Knife City - Met police ad

Researcher tips us to the film Knife City - a 25 MB Quicktime film from the Metropolitan Police set in gameland...


Young Guns award gives young gun of the year to "balls"

Young Guns award has given their 2005 YoungGun of the Year award to Juan Cabral for the commercial Sony Bravia Balls.
Well done Juan! Juan must be the only person on the team that is under 30 - Nicolai Fuglsig who shot it is 33 for example. Age is just a number though, all you need to know is that the main award from the award show who aims to create opportunities for young creatives has gone to one of the most expensive, outrageously dream-brief-like, worldwide aired commercials - an ad we all wish we had the opportunity to make, I'm sure.
This doesn't seem to quite fit with the awards philosophy of shining a light on the unestablished young guys, that Michael Kean talked to us about back in 2001: "All you have to do is look at the winners lists from Cannes & D&AD etc. to see how young creatives are being neglected."
In the case of Sony Bravia, I don't think so. It'll probably sweep any and all of the award shows this year, regardless of what age one may be when entering.

Menno Kluin wins student of the year for the posters Hubba Bubba ad 1 and Hubba Bubba ad 2 - despite their similarity to say, the Skittles commercial where a guy flies away with his bubble and the thousand other variations that came before it. Congrats.


Xmas gift tips: HOW magazine + 2 free books

Xmas gift tip - for you. If you fancy HOW Design and want to brush up on your skills on selling yourself so you might start the new year at another hotter agency, check out this offer. You can get both the "A Designer's Guide to Creativity" and "Pick Me!" books free when you try out a free issue of How Design mag.
When you renew your sub, do it here - who said xmas gifts had to be for other people anyway? ;) For more ad oriented folk there's also: Pick Me : Breaking Into Advertising and Staying There

Previous Xmas gift tip - Paul Arden Book


Motorola bunnies in the movies

Creative generalist tips us to this Nexus Productions animated film for Motorola. In it we se scenes from Bunnysferatu, Anatomy of a bunny, Bunnytropolis, The Great Bunny Escape, BunnyTron, and Saturday Bunny Fever... among others, but I'll let you spot the rest since you seem to have so much fun doing that with the Virgin game.

(Quicktime movie, large file)


Eurobest 2005

Eurobest 2005 wrapped up yesterday. And that means the results are in. Agency of the Year went to TBWA/Paris, and was followed by Publicis Conseil and DDB London. The only category not to have a Grand Prix awarded was radio. Read more to see the Grand Prix and Gold winners.


Get Firefox campaign pays site owners $1for each person who switches

The browser wars heat up as Explorer destroyer gives away a free IE-detect script that asks IE users to switch, and if they do Google adsense pays referral money. You read that right, Google is paying $1 for each new Firefox user you refer.

Curiosity killed the cat they say, and we simply had to try this out - will people switch? Will this crazy campaign spread to many more sites? Imagine if it spread all over, I'd switch away explorer just to get rid of that ugly bar on top. ;) Web-peer-pressure? We won't keep it up forever - but we must see if it works so lets give it a week.

Firefox, Opera, Safari, Mozilla etc users, see this demo over at to see what you are missing up at the very top of adland these days. Would you participate in this campagn if you had a website+Google adsense? If not, why not? What do you think of this tactic, will it work? Can it work?

Explorer Destroyer

Glue and Virgin Trains make Britain shrink

Glue London has created the first viral campaign for Virgin Trains. They have created six different film scripts, which take a look at how Britain now feels smaller due to their faster journey times.


Racing twin animations, Ford StreetKa vs Music video


Museum of Brands

Shots reports that today is the grand opening of the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, located in the Notting Hill area of London. Four years in the making, the museum will feature some 10,000 objects spanning 200 years.

"Our research shows that everyone from brand owners, marketeers, creatives and students will find the museum a valuable resource, making it a focal point for ideas and inspiration," said consumer historian and museum director Robert Opie.

The museum is registered as a charity and has sponsors including Kellogg's, Cadbury and Twinings. See the museum's website for directions and hours.


Still single? Become a creative.

From the BBC News website an article explaining why creative people have a better love life than most. Some scientists have lead a study showing that "the more creative a person is, the more sexual partners they are likely to have". Although the why is a little scary: "Creative people could be displaying the "positive side" of personality traits seen in schizophrenia, they say." Well I guess you can't have it all.
You can read the full article here: