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It seems our coverage of Floyd Hayes has apparently been with some disdain over the years but the self-proclaimed “Ideas Man” decided to turn negative into positive in honor of Valentine’s Day. We’ll keep this short since Hayes has touched a nerve or two over time. The man has decided to transform the negative comments he’s received on this here site and create the image above, which we couldn’t help but resist posting. Do you feel the love?
David&Goliath, perhaps most well-known for their Blake Griffin and now Jack McBrayer-co-starring spots for Kia, have decided to celebrate the new year a little differently. Instead of focusing on empty resolutions and self-improvement, they’ve created a “post-holiday card” thanking friends, family, clients and colleagues, which they’ve dubbed “The Gratitude Wall.”
David&Goliath invited employees to “appreciate and thank those who have helped us get to where we are today” via posts to Instagram, then assembled the Instagram images on The Gratitude Wall webpage. It’s a nice, positive message that D&G designed to “look back on our combined challenges and successes and to look ahead with a sincere thank you to all involved.” We appreciate the shift from the normal New Year’s naval gazing, new diets and resolutions that will be broken before February rolls around towards gratitude and appreciation. Plus, D&G can refresh the page with new photos next November for an easy Thanksgiving card.
If you need some affirmation that not all is wrong with the world this gloomy, snow-covered Friday, head on over to The Gratitude Wall for something unabashedly and straightforwardly nice. How often do you get to see that?
We saw a lot of agency holiday card videos and websites this past month. A few were very well made, while some just seemed tossed, and a few were so weird we didn’t know quite what to make of them. If you missed out on all this holiday card action, never fear. We’ve compiled some of the best, worst and weirdest for you below. Enjoy, feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments section, and have a Happy New Year.
“Season’s Greetings From Guy Holiday” – Ignited
LA-based agency Ignited created our favorite holiday card this year by taking on the agency holiday card itself. Ignited’s character Guy Holiday, — described as “if BuzzFeed had a baby with Ron Burgundy and then that baby was raised by, well, Agency Spy” — is an agency holiday card expert who shares his rules for a successful holiday card. He’s a funny character, who gives advice like ““always include a cute animal” because “animals are like mother nature’s stuffed animals.” Agencies would do well to take Guy’s advice before crafting their cards next year.
Viewpoint Creative’s delightfully wacky take on the agency holiday card was another one of our favorites. The Boston-based agency imagines a worst-case-scenario for forgetting to unplug the Christmas tree that includes a giant New Year’s baby and a demon Santa, which should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. The video’s amateurish construction only adds to the charm, and fits the mood perfectly.
One of the last items in our holiday coverage (we hope) may also be one of the strangest agency submissions of the season, which comes to us from New York-based Berlin Cameron United.
BCU’s version of the agency video holiday card is a weird one indeed, answering the question “What can Berlin Cameron bring you for the holidays?” with a barrage of gnomes, yeti costumes, dancing, beat boxing, and more yeti costumes, to name a few. Just don’t expect it all to make much sense as it’s more a menagerie of random, goofy ideas. We’ve definitely seen worse holiday cards this year, but I’m not sure we’ve seen a more bizarre one.
Just in case you didn’t get enough agency holiday cards, we’ve got one more leftover, this time from Boston-based agency AMP.
For their take on the holiday card, AMP created Cheerify, a site that can transform any webpage “into a winter wonderland with the click of a button.” Just type in a webpage in the input box and watch as Cheerify envelopes the site with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. You can also drag the Cheerify button to your bookmarks toolbar and press the button to transform any webpage into a winter wonderland. For an idea of what Cheerify does, check out the video above. Never before has your porn browsing experience been so festive.
As we he slowly shut it down for a little bit and try to get last-minute shopping done (yeah, we’re that person), here’s an effort featuring an illuminated gingerbread house from Los Angeles creative studio, Whirled. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit on this Christmas Eve, we don’t know what will. In case you were wondering, the song is “The Mother We Share” from one of the indie music blog-approved bands of the moment, Chvrches. Happy holidays everyone, see you shortly.
We’re pretty big Massive Attack fans here, so we were pretty excited to learn that lead Massive Attack member Robert Del Naja (better known as 3D) composed the music for AKQA’s “Written in the Stars” app for iPhone and iPad.
The app allows users to send their holiday greetings into the sky, to be received by star gazing iPhone/iPad users when they hold their devices up to the night sky. It’s a cool, original way to send messages to loved ones with iOS devices — especially if the recipient is fond of astronomy.
3D’s music is also featured in the online spot for the app (featured above), and it’s predictably great. But then, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Naja. Check out the “Written in the Stars” app and let us know what you think in the comments section.
Usually when you give a gift you want to show that you’ve put a lot of thought into picking out just the right item to express how much you care about the gift’s receiver. But sometimes, you want your gift to say “I don’t really like you, so I picked out something crappy that you probably won’t like.” If you find yourself in the latter situation, the good folks over at San Francisco interactive agency Traction have got you covered.
Traction created “The Amazing Crap-O-Matic Gift Generator” for all those times when you just need a crappy gift, fast. Simply pull the digital lever and it instantly generates a crappy gift idea, from the game Redneck Rampage to a shark-eating-a-baby necklace; from blank VHS tapes to Handerpants (exactly what it sounds like it is), it just keeps generating crappy gifts. If there’s a flaw with “The Amazing Crap-O-Matic Gift Generator,” it’s that some of the items are not crappy at all, but rather pretty damned cool — like the dead rapper nail art kit, or the aforementioned shark-eating-a-baby necklace. We’ve seen a lot of agency holiday cards this year, but Traction’s just may be the most useful. Happy holidays, everyone.
This year, Y&R New York went a step too far to ensure their clients’ products found their way under the Christmas tree, tapping a “Sellout Santa” to hock their products.
In the agency’s holiday video card, “Sellout Santa” speaks with a group of children, ignoring their Christmas wishes and handing them a product from one of Y&R’s clients instead. That little girl who wants a dollhouse? Nonsense, she’d much rather have a Range Rover Sport. Instead of toys, how about a Twinings tea bag? You get the idea. The concept may run a little thin by the end of the 3:27 video, but luckily there’s a funny kid with a glazed over look on his face to keep things amusing. Enjoy.
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