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"The toughest job in the world" - the job interviews, twice in Badland

So it's time to Badland "the worst job in the world", the idea where one wastes job seekers time just to talk to them about an unpaid position as "director of operations" where you have to be on call twenty four hours a day, where there's no sick leave, no vacation etc. Now, Our friend Joelapompe already Badlanded it so lets just recap.

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Agency 358 now has its own bags.

First came notebooks poking fun at Finnish life. Now, Helsinki-based Agency 358 brings you fun self-promotional bags. They don't poke fun at Finnish stereotypes (unless there's a hidden bag joke here I'm missing) but they still have that great color palette.

Wonder if this means they're thinking about opening a pop-up store?

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Publicis & Omnicom world's biggest merger is world's biggest fail.

The $35 billion merger between Publicis and Omnicom has been called off. Despite getting the US antitrust greenlight which was apparently easier to get than the shareholders to play nice with each other, and for the two giant companies to agree on who the chief financial officer should be.

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Agency 358 creates notebooks poking fun at Finnish life.

The headline sums it up but if you aren't familiar with Finnish people, the stereotype is they don't know how to make small talk. There's also no skyscrapers in Helsinki. And apparently they don't have sex after 40.
Rather than just get more notebooks to use, Helsinki-based 358 created their own, complete with titles to books no Finn could ever write. Hence the empty pages. It would be the equivalent of a novel in the American South called "UnSweet Tea," or here in L.A. 'Showing Up On Time."

Hey 358, can we get one? Adland could use a new notebook.

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Hey interns: DDB California wants you to call them.

It says a lot about how technology has so overtaken our daily lives in 2014 that an ad agency wishing to find the most brilliant interns out there goes back to the telephone and presents you with a 1-800 number to call.

They're calling it a Launchpad, because ad agencies wouldn't be ad agencies if they didn't try to rebrand everything, including a 1-800 number. With an automated voice, no less.

They are looking for writers, art directors and creative technologists for the summer. But they'll take any discipline if you're awesome enough and know how to use a phone.

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"Not available at app store" stickers for real life

Not available at App store is a tumblr where you can buy stickers or print stickers that you the put on places and things that offer adventure you can't find in the app store. Stick 'em all over kids communal playgrounds, on your dog, on that foosball table in the pub, on your friends forehead, on whatever floats your boat.

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Stoere Vrouwen strip for a more humane fashion industry

"Stoere Vrouwen" have done it again. You may remember the strip done by actress Victoria Koblenko a couple of years ago, and then the co-ordinated stripping events in five Dutch cities where women would get down and take their clothes off for a more humane fashion industry. The motto is reminiscent to PETA's "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" as it's "Better naked than created by exploitation".

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Kanye West speaks about his collaboration with adidas

At this employee-only event, presumably in Herzogenaurach Germany, where Adidas is headquartered, Kanye West gave a performance, and spoke to the employee crowd about the upcoming designs he will "create" for the brand. Check out the video below. It's very lo-fi though but the audio's decent.

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Upland Brewery Company gets an updated look

Designers, prepare to geek out on this really nice work by Young & Laramore for Indiana-based Upland Brewery Company. IN addition to packaging they did the collateral, signage and tap handles made from real axe handles. Hand made indeed. The logo was illustrated by Colorado artist The Bungaloo!. Packaging and related materials, done by France’s BMD Design.
Is it too early for a frosty cold one?

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#NotABugSplat puts giant portraits of children in the landscapes targeted by drones

Notabugsplat is a giant art installation project created by an artist collective in Pakistan and the US, including the french artist JR. By rolling out a really large image of a child's face near dwellings, the artists hop to jolt drone operators sitting thousands of miles away who refer to kills as BugSplats into realizing that there's great human loss in each strike.

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