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Making (logo) copies an art

Bad Design Kills have found a treasure of logo-twins, and show them all off in the Logoworks rip-off collection. By the looks of it, logoworks work is often to close for comfort when compared to other logo works.

What do you think folks, a case of plagarism conveyer-belt style, just change a dash of color here and there, et voila a fresh new logo - or a strange series of amazing coincidences?

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Yo-ho-ho and a badland of rum - Say hello to Captain Malibu.

Wayyy back in 2004, Malibu Rum came out with a television campaign based around a nicely twisted concept of Caribbean island life meshed with urbanite quirks. Groovy. Later, in 2005, Captain Morgan came out with its own television campaign for their Parrot Bay brand extension of rums, using a concept that just might have a few of you experiencing déjà vu. Well, it's time for them to take the badland litmus test.

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Film fans or ad fans?

A friendly adgrunt in our hood tipped us to this pair - "Pick up todays Politiken paper" he said.. "doesn't that ad for the film fest look a little like those Stella ads?".....

Lets have a look shall we?

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Shutterspeed makes shutterbugs make films

Something about great cameras seems to inspire photographers to make films. Films shot with their still cameras. Yep.

Right now there's a short film by Patryk Rebisz called "between you and me" shot entirely with his Canon EOS 20D available on his website.

Patryk probably hasn't seen the award winning commercial Nikon F5 Granny on Pier back in 1997, which was also shot with the Nikon still camera alone in order to show off how fast that shutter speed is - but you can. Funny how the idea god works isn't it? In one film it's the selling point of the camera, in the other it's just a technique to tell a story with.

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Yellow Pages and Target split image concepts

Starting in the spring of 2004 Peterson Milla Hooks, an ad agency in Minneapolis, created a "Wants Needs" campaign that used split images. In Novemeber of 2004, AMV BBDO in London created a campaign for the Yellow Pages using the same technique for ads on the Underground.

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Platform wars in advertising.

The battle between Microsoft and Apple rages on. These past few weeks more than one eyebrow was raised when Microsoft published a rather strange ad pointing out that people were entering peoples houses through teeny tiny wires. Apple has to spoof that one. Read more to see the ads.

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Real Spoofs of genius!

Mr Pocky Snack inventor, Mr anime fan - yes, the real american genius (or heroes as they used to be called before it went out of fashion) ads for Bud Light have been deservedly spoofed, as Pocari Sweat real otaku heroes radio ads.

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Technicolor yawns

Clearly I'm not the only one to notice as proven by meganificent's comment - the technicolor yawns are like all other yawns, very contagious. Lets see some triplet rainbows in ads, read more.

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ASA wants proof prayer heals for SA church ad

The Solid Rock church in Johannesburg has been running ads claiming that "people are now getting healed of Aids or cancer, diabetics, broken bones, heart, back and many other problems are instantly healed in the name of Jesus Christ."

A complaint against unsubstantiated claims was brought to the ASA which has banned the ad until the church can produce irrefutable evidence to support those claims.

Solid Rock pastor Johan van Wyk said the advert was placed in a Johannesburg community newspaper after two people were carried into the church dying of Aids.

"They walked out of our church and walked back in the next week. The church presented sworn affidavits of healings, including a doctor's certificate in the case of a congregant who has been healed of Aids."

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Brand New EU logo looks like an old logo.

At BBC news we find another Badlander-logo pair. It's the brand new EU presidency logo that has swans flying in a V formation.. Which looks an awful lot like the Eurosceptic Bruges Group logo which has swans flying in a V-formation. The designer of the EU logo, Michael Jordan, sums it all up nicely: "The credit should surely go to mother nature"

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Helium Huffing Ad Bannage

This week was a banner week in the UK for banning radio ads that have helium related themes.

One radio ad was for MasterCard. It featured a man singing over the phone in a high-pitched voice to his girlfriend and followed their "priceless" campaign. There were two complaints.

The other spot was for Travelocity, a part of the "Alan Whicker" Traveling Gnome campaign. In the ad the gnome is enjoying a ride in a helium balloon, and he says "speaking of helium it's the perfect stuff to help me tell you all about Travelocity in a short commercial." There was one complaint.

(Read on for more...)

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Honda vs. Hewlett-Packard

You're one in a million...unless you live in badland.

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Nike is paying homage to... Or plagiarising?

Minor Theft - over at Pitchforkmedia one can see comparisons between Minor Threats cover art and a current Nike poster. Both carry the high contrast image of a bald shaven guy sitting with his head in his arms in a staircase. Both have the words running down the right in block text: "Minor Threat" vs "Major Threat".

"You don't need a degree in graphic design to notice the similarities here. They're the fucking same. Oh, wait-- one is blue, not red. And Major, not Minor. And there are some Nike logos tossed in there. This brings to mind an interview with Vanilla Ice, defending the differences between "Ice Ice Baby" and "Under Pressure" ("dun dun dun duh-duh-duh dun" vs. "DUN dun dun dun duh-duh-duh dun")."

A rep from Discord records replied when PitchforkMedia asked "Did Nike ask permission" with :

"No, they stole it and we're not happy about it. Nike is a giant corporation which is attempting to manipulate the alternative skate culture to create an even wider demand for their already ubiquitous brand. Nike represents just about the antithesis of what Dischord stands for and it makes me sick to my stomach to think they are using this explicit imagery to fool kids into thinking that the general ethos of this label, and Minor Threat in particular, can somehow be linked to Nike's mission. It's disgusting."

The Major Threat Skateboard tour dates can be found on Nike's site Nike skateboarding where the "homage" artwork serves as a punk-nod tour poster. Is it parody? Is it a homage? Is it a lazy art director? What do you think? Thanks to salmonberry who emailed me the pitchfork link and hat tip to me3dia at Metafilter for the gossip.
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UKTV 'crack house' posters condemned

Local councillors didn't see the funny in the billboards for UKTV's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition', and want them taken down.

The posters depicts a framed floral cross-stitch with headlines like "Bless this crack house", "There's no place like home for a gangland slaying" and "Home Sweet Derelict Trailer Park".

The leader of Lambeth Council, councillor Peter Truesdale said that the campaign should be stopped and said: "Crack houses should be closed down, not glorified on billboards. We have a zero-tolerance policy on crack houses and this kind of advertising is poking fun at the work of the council and police."

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Bars a plenty for mobile phone companies

This badlander is a confusing story. Bars seem to be a very common theme in mobile communications. And there's evidence that either these ads are all being influenced by one international company, GSM, or if Cingular and Telefonica are just copying concepts.

Read on for more...

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