ad awards etc


Fancy a bit of inspiration from the Tomorrow Awards, Matt Marcus of R/GA & an open bar in Chicago tomorrow?

There are a few spots left to this Tuesday evening's After Tomorrow event by Tomorrow Awards & Adobe in Chicago at House of Blues. Come for the presentations, including Matt Marcus of R/GA, and stay for the open bar.

After Tomorrow Chicago - has all the info.

The photo is from last week in L.A.


Lürzer’s Archive Berlin School Scholarship 2011

No career track without professional training

Lürzer’s Archive Berlin School Scholarship 2011

Creative Leadership. That is the focus of the training and tuition programs run by the Berlin School, an initiative launched a few years back on the back of an idea originally put forward by the Art Directors Club Germany. In the formulation of the idea, ADC president Michael Conrad, formerly President and now Vice Chairman of Leo Burnett International, emphasizes that creativity is a key quality required of future business leaders, it being an asset that is decisive in determining whether a company succeeds or fails.


The 2011 GLAAD Amplifier Awards - did you make a gay positive ad this year?

GLAAD is accepting submissions for The 2011 GLAAD Amplifier Awards, (formerly known as the GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising.)

The GLAAD Amplifier Awards elevate and promote images in advertising that include fair and accurate representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Amplifier Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.

Submitted materials must be received in the Los Angeles GLAAD office by Friday, July 29, 2011
at 6 p.m. PT. Projects submitted must have been printed, broadcast, appeared online or exhibited outdoors in the United States between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.


The Grand Prix for Good is the best shortlist, being on it is a win.

The Grand Prix for good was won by Leo Burnett Australia, for their "see the person" disability awareness campaign for Scope. Well done.


Creator of Kia pedophilia ad is the same as creator of WWF 9/11 ad

So, while I thought it was rather obvious that this wasn't signed off by a client in "file under not surprised", and DMVawter posted "


The Excorcist in Cannes Lions - not signed off by the client? Seems not... yet.

You have to read this in the voice of Peter Falk (may he r.i.p) as I watched too much Columbo as a kid.

I worry. I mean, little things bother me. I'm a worrier. I mean, little insignificant details - I lose my appetite. I can't eat. My wife, she says to me, "you know, you can really be pain." Well. Here's what I'm worrying about now, that Dirt Devil "Exorcist" Cannes Lions shortlisted ad that (kinda) sucks.


Cannes Lions pedophilia ad: Demand a retraction or demand a refund.

So by now you've probably read about the Cannes judges' brilliant decision to award a Silver Lion to this (presumably fake) Press ad selling Kia vehicles with the oh-so-clever theme of pedophilia (the funny kind, of course). This means that every agency and advertiser that entered the Press category at €350 a pop and didn't win, presumably lost their Lion to this extremely bad joke.

We think that's wrong. And we think the show organizers should acknowledge the judges' lapse in good taste and sanity by withdrawing the award immediately. If they don't, everyone who entered the Press category and didn't win should demand a refund of their entry fee.


File under "Not surprised" Kia denies that Cannes Lions winning Moma ad

Moma created an ad for Kia that won Silver in Cannes Lions this year, and literally everyone the croisette were talking about it as "the pedophile ad". What brand in their right mind would ever approve that? Kia motors now say they didn't. Will the lion have to be sent back now?


The Dirt Devil Cannes Shortlisted ad that (kinda) sucks.

When the "Dirt Devil Exorcist" spot began touring the world via creatives and amused horrors films fans showing it to each other I knew it would be big. Big enough to shortlist in the Cannes film lions was rather unexpected for me though. There are fans of this ad as it so perfectly homages a movie that's scared the hell out of everyone at some point, and I like the tension build, and the slow paced scare. Some producers will (off the record) tell you that it's 60 seconds to long. I disagree, but it's clearly selling an idea and nice film, rather than a product. Don't get me wrong, I like it, as much as I love The Excorcist. Now, did the client ever sign off on this?


It was the best of Cannes, it was the worst of Cannes

Returning from the 2011 Cannes Lions festival - or as I like to call it, the advertising olympics - I feel as if my brain has been blown so many times, it entered a blank space which was then reprogrammed by everyone I spoke to. Brace yourselves, the word "I" is going to be used so much here I'm boring myself already.