Interesting outdoor - giant sling.

Don't know when or where this ran but over at there's an interesting outdoor solution to make people wear their seatbelts.


Link Lust: Keep On Linkin' Me

"Government to Take a Hard Look at Horror" NYT reports, in response to thoese scary posters for horror films like that 'Captivity' campaign and internet ads that younger people are seeing.


Link Lust: I will always link you.

If you can read this - you're hired - also known as the best use of dingbats, evah. Lunar BBDO's recruitment ad could only attract the type obsessed. So did they get good replies? "We did get one guy who was a bit too obsessive, even for us," Kay says. "He had created his own typeface out of bits of meat, like liver and kidneys, which looked good, but was a bit much for us."

Mystery Obama 1984/Clinton ad creator revealed - and fired.

"Obviously some people are going to look at this and see that I'm working in politics and they'll think that it's kind of disingenuous or not genuine," de Vellis said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I still think that ordinary citizens can change politics. It could have been anyone else who could have made this ad."

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Take your McJob and shove it says McDonald's

Remember back when KFed's Nationwide Super Bowl spot gathered disgruntled boos from the National Restaurant Association for portraying fast food work as "demeaning and unpleasant"?


Free stamps in exchange for advertising on mail

Reuters is reporting that the Dutch can save 44 euro cents ($0.59) to post a letter just by using an envelope that has advertising on the back.

Dutch advertising company will begin offering consumers a pack of five envelopes with free stamps next month that they can use for standard letters up to 20 grams.

Sounds good but, there is a catch. The sender has to also agree to receiving advertising by mail or email. Doh!


Link Lust: Shower Me With Your Link

Old Skool storyboards found here: The abstract commercial. Ah! So retro. More fun here in the animationarchive. Via ever-hip Coudal.

We've done the lost wallet trick, the lost passport gag and now Nissan is losing their car keys all over town. The New York Times shares the copy and the guerrilla tactic makes sense: "If found, please do not return" (because the Nissan Altima) "has Intelligent Key with push-button ignition, and I no longer need these.".

Notes on Design have some familiar faces guest blogging for them, like master glyph pusher Stephen Coles, wordsmith John Kuraoka, HOW magazine's editor Bryn Mooth... and oh look there's me and our own Caffeinegoddess, well whaddyaknow.

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1984 Barack Obama ad mashup.

In the San Francisco chronicle you can read about the Political video smackdown - fuss caused by the sen. Barack Obama 'signed' ad which attacks sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The ad is proof that "anybody can do powerful emotional ads ... and the campaigns are no longer in control," Rosenberg said. "It will no longer be a top-down candidate message; that's a 20th century broadcast model." -- said Simon Rosenberg, president of the Washington-based New Democrat Network, an influential party advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.
Meh, it's proof that anyone with iMovie can hijack an iconic ad, isn't it? Thanks Leslie from BAP on adlist.

Elvis Duran Needs Listeners Z100 Radio Station

A radio station in NYC is asking people to submit homemade billboards and TV spots to them. The best billboard will be shown in Times Square and the best TV spot will air on TV.

If you're an ad student, this could be your big chance at ad fame.
If you're a jaded ad veteran, this may be your last chance!


Nerd Alert - R2-D2 mailboxes invade USA

R2D2 The Seattlepi reports that the Star Wars droid R2-D2 has a new job - to collect mail.

The post office is wrapping mail collection boxes in some 200 cities nationwide in a special covering to look like R2-D2.
It's part of a promotion for a new stamp to be announced March 28, said Anita T. Bizzotto, the post office's chief marketing officer.
"It's a little teaser for the upcoming announcement and we decided to have a little fun with it," she said.
Now watch out for star wars fans stealing mailboxes. ;)





Guerrilla marketing posterer arrested as he advertised Microsoft Zune

"Freeze! Put down that poster, you're under arrest."
See Losanjelous "Zuned! Austin P.D. Hauls Off Microsoft Street Spammers at SXSW". Times have changed aye?