The Probelem With Conceived In California, But Made In China

Foxconn

President Obama wants “Made In America” to mean something again. And it’s no wonder, when “Made In China” comes with as many human rights questions as it does. As you may have heard, over 300 employees at a Foxconn plant in Wuhan, China recently threatened to throw themselves off a building in a mass suicide. […]

Good Jews Live In Israel, Says Israel

According to The New York Times, American Jews are upset with insulting messages conveyed in a new ad campaign from Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption. The Ministry is headed by Sofa Landver, who belongs to the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party led by Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman. Intended to cajole Israelis living in the United […]

When Brands Matter, People Care. Otherwise Not So Much.

According to Havas Media, the people you’re trying to reach today don’t like you and don’t want to hear from you. In fact, the agency’s new study (that took into account the views of 50,000 consumers across 14 international markets) found that most people would not care if 70% of brands ceased to exist. Hernan […]

Occupy Outdoor Advertising

There is a grassroots movement against outdoor advertising. There is a documentary film about the grassroots movement against outdoor advertising. The argument here is about the use of public space for advertising. What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you okay with outdoor advertising clogging up the landscape and cityscape? I appreciate the passion […]

Cue Laugh Track

I know I shouldn’t laugh, but the following news from MediaPost is oddly amusing. The Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Watchdog, and The Praxis Project are complaining to the Federal Trade Commission that Doritos is harming teens by creating immersive game sites like Hotel626.com and Asylum626, without making clear the sites’ purpose is […]

Advertising Works. There, I Said It.

Who needs advertising? It’s mostly a colossal waste of money. Right? According to research from Gavan Fitzsimons, a professor of marketing and psychology at Duke University, “the best result that an advertiser can hope for is to nudge us in the direction we were already going — reaffirming a slightly positive association with a brand […]

Sustainable To The Core

Patagonia_s Common Threads Initative to Reduce Our Environmental Footprint

Patagonia is an amazing company. Their founder is a great climber and outdoorsman, their products are awesome and the brand is one that lives its values on its fleece sleeve. So, it’s not all that surprising that the company is now asking its customers to buy only what they need, repair what breaks and recycle […]

Need That Merch To Feed That Jones

For years, millions of dollars in unlicensed Grateful Dead merchandise was sold outside of the band’s concerts by its tour-hungry fans. The band did crack down on it a bit after 1987, when “Touch of Grey” was on the radio, Macy’s started stocking tie-dyes and non-Deadhead criminal networks started hawking goods in the lot. Since […]

Amazon Wants To Protect Its Pricing, But At What Cost?

What is the battle to avoid paying sales tax in states where it has a physical presence doing to the Amazon brand? According to The New York Times, the standoff between Amazon and California is simple: the state passed a law at the beginning of the summer requiring online retailers with a physical presence in […]

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” […]