Image of Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet
"With a unique blend of humor and insight, Othmer guides us through this rapidly changing business and lets us see the direction in which it is headed. A must read for any student of advertising."
-- Rick Boyko, Director, VCU Brandcenter

"Advertising is an industry like any other, except it changes our planet daily. James Othmer, one of my favorite writers, takes you inside that world and makes the people and places real. You can dislike these guys, but you can't ignore them. They make sure of that."
  --Seth Godin, author, TRIBES

"I've been in advertising more than twenty years and spent countless hours trying to tell people how insane and hilarious and exciting and pointless and fascinating it all is. Now all I have to do is hand them this book."
-Jamie Barrett,
Creative Director/Partner Goodby Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco

"Othmer's struggle to do the next right thing in a business predicated on greed, lust, envy and sloth makes for an enlightening
as well as entertaining read."
                                                                    -Steffan Postaer
                                                                    Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, 
                                                                    Euro RSCG Chicago

Stumbling through the web I found this review over at Slate: Why we say yes to drugs which reviews This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High In America., and I stopped in my tracks because i love that cover. America will never shake those "This is your brain on drugs" frying egg ads. Though personally I prefer the Partnership for a Drug-Free America: Heroin where the woman goes nuts smashing the eggs and everything else.

Big thanks to the Perlorian Brothers who totally made my morning by spotting adland in the New York Times, even if it just a teeny link to the Clorox Machines History commercial, we love seeing our URL near anything Mad Men. ;) The Perlorian Brothers rock, my favorite ad that they have done is probably the multi-award winning Vim Prison Visitor which cracks me up to this day.

Remember born last fall as a "digg for advertising, design and marketing"? Well, since the community votes on any design or marketing relevant links they find the most compelling it's a good way to drive some traffic to your extra-good blog posts, and now they've released a new tool that allows people to vote for your stories directly from your site. Using it is easy, just go to for tech-details.


*cannes radio shortlist 2009

Advertised brand: TEFAL BY NEWPAN
Advert title(s): HEATS UP IN 3 SECONDS
Chief Creative Officer : Yoram Levi
Creative Director: Ben Sever / Ad Noy
Scriptwriter: Amrel Shoshani / Rani Tzalach / ben sever
Other additional credits:
Account Supervisor: Shlomit Kloger

Illinois Lottery - Drums - (2009) :30 (USA)
The Illinois Lottery is launching it’s “Second Chance Summer” promotion with two new comedic spots created by Energy BBDO/Chicago and directed by Station Film’s Cannes award winning director Harold Einstein. The promotion encourages lottery players to replay their old tickets for a second chance to win $35,000 each weekday this summer.

Ok, so the world is not yet that crazy - I've been wondering what on earth was going through a commercial production companies mind, having set lose such an obvious "you're gonna get in heaps of trouble" commercial on the web like that so called "Banned German Sprite commercial". I could see it coming from some guy who just left moms den do something like that, but a real production company knows better. And frankly, so should the director Max Isaacson. "Spec ad" does not equal "Parody". He had posted the ads on youtube (yeah, there was a 'campaign' of this crud) under the name SillyDogFilms, perhaps he thought that he could launch his own production company with this stunt.