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You can't beat the Axis if you get VD.

Vintage ads galore.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 12, 2008 - 25 comments

Filter for president! It's a mildly amusing prank that's also a viral ad!

Hey Meta,

Just saw a news report that you were on. Cool! Here is the link.

Best,

gnfti
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 11, 2008 - 62 comments

She's a robo-babe. In Latin she would be called "babia majora".

Philips brings us the future of shaving.
posted by allkindsoftime on Jun 11, 2008 - 102 comments

Adverts Made In Scotland From Girders

Take Britain’s favourite poem and add it to Scotland’s other national drink and here’s the result (mildly NSFW). [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jun 4, 2008 - 26 comments

What does your father do?

Join the Iraqi Police. [more inside]
posted by absalom on May 22, 2008 - 11 comments

Button fly

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 via Ffffound and thought they were neat examples of two-color design. But the primary focus of the site is buttons like these.

Also collected: Maritime flyers, Ads for button suppliers, sample cards… All sorts of stuff.
posted by klangklangston on Mar 10, 2008 - 16 comments

"With the right access and equipment you can do anything."

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.
posted by melissa may on Dec 6, 2007 - 31 comments

The Key to Reserva

The Key to Reserva Scorcese films a “lost” Hitchcock script. [more inside]
posted by breaks the guidelines? on Nov 30, 2007 - 36 comments

At least you won't die of dysentery in this one.

Thule Trail is a cute modern remake of The Oregon Trail.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Sep 25, 2007 - 17 comments

ADVERTISEMENT

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.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 23, 2007 - 107 comments

Truth in Advertising

Hummer Ad 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.
posted by Firas on Aug 15, 2006 - 107 comments

Dancing Humans in Amusing Shapes

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.
posted by jonson on Jun 16, 2006 - 20 comments

Tom Judd's Everyday

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 and things seem to crop up a lot (robots too)."

Also of note...in 2006, Tom Judd is undertaking a "Once A Week: Art vs Advertising" project...
posted by tpl1212 on Mar 21, 2006 - 19 comments

He has the balls to torture

Jack Bauer isn't afraid to cut the eyes out of any (deliberative) body; or, Rupert Murdoch demonstrates the 17th Amendment's fatal flaw.
posted by orthogonality on Feb 3, 2006 - 37 comments

Isuzu Gemini

Ads (*.wmv) for the Isuzu Gemini. Shot without special effects.
posted by driveler on Dec 30, 2005 - 59 comments

The view from below

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
posted by jonson on Dec 15, 2005 - 26 comments

'Cause we're just that capitalist.

Tim Yang's TV Commercial Blog is sweet, sweet succor for those of you who miss the heyday of AdCritic.
posted by grrarrgh00 on Dec 13, 2005 - 7 comments

Rabbit In Famous Movies

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.
posted by jonson on Nov 29, 2005 - 7 comments

Yes, Lysol.

Lysol?
posted by jonson on Aug 25, 2005 - 79 comments

Seriously, another ad

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.
posted by jonson on Jul 29, 2005 - 57 comments

Pepsi Green

Cool Heinken ad features amazing (cgi?) dancework, catchy jingle, quicktime direct download link.
posted by jonson on Jul 28, 2005 - 31 comments

recursiveness

Clever web advertisment for a glue. Cheap also.
posted by tyamada on Jun 16, 2005 - 21 comments

Gimme the cyber razor cut

An archive of 2412 TV adverts for videogames from around the world. Via Edge magazine.
posted by nthdegx on Jun 9, 2005 - 11 comments

Kanahakkliha!

Kanahakkliha! QT (mirror)
posted by Tlogmer on Feb 11, 2005 - 16 comments

Red Devil Games TVC

This 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 and here. (via Joystiq, requires QT)
posted by riffraff on Jan 27, 2005 - 16 comments

Oh, Yes, Wyoming!

"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.
posted by emelenjr on Mar 31, 2004 - 29 comments

Use your head!

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.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Mar 18, 2004 - 18 comments

*Beeeeeep*

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!)
posted by MintSauce on Mar 12, 2004 - 41 comments

gadgets of the future

explore the future [note: flash]
posted by crunchland on Feb 10, 2004 - 9 comments

Ad Parodies

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.]
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy on Apr 23, 2003 - 7 comments

Selling Freedom

Freedomads.org 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?
posted by pjdoland on Jan 28, 2003 - 22 comments

Want to sue some Terrorists? Put a Public Notice in your Classifieds!

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.
posted by djspicerack on Oct 3, 2002 - 7 comments

Few Advertisers Use Pop-Ups (or do they?)

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?
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy on Sep 16, 2002 - 28 comments

This ad

This ad 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?
posted by eas98 on Jun 6, 2002 - 53 comments

Aaarrrrgggghhh Gap ads are driving me mad.

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?
posted by Summer on Oct 1, 2001 - 82 comments

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 ?
posted by noom on Jul 12, 2001 - 13 comments


No clicky no more

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.
posted by keith on Jul 9, 2001 - 16 comments

I want my MTV.

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.
posted by anildash on Apr 5, 2001 - 10 comments

The hideous jabbering head of Henry Rollins?

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.
posted by Su on Mar 14, 2001 - 3 comments

This ad

This ad, 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)
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Feb 24, 2001 - 9 comments

Jorn tries pay for play.

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?
posted by dhartung on Feb 13, 2001 - 42 comments

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