Archives for January 2007

Do You Harbor Any Resistance To Always-On Connectivity?

I just began instant messaging and texting last year. Aware of my new undertakings, Shawn–the publisher of this site–welcomed me to the year 2000. So I’m not an early adopter. I can deal with it. What I find interesting is people who resist altogether the watershed changes underway in technology and communications. USA Today lables […]

Pepsi Can’t Sit Still

The Wall Street Journal reports that one of America’s iconic brands is going through a late-life identity crisis. Scatch that. The story’s really about loss of attention span. Or maybe it’s about the Cult of New. You be the judge. PepsiCo Inc. is seeing its cans in a whole new light. For 109 years, the […]

Hire Artists. Elevate The Work.

Gwen Yip is an art director from Hong Kong currently working on Yakult at Wieden + Kennedy in London. She has a blog about looking for (and finding) work in the London ad scene. It’s adorable and I’m fascinated by it. In the frame above Yip shows us Michael Russoff, the Creative Director at Wieden […]

Cranky Gets Crankin’

USA Today reports on a new search engine designed to appeal to users that did not grow up on the web. Does surfing the Web exhaust — and even exasperate — older people? The backers of are betting on it. Cranky is a specialty search engine designed to please aging baby boomers by processing […]

Apple Ignores Trademark Law

With A Nod To Shepard Fairey

People love to bust on McDonald’s. There’s a long history of activism against the global burger dispenser. Ronald McHummer, the latest comer adds a subversive twist to their protest—a make your own McD’s sign game. Here’s why they’re bothering: McDonald’s often emphasizes its “long-standing global commitment to environmental protection and leadership.” So why did they […]


Amsale Aberra, a 52-year-old couture wedding gown designer — and a native of Ethiopia — is the new spokesperson for the MKX, Lincoln’s first entry in the compact crossover wagon market. According to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.), Ms. Aberra’s New York-based wedding- and evening-dress house, claims annual sales of about $30 million. […]

Pytka To Direct Consumer Generated Spot

According to Ad Age, Joe Pytka–the most famous commerical director on earth–will deign to direct a spot conceived by a consumer of NFL football. Gino Bona of Portsmouth, N.H., is the winner of the NFL’s promotion that gave fans the opportunity to determine one of the league’s 30-second spots that will run next month in […]