A Killer Smoker Concept

Here’s an interesting copy trick being used in Wyoming to get folks thinking about tobacco in new ways. The Casper Star-Tribune has more: Designed by Colorado-based Sukle Advertising & Design, the billboards are green with bold lettering. They incorporate well-known sayings about death, but replace the words “death” or “kill” with “second-hand smoke.” For example, […]

A Simple Pleasure One Can Afford

Consumer Reports taste tested 19 ground coffees and the results are encouraging for value conscious caffeine freaks. The best tasting of the bunch was Eight O’Clock Coffee 100 percent Colombian at $6.28 per pound. Consumer Report’s coffee experts deemed it a complex blend of earthy and fruity, with a bright, pleasing sourness — a good […]

Info Soldiers Battle For Our Hearts And Minds

Giving new life to the phrase “PR operative,” the Pentagon is busy spending money to shape opinion at home and abroad. How busy? An Associated Press investigation found that over the past five years, the money the military spends on winning hearts and minds at home and abroad has grown by 63 percent, to at […]

The Times Ain’t Scared

The New York Times is inviting developers to mess with its data. On Wednesday, Derek Gottfrid announced on The Times “Open” blog that programmers and developers can now easily access 2.8 million news articles going back to 1981 via the new Article Search API. Mathew Ingram at Gigaom wonders why people in journalism aren’t screaming […]

A Man And His Marker

Once upon a time, I used to cut out photos, captions and headlines from the newspaper and rearrange them to make a totally new statement. I’d often follow the newly formed thought with lines of verse, making for a rudimentary media mashup. Austin Kleon, “a writer who draws” is up to something similar. He takes […]

Graphic Design Is Now A Commodity! ? ;-(

CrowdSpring is “crowdsourcing” graphic design. It’s a business model that makes sense on the The Internet, in that it connects people with services to offer with people who want to buy those services. A writer from Forbes looks the company’s progress and the “snooty” response from industry pros. CrowdSpring.com, allows buyers to run competitions for […]

People Can Be So Mean, Yada Yada Yada

On his personal site, Brian Morrissey, a journalist at Adweek, takes note of a colleague’s piece on Eric Silver leaving BBDO for DDB. This is out of my depth: two traditional creatives who mostly make TV spots. What’s interesting is the intense discussion that has ensued in the comments section, where there are 162 responses […]

It’s Not A Phone, It’s A Hand Held Computer And A Passport To Adventure

Steve Casimiro of The Adventure Life is sharing a great look at iPhone applications designed for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Do the iPhone and Mother Nature play well? The short is answer is “yes”. The iPhone excels at delivering information. Programs that channel local knowledge-surf reports, snow reports, water flows-are perfect applications of the phone’s strengths. […]

Celebs Offend Someone, Somewhere, Somehow

ESPN pulled this spot from the airwaves after gay rights advocates complained that it’s homophobic. In other celebrity endorsement news, Ashley Judd who hails from Kentucky where no wolves live, gets up in Gov. Palin’s face on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife. Watch: I found both spots on Adfreak. Flame throwers are starting to heat […]

Kellogg’s Is Square

The President of the United States smoked pot when he was young. As have most Americans. So it’s NO SURPRISE that super swimmer, Michael Phelps, would take a chill from his demanding schedule of swimming, working out and public appearances to hit the pipe. There’s this concept that he upset people, the the Phelpsian public […]