Nissan Maxima campaign is hot hot hot

The new campaign for the Nissan Maxima is not only turning heads, but also melting lamp-posts.
The car is parked in strategic places in NYC and L.A. and objects nearby, such as street lamps, trash cans and parking meters, melt and droop by the sheer 'hotness' of the new car. This is more like installation art than an ad campaign. Read more to see images.

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Golden Drum Awards

Czech ad agency takes top honors at award festival - Leo Burnett Advertising Prague was named agency of the year for the third time in a row at the Golden Drum Awards in Slovenia. They won a Gold Drum for a print ad for the Association of Librarians of the Czech Republic called Crime and Punishment, Silver Drum for a Greenpeace commercial titled The National Anthem, and a Bronze Drum for a poster titled "Marilyn" for hairdressing salon James Hair. See these ads and other the winning ads at the Golden Drum site.

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McCain goes back to 1979

Revolution Magazine reports that agency Glue London has developed the online drive to support the launch of a through-the-line campaign for McCain Oven Chips, along with a TBWALondon television commercial featuring Singleton in a spoof infomercial.

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Jakob Nielsen talks net on The Advertising Show

Is your website weak? Hear Jakob Nielsen, noted as "the guru of web page usability" by The New York Times, talk about the role of a homepage and the future growth of the online ad environment. Nielsen has sold more than a quarter of a million copies of his books such as "Homepage Usability" in 22 languages. He holds 75 U.S. patents on ways of making the Internet easier for normal people. Some of his previous affiliations include Bell Communications Research, the Technical University of Denmark, and the IBM User Interface Institute.
Need a website makeover? Shane Ginsberg, managing director of AKQA San Francisco, explains how you can protect your brand in web development and the most common web design mistakes. Ginsberg, a former founding partner of Razorfish, has worked in new media and e-commerce for 10 years completing over 100 interactive projects for Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Genetech and Avaya. You can tune in Saturday 8-10 p.m. CET (2-4 p.m. EST) to theadvertisingshow.com for the live webcast. Or check out the commercial free archives

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Mint Condition Copywriter for sale on Ebay

They've sold Gold Lions, SuperBowl ads and even Alex the art director.

Now is the time for a mint condition copywriter to be auctioned off, she even comes with accessories! The alfapet board game (this is an untranslatable Swedish copywriter joke) a citybike and a cool guitar! Ingenious strategic mind included, and an Art Director sidekick can be arranged.

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Womens filmfest gets bitched at for sexy poster

St John's International Film Festival for Women are causing a stir with their poster, it depicts a curvy blong in a red dress who just happenss to be one of the directors featured in the festival, Mary Lewis.

A number of festival-goers are upset by the festival's ad campaign, which features a shapely blond woman in a low-cut scarlet dress along with the tagline "Films with Broad Appeal."

reports the CBC art News. Read more to see the poster.
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SLOTHMORE INSTITUTE

STAGED PROTEST FOR MORE FREE TIME FAILS WHEN NO ONE SHOWS UP.

Chicago, IL - Slothmore Institute, a national organization supplying responsibility shirkers with excuses to stay home and the tools to negate the need to ever leave the couch, announced last month that its members would execute a large scale work no-show and sit-in.

The protest was scheduled to occur last week around the very immobile Picasso sculpture in downtown Chicago. The movement, or lack thereof, wanted to forward the cause of not having to work, to demand more home delivery of food, and argue that Chicagos garbage collectors be required to remove the trash from the garbage cans under members sinks. The organization can claim a 50% success rate, as members across the greater metro, failed to show up for work that monday, but also failed to show up for the protest.

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Designers want you to vote, creating catalogs.

This US election is getting everyone involved it seems, from swift boat people to slow truck drivers. Even designers are using their skills to poke fun at and enlighten.

The latest designers have done catalogs. Yes, like a Crew catalog, but this one is for flip-flops. What should a fashionable prez be wearing when he talks about WMD? Sean Bonner has done the G.W: Crew Flip Flop catalog. There's even a .pdf version in case you'd like to print it and hand it out to people who need flip-flops.
Not quite as elaborate is Jestmags Banana Republican Fall Catalog.

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The power of color

On Mad.co.uk, Ruth Mortimer discusses the power of colour in relation to choices consumers make, how they percieve brands, how color translates through varied cultures and how brand can protect the impact of "owning a color".

Starbucks green. Coca Cola red. UPS brown. Each brand has it's own identifable color. Recently, when new Economist billboards in London only had a picture of Brains from The Thunderbirds there was a consensus that people would know the brand just from their well known red background. There have been cases of brands going to court and suing over a competitor's using similar colors. Drug manufactures have been embracing color as a way to distinguish themselves- Prilosec purple, Viagra blue, and Prozac green. And there are a growing number of companies like Pantone which are specialize in creating corporate color identity and product color programs.

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AICP Show in Winston-Salem on 10/21...

You folks are encouraged to attend this fifth annual regional screening of the AICP Show, The Art & Technique of the American Television Commercial, which strives to inspire and recognize the pursuit of excellence in the art and craft of commercial production. Admission is $40 per person.
The cash-bar cocktail reception will begin at 5:30pm and the screening will begin promptly at 7:30pm. The venue, the North Carolina School of the Arts, is located at 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, about a mile south of Old Salem.
The School is accessible by Interstate 40 (which connects to Interstates 77, 85 and 95 in North Carolina) and U.S. 52, and is 20 minutes away from Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro. Driving directions are available at this link.

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