Last week I pointed to a hideous ad for Schenley’s whiskey that ran in Life magazine in 1947. It was notable for its attempts to use a cutesy cartoon character to sell alcohol. Well, goo-goo-g’joob.
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Never heard of this whiskey before today, and given the ad that surfaced at Retro Press I think I can see why. Follow along with me as I reveal the nightmare to you, but only in pieces at a time, lest your mind be overwhelmed by too much ghastliness at once and you be driven into the netherest regions […]
I’m not about to try to minimize the Muslim-backed insanity in Mumbai; I just thought I’d point out that Islam isn’t the only Abrahamic religion that has a virulent fundamentalist streak. While this poster advertising a bible camp in New Delhi isn’t as totally obnoxious as some Christard efforts I’ve seen, it’s up there. “If you don’t want to […]
25 Nov 2008 at 14:23
25 Nov 2008 at 14:19
That actually used to happen, you know — soup and other cans were sealed with lead. One has to wonder if perhaps that wasn’t the sealant used for this product, especially given the models’ expressions of abjectly maniacal glee. In fact if the product weren’t visible, you’d have to wonder exactly what this woman was doing to […]
20 Nov 2008 at 13:31
OK, take a look at this commercial. See if you notice anything wrong, apart from the presence of enough cheese to bind a goat. Pay attention to the talking heads — or, more particularly, the hardware they’re running: While FinallyFast.com might or might not offer a product that’s of merit, their commercial is of dubious value, since it […]
A cardinal rule of advertising is that sex sells. This might not seem sensible when one is contemplating, say, Little Debbie snack cakes,1 but it’s hard to ignore the fact that Mr. Clean is rather buff. While it might seem sensible to extol the virtues of a given product over another — performance, for instance, or […]
Earlier in the year the dojo had a Literary Extravaganza to raise money for tournament fees. We’re doing it again on November 8th, this time to get nonperishable food for donations. What’s nice is that a trio of performance artists from Flagstaff, Spoken Circus, will be there performing. Last time I saw something that impressive was in the […]
22 Oct 2008 at 16:05
Couple weeks back news surfaced that Pepsi was planning to change their logo from the standard roundel-with-a-stripe to something … well, lopsided and fugly. Brand New has the scoop, and wow, is this thing just bad. Pepsi alleges that the mark is meant to resemble a “smile”. Well, it doesn’t. It’s off balance, the proportions are […]
Venezia Café in Romania is promoting wireless services in a fun way, one that appeals to the typography geek in me. Now that we’ve exhausted emoticons, I suppose emotibeverages are really the next frontier. I’m a little bummed that someone beat me to this, though I wouldn’t have much use for it anyway except to promote the hospital’s cafeteria… Via.