The Creative World According To Tug

Over at American Copywriter Tug McTighe has a few rules to live by, or at least ponder. Collect all 7. Here’s just one: 7. Don’t blame the creatives for not caring after round of revisions 13. Are you kidding? If your spouse asked you – no demanded – that you rearrange the living room furniture […]

“Selling Out” Has Lost All Meaning In Today’s Media Culture

Jed Gottlieb writing for the Boston Herald takes modern indie bands to task for selling out to the man. John Mellencamp’s career has basically been one long commercial for the American working man. So when Chevy ads featuring his song “Our Country” scrolled across TV screens every 2.3 seconds for months last fall, it seemed […]

3-D Printing: Holy Crap, It Sounds Cool

Did you know this was on the horizon? The New York Times reports: The next frontier will be the home. One company that wants to be the first to deliver a 3-D printer for consumers is Desktop Factory, started by IdeaLab, a technology incubator here. The company will start selling its first printer for $4,995 […]

Racism In Ads: A Pictorial

Today, Slate has a slide show featuring a whole host of racist and stereotypical advertising imagery throughout the 20th century, like this bit from 1964: I can just picture in my mind, legions of white men in suits and horn-rimmed glasses sitting around Madison Avenue boardrooms just loving all of this. But the slide show […]

Fine Art Is Fine For Brand Building

On Ad Age’s behalf, Teressa Iezzi, the editor of Creativity magazine spoke to Sebastien Agneessens, founder of Formavision about the use of fine art in advertising. Agneessens, a gallery owner with an M.B.A. and a background in marketing at companies such as L’Oreal and Chanel, launched Formavision in 2002 when brands began to seek him […]

I Propose A New One Show Category

“Unintentionally Hilarious Local Commercial” Thanks to The Consumerist (one of my favorite blogs), we get “Great Moments In Commercial History.” I give you one of many gems, Don’s Guns: Who gives a crap about Singaporean two-page spread ads for Legos when this spot is just begging for a pencil?

Advice For Those Who Want To Break Into Advertising

Someone passed this along to me. On Craigslist, there’s some helpful advice for those looking to get into the ad biz: ive been a creative director for 6 years now. here, i offer my wisdom if you want a job in advertising. 1. be a dick. you dont necessarily have to have a large one, […]

Idaho Hoo-ha

Over at AdFreak the comments have been coming in hot and heavy over this ad for a Boise bagel shop that ran in a local alt-weekly: But scroll down through all the cream cheese and schmear jokes and you’ll find a comment from Brian at Idaho Ad Agencies: There’s no reportedly about it — it […]

The Ten Biggest Cocks In Advertising

Can I get the U.S. rights to do this over here?

Rosemary Goes to the Mall Dot Com

Rob Walker has a good gig. He writes about consumer culture for TNYT Magazine. This week’s installment looks at Rosemary Williams, an artist and an assistant professor of new media at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Williams finds shopping anxiety-laden, which makes her choice to pursue “The Wall of the Mall” an act of […]