So yeah, Buzzfeed says "I am not going to contact the Danish Frisbee Sports Union to ask them if this is a real ad, but you're welcome to." . But we don't have to, because we remember when this was entered in the The Danish Young Creative Circle Awards 2011 - and we have it posted here back in 2011.
The Overly Attached Girlfriend - OAG - as her meme spawned during the Justin Bieber "Girlfriend" competition named her is using her internet fame for good. Her real name is Laina Walker and she has decided to try and harness her meme-status into something that helps other people. Whoah. Selflessness in her generation? Who would have thunk it. Her first project is to try and raise some money and attention for the surf camp for autistic children, a non-profit that teaches social skills through surfing.
Hardee's/Carl's Jr know what's up as they have emblazoned the T-shirts of their employees with a dope-smoking pun. "We wake an bake every morning", it reads, and for some people who work there, this might be true - not to mention for some of the clientel that need to get their fast food on at eight a.m. Sure sure, it ain't no DR Pepper "I ❤ DP" -shirt, but it's still worth a smirk when you see it. Don't ask me how they got this past top brass. Unless they too, wake and bake.
Red Bull Stratos will broadcast live as Felix Baumgartner undertakes a skydive from the stratosphere. If you hit up youtube you'll get a pre-roll ad for Chrysler on the Red Bull sponsored event.
Fitzroy Amsterdam thanked a cherished client for great partnership by creating the 'first' "Analogue Facebook Wall". What is that you say? Glad you asked, it's a timeline of personal posts, clever, witty comments, and naturally, a heap of "Likes". On paper. That rolls. I'm putting "first" in quotation marks as I have attended a few parties where one was meant to write posts and draw funny toons on the wall, making the walls quite messy and pretend-Analogue-Facebook walls. Back in my day we used to just call that graffiti walls.
"This Analogue Facebook Wall is the perfect gift for a dear friend or appreciated colleague." says Fitzroy Amsterdam while I giggle at the useless. It's pretty funny. I'm sure Jort Possel appreciated it.
Pizza Hut in the middle East seem to have taken the "this is why your fat" site as culinary advice, as they've invented the sweet pizza dough baked kit kat bar, a.k.a 'Kit Kat Pops'. Meanwhile, Pizza Hut USA wants to end world hunger and are raising millions for World Hunger Relief, with Christina Aguilera as celebrity draw. With Pizza Hut dishes like the cheeseburger-crust abomination, and now the sugar-bomb Kit Kat Pops all they really need now is a Pulled Pork & Mashed Potato Parfait to feed most of North-East Africa for a year. Maybe send some of that stuff to the USA too, to save those poor souls stricken by the bacon-famine. I suspect the R&D dept of Pizza Hut middle east is staffed by stoners. Dude.
Depressed copywriter is back,only to tell us they're now lazy too, though we knew that already - as we pointed out that they "liberated a 35 year old art movement" and posted it to tumblr, thus breaking that whole "ooh, digital creative" ground. As so many half-baked tumblr sites before them, they surfed the wave of popularity for a bit, even hitting Metafilter and Buzzfeed for maximum "virality". (bludgeon me with a pint for saying that).
The Depressed Copywriter showed up on Buzzfeed more than once too, but since Buzzfeed's MO is to make 1500 Buzzfeed Posts That Use Others' Content With A Minimal Amount Of Attribution Every Day, it's no surprise. You should see what they do to youtube videos in the form of gifs of the exact same with added headlines. I know, it's great work if you can get it, amirite? So now the Depressed Copywriter knocked on Adland'tv's inbox on facebook, (because the contact page we have is too obscure, you see), and said;
Inspired by the calligraphuck style above I find it's high time to invest in new businesscards. The ultimate creative challenge. A very small space to show off your creativity while leaving a lasting impression (and your phone number...hopefully).
We got this message in our inbox, together with these images. Someone has decorated the crosswalks in Williamsburg, Soho, the financial district with red and blue to make them red white and blue memorial walks. Quite pretty.
American flag crosswalks can be spotted in three locations in the city today. The crosswalks have red and white stripes, and white stars on blue. They bear the line “Live For Today 9/11,” and symbolize unity and remembrance on September 11th. They can be seen in Soho, the financial district, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
L.A. based artist Kii Aarens, like so many others on the planet sympathize with Pussy Riot's anti-establishment and random church vandalizing stance after hearing about their sacrilegious anti-Putin trial. Putin can lead a flock of rare cranes but he can't keep the punk women in the country in check without resorting to good old Siberia. Long live the new king, same as the old king. Kii decided to make a poster about it. “I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota in the 70's going to a Catholic church every week,” Aarens told ARTINFO.
Yesterday a video popped up on youtube that showed a NYPD beat cop attempting to ticket a Ferrari, when the owner of the car decided it would be a great time to move it. Later it emerged he was Stephanie Pratt's boyfriend, Julien Chabbott, and Observer reported that Line Snob Co-Founder is The Ferrari Snob Who Ran Over Cop’s Foot.
Yes, Julien Chabbott co-founded Line Snob the "social media app" that helps you avoid lines. That this was ever funded is making my head explode. It's “a location-based social network that monitors lines and provides wait times,” powered by tattle-tales in crowds, and in this 2010 Entrepreneur.com article about the startup, the opening sentence in it points out: “Eric Adler and Julien Chabbott hate waiting in lines.”
Youtube, google's puppy, has been having a bad time recently. Apple Insider reports that iOS 6 doesn't have the youtube app in it :
...potentially a sign of increased tensions between the two companies which are facing off against each other in both the mobile and connected television segments. Google owns YouTube.
Meanwhile, Youtube effs up the Mars landing, sort of, by taking down NASA's 13 minute clip of the the Rover Curiosity landing from the space agency’s main YouTube channel due to a copyright claim from... a bot?
Hilton Barbour wonders "Has marketing enhanced or tarnished the Olympic™ brand?" - he seems to conclude it has tarnished it, as he says: I just wish more glory shone on the gold medals than the golden arches. While we're dreaming, could we get less shiny shots of women's volleyball butts too? Like maybe some shots of hand signals...?
The fantastic posters illustrating this are the work from 1972 München Olympics
Usain - Not every man wants to be the fastest in the world reads this Durex pster, and playfully aranges a bunch of condoms as if they were the olympic rings. If this ad is for real, and Walesonline says it is, then Durex must have paid quite the buck to be an Olympic sponsor. Considering there's a lot of sex going on in the Olympic village between all those physically tip-top people, it's not a bad idea to have some condoms in your back pocket.
It was only a matter of time before the image of a London looter running off with the olympic ring would become commerce. The Olympics 2012 in London are well on their way, and the brand police is out in full force. The rioter we saw stealing the Olympic ring is now on T-shirts, available all throughout London in a dodgy shoppe of your choice.
In 1970 Gary Anderson designed the recycling symbol while he was a student at the University of Southern California, and here he shares his story in the FT. The logo gig was a competition, and Gary won $2,000 for the winning design that you now see everywhere. He spent roughly two days on it, which he says now that he's ashamed to admit, but the idea was already floating in his head as he done a graphic that described the flow of water. He improved on his earlier idea with arrows and making it "roll" like a newspaper to make it less two-dimensional.
Have you seen we are lucky.com? This is a wonderful example of how altruism can benefit others. Which I love.
For a couple Christmases in a row, in lieu of client gifts, I bought a couple hundred dollars worth of gift cards from our local grocery store, which I then handed out to random strangers who looked like they could use some help with their grocery bill. The feeling I got from their reactions was one of pure joy. People hugged me. They shook my hand. They walked away and then came back to tell me how much of a difference I made. It was truly wonderful.
Now, when I imagine doing that very same thing with a million dollars by giving people $1,000 instead of $25 grocery store cards?
This guy must be over the moon.
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