Oh, Grow Up

from Manchester Online: Adverts featuring a giant blob of Marmite spread left children “terrified” and having nightmares, it emerged today. The TV commercials centre around a large brown “amorphous” object described as reminiscent of the monster from the 1950s science fiction film The Blob. Six viewers lodged complaints with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about […]

I Bet A Consultant Would Not Have Maximized This Synergy

I haven’t read it yet, but there’s a new book called House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn. What makes this book very intriguing is that Amazon also has an exclusive, tongue-in-cheek 3 minute video overview of the book. After watching the video, I’m […]

WorldCon: Bernie Ebbers Found Guilty

Click on any news site. You’ll see any number of stories about this former WorldCom CEO. A federal jury in Manhattan returned guilty verdicts on all nine counts, including securities fraud, conspiracy and lying to regulators Share

The Revolution Will Be Televised

A NYC agency called Anomaly was started last year amidst a barrage of hype and sycophantic press releases, which claimed the agency’s founders “decry tradition and embrace revolution.” So the entire ad industry has been waiting for the first fruit of this revolution. Well, according to Adweek they’re breaking their first work for Dasani, a […]

Hunter Douglas Turns On Its Lovelight

Here’s one ad from Cossette Post’s new print campaign for Hunter Douglas Share

John, Is That You?

According to San Francisco Chronicle, the city of Oakland plans to introduce a new weapon in its fight against prostitution: shame. Those caught by surveillance cameras and convicted of solicitation will be at risk of having their faces plastered on bus stop signs or even 10-foot by 22-foot billboards. Clear Channel is providing the advertising […]

There Oughta Be A Law

Fresh on the heels of the Ogilvy time sheet case, Adweek reports a new courtroom drama will soon be unfolding. The plaintiff this time is Saatchi & Saatchi. The defendant is a former employee. The reason for the suit? Leaving Saatchi for another agency and allegedly convincing 17 other Saatchi employees to join him a […]

A Marriage Of Social Activism And Aesthetic Innovation

from USA Today: “The world does not need another clothing line,” U2 frontman Bono pronounces. But the self-described “big-mouth Irish rock star” and his wife, Ali Hewson, are entering the fashion universe with their collection, Edun, co-created with designer Rogan. Edun’s earthy but chic duds, which are created from organic materials, are made in family-run […]

Rance, You Ignorant Slut

Ad Age this week features an interesting point-counterpoint between Rance Crain and Scott Donaton over whether the ad industry needs to refocus on its tradtional media roots or embrace new forms of advertising. Both columns are accessible from the Ad Age home page. Share

Have Philosophy Will Travel

Given that I am from Omaha, and having plied my trade in several small markets, I always appreciate when the advertising press looks in on the excellent work being done far from Madison Avenue. Communications Arts does precisely that in its current issue, choosing to feature Indianapolis agency, Young & Laramore. Shiel Sexton headquarters, Indianapolis, […]