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“Merry Christmas Honey! I Got You a Vacuum!” 16 Awkwardly Vintage Christmas Ads

Tuesday 12.09.2014 , Posted by
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They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to… especially when it comes to Christmas advertisements. They were sexist, weird and even downright unhealthy. So grab your matching family pajamas, light up a few smokes, and take a trip down memory lane with these gloriously bad mid-century ads. [Read more…]

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IKEA Perfectly Parodies Apple in Their Latest Catalogue Launch – The ‘bookbook’

Thursday 09.04.2014 , Posted by
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You really have to love IKEA sometimes. Their latest catalogue launch is a hilarious sendup of an Apple ad – pulling off the announcement with the perfect dose of fanatical sincerity Apple does so well.

“Once in a while, something comes along that changes the way we live, a device so simple and intuitive, using it feels almost familiar,” says Jorgen Eghammer, IKEAs “Chief Design Guru.” [Read more…]

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Flipping Awesome: Jeep’s New Campaign is Just as Cool Upside Down

Wednesday 06.25.2014 , Posted by
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Remember that old lady/ young lady optical illusion back in the day? Well Leo Burnett has created a modern day version featuring adorable animals. With a 180 degree turn, an endearing deer becomes a handsome seal, an Asian elephant becomes a graceful duck, and a majestic giraffe transforms into a playful penguin. The campaign is for Jeep with a tagline “See whatever you want to see.” We’ve done the flipping for you below for each set, so you don’t have to do any acrobatics or computer flipping. If this doesn’t make you want to buy a Jeep, I don’t know what will! [Read more…]

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This Lush Floating Billboard Cleans the Water Below

Thursday 06.05.2014 , Posted by
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Advertising that also serves the greater good? Now that’s something different. This floating billboard is covered in Vetiver; a perennial, non-invasive grass which has found popular used treating wastewater; even when it’s high in nitrates, phosphates and heavy metals. In this case it’s been used to spell CLEAN RIVER SOON, a hopeful message along the highly polluted Pasig River in the Philippines. It’s creators say systems like this have been shown to clean between 2 and 8 thousand gallons of water per day, and simultaniously, it creates a much more inviting place to stroll. [Read more…]

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Brilliant Brazilian Ad Campaign Features Legendary Artists on the Dissecting Board

Monday 03.03.2014 , Posted by
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Art is an expression of what’s on the inside and now we can see what it was that gave Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh their signature styles. In an ad campaign for MASP Art School in Sao Paolo, Brazilian advertising agency DDB puts famous artists on the dissecting board to show how their insides are different from ours. Each artist’s internal organs are presented as he might have painted them. My imagination is running rampant with all of the possibilities for a continuation of this series. [Read more…]

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What if City Billboards Where Plastered with Art Instead of Ads?

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re the citizen of any world city, you’re used to seeing ads just about everywhere. From cosmetics models staring back at the bus stop, to flashing electronic billboards advertising bubbly sugar water, it’s hard to avoid being bombarded by advertising – subliminal or not. French artist Etienne Lavie has a solution that will make artists happy and ad execs sad: fill the city with art. Lavie has imagined replacing the many billboards of Paris with classic artworks, from Renaissance to Impressionism. [Read more…]

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Huge Submarine Crashes Through the Streets of Milan

Friday 10.04.2013 , Posted by

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It’s not every day that we get to cover the PR campaign of an insurance company… that’s probably because nobody really gets excited about insurance and there ads are almost all predictable. That might have changed with this fantastically alluring piece from M&C Saatchi Milano for insurance firms Europ Assistance IT and Genertel. They staged an event that had hundreds staring with mouths agape at a massive submarine that seemingly went off course and surfaced through the streets of Milan. [Read more…]

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The 20 Best Volkswagen Ads from Their 1960s Campaign

Tuesday 09.03.2013 , Posted by

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When Mad Men’s Donald Draper chats about the 1960 Volkswagen ad with his team, he’s rightfully awed. This introduction of the bizarrely shaped auto to the American market was far from the norm. In those days, most car ads looked something like this or this, and while other companies were producing their largest cars ever – advertising “wide-track” steering and selling it with models sporting tuxedos and cocktail dresses – Volkswagen said we should “think small” and that their car was a “lemon.” [Read more…]

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Strap on Those Feet and Let’s Go Trekking! Bizarre Photo Manipulations Bend Reality

Thursday 08.01.2013 , Posted by

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Strap on those feet and let’s go trekking! What at first seems impossible, quickly becomes easy in Hugh Kretschmer’s bizarre photo manipulations. Feet grow laces like a pair of hiking boots, as do a pair of fist like boxing gloves; star shaped cookies become throwing stars, deeply embedded in a paper target; and auto mechanics become tools just like everything else hanging from the wall. [Read more…]

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Massive Cardboard Boombox Brings Beats to Zurich

Friday 06.07.2013 , Posted by

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Earlier this week we covered the wildly large book sculpture garden of Long-Bin Chen, and now we’re looking at a huge cardboard sculpture by german multi-disciplinary designer Bartek Elsner. Why? Because sometimes, bigger IS better! Here Elsner has created a boombox of monumental size, so large it fills his studio to capacity and dwarfs a DJ mixing beats in front of it. The tightly constructed piece was made as a promotion for Mini at the International Radio Festival in Zurich. It was designed to completely surround a Mini Clubman which acted as the internal sound system, so Elsner created the piece in modular fashion, allowing it to be built up block by block around its automotive counterpart. [Read more…]

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