Station Domination

Lewis Lazare: Get ready for some station domination. The term, which has a definite ring to it, refers to an ad placement tactic where an advertiser commandeers all available ad space at a location and bombards consumers with a desired message without fear of any other advertiser causing a distraction. Beginning this month, Dove and […]

Dem Guv’ment Peeps Don’t Write Good

Here’s an interesting story from the AP: States spend nearly a quarter of a billion dollars a year on remedial writing instruction for their employees, according to a new report that says the indirect costs of sloppy writing probably hurt taxpayers even more. The National Commission on Writing, in a report to be released Tuesday, […]

Tag. You’re It.

The Guardian spoke with Yahoo founder, Jerry Yang last week. What was it about Flickr that made it such a must-have acquisition? Yang: There’s a lot we can achieve through this acquisition because we’ll be able to leverage their leading technology and product features such as tagging (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagging). The internet’s a driving force in the […]

Lazare Takes The Gloves Off

Sun Times advertising writer, Lewis Lazare, has been on a role, of late. Today he blasts Crispin Porter + Bogusky for their lame remake of the 1971 classic, “I’d Like To Buy the World a Coke.” Lazare likes to give out grades, and CP+B gets an “F” for the new “I’d Like to Teach the […]

Please, No More Lipstick On The Pig

“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.” -Steve […]

Frenchman Unimpressed

Fast Company is giving Apple’s competitors a chance to talk about the iPod. Henri Crohas Founder and CEO, Archos Paris, France I do not share the opinion that Apple’s design for the iPod is any good. That’s because I define great design in terms of fantastic machinery. And if you look inside the iPod’s technology, […]

Leo Burnett Says Men Aren’t Just Interested In Sex, Beer and Sports

A new study by Leo Burnett, quickly summarized here, suggests that “half the men in most parts of the world don’t know what is expected of them in society and three-quarters of them think images of men in advertising are out of touch with reality.” “As the world is drifting toward a more feminine perspective, […]

Buy High Sell Low

Ad Age: Joe Mansueto, the founder and chairman-CEO of Morningstar Inc., has emerged as the lead contender to buy Fast Company and Inc., Gruner & Jahr USA Share

Socialist Realism Gets Another Go

Maryland commuters are being subjected to what one person has deemed, “authoritarian post-modernism,” on their daily train ride. Thanks to Articulatory Loop for the post. Share

Naomi Klein Is Going To Be Pissed

Adrants points to this Toronto Star article on McGraw-Hill’s efforts to place ads inside college text books. Thankfully, the random ad man asked to comment blasted the idea. “Textbooks are one of the last bastions,” said Randy Stein, a partner at Grip Media Ltd., a Toronto ad agency. “There are some things that should remain […]