Athenos Is Yiayia-Approved

Athenos is ruffling a few feathers with their new ad campaign. “These commercials are not appropriate from a Greek perspective,” says Maria Anagnostopoulos, program director at The Greek Institute, a non-profit cultural center. She wants them pulled. But Kraft executives say they have no such plans. “While these ads may be controversial, for the most […]

London Olympics Part of The Zionist Conspiracy, Says Iran

I like to see that people are sensitive to design, but what you’re about to read is some lunacy. According to the Daily Mail, Iran may decline to participate in the Olympics next summer because the logo for the 2012 games spells “Zion.” The Iranians sent a letter to IOC president Jacques Rogge saying: “(This […]

We’re Moving From Aspirational Brands To Meaningful Brands

Umair Haque is Director of the Havas Media Lab. He’s also a contributor to Harvard Business Review. I like how Haque says (at the 5:36 point) that people are beginning to value nature, the future, society, one another and their own sense of purpose and well being. This is a great global shift, sometimes we […]

In My Wallet Is “Where Money And Meaning Come Together”

At the end of this Draft/FCB-made spot the announcer, in his most inclusive voice, says, “Now, you belong.” But it’s not true. I don’t belong. I carried and used a Diner’s Club card since the 1990s, and never had a problem, but when Darby and I had one 30-day late on our Hilton Head house […]

Listen To The Consumer’s Unconscious Mind

Countless billions have been spent on consumer research, but author Phillip Graves believes it’s a waste. “Consumer behavior is a by-product of the unconscious mind, whereas research is inherently a conscious process,” explains Graves. “The truth is that we are far less consciously involved in and aware of our consumer actions than we like to […]

How Do You Make A Taco Supreme With Binders And Fillers?

A class action lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in California by the Montgomery law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles claims Taco Bell’s meat mixture lacks real meat. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Taco Bell customer and California resident Amanda Obney does not seek monetary damages, but asks the court to […]

Over-Promise At Your Own Peril

Do you have clients who insist on over-promising to their customers? Seth Godin, for one, doesn’t like it. Godin mentions Delta in his post, so I went out and found a Delta ad to illustrate his points (even though Delta is merely an example here). Here’s the crux of Godin’s argument: The problem is this: […]

San Francico Tells McDonald’s To Stop Toying Around

According to Los Angeles Times San Francisco’s board of supervisors has voted to ban McDonald’s Happy Meals from the city’s restaurants. The measure will make San Francisco the first major city in the country to forbid restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than set levels of calories, sugar and fat. […]

On This Site Stood…

The I-75 Project is a public art installation from Norm Magnusson. “Are they real?” is a question viewers frequently ask, meaning “are they state-sponsored?” Magnusson loves this confusion and hopes to slip a message in while people are mulling it over. These markers are just the kind of public art he really enjoys: gently assertive […]

The Strong Arm of Chevron Throttles Its Shareholding Critics

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Chevron is pursuing legal action against one of its small shareholders. Antonia Juhasz, who runs the energy program at San Francisco-based advocacy group Global Exchange, used her 14 shares to attend the Chevron annual shareholders meeting and disrupt it. She was removed from the meeting and arrested outside […]