Tennessee-whiskey juggernaut Jack Daniels (their Old No. 7 is the best selling whiskey in the world) is creating a new annual tradition where they team up with independent artists and craftsmen to create poster artwork and an ad campaign around the theme of "independence."
They collaborated with Derek McDonald,
For a recent ad campaign for Brazil's Museu de Arte de São Paulo art school, ad agency DDB Brazil "dissected" famous artists, mimicking the painters own style and techniques. So, Van Gogh's insides are colorful and impressionistic, Picasso's bold but not-quite-cubist, and Dali's are a straight psychadelic organ-melting fest.
Imagine you went to a big box discount store, picked up a bunch of small items covered in their own logos, brand identities, and promotions, took them home, and spraypainted them matte white.
Andrew Miller, of the New
As part of a new ad campaign for LG's new 3D Sound Home Theater system, Brazilian ad agency Y&R Sao Paulo created these new takes on well-known movie posters. In order to evoke the technology's "every side of sound" capability,
Last week marked the seventh anniversary of the death of comedian Mitch Hedberg, the absurd comedian know for his perfectly crafted one-liners and non-sequiters.
To commemorate the cult comic, Laughspin dug up some little known and somewhat obscure radio ads that Hedberg did for Midwest-based sandwich shop, Jimmy John's.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Squirrel Monkey created this engaging video that imagines what Facebook would look like if it were around in the 90s. Click play to watch the video in all it's VHS-taped, dial-up, Netscape-logged-in goodness.
Australian spiders, fleeing floodwaters, have covered an entire field in a snow-like blanket of webs
Burger King released this clever ad in the Netherlands
Allan Benton makes some of the most amazing smoked food products in the US: his hams and bacon are legendary. See how he
Remember those "How Are You Peeling" books from the early aughts, when that dude would add little eyes to mishapen fruits to make squished little faces out of them?
These are way cooler. "BBDO Moscow created these interesting advertisements for Greenpeace to educate consumers about genetically modified foods. They made creatures out of vegetables to emphasize the theme of their campaign 'Do you know what you eat?'"
I am completely and utterly obsessed with this video. It's actually an advertisement for the Sony Bravia TV from 2005 [Edit: I had originally said this was from 2010, but was kindly corrected by a number of astute readers], however I never saw it, so it's new to me (and hopefully some of you).
Here's the premise: 170,00 bouncy balls are bounced down a hill in San Francisco, creating a cascade of colorful chaos. It's truly a beautiful site to behold (slow motion helps). And for all you skeptics out there that are thinking it's just CGI: take a look at the video at the end of this post that shows how this super ball stunt was done.
It's not that often that I'm wowed by a TV commercial, but today I am. This ad for Lurpak, a Danish brand of butter (margarine?), is really great. The narrator's voice is a little strange, but I guarantee after watching this you'll be singing "Chop chop chop chopping!"
The College for Creative Studies has released this amazing series of ads that show parents the dangers of letting your kids experiment with art.
The Art Directors Club recently released this humorous and true campaign that encourages creative types around the world to "Keep fighting the good fight" despite obstacles to creating great work.
Hmmm...I'm not sure how I feel about these strategically pixelated images from the ad campaign, "Censorship Tells the Wrong Story. "To make a point, the new anti-censorship ad campaign for Reporters Without Borders purposefully blurs the line between decency and reality... Created by the firm Ogilvy & Mather, each image features the text “Censorship tells the wrong story,” and uses strategic pixelization to alter perception and add new meaning."
Advertising, whether you like it or not, is essential to the way we experience media. It allow things like radio stations and alternative newspapers to be free, keeps the internet alive, and really can help you find out about new products and services. And when its done well, its seemless and helpful, and perhaps even creative and enjoyable.
But sometimes, PR firms and ad agencies have pretty unrealistic expectations concerning user reception and social media. Enter Things Real People Don't Say About Advertising.
Photographer and former chef Jonathan Blaustein visited a certain, very famous fast food chain during the recent economic downturn. "'On one menu they had a cheeseburger for a dollar,' he said. What caught his eye, though, was another menu, which featured a double cheeseburger for the same price. That additional piece of meat, and the extra slice of cheese, somehow didn’t change the price."
And so began The Value of a Dollar, his 2008 series of photographs of food bought for a single $1.00 bill.
Colombian artist Juan Jose Posada from Ogilvy and Mather made this genius series of images to advertise the classic boardgame Pictionary.
Get it? They're real world examples of exactly how Pictionary players would draw a helicopter, a bear, and a ship. Pretty striking, yeah?
Brazilian advertising agency Moma created these retro-inspired ads for Facebook, Skype, and YouTube for the Maximidia Seminars campaign, "Everything Ages Fast."