LEGO Blind Art Project

I like the interactivity of this, especially when the blind explain their Lego creations to those who can see. While most of this is due to someone who is capable of describing the artwork in terms that children can understand, it brings the same amount of interpretation as viewing. Share

The Macro Problems of Micromanaging the Creative Process

yahooo

We’ve all been there: Watching a CEO or high-level client rewrite copy or play art director. Don’t they have better things to do? Maybe not. CEOs and other senior executives call the shots, are accountable to many audiences, and more often than not, take it all personally because of their egos. For many of them, […]

House of Morgan Uses Socialist Imagery To Promote Responsible Capitalism

Thomas_Hart_Benton_Cut_the_Line

Morgan Stanley via The Martin Agency is repurposing the public works mural from the 1930s in order to promote itself and the same banking system that brought our nation to its knees. According to Adweek, the brand’s new 60-second anthem and other elements in the campaign “echoes New Deal-era murals by artists like Thomas Hart […]

Targeting Is Futile When Our Audience Is Everyone, Everywhere

images

“Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one.” This little truism is especially true today. We’re all critics, even when we’re consumers at the same time. So can brands narrowly target an audience anymore, or will they hear about their marketing from everyone, regardless of whether they’re the target? Case in point: The recent Mountain Dew […]

PointRoll Blows An Opportunity By Sucking On Ad Age’s Cover

proll

When I opened my copy of Advertising Age today, I was confronted with this coverwrap from PointRoll. I’d like to think that if I were to create an ad that, by simple virtue of its placement, would immediately command the attention of every Ad Age subscriber, I’d do something a lot less, well, sucky. There […]

Subtlety? FAQ That Ship.

Subtlety? FAQ That Ship. - AdPulp

So in the past two weeks, we’ve seen a couple of spots go for a disguised profanity joke. And they’re getting attention. First, the Kmart “Ship My Pants” spot: And now, the Philips Norelco “I’d FAQ Me” spots: As I learned when I wrote this Talent Zoo column about cursing, clearly there’s something about cursing, […]

Can Analog Thinking Shake Up Our Digital World?

If you’re a rock fan, I highly recommend you check out “Sound City,” a new documentary about a legendary LA recording studio that was all analog. No one denies the power of our new digital tools to make great music, but in the movie we hear musicians lament the brilliant imperfections of old-school recording methods. […]

Super Bowl Spots: Jeep Versus Dodge RAM And My Dual Reaction

Here’s the one and only question I’ve been pondering about last night’s Super Bowl TV spots: Why was I instantly smitten with the Dodge RAM “So God Made A Farmer” spot but thought the Jeep “Whole Again” soldier tribute spot was crass and exploitative? I’m speaking of my immediate, visceral reaction to both commercials, which […]

Advertising Is Full Of Sinners. Now We Can Confess.

confess

Pride. Sloth. Envy. Wrath. Lust. Gluttony. Greed. What would advertising be without them? We all have those dirty, secretive thoughts we have during meetings or concepting sessions, or when we’re alone at our desks. Now, creatives David Ma and Nick Hugh Schmidt are letting you confess. And then be judged. Enter yours at The Creative […]

Marketing Buzzwords I’d Love To See Gone in 2013

I’m quite the admirer of George Carlin. No one dissected the modern English language so astutely the way he did. Particularly when it came to colloquialisms and phrases we all use. Writing for Talent Zoo, I’ve attempted to do this myself a few times over the years with the language of marketing and advertising: On […]