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21 OCTOBER, 2008

Creative Clockwork

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What Flavor Flav, wildlife preservation and Dali have in common.

We love clocks. And we love creative communication that technically falls within the advertising industry, but is actually oh-so-much-more. Today, we look at five supremely creative executions involving clocks.

UNIVERSITY OF GENT: DARE TO THINK

Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Brussels
Creative Director: Jan Teulingkx

University of Gent: Dare to Think

Brilliantly captures the very point of a liberal arts education: Studying the traditional and universal, then challenging it.

HAMBURG DALI EXHIBITION

Agency: Jung von Matt, Hamburg
Creative Director:
Deneke von Weltzien

Dali Clock

To bring the great artist to life, Hamburg agency Jung von Matt replaced a number of public clocks with the iconic melted Dali clock for the duration of the exhibition.

WWF: IT’S TIME TO SAVE THEM

Agency: Asatsu Thailand, Bangkok
Art Director: Romerun Chueawongprom

The recognizable WWF logo, reconceived with a new sense of urgency. So simple, but it gets the point across so powerfully

LG TIME MACHINE TV

Agency: Y&R, Dubai
Creative Directors: Shahir Ahmed, Guilherme Rangel

LG Time Machine TV

Creative visual translation of the basic product proposition: 24-hour live recording that makes TV run on your own time.

VOLKSWAGEN: CUCKOO CLOCK

Agency: DDB, Berlin
Creative Directors: Bert Peulecke, Amir Kassaei, Stefan Schulte


Knocking down knock-off culture one hum-drum old couple at a time. Winner at the New York Television & Radio Advertising Festival.

13 OCTOBER, 2008

Mad Men Illustrated

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What Madison Avenue and Upright Citizens Brigade have in common.

We love Mad Men. We also love illustration. And we’re obsessed with Flickr.

So, naturally, we’re all over the Mad Men Illustrated series by NYC-based freelance illustrator, designer and comedian Dyna Moe.

Mad Men Illustrated

Mad Men Illustrated

If her style seems familiar, it’s because Dyna Moe’s credentials include posters and other work for cult comedy outfit Upright Citizens Brigade, for whom she’s been the “unofficial official house designer” since 1999, plus a ton of album artwork for various indie labels.

Mad Men IllustratedThe illustration look and style are inspired by the work of commercial artwork legends from the Mad Men era, including Aurelius Battaglia, Alice & Martin Provensen, and J. P. Miller. The collection started with a holiday card capturing the Mad Men Christmas party from last season, after which Dyna Moe, um, didn’t stop. Right now, all of the images are available as desktop wallpaper downloads, with the most popular up for sale as custom prints at Zazzle.com.

We, for one, are all the more inspired by the far-reaching resonance of this show, which has revolutionized the scripted drama television genre, rekindled some of history’s most taboo controversies, spurred intense debates on consumer culture, been credited with skewing retail fashion, and now inspired an art following.

We bet it can even do our laundry.

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01 OCTOBER, 2008

Deadliest Itch: Malaria Awareness Mosquito-Mosaic Posters

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Why the seat of privilege comes down to having OFF! on hand.

The other day, we established that we’re all African. Fitting, since today we’re looking at one of the coolest awareness campaigns we’ve seen in a long while, which happens to address Africa’s most serious malady: Mosquitoes.

And if you think we’re kidding, or making an awful joke that belittles the AIDS epidemic or genocide, we’re not — every year, mosquito-carried malaria takes more children’s lives in Africa than all other diseases combined. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 3,000 children die from malaria every day.

So African nonprofit África Directo unleashed a brilliant campaign to make this simple point so powerfully:

Mosquito PSA

Mosquito PSA

“Nothing and no one takes more lives than malaria”

Mosquito PSA

The portraits are, of course, composed entirely of mosquitoes — a stencil technique that puts Banksy to shame.

Mosquito PSA

Out of Spainish agency Sra. Rushmore.

via Arab Aquarius

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