Ad Creep Comes To Hallowed Vines

The Chicago Cubs have entered into a sponsorship agreement with sports apparel company Under Armour that includes signage on the ivy-covered outfield walls at historic Wrigley Field. The Under Armour logo will appear on the two doors in left and right field, and the company will also have signage rights behind home plate. First, night […]

Personal Billboards For Your Car

Gadget Hunter is offering this tailgate-inducing device for $39.95. The license plate frame stores up to four separate messages, or one long message up to 120 characters. [via Trend Hunter]

Block The Baseline

The New York Times points out another case of ad creep. At more than 40 colleges around the country, basket stanchion support arms are being used as messaging platforms. The signs, one at each end of the court, are perpendicular to the backboards; they bear the words “State Farm” and the familiar red-and-white logo of […]

Take This Pitch And Shove It

TNYT looks at São Paulo’s radical, but righteous, move to eliminate outdoor advertising from the city. Imagine a modern metropolis with no outdoor advertising: no billboards, no flashing neon signs, no electronic panels with messages crawling along the bottom. Come the new year, this city of 11 million, overwhelmed by what the authorities call visual […]

Philly Works On Its Self-Esteem

[via Philebrity] [UPDATE] According to this Fresh Inc. report, Seattle scrapped it’s lovely “The Emerald City” designation for “Seattle: Metronatural.”

War Is (Seemingly Never) Over

Rueters reports that an old outdoor campaign is being recycled to promote a new documentary film. In an effort to tap into anti-war sentiment, billboards will appear in New York and Los Angeles this month declaring “War Is Over! If You Want It.” The statement is not so much political as commercial: independent film distributor […]

Time For Breakfast

Leo Burnett went old school with its latest outdoor application for McDonald’s. The billboard at the intersection of Clark and Addison features a sundial whose shadow falls on a different breakfast item each hour until noon, when the shadow of the McDonald’s arches are dead center. To turn the sundial concept into reality, Leo Burnett […]

Another Print Medium That Can’t Wait To Go Digital

Against the wishes of some local officials, Lamar Outdoor Advertising wants to roll out 10 to 15 high-tech digital display billboards in the Columbia, SC area within the next two years. According to The State: Lamar’s promotional materials say the new boards provide a higher quality image that is crisper and clearer than traditional billboards. […]

NOT Main Street USA

JWT’s clever media placement for Stringfellows, Paris. [via Frederik Samuel]

Conservative Governor Ignores Pleas From Outoor Advertising Lobby

From The State: South Carolina Governor, Mark Sanford, vetoed a bill meant to prevent local governments from removing billboards that don’t comply with city or county laws. In a letter to House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, Sanford said he vetoed the bill because it favors the outdoor advertising industry over other types of businesses and […]