David Jones reckons that 2007 was the year that adland and the world as as a whole finally ran out of ideas, he makes a pretty good case too what with the third sequel to every Hollywood flick ever out there and all interestingly creative commercials cast in Badland suspicions. Name something original from 2007, go on, I dare ya. Hmm? Thought of anything yet?
Eric Karjaluoto over at Ideas on Ideas writes RFP, r.i.p - about the pain of pitching when you're a designer. This reminds me of an old ad joke, bear with me I tend to forget how they're told and do the punchline first. ;P
A businessman walks out of his plush suburban home and notices that the neighbours are having their house repainted. "That looks very nice" he shouts over to the paint contractor, who immediately responds "You like it? We can paint your house too. We'll do it for free, and if you agree to hire us we'll do it again, in the colour you want."
-" Don't be absurd!" says the businessman "that's no way to do business."
As the businessman drives to work he notices that his car sounds funny, and decides to stop at a mechanic and have it checked out. "Something sounds wrong, how much will you charge for fixing it?" he asks the mechanic. "We'll take a look for you, and mend all things the way we think is best and if you like what we've done you can come back and have your car fixed the way you want it." responds the mechanic. "What are you nuts? You'd give me free parts and hope I come back? That's no way to do business, and I should know, I'm a businessman!"
In the city the businessman pops into a barber shop to inquire what a cut and shave costs. "We'll cut and shave you for free, and if you like it you can come back and do it for a small fee." says the barber. At this point the stumped businessman just shakes his head "You'll never earn a living giving cuts and shaves for free."
As soon as he enters his office, the businessman calls a meeting. "Listen up everyone, I want all hands on deck and our best talent working overtime. Spend everything from petty cash to our savings stash on creating a great campaign here - there's a big account out there looking for an agency and by golly, we're gonna pitch on it with all that we've got!"
Clipwords is some sort of stock headline place that mean suits and/or clients have invented to torture the wordsmiths with. No, really - you can add up the benefits:
- KO's procrastination and writer's block at the same time!
- It's like brainstorming with a group of creative people!
- Right words to get your writing project off to a quick start!
- Adds a professional touch to the writing process!
- Now you'll never have to say, "I can't think of what to say!"
This site reads like an elaborate April fools, but it's for real, and gullible suits will fall for it. Yikes.
Adlister Michiel had me in tears when he emailed this delicious combination.
According to Wikipedia:
"A redshirt is a stock character, used frequently in science fiction but also in other genres, whose purpose is to die soon after being introduced, thus indicating the dangerous circumstances faced by the main characters. The term comes from the science fiction television series Star Trek, in which security officers wear red shirts and are often killed on missions under the aforementioned circumstances."
Adweek magazine's Ad Land cartoon presents life after the launch of the iPhone. By David t. Jones.
Greeting from David Jones and the beaches in the south of France where the ad awards are currently littering the sand and drunken creative directors are hitting on young media reps as hungry adkids exercise their creativity by trying to order champagne at the Martinez on the agency tab. Lets all do it again next year, shall we?
A British version of Truth in advertising (original 2000 posting) has made an appearance on the web.
Memorable line: "a quick wank and a Horlics".
We'd much prefer a quicktime rather than ew-tube of this so if it's your work please email it to us.
David Jones, cocky ad cartoonist has created the remedy for all those clients, AE's and other wannabes who always seem to want to play Art Director. A board game! Black turtleneck while playing is optional.
See game/toon inside.
I was reminded of this classic print ad when I saw a piece on Fifties interior paint colours in BoingBoing today.
This is a full page advertisement from A.M. (The Australian Magazine) of October 1954.
The copy reads "You'll really swing into Spring in the gayest possible way when you brighten up the outside of your homo with Bergermaster - the styrenated PLASTIC house paint."
Least I think that's what it says. My two year old threw my reading glasses off six stories this morning. And before you start, yes some of my dearest and closest friends are gay. And they love this ad. I'm thinking of selling prints of it on my site.
Finally, truth in advertising! There's a theme restaurant in Tempe Arizona named Heart Attack Grill that sells hamburgers called The Single Bypass, Double Bypass and Triple Bypass! Plus, there are french fries fried in lard and if that doesn't kill you, cigarettes! To make you feel better, the waitresses there wear sexy nurses outfits.
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