Roger Ebert once said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more… Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.” Perhaps best known for his documentary films such as The Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line, Morris has been honored with shelves worth of awards, including an Oscar. He has also directed a large collection of advertisements: here we bring you a sampling of what he considers his most impressive television achievement: over 100 retro-themed commercials for Miller Hi-Life. It’s a tribute to the classic American man [Read more...]
Different brands and types of tobacco; lots of competition. One has this feature or that selling point… but all with the same goal: Attract the consuming public to want mine and not yours. [Read more...]
Originally Printed in 1929 – Image source
Life Savers: the iconic round candies “with the hole” have been around since way back in 1912. This selection of the brands classic ads ranges from 1929-1960, showing just how far advertising has come in layout and political correctness. It’s just a guess, but I’m pretty sure the brand would be happy to leave their days of notorious ‘black face’ advertising behind. [Read more...]
We’ve seen a lot of unusual ways to represent infographics lately, from in-the-field visualization tool-kits to a DIY stencil for pie-charts, it seems the ways to represent data is nearly limitless. This new advertisement for Canadian organization Active for Life, sees school children using their bodies to demonstrate the dwindling level of fitness in Canadian schools. While the precision of the data visualization may be inherently a little on the fuzzy side, the execution and over-all communication from the technique is spot-on. Check out those colorful arms! [Read more...]
The constant bombardment of advertising billboards clutter the public space with ads ranging from clever, exciting, forgettable and outright obnoxious. All in the endless crusade to grab the attention of the consumer, and help them part with their hard earned cash. Hardly ever do they contribute anything to enhance the visual landscape they occupy; but a new billboard in the Philippines is looking to change that. [Read more...]
Two flat years of advertising sales has been the key factor behind New York City Transit stepping up its efforts to sell advertising in the subway. Ads have been inside the trains and stations but for only the second time ever a full-length ten-car subway train will be completely covered in advertising.
Renowned designer Michael Wolff shares his wisdom of how he sees the world. One good reason to take note of this video: Wolff has over 50 years experience in his field, not a number to knock by any standard. He explains his design philosophy and how his obsession with curiosity, appreciation, and imagination have lead to his success.
Some of the meanings behind these retro-fantastic collages are pretty mysterious, but one thing is certain, they are extra gorgeous to look at. Peeling images from vintage advertisments and photographs, they were made by André Meca, a graphic design student at Escola Superior de Artes e Design in sunny Portugal. He’s already working as a successful freelancer which, from the look of his work, isn’t surprising in the least. Follow this talented fellow on Twitter or Facebook or see more of his designs at Behance or heymeca.com (loving the bold “HIRE ME!!!”).