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Jordan Teicher

Jordan Teicher lives in New York City and writes for The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and Tablet Magazine. He likes basketball, David Foster Wallace, and tomatoes, in that order. Email jteich21@gmail.com or tweet @JordanTeicher.

BBH NY ECD Ari Weiss Takes Us Behind the Cube for PS4′s ‘Perfect Day’

I don’t own a PS4, but I catch myself periodically humming the cover of Lou Reed‘s “Perfect Day” in BBH NY’s video game spot with the same title. For a brief refresher: the 60-second spot shows two gamers as iterations of the characters they’re competing with, such as medieval gladiators and race car drivers. If you watch enough TV, you’re bound to watch it. And it sticks with you, mainly because of the song, but compared to typical ad humor and action, this spot just marches to the beat of a different drummer.

One of those drummers – Ari Weiss, executive creative director of BBH NY – recently sat down with ADC for their Behind the Cube series to talk about the creative decisions that helped shape “Perfect Day.” Weiss talks about how the song actually guided the visuals, how the gamers were established as characters, and how editing set the spot’s unique pacing.

And on a somewhat-related note: ADC just announced they are launching an iPad app to show off their annual work developed in conjunction with Brazilian shop the goodfellas, ADC member/Google Creative Lab motion designer Monica Eunji Kim and U.K.-based creative director, Pete Rossi. It is the first time in the company’s 92-year history that the annual book will not be in print. ADC is also giving away free limited-edition iPad cases to the first 500 people who download the app.

Paddy Power Favors Fools on the Pitch with ‘Fat Watch’

The image of fat, overpaid athletes who don’t care about what they do as much as they should is an easy shot for fans to take. It’s occasionally true. But this angle almost never comes from the house, since gambling companies don’t need to take a stance one way or the other to make money. But in the UK, bookmaker Paddy Power has teamed with CP+B for “Fat Watch” a contest to the bottom that rewards soccer players who take the least shots or spend the most time on the bench. Fans who support the clubs of the laziest players (Fernando Torres) will win some undisclosed prize, which seems more like compensation for rooting for FC Shame.

The 30-second spot is pretty funny and plays more like a comedy sketch than a commercial. I don’t think this idea could play in America, but for the stodgy fans across the Atlantic, the campaign’s sneering tone feels like a great fit. Credits after the jump.

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Life No Longer Easy: Staples Changes Slogan to ‘Make More Happen’

I remember the Easy Button last being at all interesting about five years ago. People could actually buy a product that embodied Staples’ marketing strategy in Staples, some mixture of cool/scary meta-advertising that got old once you pressed the button more than 10 times. Staples has actually been running with “That Was Easy” for a decade, but McGarryBowen just retired it in favor of the less punchy “Make More Happen.”

Would you prefer your supply store to make things easy or to make more things happen? Rhetorical, but the rebrand is meant to change the perception of Staples as just an office supply store. The logo changed slightly, too, with the now-rotating “L” you can see in the new promo above that includes dog food, rain boots, paint brushes, etc. They sell dog food? Is this Staples or Walmart? It’s hard to tell. I’m not sure that’s a good thing, since Staples can’t do Walmart as well as Walmart can, but at least they’re trying to adapt instead of coasting down an easy route to irrelevance. Credits after the jump.

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Equinox Takes Responsibility for Your Post-Workout Misdemeanors

If a Levi’s ad had a one-night stand with a Dos Equis commercial and the lovechild was baptized by a former Abercrombie art director, this “Equinox Made Me Do It” campaign by W+K New York would be the result. Equinox’s sensual shenanigans – mainly, turning gym memberships into sex – has graduated from bad joke that everyone is in on to an accepted norm at this point. The over-the-top sexuality even made its way into Aziz Ansari’s most recent standup special. But the appeal seems to be growing: gyms have spread across the country, celebrities are frequent guests, and Equinox now boasts a “Best Gym” award from a handful of publications including Fitness Magazine. The accolades should come in handy as people line up to sign up for a New Year’s resolution gym membership. So should the pretty people running naked on big billboards. If you live in a city with an Equinox gym, get ready to see butts.

The “Made Me Do It” campaign is W+K’s first work for Equinox, but you probably couldn’t tell the difference, because the gym is still selling the same amount of sex. And why shouldn’t they? While copycat fitness centers fight against each other, Equinox separated itself from the competition by rethinking the old adage of less is more. Credits after the jump.

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Pereira & O’Dell Flies Into Birdbnb for Debut Airbnb Work

Pereira & O’Dell nabbed creative duties for Airbnb in September, and three months later, the San Fran shop is launching Birdbnb, their first campaign for the global travel renting company. To supplement Airbnb’s colorful site full of rental options, Pereira & O’Dell created a conceptual platform where artists built 50 birdhouse-sized renderings of actual listings. The finished products will be on display in Audubon Park in New Orleans December 16-22.

The official name of the campaign is “Every Traveler Deserves a Home,” and the 2:10 cut of the above video feels very homey, which is probably the best compliment I can give a travel rental commercial. The 4:30 version drags a bit, kind of like that nice older lady who rents you a room but keeps talking your ear off about topics you don’t care about (2:10 version here, FYI). She’s still kind, but you want to tell her to keep it brief, since, after all, you are the customer. However, selling this type of service does not lend itself to easy choices for advertising, and this effort finds a way to tell a story that makes travel rentals personal.

Credits bookended by some behind-the-scenes videos after the jump.

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Update: Three Fans Root Their Way into ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame

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Quick update on ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame inductions – the three inductees were just announced for the second annual class. Sacramento Kings fan Barbara Rust, who is currently battling breast cancer, has attended every Kings home game since moving to Sacramento in 1985. Arkansas Razorbacks fan Canaan Sandy actually roots for more than one sport, since he is a devoted follower of multiple Arkansas teams. And Pierce Wallace, pictured above, is known as “The Georgia Joker,” and is a lifelong George Bulldogs fan. Judging by the picture, he’s also legally insane and wears a great green wig. People were able to vote for 15 finalists over a recent 10-day period for the project, which was again  produced by RED Interactive and 77 Ventures. Rust, Sandy, and Wallace – which sounds like a Nascar law firm –  will be formally inducted in 2014 and will receive permanent stadium chairs as honors on ESPN’s Bristol, Connecticut campus.

Creature Trades Beef for Beats at Vinyl Storefront

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Today, Seattle-based agency Creature (they of recent storefront fame) opened a vinyl record shop in their ever-changing office window where customers can buy records by the pound. It’s a call back to nostalgia for family-run butcher shops and the original small business. You even buy your records out of a deli case and take them home wrapped in butcher paper. The first person to conduct business in Elpee’s Beat Shop bought 10 pounds worth of music. Thankfully, at $1.46 per pound, 10 pounds of “Choice Cuts” records costs much less than 10 pounds of tender ribeye. For the thriftier shoppers, there’s always the “Prime Beats” quality of vinyl selling for $1.03 per pound.

 

The storefront, with all of it’s Seattle-y charm, will be open weekdays throughout the holiday season as well as the occasional weekend. I’m not sure what kind of records you can buy – one of the press photos shows off a cutely tattered Nat King Cole album – but for a place rooted in music history, I’m hoping there’s plenty of variety. As of the opening, Creature promised 1,000 albums for sale. And if seeing all the butcher paraphernalia makes you hungry, there’s always Meat Loaf.

Ta No Mapa! Draws a More Complete Rio de Janeiro

In America, we may have to worry about politicians manipulating our maps, but at least we know that the maps themselves are complete. In Brazil, that’s not something the people can take for granted. In Rio, for example, there are more than 1,000 favelas that simply appear as blank or incomplete spaces on maps. However, some folks at JWT Brazil just launched a campaign with the educational organization Afroreggae that will let students in Rio conduct research and accurately draw a new map that includes the favelas. The goal of “Ta No Mapa!” is to let kids interview business owners and ultimately manage the online mapping platform as a means of social communication. Think of it as digital networking for future employees who, until this point, have limited access to this type of social media entrepreneurship and creativity.

JWT and Afroreggae hope to expand to other cities and favelas in the future if the project succeeds. Bem feito and credits after the jump.

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Visa Sings for FIFA’s League of Nations in World Cup Spot

The 2014 World Cup may not start for 183 days, but Visa is jumping on the publicity wagon extra early with “One Worldwide,” a singing welcome for all 32 teams playing in Brazil. Sources tell us Atmosphere Proximity is on the creative of the campaign. All of the singing comes courtesy of the Children’s Choir of Petropolis.

The three-and-a-half-minute video drags a little long since it fits in lyrics for every nation. Kids are cute, it’s hard to argue against that, and kids in face paint puffing out their chests in support of their respective teams can be fun, but the music choice gives off a haunting, strange tone at times. Let’s just say this is a far cry from Lionel Messi‘s Samsung spot that used little kids singing the Lorde single “Royals.” That felt flashy and happy with some high-production value. Made the viewer feel excited about soccer. The Visa spot doesn’t do any of those things. At least there’s still time to rethink things for the next 182 days.

Leo Burnett, Special K Trim ‘Fat Talk’ for Women

One of the opening frames in Leo Burnett’s “Fat Talk” spot for Special K tells the viewer that 93% of women engage in fat talk, a form of passive-aggressive self-shaming. Because of Facebook and Twitter, I’m surprised that number isn’t seven percentage points higher.

But during the two-minute spot, women in a nondescript clothing store are forced to confront their own insecurities. Placards of fat talk tweets are posted around the store, and the women realize the self-degradation is bad and start hugging each other. This ad is not a comedy. Instead, it comes off as an incredibly preachy after-school special for adult women. Tackling fat talk is a compelling psychological start for a commercial, but as with a lot of good ideas, the execution winds up muddled into something so safe and vanilla that it’s hard to remember what brand is advertising in the first place. Credits after the jump.

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