This looks like a fun book just put out by Warren Dotz and company. AD BOY: Vintage Advertising with Character. All the old icons and mascots of post WWII advertising, from print to TV to packaging. Found it on BoingBoing, and here it is on Amazon if you want to order it.
How come seagulls never fly over the bay? Because then they couldn’t steal ice cream! (I bet you were expecting some joke about bay-gulls and cream cheese) Anyway, I don’t know how I find some of this stuff, but it’s pretty funny. I like the fact that most of the pictures are pre-terrified expression. Click here to see more of them in a bigger size.
In The Brand Gap, Marty Nuemeier says that a brand is not what you say it is, it’s what your audience says it is. I think you could apply the same thought to messaging. You might send out one message, but your audience doesn’t get that message, and, instead, gets a completely different one. Such is the case with Toronto’s Better Buildings Partnership. They recently sent out a 1 page press release to help promote energy conservation. Only problem is that the one page release had about a pound worth of paper and plastic just to send it. Check the entire story out here. It’s a good example of making sure your message is cohesive, from what it says to how it says it.
Nice idea for the Global Coalition for Peace done by Big Ant International. Only qualm I have about the campaign is that to make it work, they really had to extend the barrel of the gun and the barrel of the tank to make it work. But they are made to be wrapped around a pole, not seen flat, so it’s cool.
I can’t link to the campaign due to it being embedded in Flash, so go to their site, click works, then it’s the first piece in there.
In a case that’s sure to make the history books, Bounty (the paper towels) is suing Brawny (also the paper towels). Apparently Brawny’s new quilted design is too similar to Bounty’s. To be honest, I thought ALL paper towels had the same pattern. Either way, I’m sure both sides will waste thousands, if not millions, of dollars battling this one out. Seriously, who buys paper towels based on the imprinted pattern on them?
Really a fan of these images by Peter Funch. Basically the camera is set up in one spot, and the people in the images were all shot at different times. So you end up with 100 pictures shot from a tripod, then Photoshop all the people that are yawning together. Check here for all the full size images.
This article is a pretty interesting view on electronics retailers. And to be honest, I really agree with it. Not just because I buy 95% of my camera equipment from B&H, but because it’s absolutely frustrating to walk in to an electronics store to ask a few questions and no one there has any idea what they are talking about. Having a truly knowledgeable staff is such a priceless asset for an electronics store. I even worked at a camera store for about 2 and a half years, and I still bought my equipment from B&H while I was working there. I’ll never forget talking to my district manager about trying to get the store to match B&H’s price on a camera and printer so that I could buy the stuff from the company I worked for, as opposed to someone else. His answer was “if we sold it to you at that price, we’d lose money,” to which I replied “maybe we should be ordering our stock from B&H then.” Anyway, here’s the article and here’s a photo of B&H.
Working here at WORK, I see a lot of great design. Stuff that you see and just think “damn that’s cool.” But every now and then you see something and think “damn, not only is this awesome, I really wish that I was the one that did it.” This Hoboken Pie stuff is exactly that. A pizza place in Austin named after a city in Jersey. I do have to say that I think some of the best pizza in the country comes out of Jersey. Anyway, all this stuff was done by The Decoder Ring Design Concern. Check more of it out here.