Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Win Nick's Life

Simple premise, new twist, and wonderful cuts. This is about 9 months old, but pretty great idea and execution. Especially love the cuts.

Nike Men VRS Women

Sometimes we like the ad, sometimes we like the idea. No, wait, the idea always trumps the ad, what was I thinking. 72andSunny, USA

NDAC Speaker

The New Denver Ad Club begins its speaker series for 2009, Outside Voices, with Creating Cult-like Belief Systems for Brands: A presentation by Steffan Postaer sponsored by Crispin Porter + Bogusky. The details start with Thursday, April 23, 2009 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM, but you can find more here.

True Blood

Another one of those brilliant ad campaigns for a television show. 1861 United, Milan, Italy.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Tough Reaching

This would be very tough to ignore. Nearly impossible.

You Call Yourself a Designer?

Then Saddle right up here and play the Shoot-the-Font Game. First, the Kerning game, then this. Finally, a genre for the visually stimulated, er... Designer, in us all. From the creative agency, Deep, all the way over the pond.
Thanks Dave.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Japan is soo much cooler than us

Not sure what they are saying, or exactly how the game is played, but I can tell you that the billboard is controlled via cell phone and it is much cooler that what we have here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kinetic Sculptures

Dutch artist Theo Jansen is part engineer, part visionary, part artist. Not sure which is more dominant, but the resulting mix is rather amazing.


There are a few things I have learned, Robert Lang is much smarter than I am, he has amazing folding skills and there is a lot we could learn from him.

Honda Again

Honda may be one of those brands that started the Fun-As-Advertising trend, and may be overlooked as the innovator.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Respect the Van

If you do not want to own a van now, you have no pulse. A-Team Rocks!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Website is Down: Sales Guy vs Web Dude

Created by Josh Weinberg, The Website is Down: Sales Guy vs Web Dude, was so popular it actually crashed the server. Be sure to check out part 2, The Website is Down: Excel Hell, posted below. (Click on name to link to website for easier viewing)

The Website is Down: Excel Hell

Created by Josh Weinberg, The Website is Down: Excel Hell part 2 from The Website is Down: Sales Guy vs Web Dude, features Chip the "master salesman" again asking for help from the Web Dude. (Click on name to link to website for easier viewing)

Red Riding Hood

Slagsmålsklubben - Sponsored by destiny from Tomas Nilsson on Vimeo.
Given the assignment to re-imagine the story of Little Red Riding Hood, Tomas Nilsson developed this. While the art isn't perfect, the idea is fantastic. Well done. Well Done.

CT Scans

This is less of art by an artist and more the beauty within. There are some beautiful images from Satre Stuelke, an artist-turned-medical-student, the New York Times shares with us. More here.

How it Used to Be

This is fun, you may remember a few of the actors, but you'll never forget the copy. I imagine this was great for the time, most likely innovative. Now, it mostly just fun. My favorite line is "climb in and see why they call it a Stingray." Why, will it kill?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Rent this Space

The Beer costs a buck and they will keep it that way by allowing anyone else advertise on their out-of-home. Brilliant idea.

Tweeeeet Design

The guys over at Cyber 13 and Joy Engine, in Boulder have launched Tweeeeet Design. You now have the ability, thanks to them, to see what is on the mind of many, and I mean many, icons of design. Head over there and chew on some good thoughts.

Paper Fashion Show Congrats

Silk and polyester collected mothballs for a day as paper owned the runway at the ADCD Paper Fashion Show, last Thursday at the Mile High Station. Camera flashes flooded the tavern as hundreds of attendees cheered on the all-paper designs worn by a few dozen models. Design firms and talented individuals brought the beautiful and bizarre to the stage to compete for top prize. In the end, four judges selected a peacock dress designed by Section 45 and Philosophy Communications as the Best of Show. Second place went to the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design while third place was awarded to a dress from Tricia Hoke. Many dresses went up for auction following the showcase where the proceeds went to charity. Congrats to everyone who jumped into the fray and made this rockstar event one of our best ever. See you next year!
Photography by Randall Bellows III 

Tin Foil Armor

Nice illustrations, but the big hit is the re-imagination of the product. Via I Believe in Advertising.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Paper Fashion Show

It's the poster for the Annual Paper Fashion Show. It's a damn nifty piece of flair for your outfit that night. Whichever it is, it is the work of the locals from Monigle and Associates. Longtime dress builders, turned step-in-and-pitch-a-great-idea guys and gals. Next time you see them, thank them for us would ya?

Oh, and if you have no idea of what this is, first, where have you been? And second, check out some of the shots from Mark Stevens here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Coke Two Guys

Just saw this, love the animation. Not sure anyone really cares about the Coke "trivia" the spot is based on, but it is fun.

The Anti Fairey Movement

Just Spotted this. An equally stunning idea pulled from Shepard's campaign poster's controversy. If you are not aware, the controversy stems from Shepard using/stealing (dependent on your view) from AP's photos to create his poster. Frankly, he did steal the image and heavily altered it, both sides have a case, however, as any smart Art Director/Photographer/Designer knows, Shepard could have easily avoided the whole issue. Either way, this is as great a statement, even if it is a rip off of Shepard's work. The poster is a teaser for Armando Iannucci’s In The Loop, the feature-length spin-off from his wonderful political comedy The Thick Of It. It is almost as good as this.

Tesla Strikes Back

This isn't advertising, design, copy, illustration, heck, it's not even really an idea. It is just plain cool and you my friend, deserve some thing cool. Ain't science grand. By the way, thats a Tesla Coil, and yes it could kill you. Via Gizmodo.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Uncomfortably Sweet

Story telling is a wonderful skill. Take 12 min and watch this Schweppes ad by Australian director Patrick Hughes.

Old School Interactive

Fun idea for Panamerica School of Design. Love the idea. Love the challenge. Excuse me now while I run over to printer and see how far I can go. AlmapBBDO, São Paulo, Brazil.

Light Calligraphy

Two of the toughest skills to master have been elegantly blended with amazing results. The eye popping light painting/calligraphy you see here is the work of photographer/typographer Julien Breton aka Kaalam light caligrapher. As a fan of both, these are amazing.

Getty Images Partner with Flickr

The screen shot you see above is from Getty Images. Their new enterprise centers around some of the amazing photography you can find in Flickr and, in a sense, funding it. They will be handpicking (really, how do you do that digitally?) thousands of photos to put in their Flickr collective. Photographers now have a new way to be corporately discovered and rewarded.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

YouTube in its Own

Witness the birth of a new music form, the YouTube mash up. Artist Kutiman (yes, Artist) scoured random music clips and made something of it. Amazing.


Look to your local Target to bring these retro cereal boxes back. That is very cool. The design i cleaner, more impactful and more meaningful, but that is according to me. I'll be interested to see if the true target, kids (as Kix ix for) will be as impressed. However, winning the Pontiac may sway them.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


The possibilities for this are really amazing. Take the 8 min to watch and see. Be ready to be amazed.

TED via Gizmodo


UHHHH, you decide if this is good, romantic or in line with those guys who propose at a basketball game.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Watchmen Credits

If you have seen Watchmen you know what I mean when I say the credits are incredible, especially as an opening sequence. If you didn't, here they are. Dive in to the still 3D photography.

Pure Milk

These are just pure fun. Wieden + Kennedy London.


Love this, especially the little details in the retouching. GmbH, Hamburg, Germany

Ticks and Fleas

Maybe one of the best use of a floor graphic I've seen. However, what does it say about all of us on the first floor? Saatchi & Saatchi, Jakarta, Indonesia

School of Visual Arts

Yes, someone out there is encouraging you to think. KNARF New York, USA.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Siftables are cookie-sized blocks that can communicate to one another and allow users to develop unique narratives in seconds. These toys can do math, create music, talk to their friends and are pushing the boundaries of what screens are and what screens can do. Goodbye GUI. Welcome TUI.

Piece together for Peace

Great awareness, nice message, beautiful look. Simple, dynamic.
Head over here to see more of the world as zodiac animals from artist Kentaro Nagai.