"How do black women fight crime? They have abortions
." "How do you stop a poofter from drowning? You take your foot off his head
." These and other 'jokes' featured in an advertisement on The Gruen Transfer
, an Australian television program focusing on advertising. The ad, part of a segment called 'The Pitch' which usually produces humorous ads, was banned by the ABC, but the national broadcaster has still allowed it to be viewed online, and hundreds have now seen it. The ad was designed to sell "fat pride", with creator Adam Hunt explaining his motivation behind the ad being to say "if you discriminate against somebody on the basis of their shape then you are no different to someone who is racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic." Debate has raged online if the ad is offensive and discriminatory
, as the ABC has declared, and whether or not it was effective. Watch the ad and judge for yourself
On April 25th, 2009, over 50 artists and 26 whitewashers spread out over lower Manhattan as part Jordan Seiler's
"New York Street Advertising Takeover". Over 120 illegal billboards were whitewashed
, then turned into "personal pieces of art
." One person was arrested. More pictures. via
- an aesthetic Flash-based advertisement for a new Adobe product
Ever secretly harbor a dream to create slick promos for pharmaceutical companies? Have at it, both in TV
form. (Via Adfreaks
While Greyhound pulled their own ad campaign
, PETA has created a
comparing the Greyhound bus attack
last week, outside of Winnipeg, to slaughtering animals.
Just saw a news report that you were on. Cool! Here is the link
Take Britain’s favourite poem
and add it to Scotland’s other national drink
and here’s the result
(mildly NSFW). [more inside]
Remember the old days of the web, where insane collectors cataloged their manias for the world to see? Where terrible design, including "portals"
belied neat things kept by amateurs?
I stumbled onto these bank logos
and thought they were neat examples of two-color design. But the primary focus of the site is buttons
Also collected: Maritime flyers
, Ads for button suppliers
, sample cards
… All sorts of stuff.
Creature discomforts. Aardman Animations
has created a charming campaign for Leonard Cheshire Disability
that plays off their much-loved BBC series Creature Comforts
(for a sample of the original, try birds singing in Welsh
or a classically disgruntled Brazilian jaguar
). Be sure to check out the voices behind the characters
The Key to Reserva
Scorcese films a “lost” Hitchcock script. [more inside]
is a cute modern remake of The Oregon Trail
DO NOT click the YouTube link contained in this FPP if you DO NOT want to see an ADVERTISEMENT. The link is to an ADVERTISEMENT. Not viral or whatever, just a plain, old-fashioned, straight-up ADVERTISEMENT. They want to sell you some sugary crap that might make you fat. But it stars Mr. T. In a TANK. And it's funny. But it's an ADVERTISEMENT. You have been warned. HERE IT IS
strikes all the wrong notes. Tofu-eater feels insecure upon seeing an unrepentant meat-muncher, goes buys a Hummer to 'Restore the balance' (previous tagline: 'Restore your manhood'.) Somehow the ad agency forgot that you're supposed to get the message of "Feeling Down on Yourself? Buy Our Product, Show it Off, You'll Feel Better!" across subtly
, not explicitly.
In the spirit of Carlson's Big Ad
(the previously linked
greatest spot ever filmed) comes this amazing Buzby Berkely inspired piece
for Turkish financial institution Akbank.
Tom Judd's Everyday
- "365 PAGES AGO I HAD A VERY SILLY IDEA. Draw a page everyday for one year.
Each day I spent around 1 hour on the page, sometimes more, sometimes less. There was never any planning or preparation, I would just go at it whenever I had a spare moment in my day and had something I needed to write or draw. Some of the drawings are observational and some are just plain weird. Monsters
seem to crop up a lot
Also of note...in 2006, Tom Judd is undertaking a "Once A Week: Art vs Advertising"
(*.wmv) for the Isuzu Gemini. Shot without special effects.
This Spanish commercial
for Madrid's Metro system uses a cool visual device, making the ground transparent and showing the view from the subway, like a glass bottom boat in reverse. note: link contains embedded wmv
Tim Yang's TV Commercial Blog
is sweet, sweet succor for those of you who miss the heyday of AdCritic
Rabbit's animated journey
through the history of (mostly American) cinema is a wonderful cartoon and, unfortunately, an ad for Motorola
. Link goes to embedded quicktime, very slow loading.
British Adidas commercial
(warning QT direct link) featuring soccer players on a field made only of the chalk outlines, floating in a void. I'm guessing this won't get shown in the U.S. due to the relative low profile soccer has here, but it's a great spot. More on the "making of" here
Cool Heinken ad
features amazing (cgi?) dancework, catchy jingle, quicktime direct download link.
Clever web advertisment
for a glue. Cheap also.
is, quite possibly, the funniest TV spot for an independent videogame retailer I've ever seen. Not that there are many out there (funny ones, I mean). There's more here
. (via Joystiq
, requires QT)
"Why don't you reverse the rotation of the Earth, go back in time and read the directions?"
Jerry Seinfeld, Superman and a stolen DVD player. Yeah, it's part of an American Express promotion, but it's cleverly done.
Headvertisement. I'm sure you're asking yourself, 'What kind of modification are we talking about?' Well, simply put, it is not a permanent change, but something that will get you individually noticed in any crowd. What we do is supply you a temporary tattoo, which will be placed on your forehead, by our regional representatives.
The UK's Channel 4 is to court controversy
with a provocative advert littered with swear words in which the word "c**t" is heard nine times in the space of just 90 seconds. Watch it here (NSFW with speakers on!)
Seen an ad parody lately?[pdf alert]
What is your favorite ad parody? [There is a great list of sites that feature ad parodies on page 20.]
is sponsoring a contest that challenges visitors to create video, print, or audio ads that "inspire people with an advertisement for freedom." How would you sell freedom?
Want to sue some Terrorists? Put a Public Notice in your Classifieds!
Seems like some folks have decided that while they are suing the terrorists, bin Laden, Mullah Omar, and the whole Taliban posse, they'll put public notices in their local classified sections asking bin Laden and crew to get in touch with their lawyers. What an idea.
Few Advertisers Use Pop-Ups (or do they?)
"Though they seem to be everywhere on the Internet, pop-up advertisements are used by less than 10 percent of all companies that advertise online, according to a report from Nielsen//NetRatings." Do you buy this? Is this industry propaganda or a true description of what is out there? The sites I visit regularly all seem to have pop-ups (e.g. nytimes, espn, slate, theatlantic.com). For the last 1 month or so, ESPN seems to launch two pop-ups when I first visit them, in fact. What has your experience been?
was banned in the UK. Did anyone see it? Sounds cool to me. In a time when advertisers are struggling to capture people's attention and dull
advertising reigns supreme, why haven't we gotten over this fear of offending those with 'delicate' sensibilities?
Aaarrrrgggghhh Gap ads are driving me mad.
It's not that I don't like Gap clothes, although their sizing system defies logic. It's just those ads. Juliette Lewis and the robots, some woman I've never seen before declaring her love for Angus Young. It's all just so smug. Every single campaign Gap has done I've hated. Is this the feeling in the US?
Taiwan's ruling party receives some very controversial
assistance. 'The commercial opens with a 10-second clip from a Nazi propaganda film, showing Hitler raising his arms and putting his hands on his chest.'
"Hitler was chosen as one of the four leaders because he dared to speak his own mind,'' Juan said. Among former Taiwanese president, Castro & JFK are featured in the commercial. AP notes that Taiwanese lack a deep understanding of the Holocaust and at the same time are suprised to that Mao Tse-Tung is used as a pop symbol in the West...
Is this a case that warrants cultural relativism ?
No clicky no more On Monday the finance Web site will stop providing "click through" rates to its advertising clients and will urge them to consider other ways of measuring the effectiveness of their online ads.
In shifting the focus away from click-throughs, MarketWatch is trying to convince companies that their online ads work by building general brand awareness even when the consumer does not actually click the ad to get more information.
I want my MTV.
There was a time when the only ads MTV showed were ads for the network itself. These are some of them. (from the U.K. so they might differ from the slate of ads run in the U.S.) Brings back many fond memories of the animated letters M, T, and V. (link courtesy of Saima)
Please proceed directly to "MTV used to show videos!" and then continue to more forced commiseration and remembrances of media conglomerate advertising as a substitute for a rich shared cultural heritage.
The hideous jabbering head of Henry Rollins?
While you're there, check out the banner ad for Avalon High
, too. They don't seem to have many sponsors, so it should only take a reload or two to make it come up. Or you could just go directly there with the previous link.
, by the PETA had me LOL and still makes me laugh each time I see it. Actually it's pretty terrible, but that's probably why it's so funny.... See for yourself (Quicktime required)
Jorn tries pay for play.
Seeking to sell links near the top of his extremely-widely-read weblog Robot Wisdom, Jorn Barger has set an (experimental) $20 submission
fee: you don't get considered if you don't pay, but if he approves of your site you get a link. (Actually, it's even more complicated than that, which is characteristic of the man.) There's even a $100 fee for certain commercial links. Jorn can do what he likes, of course, but how well do you think this might work?