Category Archives: Art

You’re wrong, Jeff Goodby

(Image from Campaign Brief Asia)

Sorry, Mr. Jeff Goodby, co-chairman and creative director of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, but you’re wrong.

In a recent  article in Advertising Age, you condemned the awards culture in advertising. You said that it “rewards work that is increasingly unknown to anyone outside the business.”

You labeled people who subscribe to the awards culture as connoisseurs of esoterica.

And in the process, you said, we’re becoming more about us, and less about changing the world.

Hate to break it to ya, Jeff, but scam ads aside, you’re wrong.

Because, if you’re labeling the awards culture the fringe, then you’re also admitting that it is part of the long tail.

Today’s culture accommodates esoterica. And the Internet is its curator.

If there is an audience for anything on the Internet, then there is an audience for award-winning work, outside of advertising. And you can find them at places like Twitter, YouTube and of course, FFFFOUND!

You’ll find people who appreciate clever advertising anywhere. In music forums, on typography blogs and even good old fashion MSN. In fact, the probability of finding award-winning ads on the Internet is now more than ever since our industry discovered the wonderful world of viral marketing.

(And of course, there’s Google)

So, with all due respect, sir, you’re totally missing the point: Awards are not killing the industry. Scam work, probably.

But not awards, because now is the time for really creative work to not only shine but also, to be found.

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The Resident Evil Activity Book For Kids

Hey, this could have been a clever idea for a non-traditional advertising campaign, Capcom.

Pointless, but yes, to quote blogger Craig Axxie, it’s quite brilliant.

Oh well.

(Source: The-Minus World)

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Games take over corporate logos

Because these kinda things are fun. And that’s good enough for me. Thanks, Games Radar.

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Someecards Tees

When someecards and Busted Tees get together, you know it’s gonna be good.

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A knuckle too many

I was browsing A List Apart’s store and it occurred to me that their XHTML Fist tee has five knuckles.

No offense to Marilyn Monroe or folks with extra digits, but what is the meaning of this?

There must be some cool explanation behind it that I’m not getting.

Any ideas?

By the way, all of the tees are sold out, except for Redesign/Realign.

Since I was planning on geeking out my wardrobe anyway, I went over to Agency Fusion’s Make My Logo Bigger Cream shop. They still stock those cool trucker caps, mugs and ohwhythehellnot, boxer shorts.

Maybe I’ll get a trucker cap.

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Ismail: The Last Days

I went to watch Ismail: The Last Days at KLPac with Nora yesterday.

I’ve never considered myself as a cultured person (despite what my Visual Bookshelf says) but I think that Ismail was pretty good. The cast was convincing, the score was inspiring and the set was interesting –  and just what the fuck was that blue plastic thing hanging from the ceiling?

I hadn’t watched a local musical before, but now I think I won’t mind watching a few more.

[Applause]

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Kembali

This is quite possibly the best Butterfingers album ever.

Seven years ago, I’d never have thought that I’d ever hear Emmett sing in Malay, let alone release a whole album of Malay songs.

But a lot of things can happen in seven years. I am glad their music has turned out the way it has.

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