Big Thinking from Small Shops

Ad Age has recognized some under-recognized agencies in its first-ever Small Agency Awards. Ad Age Editors, Jonah Bloom and Matthew Creamer say, “we had only two categories, Agency of the Year and Campaign of the Year, recognizing that dividing work by medium or discipline now is anachronistic.” That kind of solid thinking deserves its own […]

Spotlight on NW Creative: Portland’s Answer to South By

MusicFestNW is happening later this week in Portland, which as you may know, is a magnet for indie bands. Last year, we saw M. Ward, Britt Daniel, Blue Skies for Black Hearts and Anders Parker care of MFNW. This year, we hope to see Helio Sequence, Arctic Monkeys, Viva Voce and The Long Winters, among […]

A Tastefully Done American Apparel Ad from Puma

For the first time, Puma has underwear, excuse me, “bodywear,” to sell. With the help of Droga5, Puma found a way to show it off with a twist. The PUMA Index is a web and iPhone application that tracks global stocks. As stocks go down, PUMA Index models shed layers of clothing, undressing all the […]

Breaking Into Advertising Is A Breeze By Comparison

RBC Royal Bank and Toronto International Film Fest are conducting an Emerging Filmmakers Competition where 25 filmmakers are asked to develop a 3-4 minute short film. This year’s theme is water. The top five films will be judged during the 2010 Festival by online voters and an official jury. To promote the competition, RBC and […]

Football Season Is Also Good For Advertising

Toby Barlow and Team Detroit nailed it with this Dennis Leary-narrated Ford F-150 spot that sells smarts and power in the same package. The spot is actually 10 months old, but is being aired again now that NFL football is back on the tube. Works for me. Here’s hoping it also works for Ford. Share

Peterson Is A Monster

Football is war and to win a war you need monsters. Wieden + Kennedy and Nike Football capture this perfectly in the Pro Combat “Alter Ego” spot below. The spot stars Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings–the best running back in the league today. The use of slow-mo, black and white photography and the horror […]

In Lieu of Headphones

Everyday I make not difficult decisions about what to post here. For instance, Bob Garfield recently wrote a book. AdPulp took a pass. Jeff Goodby recently wrote a response to said Garfield book. AdPulp took a pass. Ana Andjelic recently wrote a response to Goodby’s response (that was picked up by AdAge). AdPulp took a […]

Rich Media for Poor Kids

Every year a different Chicago ad agency takes up Off the Street Club’s cause. This year it’s Euro RSCG’s turn and Steffan Postaer is stoked. …if you go to offthestreetclub.org videos of these delightful kids and staff as well as other surprises await you. You can actually pull children off the street and put them […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Ziba’s Sustainable Digs

Portland’s Ziba Design is a big deal. Almost as big of a deal as Wieden + Kennedy is, but in design, not advertising, circles. According to Fast Company, Ziba’s new 56,000 square foot headquarters in Portland’s Pearl District provided a chance for the firm to walk its talk and create a much more public presence […]

Hollywood Ventures Into The Web’s Tool Shed

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