Don’t Stop

I don’t remember ever seeing this commercial on TV, and I watch quite a bit of television too. Anyway, this commercial is a war between the “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” men. It’s pretty funny.

Obscene Interiors and Invisible Porn

Obscene Interiors

According to his profile on Flickr, Brandt Botes is a graphic designer and judging by some of his work, a very talented artist. One of the most interesting of his work is a set of photos that he posted earlier this year containing pornographic scenes. What’s different about these scenes though, is that the porn stars are turned into white figures. It’s cool because it kinda makes you notice the odd room colors much more than you obviously would otherwise. No nudity is shown, but still probably not safe for work.

Vintage Marketing

Vintage Marketing

This photoset on Flickr is really interesting. These are photos from travel and marketing posters from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Stuff from all around the world and many different languages. You can find some really cool ones in there, but it’ll take you a while to go through all of them.

You Suck at Photoshop

This is a great tutorial. This guy created a video that is supposed to teach you some tricks with Photoshop but you get to hear about his failing marriage along the way. Really funny. I hope this guy makes more of these tutorials.

A Crapload of Free Wii Games

Wii Pee Flash Game

Are you lucky enough to own a Nintendo Wii? I am, so ha ha. I’m sorry. Well, if you do own one and you don’t have anything to play, or just want to try something new, check out Wii Flow (update: site no longer online, but the link leads to an archived version which still works). This is a site that contains a huge collection of games that are compatible with your Wii. You can play all of these games in your browser too, if you don’t have a Wii, so don’t feel too left out. Enjoy your Wiikend!

FBI Using Digital Billboards

Clear Channel Digital Billboard

You may have noticed in the past when wanted suspects pictures have been plastered on billboards around the city, but the FBI is taking that tactic to a whole new level.

In a partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor, the FBI will be using 150 digital billboards to aid in the capture of dangerous criminals. These billboards will not only be able to display fugitives, but public safety warnings or missing children alerts as well, and it can all be done in real-time. So far, these digital billboards are only in 20 major cities around the U.S. Check out the list of cities participating below.

  • Akron
  • Albuquerque
  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Des Moines
  • El Paso
  • Indianapolis
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Memphis
  • Miami
  • Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Tampa
  • Wichita

Ads Out of the Norm

Ads out of the norm

Whether we’re in the advertising field or not, I think we all enjoy critiquing the good, the bad and the ugly side of commercials we see on TV.

Dominos; gracing many countries with its presence, this Netherlands based commercial says it all; “Man hungry. Ding-dong. Pizza!”

The Dominos’ ad portrays a man- a hungry man, uhh, regurgitates the pizza delivery guy; bicycle helmet and all. Apparently this man was indeed hungry while the pizza boy was perceptibly angered and confused. Wouldn’t you be?

Check out the ad below:

Advertising, to me, isn’t exactly an art form. Yes, it does take some creative thinking to get an impressive ad, but I mean art form as in painting, sketching, sculpting, etcetera. But, perhaps this ad is an art form.

Littered with abstract sounds and shapes, blots of yellows peppered throughout the ad- the commercial takes you through a journey.

So what can this type of ad possibly advertise to us?

With everything going green nowadays, there’s been ample of ads (some notable, some not so notable) telling us how and why we should be going green.

I believe this ad is one of the more notable ads.

Billboards aren’t my favorite kind of advertising; they’re big, tacky, and cause wrecks; because people are distracted by the big tacky billboards. But this particular billboard is not tacky, though still big, and may still cause wrecks, but only because of its novel way of sending a green message.

See for yourself, below.

Electricity Billboard

If at first you don’t succeed… lower your standards, right? Apparently this is a motto that we, Americans, follow with quite conviction with us lowering the standards of who can join the military and all. I bet this country feels great that they needn’t lower any principals at all.

Set at a breakfast/dinner table (I’m guessing breakfast because of the banana, but I’m not exactly sure…) with ma, pop, sis and bro; the brother then decides to go into Grand Theft Auto mode, paying particular attention to the mother.

The moral of this thirty second story; that if you’re a crazed trigger-happy violent nut, there’s no place for you in the resilient yet peaceful Dutch army.

Okay. So we’ve all seen the Dove Campaigns for Real Beauty ads either with concurrence or aversion. Personally, I do agree with their message, however, I don’t think the media will change anytime soon. The desire for woman wanting to be thin, blemish free, photogenic, and modelesque will always be there; with the media on your shoulder cunningly whispering it in your ear or not. But, it is, indeed, a great message to send to our children.

Beginning with a big doe eyed little girl starring at you for what it feels like, a couple of lingering minutes, (a little uncomfortable for my sake) it cuts to various rapid-shooting ads relaying the messages of sexy, slender, soft, plastic surgery, tight, firm, tall… world of advertising.

While researching some of these ads, I found that Dove and Axe are owned by the same company, Unilever. Compare Dove ads to Axe ads. Hmmm…

I give my compliments to the world of advertising. I’m not in anyway a thinker like most advertisers are; clever, witty, inventive, a writer (a leisurely writer yes, but a superior writer, no.)

I look forward to the ads that may present during the Super Bowl; I’ll be sure to rant on those, so check back then.

Disappearing Car Door

Disappearing Car Door

Are you one of those people that just have to have all of the coolest gadgets and latest technology for your car? Then you might want to make your ride even more pimp with a disappearing car door. You should check out this website to learn more about it. I still don’t completely understand how it works, but it looks really cool…and expensive.

RJD2 “Work it Out” Video

This video is a little old by now so if you are a hip-hop fan or even just a big music fan you may have seen it. RJD2 is one of my favorite beat makers and musicians in the underground scene. The video below is for his song, Work It Out, which displays Bill Shannon traveling around the city on crutches. This isn’t actually just a hobby of his, but this is how he gets around in real life due to a degenerative hip condition. Anyway, check out this awesome music video and let me what you think about it.