld or Affiliate Summit? We'd love to see it simply for the hilarity of watching three girls try to maneuver an exhibit hall floor without causing a traffic disaster.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-10    
Topic: Specialty, Strange



MADD Brings Us An Idiot's Guide to Drunk Driving

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Well here's a different approach to safe driving advertising. Rather than horrific death and dismemberment, TBWA Toronto has created a quirky MADD campaign that highlights the stupid behaviors of idiots who explain how to stay on the road while drunk. There's no blood. There's no guts. There's no screaming girlfriend and there's no inconsolable parents.

Nope. Just a collection of doofuses telling us how they manage not to crash while drunk. Hmm. Not too sure about this one. Making light of drunk driving? That's sort of like making light of misogynist shiny suds who taunt women in a shower. Who would do that?

by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange










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