The "lost" mac ads.

Mac ads are fun to spoof. Unlike Dell ads, IBM ads, Gateway ads, Microsoft ads... etcerea. ;9
Best Week Ever unveiled the Lost Mac ads this week featuring Christian Finnegan and Nick Kroll.

Talk Talk VS. Macif

The orginial Talk Talk ads by agency Clemmow Hornby Inge

Shapes see it here

And French ads for Insurance group Macif

Car insurance
Savings
Health insurance

The ressemblance is uncanny...

More old barcodes chipping away at the titanium.

The Cannes Titanium winner is already immortalized in Badland, since a few other designers and at least one record company were already making those ugly lines prettier.

More babies in bins - badland.

Briefblog tips us that there is a commercial-twin to that strange baby in a bin ad I spoke of yesterd

The royalest of beers.

A good lead from Hlebarov brings us this pairing of beer ads. Now, I'm absolutly positive that Heineken was doing the same thing - at least on posters - back in 2001, possibly created by Neboko. I'm sure there are more examples but I can't find any in my archives at the mo' - if you have any link them in comments (or just email them to the hostmaster).

Bad ad! Go stand in the Badland corner

sandeepmakam reckons that these BBC "corner" ads, are a bit like these Ariel Street corner ad

More Cannes Badlanders - AIDES vs Red Cross

Here's a good trick, if you wish to win an award, dust off a great idea from a vintage award winning year. Since careers in advertising are so short, 5 years will do, but ten years is even better. Go!

Exploding in slow motion

Aaaah, pyrotechnics. I'll admit it. I love it. I want a big budget just so that I can blow the whole thing up. I have the T-shirts that reads "if you see a pyro running - keep up!".

A Cannes Titanium Badlander

By now y'all know that the Titanium winner this year was the Japanese company Design Barcode for inventing and implementing cool designed bar codes.

Naturally, we've seen this before. (More inside)

No more Owen = No more Northen Rock ads.

My bad juju-vibes sent Michael Owen off the field two minutes into the match against Sweden (or perhaps it was just bad luck and nothing to do with me decapitating chickens and dancing naked smeared in their blood) - as he twisted his knee really nasty and was sent off the field. No more Owen in the cup.
Read more for the really unfortunate ad placement of the week.

Northern Rock has had Owen in their ad campaign, and featured featured him wrapped in the England flag alongside slogans such as "One of ours over there" and "Can we have him back in one piece please?". Well, the latter is a rather unfortunate headline - and inside is a rather unfortunate placement of the ad.

Cutting edge advertising....

Ah, and you thought I was done for the weekend. But nooo, here I go and dig up some cutting edge badlanders. Or at least some very sharp creative. Razor sharp, in fact. See inside

Alphabet soup - illustrating with letters.

Welcome to another helping of badlandian joy, this time we have a steaming hot alphabet soup to feast your eyes on, with a side dish of texted portraits. For all of you who wanted to know what happens when art directors stop being polite, and start using that "spray image" tool in freehand....

Big people in small spaces

Here's a fresh new badlandian squeeze for all ye who like it with pulp in. Pushing big people into small spaces is fun! Or as our eagle-eyed tipster puns it in Swedish "noll koll"!

Blend of Sound Ads with Pussies

Adcopycatz alerts us to this pair of badlanders for Fresh Sound Design and Music and Risk Sound. They were spotted in Campaign Brief Australia over a period of 2 years.

The "do good" concept chain reaction

Last week, Hill Holliday launched a new ad campaign for Liberty Mutual. The concept for the ads is responsibility with a new tagline "What's your policy?". In the TV spot, we see one person doing something nice/helpful to someone else, who in turn does something nice, etc...and we follow the chain reaction.

Back in 2003, Arnold Worldwide (whom Hill beat out when it won the Liberty Mutual account back in October) had some ads for VW Beetle Convertible that did the exact same thing. It won awards at the One Show, Cresta, and LIAA in 2003. Is it a coincidence that both agencies are just blocks away from each other in the same city? Who knows.

There is also another campaign, which is more recent. Hilton's new "Be Hospitable" by Foote Cone & Belding also shows people doing nice things for strangers. The microsite for the campaign even asks visitors to share their stories of kindness from a stranger. It's very similar with the exception of the chain reaction motif.

See all the ads inside.