Pitching is bad. So are RFPs.

Eric Karjaluoto over at Ideas on Ideas writes RFP, r.i.p - about the pain of pitching when you're a designer. This reminds me of an old ad joke, bear with me I tend to forget how they're told and do the punchline first. ;P


A businessman walks out of his plush suburban home and notices that the neighbours are having their house repainted. "That looks very nice" he shouts over to the paint contractor, who immediately responds "You like it? We can paint your house too. We'll do it for free, and if you agree to hire us we'll do it again, in the colour you want."
-" Don't be absurd!" says the businessman "that's no way to do business."
As the businessman drives to work he notices that his car sounds funny, and decides to stop at a mechanic and have it checked out. "Something sounds wrong, how much will you charge for fixing it?" he asks the mechanic. "We'll take a look for you, and mend all things the way we think is best and if you like what we've done you can come back and have your car fixed the way you want it." responds the mechanic. "What are you nuts? You'd give me free parts and hope I come back? That's no way to do business, and I should know, I'm a businessman!"
In the city the businessman pops into a barber shop to inquire what a cut and shave costs. "We'll cut and shave you for free, and if you like it you can come back and do it for a small fee." says the barber. At this point the stumped businessman just shakes his head "You'll never earn a living giving cuts and shaves for free."
As soon as he enters his office, the businessman calls a meeting. "Listen up everyone, I want all hands on deck and our best talent working overtime. Spend everything from petty cash to our savings stash on creating a great campaign here - there's a big account out there looking for an agency and by golly, we're gonna pitch on it with all that we've got!"


Editor John Laskas cuts 25 spots for "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"

Northern Lights editor John Laskas has been a right little busy bee cutting "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" spots for USA Network and Hungry Man, New York.

Three of these are launch spots where there's an odd twist to the usual drama portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Chris Noth. The writers Derek Shevel and Nicole Morgese had added a dash of humor to it cheered on by Producer of USA Network Lori Moretz who says: "The hardest part was injecting humor into a show that is usually dark and serious." Was it hard with those actors? Personally, I think Vincents super-straight face in "Logo" is teh funny.

Super adgrunts see'em here.


Durex - Balloon sex - (2007) print (Singapore)

Am I the only one who remembers a similar condoms-used-as-balloons to depict creatures engaged in sexual escapades campaign from a few years back? Help me out here, I know I've seen something a lot like this before.... but I am getting old you know. (ad inside!)


Link Lust: My name is Michael Link

Eric Karjaluoto (from smashlab.com) started a topic called Pantone colors I use too often, where you can vote if you're already a member/logged in on Makefive. Which we're not. Anyway...


Craigslist ads become book

The New York Times reports on the growing phenomena of fake Craigslist ads in You Say Fake Ads, They Say Satire. Johnna Gattinella is working on a book called “My Year on Craigslist” which includes her fake ads and some very earnest responses. A good way to get half of your book written for you by other people I guess. Seems you can post pretty much anything on craigslist and still get a response - is this proof that advertising works? ;) Then there's Brett Michael Dykes who posts quite a few ads in the "missed connections" category and features them on his Cajun Boy in the City blog.

The ad writer, meanwhile, came across as attractive but conceited, claiming that “every other guy on the L was checking me out.” Responses poured in, as they did for another ad whose presumed writer also described herself as attractive but made racist remarks.

“When you break it down, guys are just really pathetic,” said Mr. Dykes, 35, who lives in Manhattan.

Too true.
See also the parody site khraigslist (whichthe NYT spells "parody sight - sheesh, spell checker run amok?)


Mac Trojan in the wild asks you to download Quicktime codec - don't fall for it.

We interrupt this regular adbitching for a public service announcement. Since many adgrunts (soooo many) surf here on macs, and since this Trojan targets Quicktime users I reckon I should warn y'all. There's a trojan in the wild targeting macs specifically. It was only found on porn-sites a few weeks back but now it's making appearances on social sites where embedding of video is allowed - such as MySpace. The Trojan appearing on Alicia Keys page sounds exactly like the mac-trojan. The trojan reacts when you try to view a film, alerting you that "a quicktime codec is missing to play this movie" and giving you a link to download this codec. Once you download that, you'll have to double-click and install it of course, and then the Trojan resets your DNS so that you'll be directed to phishing sites on the web. I have a copy of this Trojan (one of my hobbies is to collects viruses, yeah I'm weird) and to a regular user it looks just like you're installing a Quicktime codec.

Once given root access, the trojan changes the computer's DNS settings to point to phishing sites or ads for other pornography sites. Even if the DNS is reset manually, a background task added by the trojan changes the DNS again automatically.

If you fear that your rig has become infected, Macworld has removal instructions.

Make sure that you don't get infected. To install Adobe Flash player 9 please go straight to the Adobe site. To get the latest Quicktime player please go straight to Apple's Quicktime download site. Never accept downloads from anywhere else. It's that simple. Don't install stuff from untrusted sources. Don't trust anyone but the makers of the software you should be using, not Myspace, not Ning, not Facebook. It doesn't matter how big and famous the site is, if they allow users to embed stuff from third party sites, they can be sending you malware. Kay?


Nesquik - Talking Vending Machine - (2007) 2:28 (USA)

Nesquik - Talking Vending Machine - (2007) 2:28 (USA)

Nesquick's talking vending machine had kids doing the chicken dance, breakdancing and high-fiving it.


LIAA 2007 Grand Prize Winners

94 entries from 25 companies in the United States have been chosen as Gold and Silver Statue winners in the mediums of Design, Digital Media, Integrated Media, Package Design, Poster & Outdoor, Print, Radio and Television/Cinema for the 2007 London International Awards at the Hippodrome this evening. Now in its 22nd year, the London International Awards honours excellence in Advertising, Design and Digital Media.

One U.S. entry captured the Grand Prize Statue for Print. Saatchi & Saatchi, New York won the Grand Prize with its Print ads, “20th Century,” “Life,” “2/23/07.” Only six Grand Prizes were awarded at the ceremony, chosen from a pool of 17,660 submissions.

18 entries from the U.S. reached Finalist status. Of the 17,660 total submissions from 81 countries, only six percent (6%) reached Finalist status. From that elite group, 1.4% attained Silver status and only 0.5% were awarded Gold Statues. The vast number of submissions reflects the prestige and explosive growth of the London International Awards since its inception in 1986 when 2,600 submissions were considered.

“It is clear that the USA continues to produce some very sophisticated work that is impacting the advertising industry as a whole,” said Barbara Levy, President of London International Awards. "As an organization devoted to acknowledging creative endeavors, we feel privileged to highlight the tremendous talent that is consistently showcased by the United States."

Read on to see the Grand Prize winners.


Not-So-Jive Turkeys

"As God is my witness, turkeys CAN fly!"

So far this year, two Thanksgiving-themed commercials soar high above the rest of the commercial flock.


Virgin Mobile - Dog Ears / Normal (eng. sub.) -(2007) :30 (Spain)

Virgin Mobile - Dog Ears / Normal (eng. sub.) -(2007) :30 (Spain)

The boyfriend with dog ears is perfectly normal. Long term contracts are not.