John Cleese at the Institute of Backuptrauma

At the Institute of backuptrauma John Cleese plays Dr. Twain Weck in the film where he educates the unwashed masses on the horrors of using tape backup. Hat Tip to Clayton.

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Pop-ups suck, declares wired underneath a pop-up

You can't make stuff like this up.

Wired writes a op-ed piece about surfers extreme dislike for those annoying pop-ups, but you can't read it because it's obscured by a bloody pop-up!
Oh yeah, see the screendump here. Spotted by LondonYank at Metafilter.

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Wisconsin State Journal "Burger King ad stirs buzz with racy camp"

WSJ Features: Burger King ad stirs buzz with racy camp
"Like an Old Navy ad on acid, with some Playboy and Penthouse thrown in," writes Jane Goldman, a Boston-based ad copywriter, on the advertising weblog (www.ad-rag.com) she helps run.

 

Fast Company: Best Business Blogs: Advertising, March 2005

Fast Company writes about Best Business Blogs: Advertising. An expanded list of thier favorites.
Blog: AdLand
Who Writes It: A community Web log, AdLand allows posts from anyone who registers. The site’s proprietress, Åsk Wäppling*, a freelance art director known on the site as Dabitch, seems to write most often.

Why You Should Read It: The group blog approach generates a more diverse array of insight and opinions from registered users, called "adgrunts," who can view and post comments. The well-designed blog, created in 2000, also offers forums and an ad archive, the latter available for a small fee.

 

Spec Sucks For Everyone

Drew Davies at BeADesignGroup.com has a great rant on why you should say no to spec work.

If the entire business community understood the value of good design, and saw the effect we can actually have on their bottom line, there wouldn't be nearly enough design firms to handle all of the business. But when any creative firm reiterates to a business client that it's okay to give away what we do on a gamble of a big payoff, it's a huge setback. So I'm raising the horn again and sounding the rallying cry- if we all band together and tell the business community that, like any other professional service, we provide something of great value that is worth paying for, only then can we win the war. Fellow designers, please join me in saying no to spec work.

There are quite a few good links about the arguement against spec at the beginning of the post as well as in the comments.

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Branded Culture on European Stamps

Just read at European Stamps about a "sneaky" advertising on Dutch stamps.

“Stamp no. 20 (in the right corner below) features a little boy on a sleigh wearing shoes with the famous Adidas logo: three vertical, slanting stripes.”

PR? Proven advertising ROI? Just coincidence? Or maybe just Jung's collective unconscious in action? Mysteries.
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Light of Life Foundation "Breast"

This ad wants you to do a double-take, the classic 'misdirect' lies in the art direction again, it looks simple enough but this body-part double was probably very hard to achieve.

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More spanking used to sell

If you've been an AdLand visitor for a while you might remember Dab's post about WE Sweden's spank fashion ad that was withdrawn after complaints. Well, when I read about this distrubing bit of news regarding a game for the Young Designers Emporium today I thought I was having a flashback to 2003.

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Come Together

Today PlanetOut Inc. and Gay.com have unveiled a new campaign to create awareness and get people to visit Gay.com. The ads will appear on wallscapes, billboards, and transit shelters and in gay-focused print media in key markets including San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Boston, as well as in mid-sized markets including Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and San Diego.

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Overstock ads O-annoying notoriety gets noticed

Slate's Seth Stevenson seemingly has a crush on the Overstock.com lady, and so does the rest of the web. Or not. What's With That Overstock.com Ad?, yes what is with her? While Clayton dubbed it "Worst Attempt at Appearing All-Sexy-Like" ad of the year in the 2004 roundup the rest of the web can't seem to take their eyes off her. Seth's conclusion at slate:

I'm not saying this is a work of art. At base, this is a classic spokesperson spot, with an actor who looks at the camera and touts the product. My grade here is about brand awareness. Before Sabine's spots launched in October 2003, Overstock.com had a measly 12 percent brand recognition. By November 2004, recognition was at 46 percent. I know I remember the brand. And I know why. Love her or hate her, in the end it's all about Sabine.

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