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  • Weird Facts About 5 of the World’s Most Famous Logos [Link]

    We love when brands have a great logo, but many times the stories behind the logo are even more interesting than the logo itself. But with so many iconic brands existing long before us, the origins of their logos often remain unknown. But now the truth is out! “TM: The Untold Stories Behind 29 Classic Logos” tells us the stories behind those instantly recognizable logos. Get a sneak preview with these 5 tales from branding lore.

  • Jean Claude Van Damme is the New “Chuck Norris”

    Jean Claude Van Damme is taking his retro-action hero awesomeness into contemporary relevance and making a lot of money doing it. With Chuck Norris paving the way for ’80s/’90s action stars to break back into the limelight with ChuckNorrisFacts, a blog dedicated to making the karate star a larger than life mythical being, the ‘Norris’ brand become a pop-culture beast. Sprinkle in a cameo in “Dodgeball” and there it was; satirical retro awesomeness. Van Damme realizes this and his “satirical-retro-awesomeness” self worth, so why not capitalize? Last year, JCVD used his skill set to send him into viral infamy with his Volvo ‘split’ campaign and another GoDaddy campaign, this year he’s become Coors Light’s sleeveless denim tuxedo wearing, mountain top exploring, ice sculpting hero in a series of over-the-top commercials. With the internet just being the internet, Van Damme has also found himself as the subject of a series of “just because GIFs” most include him getting groovy, and one include him punching a snake.

  • Art Director Creates a Series of Brilliant Soccer Kits For Advertising Agencies

    Brazilian art director Bruno Leo Ribeiro took his passion and love for soccer and created a series of kits inspired by some of the largest ad agencies on the planet dubbing it “Advertising FC“. Ribeiro then took one of the largest clients each agency represents and branded the jersies as the lead sponsor for each club, for example Ogilvy and + Coca-Cola, DDB + Volkswagon and Chiat Day + Gatorade. Interestingly and ironically enough he chose not to pair Weiden + Kennedy with Nike, their largest client and manufacture in a majority of soccer kits around the world. Bruno also paired every agency with an all-star creative who would sport the number 10, the number commonly used for a team’s franchise player. Chairman and Global Director of TBWA\Worldwide Lee Clow sports the number 10 for Chiat/Day. Clow is known for co-creating Apple Computer‘s 1984 commercial which launched the Apple Macintosh and the “Think Different” slogan for Chiat/Day. Check out the entire series at the Advertising FC Tumblr.

  • The Fashion Sense Of Historical Figures As Imagined By A Suit Company In 1916

    Nowadays you think nothing of deceased celebrities modeling modern-day clothes. Not a day goes by where Marilyn Monroe or some other star of yesteryear pops up anachronistically in an advertisement. You may think this sort of crass commercialism is a new idea, illustrating our continuing devolution, but the fact is, dead folks have been used in ads for years! When it comes to making a buck, businesses have never shied away from using the likeness of a recognizable, and quite dead, face. In 1917, Chicago’s Royal Tailors thought they would add an air of class to their fine suit collection by dressing historical icons like George Washington and Robert E Lee in their wares. The result is an entertaining booklet humorously titled “If They Came Back For Easter Sunday.” The drawings from the booklet are below, but to get the full effect, you can view the accompanying descriptions at Archive.org.

  • Watch How Artists Create Giant Advertising Murals [Video]

    Some of the most impressive works of art along the streets of New York City are the advertising murals promoting new movies or video games. Whereas most ads are simply giant printouts of digital creations, these murals are still hand-painted the way sign-writers have been doing for ages. New York City’s Colossal Media is the largest hand-painted mural and outdoor advertising company in the world, creating impressive works throughout the country. Check out this video and see the team in action as they create murals advertising the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. You will never again look at these awesome creations the same way.

  • Confusing Collection Of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Asian Commercials [Video]

    Arnold Schwarzenegger turned 67 yesterday, and to celebrate, let’s take a look back at his career…in Asian television commercials. It’s best to not try to figure out what’s going on in these ads, lest you suffer a schizoid embolism a la Quaid in “Total Recall.” Also, we guarantee you’ve never seen someone so excited over eating Cup Noodles as Arnold here.

  • The Most Overused Buzzwords of 2014 as Told by ‘Stock Photo’ Scott

    Since the dawn of the Madison Ave ad age buzzwords have been as important as integrating after work drinks with epic expense accounts. With the help of a dozen anonymous influencer friends at game-changing disruptive marketing, advertising and PR agencies we pulled together this list of the most overused buzzwords that drive PR, advertising and marketing pros simply crazy. We’ve called upon “Stock Photo” Scott to act out the literal meaning of each overused office buzzword to present the most epically robust buzzword list of 2014. Let’s circle back in a few and try it again after the dust settles. If this list relates to you at all share it with your friends and tell us the words that we missed on twitter using the hashtag #buzzwords.

  • Startling Ad Campaign Shows The Divide Between Rich And Poor

    Photographer Oscar Ruiz worked with Publicis Mexico on an ad campaign called “Erase the Differences” which casts a light on the inequality in Mexico City. The 4 aerial photographs illustrate the stark differences between the way of life for the rich and poor in Mexico, despite the fact the two groups are living right next to each other. The rich can try to hide the poor behind trees and walls, but ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away. The campaign aims to spread awareness on the need for community redevelopment in the country where half the population lives in poverty. Now that the issue has been brought to light, what will be done?

  • Sing “O Canada,” Get Beer [Video]

    A while back, Canadian beer giant Molson made the news when they placed fridges full of beer across Europe that could only be opened with a Canadian passport. Now the fridges have found their way back home to the Great White North but those crafty Canadians have still found a way to ensure only fellow Canucks will be able to open them. This time the refrigerators can only be opened by thirsty folks who can sing “O Canada,” a song known only to Canadians and hockey spectators. Wait, will it work for the French version? Won’t someone think of the Quebecois?

  • NFL Teams As Corporate Logos

    People like to complain how professional sports are becoming an overly corporate affair, but these logo redesigns take that notion to a whole new level. Artist Brandon Hubschman has remixed all 32 NFL team logos using elements from some of the most recognizable corporate logos. Some are bit obvious and uninspired (Jaguar/Jaguars? boring) but others are pretty awesome (Raid/Raiders? YES!). Check out more of Hubschman’s artwork, including lots of NFL-themed projects, at Behance.

  • Newcastle Imagines A British Controlled USA With “If We Won” [Video]

    Newcastle, whose brilliant online Super Bowl campaign about how good their commercial would have been if they could afford it, is working on what will probably be another great series of ads. “If We Won” imagines a world where Britain won the Revolutionary War with Stephen Merchant, of HBO’s uncomfortably funny (and unfortunately cancelled) “Hello Ladies,” explaining the benefits of being a part of the British Empire. Watch the first video below, then keep up with the series at If We Won.

  • 15 Clever Paper Representations Of Classic Films

    Spanish design studio Atipo recently helped graphic production house Minke launch their new paper gallery with a project called “Papers for Characters.” Using only the different papers offered by Minke, Atipo cut or folded the paper in creative ways to represent classic films. Each piece is deceivingly simple yet extremely clever. The bullet holes of “Bonnie and Clyde,” the shower curtain of “Psycho,” the blinds of “Rear Window”—all are represented here using just pieces of paper. Which one is your favorite?

  • Watch this Beats by Dre “The Game Before the Game” Spine Tingling World Cup Commercial

    Beats by Dre commercials have come out of the corner swinging. Giving ad-spot-king Nike a run for their money, the audio company has collaborated with Neymar Jr., Bacary Sagna, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Blaise Matuidi, Cesc Fàbregas, Daniel Sturridge, Chicharito, Jozy Altidore, Luis Suárez, Mario Götze, and Robin van Persie to the tune of “Jungle” by X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons. The theme is set around athletes as they prep for a big game. Neymar Jr. sets the tone with a motivational conversation with his father telling him to “Run like it’s the last day of your life”, then the shots are exchanged between players an fans across the world ritualistically preparing for a match.

  • McDonald’s New Mascot As Horror Movie Villain

    Last month, McDonald’s introduced their new happy meal mascot named Happy. The anthropomorphic happy meal box features big eyes and even bigger teeth and looks like he’s going to get revenge on all the children who have eaten the happy meals that came before him. Taking note of Happy’s horror movie potential, online custom design marketplace DesignCrowd asked for horror movie posters with Happy Photoshopped in. 58 designers submitted their work and the winning entry received $200. Our favorites are below (Tremors being the best, obviously), but you can check out the others at DesignCrowd. Who do you think should have won?

  • The Makings Of A Great Logo [Link]

    A well-designed logo is one of the most important aspects to having a successful business. The logo is often the first thing a potential customer sees and it’s often what they remember about your business. Logos set the tone for your company, so you’d be wise to be careful when it comes to designing one. Here are six questions to ask yourself when your designing your company’s logo to help steer you in the right direction.

  • 35 Clever Billboard Ads

    The great Ogden Nash once opined “I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all.” Sure, it’s easy to hate on billboards for cluttering our surroundings and covering up nature with commercialism, but at least there are admen and adwomen out there who try their darndest to create clever billboards. These ads utilize the three-dimensional nature of the billboards by incorporating their structures and surroundings into the ad so at least you can be entertained while being sold to.

  • Vintage Ads Inspired by Contemporary Songs

    French graphic designer David Redon’s Ads Limitum series pays homage to the pinnacle of the advertising age. David decided to put a contemporary twist on some ads by fusing vintage products with modern day songs. Anyone care for some Jay Z dandruff shampoo? Just “Dust Your Shoulders Off”. How about some Gin & Juice? We’ve got some Snoop Dogg Gin, distilled by Dr. Dre for ya. Redon’s brilliant take on the ads even sprinkle in photoshopped faces of the artists song featured.      

  • New Lemonhead Mascot Will Leave You In Tears [8 Photos]

    After more than 50 years on the market, Lemonhead candy, the delicious confection that’s not quite soft, not quite hard, but just the right amount of sour, has updated its logo. The cartoon boy with a giant lemon head has been replaced by a real-life man. With a giant lemon head. Remember when everyone complained about Burger King’s King mascot being creepy? Well Lemonhead just took it to the next level. Keep up with their new citruscephalic-suffering lad on Facebook and Twitter. Think they’ll follow suit with the other “-head” candies? I don’t even want to imagine what a real-life Grapehead would look like…

  • Famous Brand Logos Star Wars Style

    These are the logos you’ve been looking for. New Zealand-based designer Barn Bocock used logos from brands like Coca-Cola, Atari, and Nike to mixed them up with Star Wars characters to create these awesome designs. Hopefully this is just the beginning of the series, because a Lando Rover logo would be pretty sweet. Or maybe Leia potato chips? No, that’s actually a terrible idea. You can order your favorite on a T-shirt at the incredible named How to Carv Roast Unicorn store.

  • The Ultimate Office Survival Kit

    Say goodbye to your pre-presentation panic, your deadline-late-night troubles and your power outage fears. Creative studio Pheonix has created Agency Survival Kits for all of your daily work worries. The Survival Kits which seem to be made by the Bear Grylls of the workplace offer 3 separate kits. The Overtime: inside you´ll find everything you need to overcome the task at hand, from a stress ball, “do not disturb” badges, peanut butter energy bars, a guide of tricks to keep you calm… The Presentation: with everything you need to look stylish and professional in front of your client, it contains bow ties, a laser pointer, deodorant, a book about “the art of convincing”… and The Power Outage: with everything you need to pass the time, to keep warm and out of the dark, contains stuff like a pair of wool socks to keep you warm, candles, a card deck, and an harmonica to add some life in the office whilst you wait for the power to come back.

  • Did You Notice These 15 Companies Changed Their Logos This Year? [Link]

    Netflix was in the news last week when the company was found to be using a new logo on ads for upcoming original programming. The new design opts for a minimalist approach, like so many other brands have done, eliminating shadows and cutting down on spacing. But Netflix isn’t the first company to change its logo this year. Here are 14 others you may have missed (probably because so many logos are beginning to look the exact same).

  • 26 Sexist Ads Of The ‘Mad Men’ Era

    “Mad Men” sure makes the 1960s look like a glorious era, with all the nice suits and martini lunches. Sounds great, as long as you were a man. Despite the burgeoning feminist movement, the mainstream America targeted by advertisers of the 1960s was still a man’s world. These sexist ads that companies wish we’d forget highlight the worst of the patriarchal society of yesteryear.

  • Animated Movie Posters Are The Future Of Advertising [20 GIFs]

    In the future, when we are finally rid of paper and using digital screens for all our magazines (such as RSVLTS Magazine) and newspapers, we will be able to have animated movie poster advertisements such as these. Movie theaters would probably opt for sharp LCD screens over paper posters that nasty kids draw “peepees” on, too. Unfortunately the future has yet to arrive in the present and we still have have boring old paper ads that nobody cares about. At least we know that when the future arrives and the present is past, there are already artists available to animate our movie posters.

  • Clever Headphones Ads Illustrate Your Favorite Musicians

    Popclik, a new headphones brand in the US and South America, wanted to launch their product with a fresh visual campaign. Y&R, out of Miami, came up with the idea to illustrate how headphones help you get lost in the world of the music you’re listening to while blocking out the distractions of the world around you. The unique style for each musician shows how much thought went in to each ad and hopefully the campaign will be successful so we can see more artists represented. Take a look at The Beatles, Bob Marley, Iron Maiden, and Madonna below and let us know which one is your favorite.

  • Oculus Rift Experiment Lags Reality by Slowing Down Vision

    In a brilliant attempt to stay ahead of a trend that hasn’t even come out yet, Swedish energy provider Umeå Energi’s gigabit internet service took Oculus Rift, the new virtual reality headset that Facebook recently acquired, to show how lag effects reality. The point is to mount a camera on the front of an Oculus Rift and then it feeds video onto the headset’s screen, with the video staying between 0.3 seconds and an entire three seconds behind. The user’s perception of reality is so skewed showing how much a tiny lag effects real time.

  • 25 Years Of The Reebok Pump In 25 Photos

    Can you believe it has been 25 years since Reebok Pumps were first released? If you had parents who loved you, you were probably fortunate enough to own a pair. My parents hated me so I had a pair of Spalding Typhoons. I blame my short basketball career, 1994-1994, on the fact that I didn’t have real Pumps. Anyway, here are 25 classic pics of Pumps to celebrate their 25th birthday. They enabled Dee Brown to win the dunk contest. They helped Ripley kill Aliens. They are even rad enough to almost take attention away from Gheorghe Mureșan’s eyebrows. Almost.

  • What If Famous Designers Packaged Food? [10 Photos]

    Designer Peddy Mergui wants people to notice how much power a product’s package has over buyers. To illustrate the point, he wrapped over a dozen basic products, such as milk, flour, and oranges, in famous brands’ packaging for his series “Wheat is Wheat is Wheat.” Once these boring, everyday staples are wrapped in designer packaging, we suddenly want to purchase them and are willing to pay a premium for the lifestyle the brand symbolizes. For more info on the exhibit, visit the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design. Personally, I think the Dolce & Gabbana butter cookie looks delicious but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t afford it. But I would totally make fun of whoever would buy iMilk. Android Milk for life!

  • These 90s Video Game Ads Are So Bad…Yet So Fly [40 Photos]

    The 90s were a great time. The fall of the Soviet Union gave us a respite from the threat of  a nuclear holocaust and offered us a chance to sit back and enjoy some video games. Between the NES, SNES, Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear, Jaguar, Nintendo 64, Playstation, Saturn, Dreamcast, and about a million other systems, there was no shortage of terrible games to choose from. But how did you know which terrible game to rent from the video store for $4 each Friday afternoon? You’d rely on the equally terrible ads for the games in magazines and comic books. Here are some of the best and worst the 90s had to offer. And check out more Video Game Print Ads on Tumblr. 

  • Bizarre Japanese Vitamin Water Commercial Celebrates NYC [Video]

    What’s the best way to sell Vitamin Water to the Japanese market? Well if I could answer that, I’d be in Tokyo swimming in piles of yen and not in Jersey rolling pennies so I can get some pork roll for breakfast (every little bit helps!). Whether it’s the best way or not, somebody at Coke had the idea to make this frenetic ode to New York City with a dancing man with a boombox for a head to advertise the tasty beverage often utilized as a hangover cure. Featuring such NYC staples as Ramen Burger, Strollercize, and Nitehawk Cinema, I’m not sure what the video has to do with Vitamin Water, but there is a lot of shouting so I’m pretty sure I should buy some just to be on the safe side.

  • Sony Covers Costa Rica In Flower Petals For Bizarrely Beautiful Stunt [8 Photos + Video]

    Sony, in collaboration with advertising agency McCANN and photographer Nick Meek, devised a unique way to advertise their new 4K TV with four times the detail of high definition. For more than two weeks, a team collected thousands of bright flower petals in Costa Rica before using them to cover the landscape in lush colors that are sure to look even more incredible in 4K. Honestly, I don’t know if I can live with this 1080p video now. I may as well be watching on a 1948 Zenith.

  • Alison Brie Stars in SMIRNOFF’s New Advertising Series and Now We Like SMIRNOFF

    Community star and perfect woman, Alison Brie and Derek Huff star in SMIRNOFF’s most recent series of six spots surrounding a “party at Adam Scott’s” house. Throughout the series Brie and Scott, who play themselves go through the motions of throwing a party. Each video is a satirical take on the exclusivity that new age vodka claim to encase. Yes, I sat through all six of these videos, but strictly for Brie watch. The adverts are actually pretty clever, mocking exclusive clubs, bottle service tables and uber-hipster-mixologists. Oh and Alison Brie is in every shot.

  • If Today’s Pop Stars Were In Retro Ads [21 Photos]

    Celebrities have always been open to endorsing pretty much anything as long as the price is right. It’s a long-standing tradition that still stands today, such as Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres’ line of baby clothes, Rolling Stones guitarist Bill Wyman’s metal detector, and Nelly’s Pimp Juice. But what would contemporary stars look like in classic ads from the 50s and 60s? That’s where Paris-based art director David Redon comes in. His “Ads Libitum,” some of which are featured below, can be found on Tumblr and Facebook. He also has plenty of other projects to check out on Behance.

  • Nike’s First National Broadcast Ads, Found and Released After Being Lost For Decades

    Archived files thought to be lost forever were uncovered recently by Wieden + Kennedy digital librarian, Phoebe Owens, Nike historian Scott Reames. The files were two of Nike’s first three nationally broadcasted ads to hit the airwaves. The ads, which aired on October 23rd, 1982 during the New York City Marathon are titled “Nike Evolution”, “Trophy”, and “Co-Op All Sports” and were thought to have been lost forever until recently uncovered and re-released.

  • Quiznos House Of Cards/Game Of Thrones Parody Makes For Strange Ad [Video]

    Quiznos was never known for their conventional advertising, as you may remember from those “we love the subs” commercials, and this current ad is no exception. Is it even an ad? Quiznos is mentioned briefly in one scene, but it’s mostly just a pretty good parody of House of Cards and Game of Thrones. With the troubled sub shop recently filing for bankruptcy, is this the sort of move that will turn them around? Who knows! But if the sandwich business doesn’t work out, they seem to have a good handle on producing funny videos.

  • “This Is a Generic Brand Video” Perfectly Sums up Consumerism Today

    A brilliant take on a poem identifying the ambiguity of the ad world was overlayed by footage of exactly that. Scientists in lab coats doing research, a perfect array of ethnic people in a professional workplace, pan away footage of the earth and people from a far away land working in their indigenous surroundings are a few of the generic shots you’ll see in adverts today, selling you who knows what. Dissolve, a stock footage company of all things, mocks its own business by dubbing in text from Kendra Eash’s advertising takedown “This is a Generic Brand Video.” with their own stock footage. Brilliant. “But we also do business in the U.S.A., Or want you to think we do. Check out this wind energy thing in Indiana, And this blue collar guy with dirt on his face. Phew.” Eash notes in her poem. While the video pokes fun at itself, it also gives a clear window to the advertisers who will continue to flood your brain with this stuff. And if they didn’t before, now they know exactly where to get that footage.