Creative Hand Jobs

The most publicized "intellectual property" case in recent months has been mounted by against a rubber puppet used on the Conan O'Brien show in a recurring skit. sued Robert Smigel, creator and voice of "Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog," to the tune of $20 million for defaming their "spokespuppet."

The irony is, Triumph is over three years old (in dog years that's the equivalent of 21). introduced their sockpuppet only a year ago in August 1999.

Providing further evidence that's puppet dog is a copycat is European ad sensation, Flat Eric, whose success proved that spokespuppets were a viable execution.

For a better grasp of this trend, read "Attack of the Puppet People."


John West Salmon - Bear Fight - (2000) :30 (UK)

John West Salmon - Bear Fight - (2000) :30 (UK)

Gold Lion at the Cannes Lions Festival, 2001


Logo A Go Go

Adobe Systems, the company whose software touches so many our lives, appears to be softly launching a new brand image.

For what will hopefully be a brief time, their current logo (the big "A") and tagline (bet you didn't know it was "Inspiration becomes reality") shares the main page of with their replacements.

The new tag, "Clearly Adobe Imaging" is accompanied by a logo that's anything but clear. Actually, it looks as if they tossed the old logo in a blender.


Advertising Light bulb jokes

Image by Laszlo under a Creative Commons 2.0 license

Q. How many copywriters does it take to change a light bulb?
A. "NOBODY changes ANYTHING!!"

Q. How many art directors does it take to change a light bulb?
A. "Does it have to be a light bulb?"


Five months and what have they got? SAG strike continues.......

The Actors strike in the USA has halted productions, left actors carrying boards instead of reading them before a job, forced talent agencies to close down, and even tragically caused a death as 38-year-old actor William Ray Embry died after collapsing on a picket line in Hollywood whilst protesting against a non-union shoot for a Sony PlayStation commercial. Where is all this going and will it ever end?


Ground Zero's new Hero?

Dabitch: -"Hey Tyler Whisnand, what will you bring to the shop when you are CD?"
Tyler: -"A macintosh powerbook and a case of southern comfort. (our new office is in the meat packing district above the famous landmark biker bar: Hogs 'n Heffers!)"

Earlier Tyler said that he missed Amsterdam, and somehow moving from the border of the Red Light district Amsterdam to the meat packing district in New York seems to make some kind of cosmic sense. It's a step up, I'd say.

Dabitch: -"Tyler, seriously now, what do your parents think you do for a living?"


Dear PETA: "Save the wild pussy"

PETA want people to stop wearing fur trim, so they show this image of a woman with a rather thick area of pubes peeking out from underneath her lingerie. Oh, PETA, will you ever be able to make an ad that doesn't disrespect women as a springboard for your cause?

MS Magazine has a collection of readers reactions this this ad, well worth a read. My favorite:


Ground Zero New York!

Tyler Whisnand has accepted the title Creative Director - to head up Ground Zero's New York office. Tyler has been around the ad world more than once, working at Y&R New York, KesselsKramer in Amsterdam, writing for Color's magazine in Venice, and most recently freelancing in Hong Kong. Only the lure of heading up such a creative shop could bring him back to the states. Congrats Tyler.


Got Prostate Cancer?

It's not easy being Rudolph Giuliani. Besides dropping out of a US Senate race, a divorce, and a diagnosis of prostate cancer, the New York City Mayor is now suffering the aggravation of an ad campaign that exploits his misfortune.

PETA is milking the PR potential of his prostate cancer to advance their own anti-dairy agenda with a billboard featuring Giuliani sporting a milk mustache and the headline "Got Prostate Cancer?"


SAG takes its toll

Talent agency Cunningham, Escott, DiPene is suspending its Chicago
operations due the SAG/AFTRA strike.

They will lay off all employees except vice-president Dianne Herro-Sanford, who focuses on on-camera work, and voice-over agent Debby Kotzen. Employees will be laid off and operations curtailed as of August 31.

T.J. Escott, owner and founder says "the strike has been going on for too long, and there is no way to predict when it will end."