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Impressive ascii art email advertises typographers

Perhaps UMLO did their research so well and know that I'm a right geek who always reads my email with a monospaced font (these days it's Monaco). Perhaps they were just lucky. In any case, I really dug the ascii art they sent me this morning. Read more to see it.


Honda vs. Hewlett-Packard

You're one in a million...unless you live in badland.


Is your ad agency a cult?

So there I was, surfing around the internet doing research on cults for no specific reason (google is great) and I came across this. It's a description of signs you're in a cult. Upon reading, I found the similarities between a cult and the typical ad agency's mantra uncannily hilarious. Compare these traits to your agency, and the ad biz in general and see for yourself!

Common Properties of Potentially Destructive and Dangerous Cults

-The cult is authoritarian in its power structure. The leader is regarded as the supreme authority. He or she may delegate certain power to a few subordinates for the purpose of seeing that members adhere to the leader's wishes and roles.


The anti-Christo

Austrian artists Christoph Steinbrener & Rainer Dempf have created an installation called Delete! which is de-littering the public space. For two weeks this summer Vienna's 7th district will be blissfully ad-free. All advertising signs, slogans, pictograms, company names and logos will disappear behind a yellow mask. The interest of businesses and shopowners, who by their participation become actors in the art project, has been surprisingly strong. Delete! will turn Neubaugasse in Vienna into a force field of social and cultural exchange.


Helmut Krone. The book.

There is a new book out about advertising fabled Art Director Helmut Krone. Helmut Krone was one of the big names in the Creative Revolution which changed advertising forever, and some call him the Godfather of modern art direction. Forty years after he'd created the Volkswagen Beetle campaign it was voted 'the most famous campaign ever' which must have looked great on his resume.
His work is in the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian. He has been inducted into Art Directors' Halls of Fame from New York to Berlin.
Before Helmut Krone advertising art direction was either 'old' commercialised art or 'new' graphic design, after Helmut the idea was the Art Direction.
Recently in Stockholm there was an exhibit of all DDB from the creative revolution where visitors could feast their eyes on the work from Helmut Krone, Julian Koenig, Bill Bernbach and others. At the exhibition one could pick up a copy of this new book Helmut Krone. The Book.. (via Researcher)
The book has been put together by Clive Challis, who worked as an advertising art director in New York and London and before that as an editorial designer for London’s Sunday Times magazine. For the past seven years he has headed the advertising course at Central Saint Martins. He was recently selected to teach the first Cannes Academy at the International Advertising Festival.


Ad men seen as Laborers rather than Architects

Over at AdAge there's an article by A. Louis Rubin worth a gander: "Why Ad Agencies Are Viewed as Laborers Rather Than Architects"

J.P. Donlon, editor in chief of Directorship, a monthly publication on corporate governance, notes that the "reason why there are few communications professionals on boards per se is that only a handful understand that communications is an amplification of business strategy -- not something separate or apart from it. Certainly CEOs need to understand this as well.”

Stripping the ads away from popular sites

It's not a new phenomenon, distilling popular sites has been going on for some time. Why, RSS with complete article feeds just begs for it to be done in some cases. Why do it? To strip away the annoying ads that are invading the real estate of the sites front page of course. calls itself "the ad free Gawker", and carries everything from Gawker, images and all, but the ads. BoingBoing Lite has been an ad-free version of BoingBoing for well over a year now, where you can also filter posts by writer. Page6blog lifts content from the Post and serves it fresh "without the ads and registration emails."
Hmmmm.. Methinks I see a pattern here! Will publishers seek out alternative venues of income or keep relying on the old "ads-every-frickin'-where" model that has proven itself quite fragile in print already, and is on the web engaged in a technical arms race of sorts when plugins like Adblock and Bugmenot removes the users need to register and ads from pages they surf?

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Is Intel now "inside" everything?

Is Intel "inside" your photo prints?
Of all the strange things to lay claims to. Microsoft once wanted "windows" to be theirs alone, UPS laid claims to the color brown. Now Intel seems to own "inside".

Intel has successfully caused the British online photo service FotoInside Ltd to change its name to FotoInsight. Intel Europe's representative, the law firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White states in a letter to FotoInside Ltd the word "'INSIDE' format … was coined by our client in 1991 when it began using the INTEL INSIDE mark" and requests from FotoInside to change its name.