Tom Messner is a partner at Euro RSCG, and apparently he’s got a lot of time on his hands. Writing in Adweek this week, he plans to spend the next 2 months “reading and possibly absorbing as many of the available marketing books as inhumanly possible.” Here’s his list, divided into the “Old Testament” and […]
Art of Advertising
Adfreak reports Pants, the house band from McKinney + Silver won the Fluid Battle of Ad Bands III last night in NYC. “There’s no winning and losing in rock,” Alex Bogusky told us moments before the Crispin Porter + Bogusky band, Ironic Trucker Hat, took the stage at the Supper Club last night. And when […]
For 79 more wickedly insightful marketing ‘toons from this artist, visit Tom Fishburne’s
Yes. THIS Mr. Bill… In 2004, he appeared in a number of PSA’s designed to inform New Orleans citizens about the importance of protecting our wetlands. Click here. Watch “Hurricane Sluggo.” (I think you need Windows Media Player to watch it). Walter Williams, Mr. Bill’s creator, is a native of New Orleans, I believe. I’m […]
One of America’s great poets—James Dickey—worked in advertising. From 1956 to 1959 he was as a copywriter for McCann-Erickson in New York. He then worked for agencies in Atlanta until 1961, before being rescued by a Guggeheim Fellowship. Dickey liked to say he was “selling his soul to the devil in the daytime and buying […]
Flickr user, Olivander, shares a set of classic matchbook covers. By the way, the reuben sandwich was likely invented at Omaha’s Blackstone Hotel (pictured above).
Clark Sorensen makes awesome urinals. And he’s happy to discuss commissions and requests of any kind. This seems like an opportunity to raise the level of bathroom advertising by a magnitude heretofore unseen. I imagine Clark could fashion a urinal into a product-like shape. Better yet, a hotel or restaurant could simply commission the artist […]
Two new books tackle the delicate art of getting and keeping a career in the advertising industry. I haven’t gotten a copy of either of these (according to Amazon, they’ll be available soon) but I plan to. From the available-on-August 12 “Pick Me: Breaking Into Advertising and Staying There” by Nancy Vonk and Janet Kestin: […]
I like it when brands with heritage offer it up on their site. Here’s a 1946 ad from Vespa, the Italian scooter company.