Branded Co-Creation Circa 1973

In my experience, blogging doesn’t pay well, but it does have its perks. One of the perks is people like to send you stuff. Sometimes very cool stuff, as was the case when The Escape Pod sent me a commemorative plate. Today, the UPS man rang and at the door I found a poster tube […]

Steal This Podcast

I had the honor of joining Angela Natividad and Bill Green on the AdVerve podcast, where we discussed plagiarism in advertising. Coincidentally, AgencySpy had a take on the subject yesterday in response to a blog post from Mike Wolfsohn at High Wide & Handsome. So it’s a topic of discussion and debate amongst lots of […]

A Copycat Spot, Or A Copydog Spot. Still Cute As Hell.

So Agency Spy is claiming that the following Pedigree spot is derivative of a music video from a band called Vitalic: I like me some dogs. And slow-motion. So I like this spot. I suspect most dog lovers will, too. But like my Talent Zoo column says, we’ll keep seeing similar ideas and techniques used […]

Thirsting For Originality

I had barely finished writing my new Talent Zoo column about the uncanny similarities between Coke’s Super Bowl spot and an Israeli Yotvata milk spot when another mini-furor erupted over some new Nationwide spots that remind people of the Dos Equis campaign. So what’s going on here? Is it just too easy to rip-off ideas, […]

Long Copy Lives For Rosetta Stone

I was flipping through Newsweek when an ad caught my eye just as I was turning the page: The ad below, for Rosetta Stone language instruction. Click on the ad to enlarge it. It’s a long-copy ad. Hell, it’s a direct-response long-copy ad, the kind most ad people turn up their noses at. And it’s […]

Onitsuka Tiger Is “Made of Japan”

For the fourth year in a row Amsterdam Worldwide has fused the eclectic and ancient traditions of Japanese art and contemporary culture to ignite fashion brand Onitsuka Tiger. This year’s centrepiece of the brand’s “Made of Japan” campaign is a totem to traditional Japanese Tansu furniture-making: a one and a half-metre long bespoke wooden cabinet […]

In The Hands Of A Good Writer, Adlandia Can Be A Fascinating Place

Ad Age is running an edited excerpt from Adland by former Y&R creative director, James P. Othmer. As you surely know, there are more books on advertising available than any rational human being has time for. But I must say, this one looks good. Here’s Othmer on why he chose to write a book on […]

Multi-Media Art Installation Or Job Tracker? Both.

It takes vision to see beauty in data typically reserved for a spreadsheet. The technologists in the employ of Crispin Porter & Bogusky have vision. Vision to create interest in what might otherwise be nothing more than mundane housekeeping for the agency. Director of Integrated Production, Dave Rolfe, explains why his team is projecting a […]

I Don’t Get It. Is It Just Me?

This ad keeps popping up next to my Yahoo Mail page. Someone wrote and approved this ad. And someone’s paying for it. WTF?

In Ad We Trust

So last week, Gallup’s annual “Honesty and Ethics of Professions” poll was released, and like clockwork, “advertising practitioners” were down near the bottom, although above Congresspeople and Senators. Should we care? While lots of people don’t care much for advertising, they generally know it when they see it, and that’s part of the bargain they […]