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Omax beach stalker
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Leica & Omex sell wide angles with stalkers.

Adfreak just spotted the Indian Omex camera campaign which was on the 2009 Cannes Lions longlist via some gossip-blog, but failed to notice that the idea of stalking camera features has been done for LeicaShop “Extra Wide Lens Cameras” as well. The funny here is that both campaigns were on the cannes Lions longlist this summer - but neither one made it to the shortlist. The jury must have felt like they were seeing double, for once not due to the free flowing rosé.

Yep, joelapompe beat us to that, and I've tweeted their post before.

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OBAMA IS JOKER
Bush The Joker
 

Obama as Joker posters - PR agency arranged coup or real street art movement?

Ohgoodie, there's a badlandian-twist to the recent Obama as Joker street art images that are appearing all over the united states. Over at Newsbusters in "Obama Joker Poster Stirs Outrage, Bush Joker Poster Not So Much" they point out that last year when Bush was depicted as the Joker in Vanity Fair done by Drew Friedman, people weren't as outraged.

Then again that wasn't street art seen everywhere either. The creepy part of the Obama poster is that it seems to be a campaign not done by street artists. Over at Metafilter sef-described "one of the guys who co-founded Andre The Giant has a posse" comments on these posters with the zing-twist at the end:

Oh. And one other thing. This is slight, but for the trained eye it's gold. You know that whole, Frank Shepard Fairey vs. AP vs. AP photographer hullabaloo over fair use and the Fairey Obama campaign poster? Well, anyone recognize the Joker-fied Obama image? Say, from the cover of TIME magazine?
Now that's irony!

At this point, it's so meta it's making my head spin.

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Aniela hand cupping breast ad
Meias Liz Underwear  hand cupping breast
Janet Jackson "Janet"
 

Hold my boobs please.

Many people have emailed to point out the handheld-boob trend going on right now. EURO RSCG Warsaw, did an ad explaining experience in lingerie by showing a much older womans hands cupping the breasts of a young model for Aniela. They all pointed out that ALMAP/BBDO already did this for Meias Liz Underwear.

The whole campaign for Meias Liz shows mens hands as various lingerie items, a bra, a demi-cup bra, a pair of knickers. I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean but it makes pretty pictures. The idea isn't "have your boobs cupped by our 40 years of experience" anyway. Maybe the idea was "Feel like some random man is grabbing your crotch", I don't know. Either way, not really turning me - the potential target - on enough to consider either brand of lingerie.

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Is plagiarism taught in Art School? Samantha Beeston wins prizes with traced work.

It's been brewing all weekend, it looks like Samantha Beeston, a young British artist, won the Textprint illustration prize with patterns that were directly traced from Lauren Nassef's and other artists work. Not "inspired by", but traced. Like the Nazi Meat.
Samantha's own website has gone offline, and she's mysteriously missing from the lineup of Textprint winners - the group shot has six people but there are only five winners listed now.

Book by it's cover has the many examples side by side, and happens to be a friend of the copied illustrator Lauren Nassef whose rock-solid online portfolio speaks volumes on its own. Samantha's work seems to have copied from the Woodpigeon Songbook as well.

youthoughtwewouldn'tnotice blog has posted some of the images side by side in the post Samantha Beeston Traces Her Way To Glory: I thought I would create this post for posterity then, so that even if Beeston manages to erase all trace of her terrible theft there would still be this proof.

Even her sketchbook is full of traced, copied and perhaps even photocopied items (making more of a scrap book IMHO)

Samantha went to Falmouth, a school with quite a good reputation, and she got high marks. How will this affect the school reputation? Did they not discuss that line between being inspired and plain plagiarizing?

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Hula Hoops DJ + Lego DJ = Badland?

I barely had time to post this yesterday before @Hellokinsella tweeted back "Poor show".

Crackunit (as the blog is called) has seen it before. 18 months ago, to be exact and even predicted it will inspire an ad. Congratulations, you win a cookie!

The Lego DJ was posted on yotube in November of 2006.

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America's Next Top Model Cracks
Pepsi Light Chili / Cap 1999 BBDO
Mayonnaise light Amora TBWA "Hair" 2004
Slimfast Cap / Grey Mexico 2004
 

The ideas that keep falling through the cracks....

Colenso BBDO had some fun with ideas for promoting "America's Next Top Model" - here they added the silly dog as a nice touch. But yep, you know I'm about the say it so I might as well rip it off like a band-aid. The whole "X is so thin she fall through cracks" visual is tried and true, usually for products like slimfast.

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The reverse reading trick has been done now. Stop it. Badland.

A freindly adland-follower tweeted me that this student award winner is rather good: an idea for "Create Not Hate" by a Miami Ad School team- Lets have a look shall we? The idea here is that you read from top to bottom, and then again from the bottom to the top - and presto the message has changed.

And sure, it's a great idea. Perhaps even award worthy. It has after all been awarded before, that idea. (Oh dear, he she goes again - I keep asking for a support group people, I need one.)

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Did Ogilvy and American Express get inspired by Grasshoppers inspirational video?

This weeks mysterious coincidence is brought to you by David Hauser of Grasshopper and his googleanalytics. Did Ogilvy and American express get inspired by “Entrepreneurs Can Change the World” (which would be kind of approriate since it's meant to be an inspiration video, funny)
Is this a case of overly inspired, demo-love, or are these footprints in the digital world there for a much simpler reason -such as; Ogilvy heard from other people that their ad was similar to grasshoppers and wanted to check it out for themselves? What do you think?

Between May 1 2009 and July 26th 2009:
o Ogilvy agencies visited our Grasshopper website over 15 times, spending nearly 3 hours or total viewing time.
o The same Ogilvy agency spent the vast majority of these hours on our “idea” page which contains ONLY our video
o The entirety of their traffic was either around May 4th (when our campaign first launched) or the 2nd week in July (right before their campaign launched).
o The same Ogilvy agency then researched the producer of our video (Sonja Jacob) and visited her site 10+ times, around the exact 2 time period listed above. All the pages they viewed were specific to Sonja’s Grasshopper work.

Lets watch the American Express - Small Business Owners Anthem shall we? Pay extra attention to the music.

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The ultimate ad twins, both copy centers using twins!

For the ultimate irony, beating out the copy center copied ads, and the the arkitektkopia copied ads - Jelapompe just found twin ad ideas for copy-centers actually using twins as a guerilla stunt and that was just to much twinnage to pass up, check out "perfect copies".

Left and top the UNI-Copycenter twins , top and bottom Staples twins, see images properly on joelapompe. I'll stop laughing sometime tomorrow. That is a weird sync.

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JWT Tunisias ad copies Thomas Manosky's "Sorry I'm Late". Badland.

After Tunisiana posted the film to their facebook page netheads got teed off and called out the plagarism at once, the comments got heated enough for the film to be removed. But that doesn't stop other people from talking about it, you can find the films side by side in french language Mac forums, and Blogd2com pointed out last year that Tunisianas campaign already had some copy-cat issues.

Swedish tradepress Resumé contacted Tomas Mankovsky and got these choice quotes from him.

"It's a little sad that they didn't come to me first, when they have sold something that I've already developed. It feels like some creatives should get the title "researchers" as they sit and scan the web for ideas that they can sell to clients. But this isn't a new phenomena, and at the same time it's nice to know that someone thought "I like this, I want my own version". They should at least have tried to take it further, add something new, like for example Shynolas new video for Coldplay.

Sorry I'm Late - 2007

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Super Heroes again? It must be July. Adam West is a nice touch though.

In all businesses things go a little wonky at the height of summer. Interns take over, TV channels show the "commercial goes here" sign instead if the commercial that should have gone there (I managed to catch that on one of my old tapes, hilarious), at your favorite lunch place the median age of all employed suddenly drops with ten years, and newspapers in Sweden rewrite an insignificant non-story to death in a phenomena that has its own name: "Nyhetstorka" (news drought), as all the real journalists have kicked off their shoes and are relaxing in the sun somewhere.

I think I have figured out what happens at all ad agencies right after the Cannes hangover and soon before the christmas cheer briefs hit our desks. The Super Heroes attack our collective ideabrain.

See, last year That super hero angle is getting a bit tired, when I had seen it used for doing, very simple, good deeds: "You're a hero for turning off the water, or turning off the power. You're a local hero if you volunteer to help others like in this incredibly cheap (50 quid!) Scottish campaign. "

Now here the hero is again. This time it's Mullen agency that at least had the brilliant idea to call up Adam West to lend his Batman-super-voice to our everyday heroes that take control over their economy. How far we've come, last year it was all save electricity and others, this year it's all about the money.

The other two are available here: Lending tree - You , Lending tree - Old Chum

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Jamba Juice searches for inspiration, decides to copy Get Your War on comic instead. Badland.

Many of you have laughed at David Rees's Get your war on, the simple political satire comic based on clip art and razor-sharp wit. It even has video versions, like "Day Traitors" at Huffington post.

But wait, Jamba Juice's new "cubicle picnic" flash ad looks a lot like GYWO. Like really really inspired by, and in fact using the same clip art, seemingly copied straight from GYWO. What the?

So GYWO calls for a boycot of Jamba Juice, and I have to high-five the guy for this choice quote;

Whoever made this ad is probably a 22 year-old “creative” at some ad agency in Tech Valley, CA. Way to think outside the box, sonny. Have fun snorting cocaine at the nightclub you go to with your friends who work at Twitter or wherever. And no, Adult Swim will NOT buy your stupid cartoon you’re developing with your housemates about four guys who work at an ad agency but are secretly lobsters.

Now, I'm not sure if GYWO can do anything about this, after all the clip art is clip art, and you can not copyright an idea. What is left then? Sarcastic style? Hmm. Had it been trademarked there might be a case. I do know that it was rather obvious David Rees isn't the type to be flattered by a juice-corporations homage to the strip, and it's clear that the strip is inspired by GYWO, not the stock clip art.

The agency behind the campaign is LA shop called Neighbor according to the rumor-mill and Urbaniak. If any of you want to get creative with the same clip art, pick up a copy of Ready-to-Use Office and Business Illustrations and go wild.

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Burger King copy Resident Evil shirt with their own creepy ZOMBIE. Badland.

What the? Ok, fine, fair enough - people have been calling that creepy masked Burger King King-dude creepy pretty much since he first appeared. And if they didn't, BK made sure they would by creating a Darth Vader-esque ad starring their plastic masked hero, embracing his holy creepyness.

So, perhaps their thought here was to allow BK fans to embrace their inner creeps and run around screaming "WHOPPERS! MUST EAT WHOPPERS!"... But, I just don't think it has the same ring to it as "BRAINS! Must eat braaaainsss!", and lacking undead zombie features, BK's King just can't get that creepy, even if he might try.

So, I'm a bit surprised to see this shirt, especially considering I only just posted about the Resident Evil Zombie shirt just yesterday. The idea is the same, pull the shirt over your head to get the creepy effect. Thanks to Dirtytackle's post: Burger King and Getafe take sponsorship deal too far for alerting me to this badlander.

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Oren Lavie 's "Her Morning Elegance" video kicks off serious stop-motion in bed trend. Badland.

The original inspirering video from Oren Lavie - Her morning elegance, released is January. The music video has a woman and a man dreaming on her bed, where the sheets and surrounding items then display their dreams in a skillfully executed full-size stop-motion animation. Well done.

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