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Honorary Badlander: Plagiarizing books.

From the lazy way to write something department, celeb designer Jimmy Schönning in Sweden has admitted that he plagarized most of his book "Find Home" (Hitta hem) from celeb designer Nate Berkus book "Home Rules". Jimmy says to newspaper Aftonbladet "It was a pressed work situation, I was doing a lot of TV and had taken on too much work with magazines and interior decorating jobs in private homes. At the same time I was trying to complete a book project for the first time and it was all just too much.

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A double barreled Badlander.

Been a while folks, so here's a couple of wine and beer bottles that'll have you seeing double. I don't think the creators should beat themselves up - or god forbid shoot themselves - over it though as we all have drawn this one, at least once.. Right? Hat tip to Johan Olsson for this pair.

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Get out of advertising! Where do you get inspired?

Paul Arden yells this at lectures - "Get out of advertising!" - meaning seek inspiration from outside of the office walls. Some solve this by going to art galleries, others go fishing - I used to go to joke shops a lot and it seems, so do adkids today. It is still one of the best places to seek inspiration, at the very least you'll come home with a bag of "raucher-schnee" to prep your still smoking co-workers cigarettes with causing much mirth when snow falls from their smoke.

I was reminded of the joke shops the forum about this years the Epica results as the direct winner from Leo Burnett Frankfurt were pacifiers with teeth on them were the funny, much like the classic joke item Billy Bobs pacifiers, a whole brand in itself.

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Saddest Logo Change of 2007 - The castrated Lion "ad omnia paratus"

Some might say that a castrated lion is the perfect symbol for European defence policy - and the Times online claims some unidentified US blogger did but I have not found a source for that quote. It all began when a few women in the Nordic Battle Group were miffed that the symbol for their group showed a male lion, and they figured this was sex discrimination so they lodged a complaint with the European Court of Justice. Before anyone could say nip-tuck the lion on the coat of arms was castrated via computer.


The lion, before and after.

The Lions designer Vladimir A Sagerlund doesn't think it's in the least bit amusing: “The Army lacks knowledge about heraldry. Coats of arms containing lions without genitalia were given to those who betrayed the Crown.” he said to Göteborgs Posten. Mr Sagerlund knows a thing or two about this, having worked as a crest designer at the National Archives since 1994.

A pretty useless snip if you ask me, since the Lion is still clearly a male with that mane - the Times says that "the message remains clear: the lions are supposed to display courage and nothing else." To me, choosing the lazy-ass, never hunt for himself male lion as a symbol for courage when the females do all the scary hunting work (in tight units no less, with each female responsible for one part of the hunt, how very army-like) seems kind of silly right there so while we're already using by now outdated symbols could we at least let the poor critter keeps his balls? Then there are those who are better at latin than me who argue that "ad omnia paratus" in female form would be paratas, so we're not gender neutral even in the motto, making the snip a tad impotent.
There are plenty of other crests that are clearly male animals, and sadly it looks as if they'll be loosing their parts soon as well. Where will all the baby crests come from in the future?
Hat tip to Bold

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Polarbröd logo & trademark hijacked by pirates in Asia

polarbröd The sincerest form of flattery has happened to Polarbröd - makers of traditional arctic flatbread (my fave) - as their company logo and trademark has been hijacked by trendy T-shirt companies down under and over in Asia. This isn't the seventies however, people travel a lot more than they used to, in real life as well as on the web, and if there's something us northerners are known for - apart from the stereotypes about being quiet people and always leisurely slow (yah, right) - is that we're dead honest folks who just want things to be set straight. So, naturally a vacationing northerner who spotted the Tee's told Polarbröd about the plagiarism and Polarbröd are now sending "sternly worded letters" to both Yest style.com and Zanerobe.com.au. "Sternly worded" where I come from means "we're getting our gun", or at least "we're getting our lawyers Bird & Bird". Expect a letter from the land of midnight fun T-shirt dudes.

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Offensive ads of the week. One banned, one to go.

Price and Dwight Yorke sired a little tyke named Harvey, who was unfortunately born with a disorder called septo-optic dysplasia. HEAT magazine has the bad taste of giving away stickers with Harvey's face and a supposed quote from Jordan on it saying "Harvey want's to eat me". 30 complaints so far from members of the public and serious indication that Jordan will file a complaint as well reported in the Guardian. Heat has already apologized but I still smell the banhammer coming.

Meanwhile, that ill-considered Renault ad John Kelly photographed and wrote to Renault to complain about, has even though John didn't receive a reply been pulled. "Any misunderstanding of the N-word is totally unintentional. However, this specific print advertisement will be removed with immediate effect, so as not to cause any offence." said a spokesman for Renault UK. Unintentional, yah, rrrright.

Bonus: Stereo Hell has a great shot of a fake American Apparel poster in NYC which depicts an illustrated brazilian wax girl touching herself with the line "safe to say, she loves her socks". Good sendup, whomever made that.

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Brawndo the Thirst Mutilator vs Funny or Die video

So we're watching the new Brawndo ad thinking "is that even real!?" (yes, it is) when Jason from the Wurstgallery (totally worth a visit dudes), starts wagging a Badlandian finger at it saying it's like a second rate version of... dum dum DUM!

Oh you'll have to go inside to see what we mean. Cliffhanger! Ha!

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The current Domino trend in advertising.

Adgrunt Hlebarov though we should send the Guinness tipping point to the Badland corner for doing the domino-thing that the Honda Cog (inspired by Der Lauf Der Dinge) already did way back in 2003, and I promised an honorable mention if we could get a hold of the Claes Ohlsson campaign. Thanks to another adgrunt, deep.ed a.k. Swedish ad blogger Researcher's tracking of the trend we have not one but five six more things to put in here with it!
Without further ado, Guinness vs Claes Ohlson, vs Sony vs Tekserve vs a Fat Boy Slim video. Seems Fat Boy slim videos are the main source of badlandian inspiration for some. Oh dear, I almost forgot Miller's "Dominoes" which fits here as well.

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The Guardians colourful campaign by W+K, UK, previously Olvietti ads?

Man, that recent campaign for The Guardian is just yummy looking isn't it? But have we seen it before...? Oh we might have..........

To the left a Poster by G. Pintori for the Olivetti Tetractys calculator created 1956 and to the right spring 2007 w+k campaign for the Guardian.

Via seven colors who got it via acejet170 who got it via beeker somehow and that's enough via's for this post - of course the whole thing can be found on wklondon.typepad.com.

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Clash of the Commercials II - Mother Truckers - Special Badland Edition

Two commercials go head to head in our Free-For-All AdLand Creative Death Cage.*
Who wins? Who ends up jackknifed in the ditch? You decide - that's what comments are for.

In this corner, it's a JCPenney one-day sale commercial for Saturday, November 3rd. In the other corner, it's a Steinmart one-day sale commercial for Saturday, November 10th. Ding! And there's the bell. Who wins?

* Actually, it's more like a one bedroom efficiency.

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eBay vs. Sony

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through Adland,
not a creature is stirring, not even a name brand.
My copy is hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that a holiday badlander, soon will be there.

Back in 2000, Sony created a series of ads where good 'ol St. Nick is drugged and kidnapped. The pre-9/11 terrorists threatened that X-Mas would be canceled if people didn't shop at SonyStyle.com. The ads were pulled because the client thought they would be offensive.

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Cars under street lamps

Just a coincidence ... again, and again, and again.

Audi

Audi

Citroen C4 Picasso

C4 Picasso

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Wonderbra spoofs Cadbury's gorilla

It had to happen. The Cadbury gorilla viral has been spoofed by Wonderbra

via AdFreak

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Condoms and tyres

It is just a coincidence - isn't it ?

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Matchbox ads larger than life - times two.

Matchbox 2006 - one is produced by an agency... one is possibly photoshop only by Miami ad students and wins an Andy 2006. Which one came first? Check these out..


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