Old Matchbooks Strike A Chord

Flickr user, Olivander, shares a set of classic matchbook covers. By the way, the reuben sandwich was likely invented at Omaha’s Blackstone Hotel (pictured above). Share

Warning: Sideways Glances May Occur

Clark Sorensen makes awesome urinals. And he’s happy to discuss commissions and requests of any kind. This seems like an opportunity to raise the level of bathroom advertising by a magnitude heretofore unseen. I imagine Clark could fashion a urinal into a product-like shape. Better yet, a hotel or restaurant could simply commission the artist […]

“Pick Me” And “Radical Careering”

Two new books tackle the delicate art of getting and keeping a career in the advertising industry. I haven’t gotten a copy of either of these (according to Amazon, they’ll be available soon) but I plan to. From the available-on-August 12 “Pick Me: Breaking Into Advertising and Staying There” by Nancy Vonk and Janet Kestin: […]

Everything Old Is New Again

I like it when brands with heritage offer it up on their site. Here’s a 1946 ad from Vespa, the Italian scooter company. Share

Hatching A Meat-Friendly Campaign

“Advertising without posters is like fishing without worms.” –The Hatch Brothers Adfreak reports on the new KC Masterpeice print campaign from DDB San Francisco, made in conjunction with Hatch Showprint of Nashville. Hatch Showprint, the oldest print shop in America opened in 1879. For decades it was the leading poster printer for circuses, vaudeville shows […]

Sony Looking For Some Bounce

Room 116 points to Flickr user, Sem’s image capture. Apparently, the super balls were released during the making of a new Sony commercial. Share

Taking Size 14 and 36DD Risks

Nothing like a little compare-and-contrast-T&A ads: My new column on TalentZoo.com takes a look at both of these ads, and which ad campaign was, in my humble opinion, a riskier move. Share

Britain Says Fat, Balding Guys Belong In Beer Ads, Not Good-Looking Dudes

I just have a hard time believing this article, but here ’tis, from the Times in Britain: Drinks companies have been ordered to hire paunchy, balding men for advertisements to meet new rules forbidding any link between women Share

On Obsessive Consumption

What do you do if you’re an artist deluged by consumer imagery in a society obsessed with money, goods and the like? If you’re Kate Bingaman, you work with it. You make art out of it. You have fun with it. Wear Kate’s debt! Here’s a take from her Artist Statement: People identify themselves with […]

Stop The Madness

In an article on Slate, Seth Stevenson calls for an end for the kind of TV spots that make you go “huh?”: “Enough already with the “twisted” humor. The willful wackiness. The over-the-top, absurdist scenarios.” I’ve written about this before. It’s hard for advertising to push the envelope when real life already is doing a […]