• These Intricate Ice Cubes Are Works Of Art [23 Photos]

    Last year, Japanese whisky distiller Suntory teamed up with advertising agency TBWA for a campaign featuring a collection of intricately carved ice cubes. Using Autodesk 123D and a special CNC router chilled to 19°F, TBWA was able to create ice cube replicas of the Statue of Liberty, Mario, Deadmau5, and many others. The incredible campaign just won the Branded Content & Entertainment Lotus trophy at the Asia Pacific Advertising Festival in Thailand and one look at these photos proves they deserved it. And to think, we’re impressed when we get cloudy, oddly shaped bits of ice with no identifiable bug parts encased within!

  • For Better or Worse, #Brands Love April Fools

    Brands love April Fools probably more so than even the most mischievous of pranksters. It’s like they get some snarky satisfaction from pulling the preverbal wool over your eyes. We have to hand it to them, they put quite of bit of budget into production value for a prank with a shelf life of 1 day, but hey, we’re talking about it I guess. Here are a few of the good, bad and lame April fools jokes from big #brands. Toblerone Light. Because it’s not always what’s on the inside that counts. pic.twitter.com/i3qUlLsGVq — Toblerone (@Toblerone) April 1, 2015 Honestly, not sure if this is real or not… The world we live in…

  • Here’s What The Internet’s Most Read Articles Look Like (Interactive Graphic)

    The internet is by far the vastest channel of information on the planet. News, media and material is all offered up at the tip of our fingers and what Founders and Founders recently did was collect the most read news stories on the entire internet, and spread them out neatly on an interactive graphic. The internet is a pretty accurate reflection on what matters to humanity as a whole and based on the information gathered children, social class, death and self improvement seem to be the most consistent trends throughout popular media articles online. As F&F notes, intimate portraits of peoples lives also hold our interest quite well, for example “The life of Dasani, a homeless child from New York City” or “Dying on Your Own Terms, the story of Brittany Maynard”. Other articles that see spikes in reader engagement are self-help or lifehack articles that provide a sense of usefulness. After useful advice articles come entertainment from pop culture. Here’s how F&F landed on these stories “To find the most-read articles we looked at the top media sites and compared their social metrics, the number of backlinks, and the number of comments. The top 20 articles, one from each top media source, more »

  • This Proposed NYC High-Rise Will Include 5 Built-in Parks

    High-rise Manhattan life is becoming more and more unaffordable… and competitive as we can see with these renderings of a newly proposed residential 65-story, 700ft tower with actual fresh air parks built into it. There will be five “clusters” of shared park space for residents at intervals throughout the building, which NEF, a Turkish developer, wants to build in Midtown, according to Perkins+Will, the architecture and design firm behind the concept. On top of the five built-in parks, the 65-story tower with offer some out of this world amenities such as an art room, an exterior jacuzzi, event rooms, a private yoga studio, a chef’s table, a fitness room, terraced gardens, an outdoor cinema, an observatory, and a rooftop infinity pool with a terrace garden, according to the plans. The building, which is set to be completed by 2017, will include 65 apartment units ranging from 400sqft studios to 1,800sqft “floor-throughs,” according to a report byBloomberg Businessweek.   The architecture firm first unveiled the design earlier this month after it received a major international design honor —  the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Award in the Tall Buildings category.

  • Shots Fired. Taco Bell Compares McDonald’s Breakfast to Fascism in New Campaign

    Shots have officially been fired. Taco Bell recently released a “propaganda” style video harnessing the mascot of McDonald’s against them. In what seems like a dystopian fascist society dubbed Routine Republic, two rebels long for change in a society of monotony. The surreal campaign from Taco Bell comes after a cheeky campaign in which their Ad Agency, Deutsch, hired employees named Ronald McDonald to celebrate their breakfast line launch. This shot is a bit more apparent, using McDonald’s beloved clown mascot reimagined as a tired fascist clown, resembling Mao Zedong. As he rules over an army of clowns, forcing tedium upon the people of “Routine Republic”. After the dreariness of it’s communist-style intro, “Blitzkrieg Bop” commences inspiring the rebels to flee for change, reaching for a land where crunch wraps reign supreme. Although the whole piece is a bit on the dark side, we can’t help, but revel in it’s brilliance. Bravo Deutsch. Now all I can think about are geometrically shaped breakfast wraps.

  • 27 Examples of How Offensive Vintage Ads Were

    Advertising has always “stretched” the truth to an extent, but some of these advertisements from the early to mid 1900s are so cringeworthy offensive you’d be surprised they were ever published. If anything we can use these as examples for how far we’ve come in the past 60 years of civil rights, but then again it’s embarrassing that this was the norm for a generation in their wonder years today.

  • These Reverse Brand Logos Will Really Bug You

    You know what would be the worst part about living in Bizarro World? Not the inexplicable lack of nominative pronouns. Not saying the opposite of what you mean. Not even having to ogle uggos. No, the worst part of living in Bizarro World would be looking up at a Coca-Cola billboard and seeing Pepsi spelled out in the iconic white font on red background. And the rest of these reversed brand logos would also be infuriating. If you have the stomach for it, check out the rest of the series, “Brand Reversions,” from Graham Smith.

  • These Retro Ads Show What Sort Of Man Reads Playboy

    In the 60s and 70s, Playboy was one of the top men’s magazines, with circulation in the millions, but there was still a problem luring advertisers. To convince advertisers to pitch their brands to the magazine’s readers, Playboy came up with this campaign highlighting its varied and extremely lucrative readers. As it turns out, the magazine was not (only) ogled by skid row perverts. Wealthy, educated men who spend money on sports cars and scotch also liked looking at beautiful women and reading Norman Mailer. Go figure.

  • Think You Know The Apple Logo? You’re Probably Wrong

    Apple, the tech giant that is often at the top of the world’s most valuable companies, is a brand we are constantly bombarded with. If PC and Android diehards find themselves surrounded by folks using iPhones and MacBooks. And with all the news this week about the Apple Watch, the company and its logo have been covered more than ever. So by now, there’s no way any of us could not recognize the logo, right? According to a recent UCLA study, people had difficulty in not only drawing the Apple logo from memory, but also in choosing the correct logo from a group of similar pictures. In fact, only one in 85 participants could correctly draw the logo in terms of shape, bite size, and leaf orientation. And when presented with 12 logos, less than half of the participants chose correctly. How hard can it be? Take the logo test for yourself and find out. I’m not proud to say that despite my hubris, I failed…while taking the test on a MacBook Air. But at least I’m pretty sure I could have drawn it from memory better than the person who thought it looked like the Pepsi logo. Pretty sure.

  • Geico Just Tricked Us Into Watching An Entire Commercial

    Does anybody really watch commercials these days? Thanks to DVR we can escape them on TV and most Internet ads can be skipped after a few seconds. Geico realizes this, which is why they made this ten-second commercial that has already said everything it needs to before you can skip it while waiting for a YouTube video of a monkey pleasuring himself with a frog. But if you don’t immediately skip it, it keeps going. And it’s entertaining. And we just got tricked into watching an entire commercial. Hmm…I suddenly have the urge to change my car insurance. And eat spaghetti.

  • Western Corporate Logos As Chinese Neon Signs

    Through TV commercials, billboards, print ads, and so much branded merchandise, we are constantly inundated with corporate logos. Even before we can read, we recognize the Mickey Mouse ears of Walt Disney and the golden arches of McDonald’s. And once we can read, we don’t actually need to read the logo, recognizing the design and color scheme without any thought. Artist and designer Mehmet Gözetlik addresses this fact with his series “Chinatown” where he recreates 20 iconic western brands as neon signs in Chinese. We have no idea what these signs say, just as over a billion in people in china can’t read the English versions, but we still know exactly what brand is represented. Be sure to check out more studies in design and branding from Mehmet Gözetlik at his website.

  • The Top trending Super Bowl ads on YouTube According to Google

    This Sunday’s Super Bowl is gearing up to be one of the most anticipated games in history. With Vegas putting the spread at just 1 point, the game itself is sure to not disappoint. The ads however, can be hit or miss. The past few years the millions of dollars spent on these commercials have fell a little short. And wierd. This year’s commercial teasers have already proved that we’re in for a treat. From puppys, to pranks to Kardashians, here are the most viewed Super Bowl ads on YouTube so far According to Google. 10. Newcastle __ 9. Mercedes __ 8. Buzzfeed + Friskies __ 7. Snickers __ 6. BMW __ 5. Carl’s Jr. __ 4. Budweiser __ 3. T-Mobile __ 2. Bud Light __ 1. Nissan + Roman Atwood

  • Has Bud Light Gone Completely Insane? Check Out Their Full Super Bowl Ad Spot

    Bud light has lost it’s damn mind. In their latest installment of #UpForWhatever, Bud Light convinces a lucky guy to take his chances to see if he’s up for whatever. The dude enters a giant outdoor space and is then put in an enormous life-size Pacman game. As the man runs through the walls collecting points he’s chased by 6-foot Pacman ghosts, is finally caught and dies. We can’t be sure just yet, but if Pacman dies in the game, we’re guessing this guy died in real life. Bud Light killed a man for the sake of the Super Bowl. Advertising at it’s finest.

  • Watch The Finalists For Doritos Crash The Super Bowl Commercial This Year

    This year, Doritos has narrowed down their Super Bowl commercial search to a lucky ten YouTubers for not only immediate stardom, but a cool $1 Million plus a movie gig at Sony. The ‘Crash the Super Bowl’ contest always brings in a cooky, quirky, yet clever feel to the over-hyped, over-budgeted commercials of the rest of the big game’s lineup. calls on the public to create their Super Bowl commercial for such illustrious prizes as $1 million and a slick movie gig at Sony. The Crash the Super Bowl contest always produces some quality work, but this year’s finalists have outdone previous years. We’ve given you some of our favorites, but go to Crash The SUper Bowl to watch all 10

  • Samsung Evokes Iconic Artists to Promote New Camera’s Portrait Feature

    Samsung has released a series of brilliant ads for their new NX mini camera. The ads feature 3 of the worlds most iconic artists in history, using their self portraits to convey the camera’s selife feature. Ad Agency Leo Burnett of Switzerland created the series to highlight the The NX mini and it’s a 3-inch flip-up display and interchangeable wide-aperture lens, the perfect camera for a “self portrait”. Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Albrecht Dürer are the three iconic artists using the NX mini and it’s wide-aperture lens.

  • The Colbert Report Studio Gets The Google Maps Treatment

    Stephen Colbert is saying goodbye to the stage that made him the star he is today, after writing for the Daily Show since the mid 90s, Colbert got his own desk on the Colbert Report, which has been a voice for young adults in America since it’s launch. Colbert will be taking over David Letterman’s slot as a late night host, but not before one last good bye. In collaboration with The Colbert Report, Google Maps Business View is giving a 360-degree virtual tour of The Colbert Report studio. Business view hopes to continue their Google Street success, by giving virtual tours of restaurants and stores around the globe.

  • This Outrageous Underwater City Is Realistic According to this Japanese Developer

    An underwater city capable of sustaining human life in the middle of the ocean might seem like a concept only seen on the silver screen, but is actually quite attainable. This according to Japanese development group Shimizu Corp, who’ve recently released renderings of their geometric glass dome, which would sit floating in the abyss of the ocean tethered to the ocean floor by a spiral that would essentially mine energy from the earth via methane-generating micro-organisms and thermal energy conversion. The dome (in theory) would be self sustaining, gaining it’s energy from the earth and would have capabilities to ascend and descend via it’s spiral. The entire project would only take about 5 years to build, but the technology won’t be readily sustainable for another fifteen years. But time isn’t the only hurdle Shimizu has to face, the project is estimated to cost around $25 billion, which in 2029 money equals ¥2.94 Trillion (assuming China takes over the world by then) Shimizu Corp while thinking the idea is totally attainable by then is no stranger to outrageously progressive ideas such as moon bases, floating botanical cities, and an elevator to space, which they have created in the past.

  • English SuperMarket Ad Already Wins Most ‘Feels’ For Holiday Season

    English grocery store chain, Sainsbury has already won all “the feels” for the holiday season. In a recent advertisement made in partnership with The Royal British Legion, Sainsbury captures a moment inspired by real events from over 100 years ago, commemorating an extraordinary event that took place on Christmas Day, 1914, an infamous day in the midst of World War I, when conflicting sides of combat came together, put down their weapons and shared gifts, even played soccer on the battlegrounds. The chocolate bar featured in the ad is on sale now at Sainsbury’s. All profits (50p per bar) will go to The Royal British Legion and will benefit our armed forces and their families, past and present.

  • Tim And Eric Made A Totino’s Commercial And Now We Need An Adult

    Totino’s Pizza Rolls, which no adult has actually ever eaten sober, thought it would be a good idea to hire Tim and Eric for their latest ad campaign. The comedic duo, known for oddball commercials for fake products like the Poop Tube, would not be most people’s first choice to direct an actual food commercial. But then again, Totino’s Pizza Rolls would not be most people’s first choice for food. We’ve got to hand it to them, they did manage to keep the gross out level to a minimum while also introducing such inane Totino’s accessories as the feminine mini backpack, pizza chess, pizza roll love package, and pizza roll launcher. Watch the commercial below then head over to Totino’s Living and see if you can figure out what the hell is going on. Now if you’ll excuse me, I feel the urge to eat pizza rolls and listen to punk rock.

  • Cheeky New Movember Ads Reminiscent of Romance Novel Art

    It’s November again, you know what that means, Mustaches galore. Since our patron saint and founding father, Teddy Roosevelt wore the bushy lip hair better than anyone else in history, we condone the act of growing one in order to raise money for prostate cancer. Ad Agency, BBDO Toronto just took Movember to the next level by mimicking cheesy romance novel cover art, but replacing the shirtless studs with regular men with horrific looking mustaches accompanied by the headline “Be A Hero”, predicating wearing a mustache and raising money for a month makes you a hero.

  • Retro Posters Urge New Yorkers To Visit New York

    New Yorkers already have pretty much everything they could want in New York City, so it only makes sense that the perfect travel destination to advertise to them would be…New York City. The newest campaign from NYC & Company, “See Your City,” urges New Yorkers to visit places in the city they may be missing out on. It’s easy to become comfortable in your own borough and get into a routine that never allows you to see the rest of the city. So check out these great places that are just a train or ferry ride away. And because many of these spots are a bit out of the way, you won’t have to worry about mobs of tourists buying M&M’s by the bushel in Times Square because apparently they don’t have candy anywhere else in the world. For more info on these destinations and other hidden gems, check out See Your City.

  • This Commercial Is An Incredible Ski Film

    Filming athletes in LED suits is all the rage right now, and we’re just fine with that. It makes for awesome video and which what Philips was hoping for when they teamed with Swedish agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren and filmmakers Sweetgrass Productions to create “Afterglow,” a short film to promote Philips’ color-backlit Ambilight televisions. The 12-minute long video was filmed at Golden Alpine Holidays in Aleyska, Alaska. The slopes were lit up with brilliant colors while the team of professional skiers wore suits comprised of thousands of LEDs. This is the sort of advertising we can really get into.

  • We Can’t Stop Watching This Japanese USB Lighter Commercial [Video]

    A couple years ago, Jii, a Japanese company that produces a lighter that is powered via USB charge, became Internet famous for their bizarre commercial. But like most things on the web, we quickly forgot about it. But apparently Jii is still a thing and they’re still producing wacky commercials. This soccer-themed cartoon is impossible to figure out (what does soccer have to do with smoking?) but we can’t stop watching it. We don’t even smoke, but for some reason we have been hypnotized into desiring this device.

  • Virgin America’s 6-Hour Flight Sim Video Is Oddly Entertaining

    Virgin America has just come up with the greatest way to advertise their low-fare, but high-quality coast-to-coast flights—with a 6-hour video simulating your flight on one of the other airlines. This Bunuel-tinged epic features long shots of the back of the seat in front of you, annoying neighbors, and pushy flight attendants. It’s frightening how real it is. There are even a few dream sequences to give the film an avant-garde touch. Seriously, if this isn’t deserving of a Criterion Collection release, I don’t know what is. How many years do you give it before it’s playing on loop at the Museum of Modern Art?

  • 14 Movies Recreated With Stock Footage [Video]

    Stock footage company Dissolve put together this clever video to illustrate just how varied their library of footage is. Using only stock footage, they were able to recreate 14 popular movies, including “Titanic,” “Top Gun,” “Babe,” and “The Shining” in just two minutes. It’s a novel approach to advertise a useful but not particularly exciting service.

  • Your Favorite Classic Music Videos Are Retroactively Getting Product Placement

    Since their inception, the main purpose of music videos was to promote the artist. They were advertisements for the record first and foremost, but they also offered artists the chance to express themselves in a visual manner not possible with a CD. They may have been ads in that sense, but they still had artistic value of their own as a visual medium. But now, the line between music video and advertising will be blurred much more, and change will apply to videos that have already existed for years. Universal Music Group has entered into a three-way partnership with in-video advertising technology company MirriAd and ad agency Havas. Music videos from UMG’s huge stable of superstars will now feature advertisements of Havas clients via MirriAd’s software that transforms bare walls and other surfaces in the background of the videos into billboards. The technology has already been used in Aviici’s video for “You Make Me.” Using MirriAd, Havas was able to insert advertisements for their client Grand Marnier. You can see the post-production product placement in the before and after shots below. As giant record companies find themselves more and more irrelevant in their traditional roles of production, promotion, and distribution more »

  • Brands Shred Apple on Twitter over iPhone 6 #Bendgate

    Incase you live somewhere where the iPhone 6 hasn’t all but announced global domination, there’s a few new issues with the phone you should know about. First off is the issue with iOS 8 and it’s software malfunctions causing some phones to completely lose service, the next a serious hardware malfunction causing phones to bend and break. As expected Samsung, HTC and LG have all taken to twitter to throw jabs at the brand for it’s questionable hardware. But it doesn’t stop there, other brands have begun to join in digging in to what we’re now calling #bendgate. Curved. Not bent. #GALAXYNoteEdge pic.twitter.com/OTPIYlI07f — Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) September 25, 2014 Our phone doesn't bend, it flexes…on purpose. #bendgate pic.twitter.com/d1DudxDQgf — LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) September 24, 2014 Designed to withstand the most demanding environments. Like your pockets. #HTCOneM8 — HTC USA (@HTCUSA) September 24, 2014 We don't bend, we #break. #bendgate #iPhone6plus pic.twitter.com/uippCg4kCi — KITKAT (@KITKAT) September 24, 2014 Dear Apple… #BendGate pic.twitter.com/XJ8zVEUog9 — Heineken NL (@Heineken_NL) September 25, 2014 Some things are better when they're bent. #BendGate #iPhone6Plus pic.twitter.com/7w4MN3PULu — Chex Mix (@ChexMix) September 24, 2014 WARNING: Whataburger WILL bend if left in your pocket. #bendgate pic.twitter.com/wXcUpfVFoS — Whataburger® more »

  • A Definitive Ranking of 25 Derek Jeter Commercials

    Sure, Derek Jeter is a fine player and it’s sad that he’s retiring form the Yankees, but baseball wasn’t the only place where Jeter left his mark. Since becoming a superstar athlete, he’s also had a long career starring in TV commercials. While others are focusing on Jeter’s defining moment on the field, New York Magazine has take on the tough job of ranking his commercials. And I guarantee there will be more than a few that you forgot about but you’ll be happy to see again.

  • 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.

 

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