Lewis Lazare reveals that during 2005, Staples sold no fewer than 500,000 replicas of its Easy Button as a desk accessory. When this happens–a genuine viral response driven by TV–you know your work is working. Conversely, when one of your peers gives you a little trophy for your desk, all you know is some ad […]
Ernie Schenck is up by 34 votes in Ad-Rag’s Battle of the Adblogs. The score is currently AdPulp 203, Ernie 237. Frankly, I’ll be glad when this beauty contest is over on Friday. I’m tired of clicking over there to see the score. Isn’t vanity a sin? I’m pretty sure it is, although I’m rusty […]
Adweek reports on the finalists for Frito-Lay’s Doritos account. Four Omnicom Group agencies have made presentations to Frito-Lay in a review of the company’s estimated $30 million-plus Doritos account, according to sources. A decision is expected within a month, sources said. Incumbent BBDO in New York is defending against DDB in Chicago, GSD&M in Austin, […]
Ad-Rag, one of the most influential ad blogs in the world, is sponsoring a self-love fest for all ad bloggers. It’s called Battle of the Ad Blogs and its logo has tanks as bookends, which may mean only the big guns are gonna be fired. You might expect me to say how pointless such award […]
Art Directors Club Italiano call for entries, 2005 One Show call for entries, 2006 Thanks to Horace Kidman–the creator of the original idea–for the tip. I could say stealing is beyond lame, especially when there’s no need for it, but that’s obvious. Anyway, I’m more interested in hearing what you have to say.
The CA Advertising Annual arrived on my doorstep the other night. I recall how much I used to look forward to pouring poring over of the industry’s finest work displayed therein. For me, those days are gone. I’m not exactly sure what happened. I guess I finally let go of the idea that I would […]
Dean Gemmell has seen enough fancy schmancy self-congratualtion fests. He and his cohorts at Black Lab Five in lovely south central Michigan have whipped up their own damn award show, and it’s decidedly Pabst Blue Ribbon. Or should I say, Iron City? I’ve grown so weary of all the crap award shows. And embarrassed because […]
High Jive brings attention to this horrid controversial call for entries from The Art Directors Club. Damn. What’s up with the advertising business? Advertising Week and the Effies promoted events with sexist imagery. Now an allegedly prestigious organization goes for cheap racial laughs. An industry that has traditionally excluded Blacks shamelessly bites the culture without […]
Sullivan Higdon & Sink (the “We Hate Sheep” people from K.C.) got into this year’s CA Design Annual for their Shatto Milk Co. package design. We at Shatto Milk Company have decided to provide our milk primarily in glass bottles. The reasons for this decision are very simple. First, the glass bottle tends to keep […]
I renewed my subscription to Communication Arts recently and the Interactive Annual 11 arrived today. I’m struck by how far this media environment has come in such short time. Aiwa’s winning entry There are 38 winners in five categories–advertising, business, entertainment, information design and self-promo. Maybe blogs could be added to the list for next […]
You know what? Awards are important. They’re good at attracting top talent, getting us some well deserved press and, if smelted down, providing the government with valuable munitions material. We have San Francisco agency, Venables Bell, to thank for the above wisdom.