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Down with the King: McGarryBowen’s new direction for BK

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Love ‘em, hate ‘em, or simply creeped out by ‘em, no matter how you felt about Crispin’s efforts for Burger King over the years, at least they were memorable, especially among us advertising folk. (Okay, maybe that “especially us ad folk” was the problem.)

Nevertheless, it’s time to shake the grinning rictus of a plastic king from your minds, and behold a new era, that of McGarryBowen.


Hey Whipple, Roast This! GSD&M lets everyone say farewell to Sullivan

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Which advertising legend has had the biggest impact on your career? Clow? Goodby? Bogusky? Hagerty? Please, those guys may have inspired you, but what did they ever do to get your fledgling career off the ground? No, the correct answer is Luke Sullivan, whose masterpiece Hey Whipple, Squeeze This is like the Bible, the Qu’ran, the Torah and Dianetics of advertising, all wrapped up into one.


VCU Brandcenter and friends ask you to be STILLforJAPAN

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Exactly four months ago today, the nation of Japan was rocked by a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left thousands dead, many times more displaced, and untold damage to the country’s infrastructure. And while this traumatic event has faded from the headlines, a new campaign envisioned by students and friends of the VCU Brandcenter launches today, encouraging people the world over to be STILLforJAPAN.


Award Show Bedlam! D&AD, Marketing Awards winners announced

Award Show Bedlam! D&AD, Marketing Awards winners announced thumbnail

Hello ladies. Look at the award shows. Now back to me. Now back to the award shows. Now back to me. Notice something? Yes, Wieden + Kennedy Portland and Old Spice are still cleaning up at the big international shows. They’ve just picked up not one but two very rare Black Pencils at the 2011 D&AD Awards today, not to mention three Yellow Pencils, two Nominations, and two pieces they figured would be good enough to throw in their upcoming annual.


One (very, very, long) last look at what CP+B has done for Burger King

One (very, very, long) last look at what CP+B has done for Burger King thumbnail

As you all know by now, fast food giant Burger King and long-time agency partner Crispin Porter + Bogusky have angrily fired each other or amicably parted ways or something like that. And regardless of what you thought of that news, there’s no denying that the work CP+B did for BK over the years was pretty innovative.

So why stop now?


David&Goliath bring long lasting intensity to Universal Studios

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Many,many moons ago, I visited Universal Studios Orlando with my family. I recall having a good time, and some of the rides were kinda cool. They had this King Kong one that, while being interesting with all this stuff happening around you, wasn’t anything to write home about.

Maybe I shoulda waited for the one in Cali.


Cundari goes balls through the wall for BMW

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I’ve had a driver’s licence since my high school days, but I think I’ve used it more often as ID at clubs and liquor stores than to actually get behind the wheel.

But if I did drive, my imagination tells me it would totally be like this awesome BMW 1M spot by Toronto agency Cundari; wide open desert roads, total disregard for the lane and median lines, and concrete walls that require serious drifting skills just to keep you on your toes.


Camp + King, Old Navy want you dressing like some guys, not like others

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For those of you who are used to having their Old Navy ads lovingly dipped in high fructose corn syrup and dusted with sunbeams and powdered sugar by the folks at Crispin, here is a new campaign that takes the brand in a less saccharine direction.

Created by Camp + King, the online videos spoof other types of men’s fashion advertising before encouraging the viewers to “dress like a guy”, not a lamb cradling fashion whore or a CrackBerrty slinging khaki cowboy.


Wrath of Cannes 5 kicks it up a notch with Tony Hawk

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It’s that time of year again, when the global advertising industry begins either stocking up on sunscreen and Tylenol or grumbling about how overrated awards are. Yep, The Cannes Lions are just around the corner, and you’re either going or you’re pretending it doesn’t matter.

If you happen to fall in the latter category, you’ll be pleased to know that The Wrath of Cannes is returning for a fifth straight year.


TBWA\Chiat\Day NY and Starburst: you know the drill…

TBWA\Chiat\Day NY and Starburst: you know the drill… thumbnail

If you are new to the ihaveanidea Inbox, you might not know our long-held sacred rule regarding TBWAChiatDay New York and their spots for Starburst and/or Skittles.

Simply put, it’s like Fight Club: you do not talk about Skittles or Starburst ads.


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