• 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.

  • World Cup Posters 1930-2014 Reimagined

    New York-based designer James Campbell Taylor is a fan of the World Cup, but not always of the official posters for the event. Eschewing the overly corporate designs of contemporary posters, Taylor instead reimagined each of the 20 posters, opting to capture not only the feel of each event, but also the design aesthetic of the time period. The posters illustrate how much design has changed over 84 years while also showcasing Taylor’s knowledge and grasp of the art form. For more of his incredible work, check out Pennarello Graphic Design.

  • What Hamburgers Can Teach Us About Design

    Christopher Simmons and Nathan Sharpe of San Francisco-based design firm MINE™ believe that inspiration can be found anywhere, as long as you look for it. To prove this point, they’ve started work on the year-long project “The Message Is Medium Rare,” wherein they will eat one hamburger per week, review it, and then expound on the lesson learned from the experience. The reviews are brilliantly poetic, adding an air of haute cuisine to even the $2 burgers from In-N-Out, but where the project truly succeeds is with the lessons. They serve as a perfect summary of the dining experience with a touch of Zen guidance for all aspects of your life, creative or otherwise. So far, the project is 11 weeks in and shows no signs of losing steam. The creators also promise that a McDonald’s burger will eventually be reviewed, which should be a fun read. Keep up with the burgers at The Message Is Medium Rare and on Facebook. 

  • Kurt Cobain Is Alive And He Drinks Fruit Flavored Beer [Video]

    What do Bruce Lee, Kurt Cobain, Elvis, Tupac, Marilyn Monroe, and John Lennon all have in common? You may think it’s that they all died tragically too soon, but Bavaria Beer would have to disagree. The Netherlands’ second largest brewer proposes that those stars are living on a secluded island, aging gracefully while drinking Bavaria Radler fruit-flavored beer. I’m a tad suspect of their choice of beverage, but the commercial is pretty funny, especially when Kurt Cobain gets a disgusting eyeful of an aged Marilyn Monroe.

  • Evolution Of Famous Logos [Infographic]

    Track the evolution of some of the most recognizable brand logos of the last century with this infographic. Sure the simple, dignified minimalism ever-present with today’s logos is better than some of the busy of the 40s, but the Microsoft should have stuck with their 1981 logo. The font looks like something off an old videogame, maybe “Micrsoft: Clippy’s Voyage” for the Atari 2600. The rundown of the worst logos at the bottom is pretty entertaining, too. What were you thinking, Kidsexchange??

  • Pepsi Ad Pranks London Commuters With Crazy VFX [Video]

    Pepsi Max UK has released the latest ad in their “Unbelievable” campaign and it is, well, unbelievable. A London bus stop gives waiting commuters a look into an alternate reality where monsters and UFO are commonplace. Cameras outside the bus shelter capture passers-by and places them into all sorts of sci-fi scenes with real-time visual effects. Seeing this before your morning commute may even do a better job at waking you up than drinking the highly caffeinated soft drink.

  • 27 More Honest Company Slogans

    We are huge fans of Clif Dickens’ Honest Slogans and we know you are, too. Here’s the latest batch he’s created since we last featured them. Keep up with all the latest from Honest Slogans on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. What’s your favorite of the new batch?

  • 12 Terrifying Unused Gravity Poster Ideas

    British visual effects house Framestore not only worked on the vfx for “Gravity,” they also designed the poster. However, the poster that we all recognize was not the only one made up. Recently on the Framestore blog, they offered a peak at a dozen other “Gravity” posters that were not used,  probably for the better. Even if you’ve never seen the movie, which was plenty terrifying on its own, some of these posters are enough to make your heart race.

  • Terry Crews Returns With Another Crazy Old Spice Ad [Video]

    A new Old Spice ad starring Terry Crews, the most energetic pitchman since the late, great Billy Mays, has premiered and it’s just as bizarre as the rest. Crews stars as himself, excited as always about the newest Old Spice product, this time an electric razor, and also as a wily neck hair about to be shaved off. It’s just as entertaining as the rest and has plenty of shouting to wake you up and get your week started. It may even make you a bit teary-eyed the next time you shave your face.

  • Coke Silences Movie Go-ers by Putting Them in the Coming Attractions

    Coca-Cola sought out to silence movie assassins by encouraging movie theater patrons not to slurp during the movie. A great play by the brand who induces the slurping in the first place. When you’re spending upwards of $20 for a 3-D IMAX blockbuster, the last thing you want is a slurper, going to town on a cherry coke slushie right behind your ear. What I would do for a cherry Coke Slushie right now. )

  • Real Life Better Call Saul [Video]

    Daniel Muessig is a real criminal defense attorney in Pittsburgh who has released a commercial that would make Saul Goodman envious. He insists he’s the best to defend you because he himself thinks like a criminal. You can tell just how legit he is by the lengthy disclaimer at the end of the video. Watching this almost makes me want to commit a crime in Pennsylvania just so I can call Muessig to defend me. Almost.

  • Ultra-sonic Sensored Subway Ad Uses Train to Trigger a Surprise

    Apotek, a pharmacy brand, took subway platform billboards in Stockholm, combined them with ultra-sonic sensors that used an oncoming train to trigger the ads interactive messaging. A beautiful girl remains all but still in the advert, until the sound and wind from an oncoming train sends her beautiful locks into a frenzy, creating a fun and unexpected surprise, leaving onlookers talking about and sharing the unique ad. Apotek Hjärtat – Blowing in The Wind from Ourwork on Vimeo.

  • J&B Tattoos Their Whiskey Bottles [12 Photos]

    Blended scotch whisky producer J&B has been around for about 150 years, which just so happens to coincide with the arrival of tattoos in Great Britain. Royal Navy sailors would get tattooed in foreign lands and soon enough the fashion caught on back home, with Prince Bertie, who would become Edward VII, getting inked for the first time in 1862. J&B decided to celebrate the art of tattooing with the production of 25 tattooed bottles. These bottles aren’t just wrapped with some lame Ed Hardy sticker, though. Each bottle is covered with a latex skin, the same material used to practice tattooing, then a real tattoo is applied by Sébastien Mathieu, owner of Le Sphinx, a private tattoo room in Paris. Each bottle took about 20 hours to complete. Unfortunately, the bottles are all for sale in France. Oh well, at least we have these pictures and a making of video to look at.

  • The Future of Vehicles As Seen From Predictions of the Past (26 Photos)

    Flying cars, saucer shaped planes and transcontinental transporting tubes are just a few predictions of the future we had nearly a century ago. While we’re not there just yet, innovative companies are now in a space race of technology, but here on earth. Google is taking no prisoners, making breakthroughs in transportation technology, already having near perfected the driverless car. Even though we can’t help but feel a little disappointed in ourselves looking at past expectations, automotive companies are beginning to follow suit of Google with emergency breaks that use sensors to stop on a dime or parallel park themselves. Here’s to the future.

  • VW Beetle Travels The World 3 Times And Is Still On The Road [Video]

    “Once More. The Story Of VIN 903847,” may be a half hour commercial for Volkswagen, but it’s also a powerful documentary featuring the iconic Beetle. The video, from VW Canada, chronicles the history of a 1955 Beetle whose original owner drove it around the world three times. The car, now on its third owner, is still on the road and used for adventurous voyages. Volkswagen has also set up an interactive version of the movie at Once More.

  • Hot In-Flight Video From Air New Zealand And Sports Illustrated

    Air New Zealand has teamed up with Sports Illustrated to create the hottest in-flight safety video we’ve ever seen. To celebrate Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s 50th anniversary, the commercial features Jessica Gomes, Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis and Ariel Meredith instructing you on flight safety while distracting you in their bikinis. Also making an appearance is Christie Brinkley who is looking incredible at 60. Watch the commercial and study it well then enter the “Safety in Paradise”sweepstakes where your answer to a multiple choice question about the ad could win you a trip to Aitutaki. Good luck!

  • 6 Iconic Images Recreated In One Uninterrupted Shot [Video]

    The Sunday Times, one of the classier British newspapers (no page 3 girls), has released a new ad that takes 6 classic images from fine arts, cinema, TV, and music and combines them into one flowing shot. It’s like one of those crazy Michel Gondy music videos from the 90s condensed into 50 seconds. After watching the ad, also check out the “making of” video that shows the ad from a stationary camera set far back on the set. The amount of work that goes into such a short but complicated video is astounding.

  • Zombies Attack New Yorkers [Video]

    AMC’s hit show “The Walking Dead” returns for its fifth season on Sunday night. To get the word out about the post-apocalyptic zombie program, AMC did the hip thing to do these days and scared the hell out of people around New York City. To accomplish this, they transformed a bunch of actors into zombies and had them reach out through sewer grates on the sidewalk and grab unsuspecting passersby. Fun!

  • Cartoon Characters As Famous Brand Logos

    Artist Bruce Yan has taken beloved cartoon characters, such as Bugs Bunny and Astro Boy, and inserted them into classic brand logos. In Yan’s world, Bugs is the Playboy bunny and Astro Boy is slinging burgers for Bob’s Big Boy. The series, titled “Brand New,” is currently exhibited at Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988. Prints and laser cut boards of the pieces are for sale, but with the sudden Internet fame of the images, they are selling fast. Also, be sure to check out more of Bruce Yan’s work at his website. 

  • Badass Lawyer Commercial Or Revenge Film Trailer? [Video]

    Savannah based lawyer Jamie Casino made this commercial that aired during the Super Bowl in Georgia that explains how he went from ruthless defense attorney for all sorts of nefarious types to heroic defender of the underdog/personal injury attorney. The serious ad looks more like a trailer to a revenge/action flick. His name, Jamie Casino, even sounds like some sort of vigilante like The Punisher’s Frank Castle. It’s a serious story, involving the murder of Casino’s brother, but the execution is so bizarre and over the top that it seems like Hollywood fiction. All I know is the downtrodden citizens of Savannah are lucky to have Jamie Casino on their side.

  • If Company Slogans Were Honest

    A few months back we shared some honest company slogans with you and they were pretty damn funny. Now we present another 66 to tickle your funny bone. I’m not too sure about the Pizza Hut one, though. Do they really still have restaurants with salad bars? I don’t think I’ve been to a Pizza Hut with a salad bar since they were running that “Back to the Future 2″ promotion with the $1.99 sunglasses. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some sunglasses to look for on eBay. 

  • Anna Kendrick: Behind the Scenes of the Mega Huge Game Day Ad Newcastle Almost Made [Video]

    For the past week, Newcastle has been releasing videos about the Super Bowl ad they would have made if they had the advertising budget to make a Super Bowl ad. They don’t, so the videos have been descriptions of how awesome the ad would have been, storyboards of the unmade ad, and even a focus group reaction to the ad that never was. Now Newcastle has released a behind the scenes video with the ad’s star Anna Kendrick, who complains about there not being an ad in which to star and not even being allowed to say the words “Super Bowl.” She also pretends not to be hot, winning us over even more. Kudos to Newcastle for using the Internet to make a viral campaign that will pay off for them way more than blowing all their cash on 30 seconds during the big game. Check out all the ads at IfWeMadeIt.com.

  • Overdose On 80s Nostalgia With Delta’s New Safety Video

    Delta’s bodacious new in-flight safety video features so much 80s, it’ll make you want to wear a swatch watch, crank up a Howard Jones cassette on your Walkman, and vote for Ronald Reagan. Featuring cameos from Devo’s Jerry Casale, Teddy Ruxpin, Alf, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and an Atari 2600, this safety video will be sure to make you want to book a Delta flight to 1987. Too bad you can’t, unless you get lucky and those creepy future people from that terrible movie “Millennium” get a hold of your flight.

  • Awesome Crony Capitalism Toy Commercial For The Lil Libertarian [Video]

    I can’t be sure if these toys are real or not, although their is a website that says they’ll be available soon, but there is no denying how awesome this commercial is. It’s just like the toy/cartoon commercials of our youth but with an obvious political message. Actually, if you think about it, it’s sort of like glorifying the villains in Captain Planet. I don’t know about you, but after watching this I’m ready to stifle entrepreneurship and get konnected with the Kronies!


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