Spotlight On NW Creative: Blaine’s Pretty Profound Non-Billboard

Non-Billboard in Washington

On the outskirts of Blaine, Wash., a small town north of Bellingham, near the Canadian border, is home to this critical-of-advertising art installation from Lead Pencil Studio. Lead Pencil’s Daniel Mihalyo says, “this permanently open aperture between nations works to frame nothing more than a clear view of the changing atmospheric conditions beyond.” “Non-Sign II” […]

A Feast For Untired Eyes

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I keep wanting to click on more and more pages of Flavorwire, the blog by Flavorpill, “a network of culturally connected people.” Because the site points to a multitude of visual oddities and things that make one wonder. Like “Masks for the Modern Tribe” by artist Jud Wimhurst. The contemporary masks he envisions are adorned […]

Mobile Advertising Idealized

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Apple’s iOS 4 operating system is secretly compiling its customers’ location data in a file stored on iPhones, 3G iPads and every computer that users use to “sync” their devices. So, your mobile knows where you are at all times, but can it also detect your mood (via iTunes) and offer you the perfect product […]

Ad People Need To Follow The Money — If There’s Any Left

Hardly a week goes by that someone doesn’t post or link to creative jobs that pay a pittance. Even agencies are getting lowballed for their services these days. So how do you profit in advertising today? Our knowledge economy has spread the knowledge around quite well. And made it easy for certain jobs – writing, […]

Digg It, Developers Are Artists

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HP is urging Web developers to celebrate their creative potential through Mobile Expressionism, a new campaign from Seattle- and London-based Creature. The idea is to support the vision of developers as modern day artists, able to demonstrate their contributions to popular culture using mobile content. Creature commissioned several leading illustrators and artists to create nine […]

GE Used To Make Good Transistor Radios, Didn’t They?

This commercial just baffles me. If you watch too much CNN and MSNBC like I do, you can’t miss it. The copy says we can all get “in step with” what GE’s doing. So that naturally ties the whole spot together. What do you think of this million-dollar slice of ecomagination? Share

Create Great Print Ads And The Rest Will Follow. Maybe.

As a copywriter in an ad agency that does as much digital work as traditional, I’m acutely aware of the need for multi-faceted writing and ideas that work across media. But as an instructor at Portfolio Center, I’m faced with teaching beginning ad students the fundamentals of concepting and writing. And I find that if […]

Surely, Ads Can Still Influence Popular Culture

When the news of Leslie Nielsen’s death spread last week, it spread quickly. And pretty soon, everyone was sharing their favorite quotes from “Airplane” and “The Naked Gun.” Will we ever see a time again when mass culture is shared so much? Can advertising, which has played its role in the culture, be a part […]

The Holidays Are For Mishaps

Here’s an amusing spot for Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC. This one hits a little close to home. I actually fell through my parents’ attic one time. They don’t build ‘em like they used to. Share

The Mad Men Pushed Ping-Pong

I work in an office where we don’t have lots of crazy creative things you’d find in some agencies. But we do have a ping-pong table. Seems that’s a bit of a tradition, ginned up by old-school advertising in the post World War II era. Slate Magazine takes a closer look: How were thousands persuaded […]