Lost Tribe Looks for Meaning In All the Wrong Places

Adweek’s Brian Morrissey and Eleftheria Parpis note the difficulty ad pros in Cannes had distinguishing between “the idea” and the myriad executions for a given idea. The awards are not keeping pace with the infinite ways in which brands reach customers in today’s fractured media landscape. Rather than honor holistic systems built for brands to […]

Your Cannes Press Grand Prix Winner

Here’s one print ad in a campaign for Energizer, courtesy of DDB South Africa. See the rest here.

Working Hard To Better The Awards Show Experience

Wrath of Cannes is the right kind of award show. That is, one that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Hosted by Woods Witt Dealy, the announcement is plenty cheeky. This week, what will you be doing while Madison Avenue’s crème de la crème are soaking up sun and sipping rosé on the Riviera during the […]

What’s The Carbon Footprint on This Back Slap?

This year, total entries at this Cannes International Advertising Festival grew 10.2% to more than 28,000. Every category is up, and the new design Lions attracted about twice as many entries as expected — 1,126 — so the festival had to scramble to add more judges to the jury. Americans aren’t deterred by the weak […]

Smokin’ Marshmallows

I’m pleased to announce that our friends at Greenville identity shop, Brains On Fire, won a Golf Effie last night for their state of South Carolina anti-tobacco efforts. Here’s a wallpaper from the RAGE AGAINST THE HAZE site: [via Spike's tweet]

Plugged In To A Higher Reality

Fusebox, a brand communications studio in Lincoln, NE doesn’t believe in entering its best work in award shows. And believe me, they’d win awards if they did enter. Learn more about Fusebox principal, Tim Siedell, at Bad Banana Blog or via his Twitter feed.

Using That Gold Pencil As A Back Scratcher

Over at Ad Age’s The Big Tent Cat Lopez makes the surprisingly honest admission that he has to butter up other people in order to win awards. I’ve been on a few awards juries, and they’ve all been great experiences, if not for the advertising itself as much as the lessons I’ve learned in human […]

Double, Double Toil and Trouble; Fire Burn, and Caldron Bubble.

You may have heard that current and former Fallon creatives are melting down their precious hardware. According to Creativity, the award show statues will be made into a nameplate for the new office Fallon moves into next month. “We think it’s a cool alternative to filling a lobby with a shelf to showcase awards,” said […]

Where The Rainbow Ends

TBWA/Vancouver won a Bronze Clio for this outdoor board. While I’d love to see outdoor advertising vanish from the earth, we may as well do something fun with it until that post-apocalyptic day comes.

Ralph Steadman at High Noon in Miami Today

Jack Mello of the Clio Awards alerted me this morning to the list of winners in this, the 49th year, of said gala. As I poked around the ftp site looking at work, I encountered something unexpected–no, not a wicked print campaign, Ralph Steadman. Turns out the artist is appearing today at noon in the […]