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Ad Age Global cover winners: G2/Grey Group in Ho Chi Minh City.

Taking inspiration from a stained glass window, the cover is a kaleidoscope of brands interconnected created by Nguyen Tuong Luan, Art Director Nguyen An Hoa and Copywriter Do Duy Thien, who work at G2/Grey Group in Ho Chi Minh City.

Have a look at the colorful and clever covers here: 18 Finalists From 7 Countries.

The team tell of their late night coffee break which lead to the idea here.


We'll be in Cannes - will you?

As Steve Hall of Adrants already announced, New York-based Cake Group has launched Yahoo Scene that will cover the advertising industry's most high-profile events. Cannes Lions 2011 is of course exactly that.

Writers for the site will include practitioners from various corners of the industry including several from iCrossing. Former Adrants Editor and current AdVerve Co-Host Angela Natividad will join the team for Cannes coverage as will Ask Wappling, publisher of the famed Adland. We absolutely can't wait to see that trio of awesomeness in action.

Trio of awesomeness? I think this means we'll be dressing up as the PowerPuff girls, Angela as Buttercup, me as Blossom and somehow we'll get Steve with his platinum hair into a blue dress as Bubbles. Maybe I'm reading too much into that.

Those who follow @dabitch alone on twitter might wanna hit up @adland as that's where all the gossipy who-won-what tweets will be coming from. Cheers!


Watch the Future Lions Finalists (and place your bets on the winner)....

Here's the future lions entries, we has a peek at the entries earlier, but not everyone made it to the finals. The White Bull Army didn't. There are some really nice ideas here, enjoy.

Nike - run.

1. september 2011 six gold coins will be dropped. Rio, Paris, Hong Kong, Sydney, Cape Town and New York.
Pick one up with your smart phone. Then you've got one hour. To run as far as you can. You have one shot only.
It's gonna be intense.
AD/Creative: Torstein Søreide Skogedal


Can't go to Cannes? Go to Cannt (London)

Cannt is taking the party to you guys who can't make it to the south of France. It's a bit of fun, networking and inspiration while sticking it out in the cruel summer.

Welcome to Cannt.
This year, Creative Directors and their agencies the UK over want to thank the many people that work on the projects that make them look good on The Croisette during the Cannes Festival, but don’t get to go.
We have a "Gutter Bar" in East London, and link-ups to Cannes through the "Gutterbarometer" app so popular at last year’s Cannes festival; and through live broadcasts from judges and visitors at the festival.


W+K Amsterdam are planning a non navel-gazing workshop in Cannes

Friday June 24th between 10 am and 12 pm W+K Amsterdam have Lieutenant Colonel Chris Paton, from the Royal marines, and Gurleen M Puri, a wedding planner, hosting a planning workshop blissfully free of any agency schtick. They'll be joined by Kat Clark from Greenpeace who will share wisdom on how to plan a non-violent intervention, and Jennifer Lyon Bell who plans for chemistry when she makes erotic movies. This could be interesting.


Ask Patti Smith, Sir Martin Sorrel, Robert Redford or any Cannes Speaker a question via twitter

Fancy asking one of the speakers in Cannes a question? Want to know what Sir John Hegarty or Chuck Porter thinks about something? Want to know Martha Stewart or Pharrell Williams take on creativity? You can ask them questions by tweeting - using the hashtag #CannesQ . If twitter isn't your cup of tea, you can also ask via the Cannes Lions Facebook page, either as a message or as a video. Yes, as video! If you want to make a video question, just upload it to your own YouTube account and then either Tweet the link (again using the #CannesQ tag) or put the link on the Cannes Lions Facebook page. Ta-dah. Philip Thomas, the CEO of Cannes Lions give a quick how-to here.


Hey Mom, what do you think of my portfolio?

Just look at that disapproving face. Portfolio Night 9 is coming up and to do a dry run, portfolios were critiqued.... by Moms. Well played, Portfolionight.

In preparation for Portfolio Night 9, we talked to moms about advertising. And filmed it. The resulting video is totally unscripted. And totally hot. Just kidding. Over to you, Mom.

Tickets are still available for the May 26 event. Visit And give Mom a hug.


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Win Two Tickets to AICP - Where In New York Is AICP’s Matt Miller?

Think you know your AICP spots? Here’s the chance to prove it, and win TWO tickets to this year’s 20th Anniversary AICP Show!

We know Matt Miller is a man about town (and a great dresser - right after 'Nice tie'...people are always saying, 'Nice Shoes!'), but this time of year his destinations tend to relate to the AICP Show. In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the AICP Show, he is taking some time to reflect upon and visit some of the places made famous by commercials in the 1500+ pieces in the AICP archive. Find him and win!

Starting Monday, May 23rd, Matt Miller will check in on FourSquare at locations across New York City over five days.


Creatives unite for Japan: The One Club & Art Directors Club unite to help rebuild Japan

In the wake of 2011’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, The One Club and the Art Directors Club, in partnership with AKQA have joined together to empower the creative community to unite in the rebuilding of Japan. The program, Creatives Unite for Japan, urges the creative community to come together to raise funds for Japan.

One hundred perfect of all contributions will fund The Ashinaga Foundation. The non-profit Foundation was established in 1963, and provides aid to children who have lost their parents due to hardship, economic or natural disasters. The proceeds raised through Creatives Unite for Japan, will go to rebuild the lives of the children of Japan.


Copywriters: Dig up those killed radio scripts

Oink Ink Radio announces their 14th annual Dead Radio Contest.

The Dead Radio Contest is a competition for advertising copywriters who have written radio scripts that for whatever reason (too provocative, too silly, or simply overlooked) were never selected by the client. The contest gives them an opportunity to bring their best script back to life, hence "Dead Radio."

The contest is international, so anyone around the world can enter. The Grand Prize Winner gets flown out to NY or LA and have their spot produced. Scripts submitted for competition must not have been previously produced by a client or its agency, and should be no longer than 60 seconds in length.