Sunday, October 05, 2014

And here's why daddy drinks: Caleb.


Silly Caleb.  Wily Caleb.  Clever Caleb.  Computer-owning Caleb.

Trust-fund Caleb.

"I'll design your logo for $5" Caleb!

Right now, there are graphic artists, designers, IP attorneys, advertising agencies, political consultants... looking at Caleb thinking the same thing:  I hate this guy.

Go ahead and look.  No, glare at Caleb's smirk.  Can't you hear the self-satisfied mumbling?

"I'm going to make it green!  Green!  he he he.  They're going to get a GREEN logo!  And I'm going to use Trebuchet!   (click click click click)  THERE.  A logo.  They are getting a green logo in Trebuchet!  (sips $9 latte).  With a purple penguin.  Like (click click) that."

"He he."

(Caleb clicks 'SEND', takes another sip of his $9 latte and flicks a text to his parents reminding them that his rent is due.  And he has decided to only buy groceries from a Himalayan goji berry prophet in Amsterdam).

In the meantime, a hymn from the book of Huey seems appropriate:

We gotta kick Caleb's ass.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Vegan clipart. Amazing!

The ad above is for Soyameat - an unfortunately named "product" from 1962.

Go ahead and enlarge the ad - spend a few moments in wonder, disgust or oblivion...

Before we get to the ad's "Star," did you notice the number of times that 'meat' was cleverly alluded?  I found "SOY BEAN CHICK'N" to be fascinating.   It's as if removing the "E" makes the deception somehow fun.  Kind of like when taking a bite, scowling the face and crying, "But mo-om, you said this was chicken!"  And mom replies, "I did. It's ChickN.  Not ChickEN!"

Hilarity ensues.

And the photograph.  For a black-on-yellow job, it's rather brilliant.  It almost looks like Mee't.  Or mud.  No, that'd be Mu'd.   Oh well, if you read the copy, you'll see that it's actually FIBROTEIN®.  It's patented, by the way, so don't go thinking you can just go out in the backyard and make this stuff yourself.

Well, ok.  Here's the star.

THE GUY!  How brilliant is HE?!  Look.  I've done a few illustrations myself, hired some of the best in the business too.  And as an expert in authentic, genuine drawing, the artist positively NAILED the look of dad as mom just explained, "Honey, it's Soyameat!  Isn't it AMAZING?!"

Go ahead, look again.

Told ya.  It's perfect.

Btw - the Worthington Foods company is still in business.  Judging from the lack of stories about the horrors of Soyameat toxins, I suspect the company has got it figured out and it's probably better than edible.  But I'll be damned if that's the face I'd make...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Daddy Saddle: dodged THAT bullet! (Whew!)

Is there an emoticon for "WHAAA?!?!"

Any good Revolutionary or Anarchist out there knows that the easiest way to ruin a culture is to introduce counter-culture ideas into the minds of its children.

Kenner - the company that brought us Spirograph®, Easy-bake-oven® and all those cool Star Wars figurines - was clearly part of the Communist plot to destroy American social order in the 1960s.

As a red, white and blue-blooded American dad, I find "Daddy Saddle" to be horrifying!  I work too dang hard to keep the little critters in control to let it all unravel in this gut-twist of authority.

Thing 1:  Daddy!  Let's play Horse!
Dad:  Sure!  It'll be fun!
(puts on Daddy Saddle)
Thing 1:  Wee!
Dad: Ouch, ouch, uh-oh...
Thing 1:  Faster!
Dad: Uh, time to put this away...
Thing 1: Awww...

(ten years later)

Thing 1: Dad, the meth party is at our house tonight.  And I want the fridge full.  Of steaks.  And don't go cheap on the beer.  And I expect you & mom will get a hotel room.
Dad: (to self) Woe! Woe!  And it all started out with a round of 'Horsey!

(shudder).  And I can hear just the sound of kneecaps being ground into crumbly pieces by the hard linoleum...

Thank goodness parents don't play with their kids anymore.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

They've scratched The Surface.

The ad above is for Microsoft's new tablet computer, "Surface."

Have a look.


BZZZZT!  (That's an alarm to wake you up)

Ok, this is what Microsoft does now that Steve Jobs is dead - they break out the creativity and go for the jugular vein!

The Microsoft iPad - er Surface - is so cool because it...clicks!

See?!  Get it?!  It clicks!   See?!  Because Apple customers are all googly-eyed for design over substance, right?!  And so instead of selling real features and benefits, they focus on the click because - as everyone knows - clicks are irresistible!

Hipster 1:  Hey Reagen.  Neat beret you're wearing.

Hipster 2:  Hey Josh.  It has a little snap, too.  See?  It clicks.

Hipster 1:  So COOL!  I want one!


The attempts at out-Appling Apple are silly.   If Microsoft really wants to hammer after Apple, go for price, go for user base, go for compatibility (ahem)...but trying to me-too the Lizard King of technology is like me walking up to Chris Brown and saying, "Yo!  How'dem bitches?!"

He'd probably hit me and I'd have it coming, too.

Anyway, I predict the market for people who want a tablet that CLICKS with switcheroo keyboards and covers is about ZERO.  Until they lower the price and say, "Everything the iPad does for $100 less!"

Then it'll scratch the Surface of the marketplace.   Until then - WE DANCE!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The first ad agency run by Jr. High kids

The above screenshot is from and shows either a shocking level of ignorance on the part of the Creative Team or that a group of Jr. High kids landed a really open-minded bank client - which would be a story in and of itself!

There it is - upper right - "Your dreams are too big to fail."

And there's the logo at the bottom of the ad, "1st First Dakota National Bank."

And the picture - a little kid with a big imagination going to big-places with his big dreams, pretending to be a big pilot!

Nice typography, great layout - shows acumen in designing web ads.  Unfortunately, the copy also shows a phenomenal lack of awareness of media, culture, client environment, business practices and the general economy.

Go ahead and Google/Bing/Yahoo/Aol-search the phrase, "Too Big to Fail."  Heck, ask the unemployed empty-nester down the street - you know, the guy that used to drive a new Buick every year but now rides his bike?  To volunteer at the Church...?

Clearly whomever took over this account has only achieved Situationally Awareness, recently.  As in, maybe, the past 18-24 months. I'm thinking the Creative Team is probably 13 or 14 years old.

However, getting back to "Too Big to Fail," the HBO series on the 2008 FINANCIAL COLLAPSE of INVESTMENT BANKERS is pretty good.  Watch the clip.

In the meantime, I'm thinking of approaching Jack In the Box Burgers with a contest idea:  every thousandth burger they make has a Golden Ticket secretly inserted into the wrapper.  It's good for prizes, cash... and we call the campaign, "Burgers so good, they're RARE!"

And, here are the covers for the book and movie.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Younkers doesn't even seem to be TRYING any more.

A Sadvertising reader provided the Direct Mailer above - it's for Younkers' "august sale" that starts Wednesday, August 22.

It's also evidence - at least to me - that the company has outsourced their marketing to people who have no concept of clear English.

Firstly, the piece is prime evidence of some of the most gratuitous Couporn* on the market today.  It's got more come-ons than Bourbon Street at Midnight during trade-show season.  I counted at least FIFTEEN different examples of sales pitches based solely on pricing.

It's pretty clear that a brand is lost when the whole pitch seems to be about giving away margins.  I'd understand if this was some sort of "Crazy Days" that only comes once a leap year or so but to Younker's, this is just "august sale."

They're throwing around discounts like a summer camp food fight!

But look closely at the upper left corner - see the $10 Off headline residing above the incomprehensible logos of Younkers and sister companies?

Here.  I blew it up.  At least 140% too, btw...


Get $10 off the next storewide purchase of $25 or more when you spend $50 anywhere in the store.

This strategy is bizarre and most likely a one-way ticket to Big Lots!  They're not selling clothes or home stuff any more but going for the kind of strategy that immediately puts the focus on GIMMEE GIMMEE.

Either Younkers has gone somewhat mad or they've farmed out their copywriting to people who clearly don't give a damn about what they're saying.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Forever 21® lets their models be themselves.

The screenshot above is from Forever 21 - distributor of generally cool clothes.  Generally.

But, they also seem to be decent folk.  Or their Art Director is a lazy POS.

Ok - imagine you're a "Male Model" and you get the call - "Work!"

Immediately, visions of food - glorious food! - and gas and at last, a little cash for somethin' special like a toothbrush - spring to mind.  You don't think, you just GO!

The card says, "Forever 21," the people at the door seem friendly, the Assistant Art Director offers some coffee - glorious coffee! - and you're led into a dressing room with... "Sketched Floral Tank top."

Suddenly, you feel scammed.  "I gotta wear...THIS?!" And those skinny jeans feel just a little bit tight.  Paycheck's are overrated.


And POOF!  A few flashes, a few poofs of foundation and there you are, signing the freaking talent release.


Yep.  WTH, indeed.  Just look at that face - he's speakin' to the bro's back under the overpass - "Dude. I like...hate this gig.  But tonight, Micky D's on me!"

SALUTE mail model.  And DOUBLE salute to you lazy Art Director for letting the poor guy show us how he really feels about that gawd-awful tank top.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The rats have left Syria, leaving only the Amateurs.

The photo above came from the Syrian news agency, SANA.  It's part of a "story" on how Iran and Syria stand in solidarity bromance with each other in light of Syria's civil war.

On the right is Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

On the left is Bashar Assad, Syrian President.

In the middle is evidence that anyone with Art Direction skills have left the country.  The choice of furniture, background and strange, unarticulated poses are baffling - the scene is screaming, "Something awkward is going to happen any second!"

"Would you like a piece of pie?"

"Why yes!  I would like a piece of pie!"


"I am sorry."

"No problem!  We fart in our country, too!"


"I have an original Boba Fett action figure in mint packaging."

"Oh really now!..."

Would it have been that much trouble to stand out on a balcony and hold their clasped hands up high in celebration?   Or AT LEAST, put them in the back of a convertible and drive around the parking lot..

Instead, those that would NORMALLY be all Ga Ga about this glorious moment don't even get to the propaganda itself - they're stopped cold by the photo, cluck their tongues and smarm,  "Geez!  Look at those two dorks."

Say what you want about them Fascists - they sure knew how to cut a Photo Shoot.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Inside Kristen Stewart's mind - the echo is deafening.

The graphic above is a screen-shot from somewhere inside today's site.  It's an article from the ironically named "Dr. Keith Ablow."

Aside from having an outrageously funny headline... I had this visual of walking alone in a vast desert, the crunch of dried, cracked dirt underfoot and nothing but endless vista before me.

Aside from being poorly written... Here's the rule, Doc; if you post a picture of yourself with a blue power tie, you can't do "stream of consciousness."  I can.  But I wear hipster glasses, know the best wine for less than $6 a bottle and listen to indie music.  You, good sir, are bald and old.  Ick.

Aside from being a horrifying waste of time...

This article IS a brilliant example of how our news and information is being delivered peddled to us in this fantastic digital era.

"If Kristen Stewart is like the hundred people who have shared their personal, intimate thoughts with me..."

Oh sweet jeebus on a stick - this whole thing is an ef-fing AD!  And a crappily-written one, too.  I can find a hundred people to share their personal, intimate thoughts at the local soup kitchen.  And the keyword-laced copy reeks of correspondence-course SEO.

So.  Doc.  If you want to build a brand, there are a hundred ways to do it better than riding the coat-tails of a young woman who just wants to sleep her way up the flagpole.

In the meantime:

Kristen Stewart Robert Pattinson Obama Romney duel against Martian Aliens in 2012 against Syrian Forces breaking up global warming with Doctor Oz and Nate Berkus riding Oprah Winfrey's Kristen Stewart mind at Chick-fil-A gay homosexual chicken restaurants with late airline arrivals at all time highs to be attacked by Great White Sharks and Miley Cyrus may be pregnant with lucifer's step child.

There.  That should get me a bajillion hits.

Monday, July 02, 2012

It's good. But the GREATEST?!?!

The graphic above is a web-ad for AccuQuote.  They sell life insurance.  Apparently.

It's not a bad ad in terms of layout and design.  It's not great, though.  But that's not the point.  The point here is the Reach of the headline,  "The greatest gift I can ever give my family is life insurance."

Really?  I think the greatest gift the family can give the woman in-question is a trip to an Intervention as she's obviously about to do something stupid.  As in "terminal."  Why else would someone say such  hollow thing?

"Mom, can you play?"

"No honey."

"Teach me about life and stuff?"

"No honey."

"Help me with my coloring?"

"No honey.  I'm preparing to do something even better.   How about $500,000 payable on death?"


Who are AccuQuote trying to reach?!  Clearly their market are the shallow, vacuous and totally-removed from reality.

I can see the train of mourners walking past the casket, all-smiles... each pauses, smiles and whispers, "Thank you."