It’s been a little while since we’ve caught up with Andrew Thompson, aka At-Slopes, who my former colleague fawned over last summer for his nifty t-shirt designs. Thompson, who’s spent time as an art director at various agencies including R/GA, Digitas, Euro RSCG and JWT Digital, decided to turn his focus to t-shirt design a few years back and it looks like it’s finally paid off for the man, who’s had his creative imprint on work for clients such as Nike, Microsoft and Samsung. Now, he’s unveiled a new set of T’s in which he’s revamped the Philadelphia Flyers logo into something, yes, “fly” (example above). See kids, there is life beyond advertising, so let’s support a young local creative, shall we?
2010 nearly drove alleged pervert Dov Charney and his company, American Apparel, into total financial ruin. With the company still teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, Charney and his crew are sexing up their already super sexed up print ads, with the one above offending people due to its depiction of bare breasts and exposed nipples (NSFW version here thanks to Australia).
That’s not all. The company is producing another ad this month which prominently displays pubic hair, causing even more of an uproar. Is this just American Apparel’s raunchy, last dying breath trying to get people to buy their basic, well-fitting but overpriced clothing before they’re gone forever? If you’re wondering why the Twitterverse and media is referring to the above ad as “creepy” above all else, Ology.com breaks down what could be a private photo session turned into a national ad campaign. Check out the full ad after the jump.
While this wouldn’t necessarily qualify him as an author per se, R/GA San Francisco ACD Ted McCagg is nonetheless releasing a book this Monday called Paper Doll Orgy (hey, it’s only $9 and some change on Amazon), which is a compilation of drawings and doodles that he’s posted daily on his blog, “Questionable Skills.” While we await our copy, McCagg has stoked our interest by leaking an excerpt from the Acknowledgments section of his book, which gives us a clue as to just how much of a treat it probably was for the creative to be toiling as a freelancer at McCann SF. He thanks said agency, for “without whose brain-numbing, soul-killing freelance job I would have never found the need to do something creative every day, and thus, started to produce these drawings.” To be fair, though, isn’t any freelance job pretty “soul-killing?”
Though we don’t see a CCO gig–or any gig for that matter–at McCann in his future, at least McCagg has a kindred spirit in Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, whose writing team has never minced words when it comes their feelings about the IPG-owned agency.
As Droga5 Sydney sees it, the ad game in 2010 wasn’t for the faint of heart. So, with a full-page ad in the Australian yesterday, Droga5 encouraged agencies worldwide to make their New Year’s resolution dedicated to having more fun.
True, the golden age of advertising depicted on Mad Men has seen its heyday, and there’s no sign of it coming back anytime soon. Perhaps inspired by Don Draper’s full-page fictional New York Times anti-smoking declaration on the show this past season, Droga5′s ad reads as an idealist’s credo for how those in the advertising business should view their work and, more importantly, themselves.
Instead of dissecting this word for word, we’ll let you decide whether or not this bold statement is just another clever marketing scheme, or if it’s a genuine call to arms. But, as the folks at Campaign Brief point out, this sort of thing doesn’t happen too often.
So, Leo Burnett CEO Tom Bernadin and CCO Mark Tutssel collaborated on a new book dubbed HumanKind, which discusses the agency’s four-word philosophy: People, Purpose, Participation and Populism. Hey, if Bogusky and Porter can write a diet book, why can’t a tome written about the ad industry itself be penned by Bernadin, who says in a statement, “This book is not about advertising, brand propositions or selling products. It’s about people – what engages them, moves them and inspires them to act a certain way, and ultimately enriches their lives.”
Anyhow, we’re giving away five copies of the book so if you’re game, please email yours truly at agencyspy at gmail dot com with the year Bernadin was named CEO at Leo. First five get the prize. Game on.
Update: And like that, we’re out! Thanks to all those who replied.
Creative Social, an ad-hoc collective of social and digital people worldwide, has published a book (yes, apparently paper books still exist) called Digital Advertising: Past, Present and Future. Clearly, the focus of the book is about how the interwebs is shaping society (or something). No idea how they’re able to predict the future though, so that’s a good ploy to read it, right?
In total, there are 24 contributors which include many names we’ve heard of including: Rafa Soto, Ale Lariu, Johnny Vulkan & Benjamin Palmer, and many others we haven’t. We could rant about how great the book is and how all the writers are colossally awesome, but we’ll leave you to do your own reading. Feel free to purchase the book here.
The ad, depicting the show’s deranged, grizzled and wide-eyed host with a comparatively calm looking owl perched on his shoulder, is sure to make O’Brien’s primate friend a bit jealous. It also seems to be continuing Coco’s recent “in your face” persona, which hasn’t let up since his NBC late night show was canceled in early January.
Conan, we get it. You got a raw deal, you were screwed by your network and you had every right to grow a disgusting beard and whine about your misfortune incessantly for the last nine months. Now, before you lose whatever goodwill you have, can you just go away for a while?
Last evening we got word from a Boards employee who informed us that the publication has folded. A few tweets from the magazine’s feed solidify the news, though the website seems to still be up and running.
Writes Ed White, Boards Associate Editor, “Boards was shuttered today, after 10 years. A sad day for all of us here at Boards.”
A sad day indeed. Our best to the staff and contributors who will hopefully get nabbed by Contagious or some other worthy publication.