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Burroughs pimps shoes
04.03.2012
07:44 pm
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Burroughs pimps shoes from 1994.
 

 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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04.03.2012
07:44 pm
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Lego: Minimalist cartoon characters
04.02.2012
09:05 am
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Lego. Cartoons. Imagination. What’s not to like?

Clever advertising campaign for Lego by German advertising agency Jung von Matt.
 
With thanks to Vítor Rua
 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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04.02.2012
09:05 am
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Bigass rock and roll billboards from the 1970s
02.24.2012
03:15 pm
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When giants roamed the land.

Photographer Larry Jandro took these shots of billboards back in the 1970s. This was an era in which record companies had silly money to spend and signs like these could be seen up and down Sunset Boulevard in L.A.

Pop culture at its poppiest.
 

 

 
More billboards after the jump…

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Posted by Marc Campbell
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02.24.2012
03:15 pm
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Vintage ads of rock and rollers selling stuff other than their souls
02.17.2012
01:43 am
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These days when a rock star sells out to a car manufacturer or Pepsi Cola my respect for them is diminished, particularly whenever they’re an artist I revere. But these ads from the Sixties make sense, if you’re going to sellout, at least sellout to the things that got you where you are. John Lennon shilling for Rickenbacker is hip. The Clash for Pontiac, not so much.
 

 

 
More ads after the jump…

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Posted by Marc Campbell
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02.17.2012
01:43 am
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Milton Glaser & Mirko Ilic: Design of Dissent
01.26.2012
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Tonight in New York, revered graphic designer Milton Glaser (do a Google Images search if that name doesn’t ring a bell) will take part in a panel discussion with Mirko Ilic about the creation of powerful politically driven graphics. The event is hosted by Reality Sandwich creative director, Michael Robinson

This panel discussion features graphic design legend Milton Glaser and award winning designer/illustrator Mirko Ilic focusing on graphic design’s ability to convey how power is effectively used and distributed, and justice is fulfilled. Based upon Glaser and Mirko’s book The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics, the authors will discuss how today’s image makers and corporate shamans can use design to create the more beautiful and just world we all know is possible.

This event is co-sponsored with Evolver/Reality Sandwich. Hopefully they’ll put a videotape of the discussion online soon.

Thursday, January 26, 8–10pm at The Open Center, 22 E. 30th St., NY

Below, a delightful portrait of Milton Glaser by Hillman Curtis:
 

 
Milton Glaser’s Graphic Influence: 14 Iconic Images (Fast Company)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.26.2012
01:44 pm
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Salvador Dali TV chocolate ad
01.17.2012
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“Je suis fou du chocolat Lanvin!”—so claims Salvador Dali in this TV ad starring the surrealist master who was dubbed “Avida Dollars” by Andre Breton for his seemingly insatiable lust for money.
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.17.2012
04:25 pm
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‘What Do You Do?’: How to subvert the fake edginess of today’s advertising
01.13.2012
06:23 pm
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If you’ve ever been exposed to any of the unbearable bunch of slick miscreants that comprise the mainstream marketing industry, you know two things about them—they think they’re extremely clever and they like to high-five. And you can just almost hear those proverbial high-fives in the background of the groan-worthy paen to supposed non-conformity that is the latest Chevy Silverado commercial.

The original spot features an everyman Silverado owner pondering the metaphysical implications of the admittedly greviously banal question “What do you do?”, meaning, of course, how do you make money? Problem is, that kind of dopey pondering is now as banal as the question itself.

Blogger Flowbear breaks it down:

Ok, so ultimately the message the commercial is trying to convey is the ol’ ‘Merkin corporate standby, “If you buy our product you’re a rugged individual who, like Thoreau, cannot be bound up by definitions or constrained by the strictures of society. And like Whitman, you contain multitudes. You’re not like everybody else, everybody else being sheep and ciphers.” In this, the commercial is only as egregiously awful as just about every other commercial ever made. It becomes uniquely terrible in trying to be specific about the unique multiplicity of the asshole—our hero—in question.

Thankfully the Goatsilk arts crew in Missoula, MT have struck back with a spoof that takes a nice, direct jab at the pretense. Check it out:
 

 

Posted by Ron Nachmann
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01.13.2012
06:23 pm
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