Archives for September 2007

When Bad Ideas Happen To Good Agencies

I had an interesting conversation with the Design Director at my agency today. She said she thinks the whole Apple iPhone price cut and rebate/apology to-do was completely and totally planned in advance. Personally, I highly doubt it. I think Steve Jobs would’ve come off as a hero by announcing a rebate at the same […]

Everyone Needs A Getaway Car

A long time ago, in a brand galaxy far, far away… The man was huge.

Go Elsewhere Spendthrifts

Bill Green at Make the Logo Bigger cracks me up. Here’s what the fast food industry playbook for 2007 appears to be: let’s just all do weird shit. BK did it first with Subservient, so let’s copy them, right? Maybe some of it will work. Maybe some of it won’t. Doesn’t matter. Let’s just try […]

Discriminating Blog Readers Read Adverganza

Catharine P. Taylor is a little bummed that Tom Messner’s Adweek article didn’t mention her blog, Adverganza. Whatevs. His piece typically decries the rise of the form. At any rate, I’m always happy to point to great ad resources. Catharine does a particularly nice job on Monday mornings, rounding up the latest ad news. In […]

Open Source Concepting a.k.a. Cheap Ideas Aplenty

Matthew Creamer at Ad Age introduces us to, a Slovenian-based online marketplace where ad and design ideas from about 9,000 creatives worldwide are bought and sold. OpenAd, with input from members in 122 countries, calls itself “the biggest creative department in the world.” Our Creatives are advertising specialists. And because we want to provide […]

Philly Purists Deflate Papers’ Inflatables

Since taking over The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News last year, Brian P. Tierney, a former ad man, has incresed the advertising budget at the papers to $14 million from $300,000. With money and Tierney’s encouragement come ideas. One idea the paper had was to place a large inflatable honeybee and two large banners […]

To The City Goes AOL

According to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.), Time Warner Inc. said its AOL unit will move its corporate headquarters to New York City from Dulles, Va., and combine its various advertising business into a new subsidiary. The new entity will also include AOL’s unit, which buys ad banners on thousands of Web […]

Greenpeace Performance Ad

Spencer Tunick is an American photographer known for staging mass nude photo shoots across the globe. This one, shot at Aletsch Glacier in the Swiss Alps, is intended to be both a piece of art and a political statement aimed at raising global warming awareness. Greenpeace, who helped organize and publicize the event, said the […]