Burger King in Germany are closing in on the subservient chickens fame, with their spoof of the TV show "Pimp my Ride". Instead of rides, they're pimping burgers. The attention to detail in this spoof is excellent.
Fast Company writes about Best Business Blogs: Advertising. An expanded list of thier favorites. Blog: AdLand Who Writes It: A community Web log, AdLand allows posts from anyone who registers. The site’s proprietress, Åsk Wäppling*, a freelance art director known on the site as Dabitch, seems to write most often.
Why You Should Read It: The group blog approach generates a more diverse array of insight and opinions from registered users, called "adgrunts," who can view and post comments. The well-designed blog, created in 2000, also offers forums and an ad archive, the latter available for a small fee.
WSJ Features: Burger King ad stirs buzz with racy camp
"Like an Old Navy ad on acid, with some Playboy and Penthouse thrown in," writes Jane Goldman, a Boston-based ad copywriter, on the advertising weblog (www.ad-rag.com) she helps run.
If the entire business community understood the value of good design, and saw the effect we can actually have on their bottom line, there wouldn't be nearly enough design firms to handle all of the business. But when any creative firm reiterates to a business client that it's okay to give away what we do on a gamble of a big payoff, it's a huge setback. So I'm raising the horn again and sounding the rallying cry- if we all band together and tell the business community that, like any other professional service, we provide something of great value that is worth paying for, only then can we win the war. Fellow designers, please join me in saying no to spec work.
There are quite a few good links about the arguement against spec at the beginning of the post as well as in the comments.