ad awards etc


Y&R, Dubai, UAE Agency of the year at The Dubai Lynx awards: partied until 4 am.

There was an impromptu office party at Y&R Dubai today, and who can blame them, they brought home the Agency of the year award at the Dubai Lynx last night. They even partied until 4 am last night - that's the spirit. ;)

Y&R Dubai also did really well in other categories. The "Stopache" Splitting Headache Campaign won a GrandPrix in Design , and a Silver in Outdoor. Congratulations @yrdubai


ChipChop awards: Best use of a shop window postcard space

The Chip Chop Awards want to remind you that advertising is fun, and have handed their coveted "Best use of a shop window postcard space" soggy chip award to JonPaulGreen


Change the future: become a Tomorrow Award Public Judge

It might not prevent global warming or stop Skynet, but the Tomorrow awards want to raise the bar of what's possible in advertising, and you can help keep the award on the straight and narrow by joining me, and a few puppies and pigs, as a public judge for the first round. Help chip down the shortlist!

Judges are are expected to make their selections based on the following criteria:

• The Tomorrow Factor: the entry raises the bar for what is possible, and is likely to set game changing future trends within the advertising industry.
• Creative Excellence: the concept behind the entry must be both inspiring and unique.
• Brilliant Execution: the entry must demonstrate a phenomenal level of craft
• Media Innovation: the entry takes full advantage of the latest technologies and media, or uses older media in truly new and exciting ways.

There are some classic good ideas on the shortlist that don't 'raise the bar for what is possible', don't feel bad when you put on your judging cap to separate the wheat from the chaff. It's a great way to check out some interesting advertising ideas that you might have missed.


After Lisbon Eurobest - lets aim for Brussels and the Pantone Hotel

The upcoming Eurobest will be held in Lisbon the 28th-30th of November, and I'm sure that will be swell. But the one after that, can we please make it Brussels? They have great ad agencies, french fries to die for, and The Pantone Hotel. It's perfect! Lets go! Hat Tip Brandflakes.


The Outdoor hall of fame wants your votes - which poster is your favorite?

Campaign has collected the cream of billboards & posters (and two of them are for the creme of Manchester) at the outdoor hall of fame, and wants you to help vote for the very best and your personal favorites. My tip is, start in the 60s, choose your favorites, and ignore the fact that "Reg on Smoking" shows up in the 80's category even if it was from 1992. Cast your votes, I have.


Name your baby Dovahkiin and get "unknown reward" from Bethesda - it's a conception quest!

Pregnant or currently aiming to be? Well, if you pop out a dragon-slaying baby the 11/11/11 this year, you could be the happy winner of an unknown reward - provided you turn your child's name into ad-space for the Elder Scrolls V game by naming the baby Dovahkiin.

Announced on Bethesda's blog: Ladies and gentlemen - start your creation engines. They're taking it seriously enough to offer 'a Steam key that will grant you, and presumably Dovahkiin him/herself, every ZeniMax/Bethesda game - past, present and future - for life' but the rest of the unknown reward is still a secret, in other words they're just making this up as they go along. ;) It's been tweeted 153 times already, a sudden PR-boost they might not have expected, but they're having fun with it. Especially in the disclaimer.

Disclaimer: Any reward for completing this quest will not ultimately justify the potential teasing your child could - and probably will - endure over its lifespan. Bethesda Softworks is not responsible for your parenting. You may gain experience points for completing this quest, but you will not care at 3am on a work night. Completion of this quest may also result in decreased desire to play video games and/or function as a human being. Consult with your friends before embarking on this quest; while it may not start in prison, it probably ends there.

That reminds me Iuma Dylan-Lucas - named after - turns eleven years old this year. Back then it only cost 5000 dollars to name a kid after a .com


Play "Guess the designers" from baby pictures at Design Observer

If you're sick of Super Bowl ad news, take a break by heading over to Design Observer and play "Name That Design Person!" with only a baby picture for clue. I've guessed David Carson on the little strawberry-blond baby above, based solely on the wee little nose, but I might be wrong and there's new baby pictures coming. Winners get a Designer Observer Tee. Oh, I hope I was right! I want a tee!


A quick advertising contest that may send you to Istanbul

Facebook users are invited to take part in a fast advertising contest - Young Cup.
The brief couldn't be shorter - the print ads must include a word "meeting". Why?


Will Rockstar Pete Wentz Attract Social Media Experts?

Americans spend one quarter of their online time on social networking sites and blogs. According to Nielsen, social activity has displaced previously common activities like email and IM. And Adweek's Social Media Strategies Conference will capitalize on this by bringing several self-proclaimed visionaries in one place in New York City from October 13-14.

Among the list, Greg Coleman, President and Chief Revenue Officer –The Huffington Post, Naveen Selvadurai, Co-Founder –Foursquare and Jimmy Wales, Founder —Wikipedia and, musician Pete Wentz will host a keynote a session titled "Rock Star Connects - How to Build a Following of Dedicated Fans."


Are your ad ideas the future of advertising?

The Tomorrowawards is a category neutral award show looking for those magical ideas that are so right that they push the entire advertising craft forward to the future. Online ideas like the KillZone webgame from Agency Republic. PSA's that tell drunken bar customers not to drink and drive with a neat 73,000 bar tab, like this brilliant idea from Ogilvy Brazil. (an @adland twitter pal notes it's similar to the Bronze winning VW petrol receipt but not enough to make it to Badland). Clever iPhone apps, auto-tuning your ad campaigns to make them spread further, online storytelling, new way of using old "media"... The list goes on - I bet you did something that is groundbreaking. So, if you created an idea that pushes advertising toward tomorrow, you should enter. Do it now, the award deadline is September 24th.