In May 2014 I attended the annual Net Prophet conference in Cape Town. Rob Stokes from Quirk was one of the best speakers. Here’s an overview of his talk entitled “From bedroom to buyout – an entrepreneur’s story”.
Just under a year ago I featured the wonderful ad campaign for The Zimbabwean by TBWA Hunt Lascaris Johannesburg, a campaign that highlighted the worth of the Zimbabwean dollar bill by using it to create actual billboards, posters and other outdoor advertising, as a meme representative of Zimbabwe’s plummeting socio-economic circumstances. This year, the same agency has been asked to create another campaign for the newspaper, and once again, they have done themselves, The Zimbabwean and the country’s people proud.
So Paris Hilton managed to make even SA’s headlines with her dubious behaviour… getting caught red-handed smoking a joint in PE of all places. And Nando’s (being Nando’s) are once again quick on the draw, coming out with this awesome new ad…
I love this website, The Cool Hunter. You always find the raddest stuff there. Check this out. It’s another manic advertising campaign, this time by Fiat for the Fiat 500 C. The launch of the car happened in February this year, and the beginning of this month saw the cars appear in Milan’s high-fashion street, Montenapoleone, in an unexpected role. Twenty fiberglass replicas of the car, identical in shape and size, have been positioned along the street as… tree planters. They’ll be there livening up the city until 30 September 2009.
The event has been named “Per fare un albero” (Create a tree), and is a cooperative effort between the City of Milan, Fiat, and artist-designer Fabio Novembre. In Novembre’s words, his solution to merge into one object trees and cars, two elements always vying for urban space, is a “symbol of a new way of living.”
I recently interviewed Ron English for the latest issue of one small seed, on his ‘Art of Popaganda’ that attacks monopolisers of public space (corporates, government) who use deception to sell. Sometimes we call it propaganda. Sometimes we call it advertising. Call it what you will. Ron English draws attention to this blatant, shameless manipulation that perpetuates modern society in his artform called ‘subvertisements’.
In these, Ron takes existing ads, brands, even political campaigns, and creates spoofs out of them. MacDonalds is predictably one of the principal targets of his attack, along with Camel, US government, religion and war. With the former two he picks on the health factor, focussing specifically on the way in which they’re aimed at young people, usually children.
Yes, yes, I know Windows Vista has become the bane of everyone’s existence and a lot of people put Microsoft up (down?) there with Saddam, Malema, Maccy Dees (well, I definitely speak for myself on this one) and The Devil Himself, but… I still kinda like their latest print ad campaign. Something cute and squishy about it. Almost makes you forgive them for all those system error messages…
This is a really smart advertising campaign by TBWA/Hunt Lascaris for a small Zimbabwean newspaper (The Zimbabwean). Quipped ‘The World’s first Trillion Dollar advertising campaign’, it draws on that oft-repeated gibe that it’s cheaper to use Zim dollars as toilet paper these days. I saw the ad recently on a billboard at JHB airport and it really is an ad printed on money that has been carefully woven together like tapestry.