• Pepsi Inspires GOP to Consider Identity Shift

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    Some very solid concepts for the GOP to consider before the 2010 election season.

    (Via ffffound)

  • Worldwide Adbusting

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    We’ve been seeing some great adbusting online lately. In the Pop Down Project, participants apply a sticky, red icon resembling a “close window” browser button onto ads as a way to protest the visual pollution they cause. More on that here.

    In Berlin, adbusters have been putting Photoshop interface stickers over ads with beautiful models. Bold statement. More on that here.

    (Thanks, Scott)

  • Duh: You Need to Be Using Social Networks for Your Clients

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    The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) has just put out a report that warns, “advertising agencies face growth of just 1.2 per cent a year by 2016 if the industry fails to tackle the changes to the media created by sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.”

    Apparently, and we quote, “Social networks enable consumers to pass on information about products and services, and recommendations from friends are more influential than traditional forms of advertising.” Ah-ha!

    Sadly, it seems only one-third of the agency world is hip to the need to implement these tools for clients. The report goes on, “Two-thirds of advertising agencies are not prepared for the industry changes prompted by social networks and new forms of digital media.”

    Time to sink or swim, oh agency world. Read more in the Financial Times.

    (Thanks, Mindy)

  • T Mobile's Flash Mob

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    People are popping a nut over this spot all over the Internet. It’s honestly pretty amazing they were able to pull this kind of thing off in Liverpool Street Station. But it proves, once again, advertising follows pop culture and doesn’t create it. Groups like Improv Everywhere have been doing this kind of thing for years, without commercial attachment. Now, it comes to a TV near you. Here’s a track list if you can dig it:

    1) Lulu – Shout
    2) Yazz – The only way is up
    3) Pussycat Dolls – Don’t cha
    4) Viennese Waltz
    5) Kool & the Gang
    6) Rainbow – Since you’ve been gone
    7) Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop
    8) Contours – Do you love me

    (Thanks, Megan)

  • CMYK: America's Top Graphic Designer

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    Are you an actor stuck in a designer’s pathetic, pale body?

    Can you funnel the artiste in you to create drama worthy of network TV?

    Do you have what it takes to be America’s Top Graphic Designer?

    C.M.Y.K. America’s Top Graphic Designer is seeking graphic designers that think they have fresh ideas using traditional and new technology, and can handle anything from a logo design, to a layout for a high-end magazine full of text, to a podcast, and on to designing that billboard you see as you travel through your city.

    The elimination round will choose seven graphic designers from across America to compete in “C.M.Y.K.—America’s Top Graphic Designer“—the new, hip, unscripted reality series.

    Holy crap, this is real. You out there, Lifter Baron? This one’s for you.

    (Thanks, Miles)

  • Yo Comments are Whack!

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    This video, created by Cactus art director Allie Edwards and her sister over Xmas break (presumably, while mom and dad were out shopping), has over 800,000 views on YouTube so far. It’s got its moments of funny, but how does stuff like this take off so dramatically online?

  • N.A.S.A.: Money

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    The track features David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge and Z-Trip. The vid was directed by Syd Garon and Paul Griswold, and features the artwork of Shepard Fairey—who seems to be fully dominating pop culture at this moment in time.

    N.A.S.A. “Money” feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge, & Z-Trip from Paul Griswold on Vimeo.

  • Shigeo Fukuda, RIP

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    Shigeo Fukuda, easily one of our favorite designers of all time, died yesterday of a stroke. We’re genuinely bummed.

    He’s got a great monograph if you’d like to see more examples of his brilliant work.

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