Paid links, come get your paid links served IN editorial content.

The New York Times reports that has begun serving paid links within articles written by journalists.

"We want to be trailblazers, whether from an advertising standpoint or an editorial standpoint," said Jim Spanfeller, president and chief executive at, part of Forbes Inc. The company will keep a close eye on its readers' reaction throughout the summer. "We would walk away," Mr. Spanfeller said, if readers indicated confusion or disapproval of ads within the editorial content.

The story broke at DMnews when Brian Morrissey; " has begun to embed advertiser links in its news articles, making it the first major Web news publisher to experiment with mixing ad units within editorial content."


Both of these ads really suck.

They do - literally, even if they are both award winners and quite good. One won a gold in this years Cannes Festival for Outdoor. Read more to see the pair.


MoveOn does the subservient chicken dance

Subserviant president created by does just what the subservient chicken did, that is anything you tell it to. Almost.

Try "Get drunk", "weapons of mass destruction", "foreign policy", "bite me", "magic trick" and "lie to me" for starters.


Winners of LinoType Type Design Contest 2003

Opening night of TypeCon 2004 in San Francisco Linotype announced the winners! Thirteen in all (and honorable mentions) are now for sale on CD or download, in one big fat package or individually - the lucky designers shared 15,000 Euro in prize money.


'The Good Brand'

"Brands are less and less about what we buy, and more and more about who we are. That means your cola can't just taste good. It has to feel good, too." Yess we've heard about that :) though a good article »Link.


SURE ActivResponse cause of Courtney Love going missing

I had to laugh when I read at Brandsuicide about the SURE active response online ad that appeared on top of a story about Courtney Love going missing. The ads formatting prevents anyone from seeing the photo of Courtney, so missing she is indeed.

Brandsuicide blogs about how "major brands savage the online experience by using intrusive ad formats", an easy target, but also great fodder for comedy. Rating this creative 'bad but actually good' with the reasoning: "Either way, when the sound comes on (automatically) and you are in the office (reading about the AWOL Courtney Love rather than doing Real Work) you start to sweat like a bastard. Of course you do. 'How do I turn this fucker off?' Then it is off to the local SURE stockist to take care of your B.O. "

While I'm posting, does anyone out there not hate these online ads?

Adland: tries to excite travelers with cleavage

In one of those "really sad ad" departments is trying to be funny ha-ha with a viral game that had some success due to it's silly content. Yesterday lastminute premiered the press and posters that go with it.


Crispin Porter & Bogusky do another website

... Complete with goofy character like that Ugoff fella.
Forget Atkins, go on the Angus Diet! Everyone now, say "Pleez-zure".


Parody wins - Barbie is art

Mattel has been ordered to pay $1.83 million for a frivilous suit. I'm sure the lawyers of and the photographer Thomas Forsythe are more than pleased.

Mattel sued Thomas Forsythe way back in 1999 for copyright and trademark infringement after he posed and posted (on his website) Barbies doing strange things. Thomas called it "artsurdism", the Barbies were in provocative positions with mixers, blenders, and other household widgets. Back in 2001 a federal District Court judge ruled that the photographs were parodies, and therefore protected under U.S. Copyright Law, the court also added that Mattel's claims were "groundless."


Italians angry about 'smelly salami' posters.

A simple poster in the London underground urging people not to eat smelly foods while riding the tube has caused a bit of a diplomatic spat. The poster triggered a torrent of angry letters from salami-lovers and even the Italian ambassador in the UK.

"We considered this poster to be very offensive to the Italian image, Italian products and the Italian company that is clearly identified," the Italian Embassy's economic counselor Guido Cerboni told Reuters." It is a caricature of Italians."

The London Underground said to Reuters "We apologize for any offence this has caused the Italian community. It was meant to be a light-hearted attempt to stop travelers eating smelly food", the posters have been withdrawn but the storm in a sausage might not be over yet. Cerboni expects that the company who's label is clearly visable in the posters might sue for damages, "It has clearly suffered damage"