Twisted Print Campaigns Sell Shoes, Deodorant, Noodles, Beer


2wenty 4our has an interesting collection of print ads that are eye catching in different ways. There's a campaign for Planetaria Mixers that makes cakes so fast you can trow them at bothersome door-to-door salesmen and religious fanatics. There's a Spanish campaign for some sort of deodorant that has women running away from their lovers in their underwear.

There's a campaign for Zu Shoes whose shoes are so hot they leave a trail of spent men behind. There's a Cup O Noodles campaign that oddly places the product in a little cubby embedded in people's stomach. And, of course, there's a beer campaign from Sol which leaves men transfixed by female ass.

by Steve Hall    Sep-16-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine

Kittery Outfits Hunters with Adequate Animal Calls

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It's probably every hunter's conceit that he's outfitted with a 'horse whisperer' gene that draws the animals near, like mice (or was it children?) to the Pied Piper.

Kittery Trading Post exploits that sad delusion with this ad by Rattle, which promises to outfit wilderness buffs with both gear and the right kinds of nature calls, so they won't embarrass their dogs.

Thanks for thinking about the dogs, Kittery. But is there any way you can help save the women?

by Angela Natividad    Sep-14-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good

Idiotic Oracle Dispenses Pointless Rubbish, WhoDo Fixes


From the company GotThingsDone, which provides productivity tools, comes Follow the Oracle, a site on which you can "0btain all the answers to the typical questions of people involved in Project Management." Trouble is, the Oracle's an idiot and can't help you at all. So after a few minutes of idiocy, you can click your way over to GotThingsDone's project management tool, WhoDo and leave the idiot behind.

by Steve Hall    Sep-14-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Tools

Shoe Divas, Stiletto-Mobile Kick Up Interest In Marshalls Shoes


Far from the world of Sex and the City and closets full of Manolos comes this street campaign for Marshalls which has a team of Shoe Divas dressed in bathrobes sporting shoes the retailer calls stylish. Apparently, they are stylish since Marshalls buyers traveled to Italy to seek them out. The campaign's hook? "An outfit isn't complete without the perfect pair of shoes," so says Marshalls spokesperson Amy Cafazzo.

OK, let's forget the shoes for a minute and talk about that cool, red stiletto mobile that's accompanying the Shoes Divas in DC, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta. Is there such a thing as a fuck me car? Damn, that thing is hot!

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Good, Guerilla

Target Preps for Back-to-School with Revolving Dorm


We just caught a glimpse of Target's new back-to-school ad. It falls under the tagline "Brave new dorm," which made us think of Brave New World, which gave us chills, which only worsened with thoughts of Target's size and omnipresence (New York is still slathered with Hello, Goodbuy. Why, Target, why?).

In any case, it goes without saying that Target knows how to get your head bopping. Now if only dorm rooms were actually that size.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Good, Online

'Smashing' Compiles Collection of Snazzy 404 Pages


Speaking of 404 pages, check out Smashing Magazine's compilation of error message remixes.

You're probably thinking, "Sitting around revising a 404 page is inexplicably geeky and lame." Fair enough. But honestly, we wouldn't mind getting lost if we could find an easter egg once in awhile. The people that bother redesigning error messages are probably the same species that lifted us out of the MS-DOS, type-in-command days.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Good, Online

Arizona Launches Second Phase of Meth Campaign


While not quite as powerful as the recent Montana Meth campaign which inspired us to write "watching these new Montana Meth spots makes one want to grab a gun, hunt down a drug dealer, stick the barrel of the gun in his mouth and blow his fucking head off," the second phase of the Arizona Meth Project delivers the same powerful message: don't do it even just once.

The eight spot campaign, along with radio, print, outdoor and online, takes two different approaches. The first features kids wishing they had experienced other horrific events such as a car crash or a beating as opposed to getting hooked on Meth. The second envisions what a person's life becomes once they get hooked on Meth. The spots are powerful for sure but one does wonder how effective the scare tactic approach is. Peer pressure and the desire to fit in are almost insurmountable obstacles to overcome but the effort is worthy.

There are some recognizable faces in the spots including The O.C.'s Willa Holland. All the spots and the rest of the creative can be viewed here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good

Brylcreem Does Honda Cog


Who says Honda has a lock on the one-shot domino effect ad? Not London's WCRS who created this commercial for Brylcreem in which a guy seamlessly goes through his morning ritual...effortlessly, which is the tagline (tag word?) for the campaign. If only everything in life went that smoothly.

by Steve Hall    Sep-12-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good

I'll Ride That Mustache Off Your Damn Face!


We have to hand it to Axe. For years, they've managed to keep the central idea of their brand alive. With each outing, the message is the same: Axe attracts women and serves them up to the whims of men. Of course, that's not at all true but it makes for a great ad campaign.

The latest entry in the campaign is The Axe Naughty to Nice Program which plays out the continuing scenario of women going crazy in the presence of men wearing Axe products. This time it's about women who turn into lust-crazed vixens and commit crimes. The Naughty to Nice Program aims to rehabilitate these women.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Video

Nike Introduces the Greatest Team We've Never Heard Of


Hoping, perhaps, to bring back the days of Mia Hamm, Wieden + Kennedy just launched a new Nike campaign for the Women's World Cup with the headline, "The greatest team you've never heard of," which introduces women's soccer's next greats. Illustrating the dedication of the team, the copy in one ad reads, "Together [they] have missed out on 13 proms, 74 birthdays, 21 Thanksgivings and 989 boyfriends." And in an effort to familiarize us with the team, copy in another ad reads, "[the team] includes a tattooed surfer, a scholar, a college football fanatic, a humanitarian and a trucker hat-wearing scuba diver."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Good, Magazine