Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Most Entertaining Man is...

Dos Equis has announced that it has tapped legendary underground Ring Master, Jim Rose of the Jim Rose Circus for it's new "Most Entertaining Man" campaign. On the heels of Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man" ads, Jim Rose has signed on to perform a number of exclusive performances in bars and clubs around the country. Can the same man who brought us Mr. Lifto and Enigma (no pictures, this is a family blog) and who was a staple on the live music scene way back when Lalapalooza was still a rock festival, put the rebel back into beer? Lets hope so.

Sagmeister Talks to TED

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008


NOTCOT: Esquire's 75th Anniversary E-Ink Cover from Jean Aw on Vimeo.

For the magazine's 75th Anniversary, Esquire took their limited addition covers to another level. Some of the Magazine's advertisers were more than happy to join in and experiment with the endless possibilities of the new technology.

Via MAKE:Blog.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Progression of a Brand

DC Shoe company, has launched easily one of my favorite campaigns of the year. The campaign, "Progression" was kicked off with a $25 coffee table book, Agents of Change featuring photography chronicling the shoe company's rise to be one of the most influential athletic brands of all time. Says DC President Ken Block of the book,

"It puts it all in perspective...People involved in the sports can look at the book for the stories on the athletes and the photos, but its reach is huge beyond that."

The campaign is equally far reaching, a recent relaunch of the DC website matches the solemn black & White photography and elegant story telling of the book and sits in stark contrast to how the public viewed the alternative sports industry in the 1990's. In August the company aired the first commercial toting the progression tag line and an equally solemn yet elegant track "Figure 8" originally from the show, School House Rocks provides a surreal sound track. DC seems to have tapped into something amazing in that they have realized that their customers like the company itself, has grown up in the last couple years and that the 14 year-old year athlete in 1994, is now turning 28.

Good Advice

Via Veer.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Going Back To Philly (Full Version)

What do you get when one of the funniest shows on TV teams up with director and former child star, Fred Savage and hip-hop legend, Jeru The Damaja? The new Always Sunny In Philadelphia promos.

Shlep The Vote

Droga5 and Sarah Silverman team up to tackle an important voter segment in one of our most definitive states. Called "The Great Schlep" the new campaign urges young Jewish voters to convince their grandparents down in Florida to get on board for Obama.

via Adverblog.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Big in Japan

Big in Japan is a Swedish reality show featuring two ordinary Swedes that have one month to make it big in Japan. The bus stop shelter ads feature motion sensors that trigger a banshee cry of young female Japanese super fans (we have all seen them). I love the idea behind this show, the uber-Swedish theme song and a advertising campaign that is as equally annoying as it is funny. I have to imagine ridership at this bus stop must have dropped significantly but the idea behind it is great.

via Advertising/Design Goodness.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bear Market

Aparently these guys were out in Washington D.C. last week. If anyone has any more information let me know, I think they're great.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Larger View

Agency: Rethink, Vancouver
Creative Directors: Ian Grais, Chris Staples
Art Director: David de Haas
Copywriter: Katie Ainsworth

When I first saw this execution it made me smile because I thought it might have something to do with current financial bail outs/lending life lines etc. perhaps placed in key financial districts of major cities which would make the idea extremely timely and really impactful but unfortunately it turns out that it's just another global warming rising water idea. Bummer.

via Adgoodness.

Friday, September 19, 2008

I'm a PC

In a huge turn-around from the rather drab first attempts by Crispin to make the PC cool again, the new Microsoft spot flips the script so to say and goes after Apple's famously pretentious ads in a spot that, is actually effective and dare I say...good. A new ad war is a-brewing.

The art of Phil Hansen

In probably the best viral in a very long time, artist Phil Hansen demonstrates his creative talents over the last year.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Two Roads Diverged

Not since Mercedes benz's 1995 commercial featuring Janis Joplin's anti-luxury war cry "Oh Lord Won't You Buy Me A Mercedes-Benz" has a work of art been so misinterpreted until of course the new BMW "On The Road" spot by SCPF. Congratulations, you have made a new generation squirm with advertising contempt.

Designers for Obama

www.designforobama.com allows users to Rate Obama
inspired designs or submit their very own Obama art.

With the goal of supporting Barack Obama’s campaign for presidency, Design/ers for Obama will introduce new tools and opportunities to web-powered grass roots organizing that has already revolutionized campaigning. Design/ers for Obama is a community for Obama supporters, whether visually inclined or not, to aggregate and rate Obama poster art that is available for download in a variety of sizes that can be easily printed by any and everyone. At such a turbulent (yet exciting) time in our nation’s history, collaboration has never been more important.

via Design You Trust.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Anando Milk Goes Huge in India

Agency: McCann Erickson, Mumbai, India
Executive Creative Director: Prasoon Joshi
Creative Director: PK Anil
Copywriter: Prasad Venkatraman
Art Directors: Kapil Tammal, Swati Goel, Roopra Sarbjit, Sandesh Kambli
Photographer: Shekawat HS

via Guerilla Communication.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bump & Grind

OK, so I'm not a huge fan of Grind House era B-horror movies but I've seen a fair bit and I can appreciate the art direction of the new Agent Provocateur interactive web movie but to be interactive the users has to be interested enough to at least stick around. After about 10min of cackling and tomato eating I had had enough so I attempted to purposely fail at the interactive game of "saving the virgin" and get the hell out of there only to be asked the choose-your-own-adventure style question a second time. I appreciate the idea and the nod to kitsch horror but the payoff here seems to be an endless reel of tomato fetish.

via Adverblog.

[city of others] mini docs

[mini-doc] Nick & Nick from [city of others] on Vimeo.

[city of others]

Really digging the new mini docs from [city of others] currently running on vimeo. More specificlly the episodes dealing with small business owners giving insight into what they do and why they do it. Check them out here.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday Inspiration

Shitdisco - Ok
by Razorbuzz

Shitdisco "OK" music video.


By now everyone has seen the new Microsoft spot staring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates from Crispin. And by now we can all agree that it is "Boresville".

Moscow's Burning

Federation Tower from Januk Latushka ACIDBURN on Vimeo.

Videoinstalation on the last floor of Federation Tower, the highest skyscraper in Moscow-City.

via Design You Trust

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Creative Black pt.2

Copy: "Daddy, if mommy still doesn't know of Vanish, you better wear this.Trust pink. Forget stains. Homage from Vanish to Father's Day."

Advertising Agency: Euro RSCG Worldwide, São Paulo, Brazil
Creative Directors: Carlos Castelo, Rodrigo Corbari
Art Director: Vitor Bomfim
Illustrator: Edilson Bilal
Copywriter: André Baldez

Wow, I hate to say I told you so...

via Ads of the World.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ringo Holographic Interface

Holographic Interface - round interface - Ringo from Ivan Tihienko on Vimeo.

The future of street level marketing? The possibilities are endless and a hell of a lot better than dealing with clip board toting college students on summer break (no, I don't have a minute) oh yeah, and the GPS function would be pretty damn good too.

via bblinks

Party Like a Republican

Just in time for the RNC, we would like to remind voters of our nation's great history of political infighting, guns and booze. Mark Gagliardi drinks an entire bottle of Scotch and pontificates on the legendary dual between Alexander Hamilton and Alan Burr. A reenactment from the likes of Michael Cera and Jake Johnson as the two dueling political rivals attempts to make sense of Gagliardi's lecture.

via Vice TV

Monday, September 1, 2008

Subway Tracks

Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Australia

via advertising/design goodness