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 […]
Copywriters: You know that book about advertising you always wanted to write? The one that takes all the things you hate about the way most big ad agencies operate and exposes them for the waste of client money that they are, then offers up sound business solutions that would fix nearly all of it? Well, […]
In the beginning, there was Sega
Richard at Soft Skull Press is sending me a copy of Look Slimmer Instantly!, a book of poems by Jerome Sala, a former copywriter/creative director. Here’s an advance peek… Variations On A Theme By Charles Barkeley by Jerome Sala A poet is not a role model. So this poem won
The Poetry Center of Chicago and corporate sponsor Lightology are bringing poetry to the masses this holiday season, with an outdoor board located at the corner of Chicago and Wells. Chicagoist reports that the poem, “Farewell,” is by Chicago poet Li-Young Lee. He wrote it specifically for the occasion, “a non-commercial message Chicagoans could look […]
Lewis Lazare reports today in the Sun Times that David T. Jones, a Foote Cone & Belding/Chicago group creative director is launching a new comic strip called “Art & Commerce.” Some of the strip’s action takes place inside a fictional mid-sized Midwestern agency called Corneigh & Foarste, a shop that made its name in the […]
It’s good to be reminded now and again that the designer working on your annual report is actually an artist. This painting is new work from Jill Rizzo, an award-winning graphic designer at David Day + Associates.
Is advertising art? This question has been there from the beginning. For sure, most advertising has been rendered so poorly, the claims that it might be an art form seem ludicrous. Yet, there are reasons to believe ads do constitute an art form. For one, if anyone could do it, the writers and art directors […]