Eveready Batteries - Hair - poster, South Africa

From King James Johannesburg comes this ad that will make your hairs stand on end. Hehe.

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Nagi Noda has passed away at the tender age of 35.

This is really upsetting news to me, Nagi Noda was a uniquely talented creative artist / designer / director and a talent we hadn't even begun to know - you may recall her D&AD winning work for Japanese pop star Yuki in the video "sentimental journey" that was featured in the Saatchi new directors showcase of 2006. The exact cause of death has not been specified but it's known that she has suffered ongoing complications after a car accident last year.

Yuki - "Sentimental Journey" - (2005) 5:00 (Japan)

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401k Squared - "Fish Bowl" direct mail (with live fish!) - USA

Oh my, it looks as if we'll soon need to start a decent tag for DM work as we're getting more and more creative examples. Like this one for 401k Squared which had a live fish inside! Created by LeeReedy they explain:

401(k) Squared, a small company that specializes full-time in 401k plan development, asked LeeReedy to get a big bang out of their modest direct mail budget. On the whole, the marketing done by companies in the financial services industry is safe, corporate and forgettable. We went in the opposite direction — developing a direct mail piece that featured a live fish inside a box adorned with messaging. The concept? "If someone's not watching over your 401(k), it won't thrive either."

Check out the pretty pictures of this DM piece inside, folks.

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Sprint PCS - X-Ray Building - Billboard, USA

Publicis & Hal Riney, San Francisco "X-rayed" the Beverly Sunset Medical Building.... Kinda, with a giant cloth poster. Imagic handled the illustration.

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Sting - "Tough Stuff" - print, India

This fragmented fashion shot for Sting Denim comes from ad agency 1pointsize, Chennai.

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Volkswagen Caddy - Painter / Elecrician / relax while working - print, Italy

What's wrong with this picture? (Couch is protected but the hardwood floor is not) The "painter" and "electrician" print ads for Volkswagen Caddy come from DDB, Milan.

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Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten - Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, Dalai Lama - posters, Denmark

I will admit that the first few times I sped past these posters, I didn't get it.
But then, this particular poster stuck in my mind after I spotted it at a bus stop in Copenhagen. Reverse psychology at its best - what would the world be like if Nelson Mandela had kept his mouth shut? Campaign created by UNCLE Grey A/S Denmark.

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CFRB 1010 Gets People Talking - Panhandlers, fly posters, bike posters, art or vandalism - guerrilla, Canada

I should have posted this ages ago and I have no good excuse except - holy crap I need a bunch of interns or something - you try to keep track of a full time art director gig, offspring, and this site lets see you remember all the posts you need to make in a day. Hehe. I need to stock up on NoDoz.

So my apologies to zig, Toronto, who sent me this campaign. This one amuses me - ads questioning ads, on top of a bunch of ads - can you get more meta-ironic? My favorite execution is the poster plastered on a wall mural asking if it's art or vandalism.

Zig says: "zig took what could be a simple OOH project to the streets of Toronto, posing provocative questions that are at the core of CFRB’s talk radio not only on billboards and TSAs, but also in the hands of panhandlers, on bike racks, on the sidewalk, plastered over advertisements, etc. The best way to explain it is, of course, visually."

Inside you'll see plenty of guerilla executions that appear everywhere from bike racks to the laps of panhandlers, CFRB 1010, an Astral Media Radio Inc. affiliate really want to get people talking.

“CFRB is talk radio; the place where today’s hotbutton issues are discussed, whether they are light and tongue-in-cheek or downright serious,” said Pat Holiday, Vice President and General Manager, Toronto, for Astral Media Radio, Inc. “It’s important that Torontonians start talking about real social issues again, and our station provides the perfect platform for people with opinions.”

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Jonathan Salem Baskin - Why did you write "Branding only works on cattle?"

Image of Branding Only Works on Cattle: The New Way to Get Known (and drive your competitors crazy)

I haven't read the book yet, hence it's unrated (if you have read it feel free to share your views). But I did have the opportunity to ask Jonathan Salem Baskin Why did you write "Branding only works on cattle"? the start of a whole new conversation about branding. He replied:

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Microsoft Windows Vista - New Family - full version (2008) 4:30 (USA)

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