Spec 'design' competitions listed under 'things that suck' on Designers who blog

The blog Things that suck touches on the design industry, politics, and American life in general.

It's perfect timing really, as just this week I came across an announcement (thanks Ronnie) concerning what I have on my own list of 'Things that suck' - unethical spec competitions.

The United Way Logo Contest for Toronto is, in my opinion, a spec contest.
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Saatchi & Saatchi Canada makes film short for Toyota

Toyota Canada Inc. will make advertising history on March 5 when it broadcasts a special two-minute short film during the Academy Awards on CTV to introduce Canadians to the new 2007 Toyota Camry.

The spot was produced for Toyota Canada by Saatchi and Saatchi Canada. The director of photography for the spot is Oscar-nominated Dante Spinotti.

The ad will be available for online viewing March 5, 2006 at 8pm at TheNewCamry.ca.
Read on for stills from the short film.


3D and hangers for your concepts

Earlier this month UK 3D innovations company, Create 3D, produced the first 3D moving media campaign of its kind for Bacardi. Fallon London looked to Create 3D to provide a flat, single-colour graphic to fit ‘6 sheet’ poster units that would incorporate 3D effect and motion. They wanted the viewer to interact with the dancer and 'move' with the image. The poster character ‘responds’ by replaying at the same speed as the viewer. It is the first time that a flat poster has provided 3D viewing and motion in the same image.

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Battlefield2 trailer homage to Sony Bravia balls

In the "bound to happen" category, homages to Sony's balls (hehe, I said "balls") have appeared on the web. In the off the wall category Snoken Productions called all their gameskilled mates together and directed a Mine2 gameversion of balls. Brilliant.

Link to video


Shark Bait game from Moroch Partners for McD's

Dallas-based Moroch Partners launched a bilingual, interactive gaming site for McDonald's centering on the Filet-O-Fish and Double Filet-O-Fish sandwiches today.

The online game, titled "Shark Bait," is part of an integrated campaign to remind consumers about the year-round availability of the Filet-O-Fish Sandwich and the limited edition Double Filet-O-Fish Sandwich. The campaign includes Spanish and English language television and radio spots, rich-media banner ads, outdoor and point-of-purchase displays.


86 the onions hires fresh blood

Brand communications agency 86 the onions received a makeover this month after founder/creative director Chad Rea went on a post-Christmas shopping frenzy, bringing home new blood in the form of Hunter Fine, Steve Porcaro, Ely Kim, and Charlie Hilton. None are sure how they ended up at the Venice-based agency but one source believes the recruitment may have been alcohol-induced. (more inside)


Microsoft redesigns the ipod packaging

Well, they didn't really but the million papercuts film here is hee-larious to all who have ever experienced clients that dabble... a lot.

click to play.
edit 15 march Youtube has lost the film, but Gooogle video still has it here.


Microsoft Origami Project

Microsoft is back with another odd website, similar to some of the strange ones that lead to the launch of the XBox 360. This one is for The Origami Project, what seems to be a "ultra-portable Tablet". A rather lame "teaser" site promises more info March 2nd. There's more here, here, and here. Screenshots inside.


Bouncy breasts in ads, for good reason.

For once there's a good reason to have bouncy breasts in a campaign, as these guys sell sports bras, and the creatives wasted no time seizing the opportunity. Check out shockabsorber.co.uk's bounce-o-meter, to understand how much better their sports bra is compared to regular bras.


Correction fluid HQ in the USA, tells us to remove Correction fluid Chile ads.

Well there's no real way to sugarcoat that one, aye? So here's a short update on as to why the Correction fluid campaign Saigon/Ninios/Torres Gemelas now has a pixellated beyond recognition logo and trademark on it. Correction fluid HQ in CT USA has asked us to remove the ads.

This is the first time we have seen these ads and we have just learned that these ads were created by the agency, TBWA in Chile. These ads were created with no knowledge or approval from . We are currently in contact with TBWA to address this situation.
In the meantime, as these ads are in extremely poor taste and were not approved by , we would like to request that you please remove the ads from your website. The ads also constitute an unauthorized use of the logo, trademarks and image.

So we blurred the trademark, and hope to get to the bottom of this Chilean campaign, was it really done for client without authorisation? Who knows, since the server (including mail) for has been down all weekend. However, we won't remove the ads. Stay tuned.
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