Tuesday, June 26, 2007

AOL ad - The Internet - UK

Lion Lager TV ad, 1984 South Africa

Lion Lager ad on SABC-TV, 1984. This beer went from being a white rugby player's beer, to changing its colour scheme to blue, to disappearing completely.

The Cannes Lions Ad Festival 2005 (2006) Report

Taco bell lions super bowl XLI commercial

Chevy Silverado Transformation


Chevy Autobots - Transformers

Friday, June 15, 2007

Pearlfisher creates packs for new Absolut vodka

Swedish vodka brand Absolut has unveiled a new range called Absolut 100, with packaging and identity by Pearlfisher.

Developed for the duty free and travel retail market, the vodka’s look uses a minimal, masculine colour palette of semi-opaque black glass, with chrome typography contrasted with grey lettering.

The design aims to convey ‘strength through masculinity and exclusivity’, ensuring that there is no confusion among the flavoured vodkas in the market.

 new Absolut vodka

The 100° proof/50 per cent abv spirit is aimed at the discerning, responsible drinking business traveller.

Pearlfisher, which is a long-term strategic design partner for Absolut, was briefed to base the design around strength, and has used the iconic Absolut identity and bottle shape.

‘Absolut 100 is a drink that is not for everyone,’ says Pearlfisher creative partner Jonathan Ford. ‘The concept needed to reflect masculinity and exclusivity, and we were inspired by the contemporary visual language of performance cars and cutting-edge technology.’

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

What does the London 2012 Olympic logo prove?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the new London 2012 Olympics logo. However, there is something seriously wrong with the logo-driven branding industry at large. This new logo clearly proves that as we approach 2012, global society will not respond to conventional logos or graphics, but only to these kinds of insignificant, dysfunctional and obscure design works which will eventually become branding norms throughout the world. This clearly proves the lingering demise of the logo-branding industry.

There is an increased numbness of today's global consumers to overly-burdened, noisy advertising. This twisted and created hype, that is often labelled as logo-driven branding exercises, would eventually shut off the minds of future customers.

The release of the London logo, half a decade prior to the 2012 games, has realistically captured the essence and portrayed the future demonstrating the miniscule value of the logo.

Powerful symbols

Let's face it, first of all in this hyper-accelerated society, the logos are almost dead. Fifty years ago, customers remembered the logos of IBM or Chevrolet, which presented uniquely mind grabbing graphical ideas by compressing their images into extremely sharp messages emulating simple vibes via powerful symbols. Not today, pick up your top 10 companies and try to remember their logos and ask yourself if they really have an impact.

With one million new logos a month being invented by the computer savvy, small business armies of ever growing nations like India and China, only the very naïve and the ad industry continues to dream in Technicolor, convinced that customers are memorising the identical circles and lines in twisted colours now called fly-by-night and changed-by-the-day logos. This overly zealous creativity needs to be harnessed as the cut and paste culture and the latest libraries of million logos available for free have shifted the goal posts. This is one of the main reasons where advertising consistently and tragically fails over real marketing of real concepts.

Luckily, the Olympics is the modern world's icon extraordinaire and having personally marketed the 1976 Summer Olympic of Montreal, I have witnessed the power of its name and what awesome global presence it carries.

The London 2012 Games are not at all at the mercy of this new logo, as the ever-unique, powerful and recognisable image of the Five Rings will provide longevity to its ever growing brand. In reality you need graphic overload and out of control logo treatments when your brand name identity has no value. What are the logos of Microsoft, Sony or Panasonic? What graphical techniques do they employ? Most smart corporations prefer powerful word marks, as their powerful, recognisable names stand alone in the rough marketplace and are not at the mercy of overblown graphics going through repeated treatments that are commonly labelled as brand positioning.

Clearly, there are two schools of thought: logo-driven and name identity-driven.


The principal belief of major global logo-branding agencies that any name can become a super brand is based entirely on bottomless budgets, and if for any reason if it doesn't work, so what? Is this the reason why agencies are so often changed? Denials about the ultimate power of a global 5 Star Standard of Naming will continue to hurt the global ad industry. The other school of thought prophesies the new name-economy, in which name brands, as mature identities, skate on e-commerce from one region to another, amidst a highly mobile society that bears a strong understanding of the potential power behind the successful branding of a powerful name.

As we approach the future, big logo-branding is dying fast while we enter into a cyber-geared culture and a new name-driven economy.

The writer is an expert in corporate image and global cyber-branding. He is also a syndicated columnist and author of Naming for Power.

from www.gulfnews.com

Read also: Change The London 2012 Logo, New London 2012 Brand (video)

Controversial 2012 Olympic logo 'will stay'

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell insisted today that the controversial new 2012 logo will stay, as inspectors began a three-day examination of London's plans for the Olympic Games.

Ms Jowell admitted the graffiti-style logo had caused a "storm" after it was unveiled last week but said it was "adaptable" and could be used in a "variety of different contexts".

"The logo will be the logo for the Olympic Games," she told BBC Breakfast.

"One thing you can say for this logo is that it has got people talking. It has got people talking about the Olympics, it has got people talking about what they like and what they don't like."

Her remarks were made as the 16-strong International Olympic Committee co-ordination commission was due to be updated on the progress of London's plans since the last official visit in April last year.

Asked whether the logo was worth its £400,000 fee, Ms Jowell said: "I think it was, yes."

She added: "Call me unusual, but I think it's terrific."

Ms Jowell insisted that planning and development for the Olympics was "on time".

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, she said the Olympic Delivery Authority would announce this week that tunnelling under the site is complete.

This would allow overhead cables to be taken down and the next stage of the development to get under way.

Read also: Change The London 2012 Logo
New London 2012 Brand (video)

Three beers strong - Guinness

Transform your summer from BBDO (video)

Agency: BBDO — New York
Chief Creative Officer: David Lubars, Bill Bruce
CD/Copywriter: Brian Donovan
CD/Art Director: Mike Boulia
Agency Executive Producer: Amy Wertheimer
Production Company: The Institute
Director: Michael Bay
Editor: Tom Muldoon
VFX: Digital Domain
Mixer: Tom Jucarone
Agency Assistant Producer: Theresa Ward
Editorial House: Nomad Editing Company, Inc. — Santa Monica

Monday, June 11, 2007

Milenio prints

milenio prints

milenio ads

Coca-Cola - Endless Summer


Singleton Ogilvy & Maher

Creative Director:
Octavio de Lellis

Jeremy Dower

Production Company:
Monkey Lab - Sydney

Octavio de Lellis

Mark Jackson

Smirnoff - Signature

Agency:JWT - New York
Chief Creative Officer:Ty Montague
Executive Creative Director:Jeremy Postaer
CD/Art Director:Damian Totman
Copywriter:Matt MacDonald
Production Company:Paranoid US
Director:Edouard Salier
Executive Producer:Phillip Detchmendy
Producer:Anne Lifshitz
Visual Effects:Def 2 Shoot
Sound Design:750 MPH
Music Company:Visual Music
Composer:Bear McReary
Director of Production:Nick Setounski
Sound Design/Audio Engineer:Gary Walker

Miller Genuine Draft - Dancer

Agency: Young & Rubicam, Chicago
Executive Creative Director: Mark Figliulo
Creative Directors: Dave Loew & Jon Wyville
Copywriter: Dave Loew
Art Director: Jon Wyville
Executive Producer: Matt Bijarchi
Producer: Jeremy Arth
Production Company: Psyop, New York
Director: Damon Ciarelli
Creative Director: Marco Spier
Designers: Damon Ciarelli, Doug Lee, Mate Steinforth
Producer: Angela Bowen
CG Artists: Pakorn Bupphavesa (Technical Director), Christian Bach, John Clausing, Jr., Paul Liaw, Jason Goodman, Jungeun Kim
Flame Artists: Chris Staves (Lead), Jaime Aguirre, Theo Maniatis
Editor: Cass Vanini
Assistant Producer: James Bolenbaugh
Choreographer: Dan Carody
Motion Capture Studio: Perspective Studios
Music: Human

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Change The London 2012 Logo

There's an online petition to have the logo changed. 20,000 signatures so far

BBC aired some alternative designs, sent in by viewers.

Internet ad sales keep rising

Internet advertising revenue reached a record $4.9 billion in the first quarter of this year, up 26 percent from a year earlier and up 2 percent from the previous quarter. That's according to a report commissioned by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Online ad sales have been rising steadily since a slump in mid-2002. They have more than tripled since then.

New London 2012 Brand (video)

London 2012 logo
New London 2012 Brand

The video clip is a combination of effects. A diver plunges into a pool is part of the campaign to promote the jagged Olympic logo. A graffiti-like number 2012, blown up, is also included in the logo, and ranges in colors that include hot pink and electric blue.

The concerns were directed at a four-second piece of animation that flashes the logo, and began when the logo was launched on Monday and recorded by broadcasters. A London 2012 spokeswoman, who was not named, emphasized that it wasn't the actual logo itself, but the animation that caused the concern.

"This concerns a short piece of animation which we used as part of the logo launch event and not the actual logo. It was a diver diving into a pool which had multi-color ripple effects," the spokeswoman said, according to Reuters.

Many had different reactions to the emblem. Critics called the logo "hideous." At the same time, organizers said it was modern yet powerful.

Professor Graham Harding is an expert in clinical neuro-physiology who has developed a test that is used to measure photo-sensitivity levels in animated TV material. His comments were the cause of the clips removal.

"The logo should not be shown on TV at all at the moment," Harding was reported as saying, according to Reuters. "It fails Harding FPA machine test which is the machine the television industry uses to test images."

He also said that regulatory guidelines were not followed with showing the footage.

Charity Epilepsy Action has said that people have been reporting having seizures while watching the clip, and the BBC reported on their website that a listener called in to say that his girlfriend and himself had suffered seizures while watching it.

originally reported by Reuters, "London 2012 logo footage withdrawn amid epilepsy fears"

Everyone's London 2012

UPDATE: This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited

But we have BBC News London 2012 (4th June 2007)

London 2012's new brand and vision were launched by Sebastian Coe and London 2012 ambassadors.
Here is the essence of this fabulous symbol

Montage of British Olympic clips used to promote the winning bid for London 2012.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Amazing ad from a bank you'll never use

From glumbert.com

YouTube coming to Apple TV

Apple has announced that it’s bringing the Internet’s most popular originally-created content from YouTube to the living room with Apple TV. Beginning in mid-June, Apple TV will wirelessly stream videos directly from YouTube and play them on a user’s widescreen TV.

Apple TV and YouTube

“This is the first time users can easily browse, find and watch YouTube videos right from their living room couch, and it’s really, really fun,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “YouTube is a worldwide sensation, and Apple TV is bringing it directly from the Internet onto the widescreen TV in your living room.” Apple also announced that it is offering a new Apple TV build-to-order option with a 160GB hard drive for US$399. The new larger hard drive offers four times the storage for up to 200 hours of video, 36,000 songs, 25,000 photos or a combination of each.

New Apple iPhone ads available onlineilable online

New Apple iPhone ads available online

Apple iPhone ads

Apple has posted a selection of iPhone ads, which aired Sunday, to its Web site. The ads, "Never Been an iPod," "How To," and "Calamari," are all available for viewing via QuickTime. The ads also note that the iPhone is coming June 29.

Never Been an iPod
How To

Friday, June 1, 2007

The Wind. His potential is ours

Agency: Nordpol Hamburg
Creative: The Vikings
Production Company: Paranoid Projects/Paranoid US
Director: The Vikings
Executive Producer: Claude Letessier, Phillip Detchmendy
Producer: Virginie Dinh, Melanie Robert-Kaminka
VFX: Mikros Image
Music: Pigalle Productions