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Barack Obama's New Look by MKT1

Barack Obama's New Look by MKT1

I am always amazed by the creative minds behind some advertising campaigns. Urbano Rodriguez and mkt1 put together a series of images exploring new looks that Obama could adopt after his retirement. The outcome is simply hilarious and definitely worth checking out. We are starting a campaign to choose what should be the new look of President Barack Obama after his retirement. Make your choice and give your vote! For more information about Urbano Rodriguez and mkt1 visit Seventies Old Man Desert Bush Abraham Lincoln Yeti Teddy Bear Dr. Emmett Brown Geek Casey Neistat James Brown Albert Einstein Via Behance

Coca-Cola Iconic Santa Claus Ads by Haddon Sundblom

Coca-Cola's Iconic Santa Claus Ads by Haddon Sundblom

Getting into the spirit of the season, we felt timely to showcase Coca-Cola's vintage holiday ads. Coca-Cola's ubiquitous advertising has greatly impacted American culture and the seminal brand is frequently credited with inventing the modern image of Santa Claus. Haddon Sundblom, an American Artist who made an indelible mark on 20th century advertising art, is best remembered for illustrating the now iconic winter ad campaigns he painted for the Coca-Cola Company in the 1930s. Catching a glimpse of imagery that lives on in the minds of people of all ages, around the globe, we hope this post brings a smile to your face and evokes pleasant memories this holiday season. According to the Coca-Cola company "For inspiration, Sundblom turned to Clement Clark Moore's 1822 poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" (commonly called "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"). Moore's description of St. Nick led to an image of Santa that was warm, friendly, pleasantly plump and human. For the next 33 years, Sundblom painted portraits of Santa that helped to create the modern image of Santa – an interpretation that today lives on in the minds of people of all ages, all over the world." Sundblom is recognized as a major influence on many well known pin-up artists, such as Gil Elvgren, Edward Runci, Joyce Ballantyne, Art Frahm, and Harry Ekman. In the mid-1930s, he began to paint pin-ups and glamour pieces for calendars. Sundblom's last assignment, in 1972, was a cover painting for Playboy's Christmas issue.

Swooshart - Nike Meets Classic Art

Swooshart - Nike Meets Classic Art

The Nike symbol, also known as the Swoosh, is one of the most important icons of modern culture. The simplicity is memorable and we can spot and identify anywhere around the globe. Now, imagine merging this iconic logo with a classic painting from the Baroque and Renaissance? The guys behind Swooshart have been making that reality. It's somewhat of a clash of ideologies and styles but in my opinion they look awesome. For more information visit:

Levi's Orange Tab Pays Homage to the 70s

Levi's Orange Tab Pays Homage to the 70s

I just returned from a weekend celebrating the revival of Levi's Vintage Clothing's Orange Tab Collection. I remember nabbing a pair of my dad's Orange Tab's and making them my own back in high school. They were without a doubt my favorite jeans at the time. To pay tribute to this family of true American classics from the 70s and to maintain every bit of authenticity of the decade in which the collection was born, a launch event in the form of a one day music festival high up in the hills of Topanga Canyon was the place to be. The team behind the project put together a series of promotional items to bring us back to this amazing day in time. My favorite elements, listening to KLVC radio , the real life radio station created in support of the launch and flipping thru Zipper Magazine, a faux printed music magazine . Zipper Mag doesn't miss a beat in taking the reader back to the spirit of the 70s page after page. Check out a peek inside Orange Tab's Zipper Mag along with a collection of cool magazine covers from one of the most influential decades in music and culture.

Memorable Ads: Apple

Memorable Ads: Apple

In honor of "Jobs" hitting theaters this Friday we felt a perfect time to recount some of Apple's most memorable ads, specifically, "The Crazy Ones" an amazing montage featuring black-and-white footage of 17 iconic 20th century personalities. Enjoy this handful of Apple ad campaigns that have moved and inspired us over the years. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Apple Inc

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

Today we bring you a smattering of inspiring illustrations from ads from the 50s, also known as the mid-century modern era in architecture and design. I'm a huge fan of this particular style. The house I grew up in was from this period so perhaps that is where my obsession began. This style of interior design and illustration is very unique and inspiring, as we can see in the work of a handful of amazing designers and illustrators out there. Mid-Century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture, and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. The term, employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-1950s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style which is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement. Azrock advertisement 1954 crop porcelain enamel walls snark board room The Connecticut General Life Insurance Company headquarters was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1957. This is a view of the Board of Directors' conference room planned and furnished by Knoll Associates, Inc 1956 advertisement on bakelite vinyl resins "makes copies in 4 seconds" THONET furamic styling 1959 Roberts House Living Room Oklahoma City, OK Sears 1955 Bakelite Brand Vinyl Resins advertisement 1955 crop

Awesome Digital Imaging Ads

Staudinger + Franke is a studio out of Vienna, Austria specialized in Photography, CGI, Retouching, and Digital Imaging. The work done by them is totally awesome and super creative. On this post I selected some of their commercial work so you can discover and enjoy some awesome digital imaging. For more from Staudinger + Franke visit and Ben & Jerry's It's what's inside that counts Lipton Drink Gorgeous Experts Fly the South African Way South African Airways 7UP Braun Precision Trimmer

Vintage Christmas Ads

Christmas time is a great opportunity to find time and enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Every time, there's Christmas, there's just ads everywhere we look. It got me inspired to look and share this collection of vintage Christmas ads, what really stroked me is the ads were so simple and yet so informative. Also it's also great to see the needs of people really differ from our present time. Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. - Oren Arnold You can find more vintage Christmas ads by visiting this Flickr.

Sound Design: Elements of Nature

Today I would like to introduce you to a very creative technique to create sounds from elements of nature and day to day objects. I will share with you a few really cool videos. The first one is from a japanese TV ad and what is interesting about this one is the way that the creators of this piece went all the way back to the very beginning of sound design to recreate a classic from J.S Bach. Touchwood - NttdoComo The second video was created by Julian Smith from and it is called Techno Jeep. The shooting took 7 hours and all sounds are from a Jeep. Julian Smith - Techno Jeep The next videos are from Diego Stocco Diego is a sound designer, composer and performer that creates eclectic musical experiences with custom built instruments and experimental recording techniques. He's one of the principal creative sound designers for the multi Award winning virtual instruments AtmosphereTM, StylusTM RMX and the new Power Synth Omnisphere®. Diego Stocco - Music from a Tree Diego Stocco - Music From a Dry Cleaner Diego Stocco - Music From A Dry Cleaner from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

Photoshopped Ad Campaign for Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin is known for being a footwear designer who launched his line of high-end women's shoes in France and know his is striking with some super cool photoshopped ads. Each shoe was presented in a different scenario with super cool features and very creative way to display, from being under the water to being hold by rats, each piece was very well taken and photoshopped all the way to success. The work was done by the photographer and art director Khuong Nguyen who works out of Paris, France. Which one of these amazing ads is your favorite?

Outstanding Advertising Inspiration

Now days ads are everywhere, it's almost impossible to go somewhere without seeing some kind of ad. The ads that strike me the most are the ones that can combine a good idea with a good execution, and these ads I selected are really interesting and outstanding for that. Check it out! All enclosed places are too small for smoking. Autopoint: Feet Extra Strong Coffee Keeps food fresh for much longer. Viera 3D All movies now on your iPhone. Canal+ Soothes irritated skin. You know you love it Hawaiian Tropic Extreme Waterproof We push you to the limit so you can feel alive again. Sticks everything safely. Fish Eaters of the World. Fresh All Summer. The world is your playground Go back in time.

Impressive CGI Works by Air CGI

Air CGI is an image production studio and animation company from Worcestershire, UK. They are experts in CGI image production, in which they can successfully bring together photography and CGI to produce some of the finest quality images, animations and campaigns, paying meticulous attention to detail and realism. Because of that they have big names in their list of clients including brands like Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Volvo and others. For more information about Air CGI visit his Web site at Demo Reel Air CGI Showreel from Air CGI on Vimeo. Images A Little Bit Tasty – This is an award winning conceptual /fantasy image in a realistic scene, created by Air CGI in conjunction with Harniman Photography for a national Mars advertising campaign. The background was shot with additional CG elements Magners Label – this is a 100% CG bottle label, modelled by Air CGI for a Magners animation – the team took a standard object & utilised CG to animate it Glass engine – this shows an example of when the team use creative texturing to change objects and elements of objects e.g. taking a car engine & using CG to change the material it is made from and portraying it as a glass engine The team at Air CGI added the CG wings to this image of a model These 3 CGI Volvo cars were rendered into the setting which was shot in Hong Kong This CG Pagani Zonda has been incorporated into a CG studio environment This CG Nissan car has been incorporated into a CG studio environment by the team at Air Shows a surreal statue that was modelled, textured & rendered by Air CGI. The team can create any fantasy concepts including characters, animals, statues etc CG Volvo car rendered by the Air team, into stills backplates CGI Volvo car rendered by the Air team, into stills backplates (which was shot in Miami by Harniman Photography) Car interior detail shot, done completely in CG This CG image created by Air CGI demonstrates a CG environment with photographic elements (i.e. the people) Magners Label – this is a 100% CG bottle label, modelled by Air CGI for a Magners animation – the team took a standard object & utilised CG to animate it CGI Volvo c30 car rendered by the Air team, into stills backplates (which was shot in Miami by Harniman Photography) This is a still taken from an animation created, featuring humans made out of trainers! All the trainers were individually modelled and animated by the team at Air CGI. Videos Bulmers Light advertising campaign from Air CGI on Vimeo. Air-CGI Pagani Zonda animation from Air CGI on Vimeo. CGI Trainer Man! from Air CGI on Vimeo.

Remembering Cool Vintage Ads

It's time to remember a bit of the past, these vintage ads are really cool. If you remember some of them you provably thinking to yourself how fast things evolve. If you never seen them before you definitely going to get a good laugh and ask yourself; was that really real? Check them out and enjoy! Which one did you remember from the past? Motorola - It's Spring, Portable Time Honda - Discover Honda's Wonderful World of Fun Kodak - Under $50, no Kidding Cromemco - The new 16k Ram Penril - Penril Modem Timex Computers - The Power is within your reach Atari - No other video game stacks up to Atari Holliday Inn - Reserve the world in seconds Honeywell - Your computer is a monster? IBM - A computer in New York will put you on a jet in Los Angeles Sharp - The first laptop design to be your first laptop Rockwell AIM 65 - For learning, designing, work or just plain fun... Armor All - Protectant fights rot on Atari - More capabilities than any other personal computer Coca Cola - Tea Break Firestone - Grease is rolling on firestone super stones XCOMP - The hard disk you've been waiting for System Industries - Now you can get our disk systems in 30 days Atari - Why Atari is #1 ISC - Putting color to work in computers Sinclair ZX81 - The Personal Computer Revox - Setting standards Seven & Seven - Great taste you can count on Timex Sinclair - 72k Color Sound Air Force - The eagle is back

Fantastic Photos by Gary Salter

Last week I was reading my RSS feeds when I saw some incredible photos. Some of the were really funny as well, like an old skater. The photographer was Gary Salter, so I decided to visit his webiste to know a little bit more about his work. For more information visit Gary's webiste at Gary Salter is a professional photographer based in London UK. His clients include Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Ford, Vodafone, Citibank, LG, Jaguar, Nike, McDonalds, and Playstation. Always carry a camera, use it as a sketch pad for your ideas, enjoy using it, ignore the rules and have fun. - Gary Salter for My favourite camera is the one that will solve the problem the best, I can list a few. The Canon 1Ds MK3 is amazing, It’s a work horse, Is great in more stressed conditions where there’s less control. - Gary Salter for Also, check out this great interview with Gary Salter for

Amazing Advertising Campaign Designs by Limb

Liem Nguyen aka Limb is a Art Director from Bangkok, Thailand and it's specialized in advertising design. Every one knows that the key to stay alive in the business you have to remain creative and Liem has no problem being creative. His works are not only creative but right on the dot, sending a clear message that will hit you right the way. Enjoy! My name is Liem, pronounced "Limb". This leave-behind portfolio was designed to clear up any confusion. And also save me from explaining for the 147, 824th time, how to pronounce my name. For more visit Limb on Behance and All of my work is inside this little usb drive, so when I go to interviews this is all I bring with me. Art Directors Club (ADC) Awards I developed this concept and worked with photographer, Olaf Veltman, to create these call for entries posters for the annual Art Directors Club (ADC) Awards. The ADC wanted to elevate the status of what it takes to win a coveted Gold Cube so these ads depict hard work, dedication, and lack of sleep. Pepto Bismol I developed this concept and worked with illustrator, Hyeondo Park, to create this print campaign for Pepto Bismol. A visual pun was created for the term "Food sits well" using a chicken for poultry, a pig for pork, and a cow for beef. I actually met Hyeondo through Behance and this was our first time collaborating on a project. Hats off to him for some hilarious illustrations. Ippudo I came up with this poster for an authentic Japanese ramen restaurant in New York called Ippudo. The tear pieces resemble their egg noodles. The ramen is handmade fresh everyday so each piece says "Freshly cut ramen served everyday at Ippudo" followed by the address and phone number. VICKS I came up with this concept and worked with photographer, Chad Riley, to create this print campaign for VICKS. The idea is to make a visual pun of the term "stuffed nose" and how VICKS is there for you if one shows up. Because let's face it, who wants a stuffed nose anyways? I had the actual stuffed noses (felt, fur, terry-cloth) made in Singapore by a prop maker. The props ended up looking freaky and weird which actually helps the idea. All the actors are friends of mine who played each part perfectly. Bounty I came up with this concept and worked with Gigunda Group to create these posters for Bounty. The strategy was to focus on the absorbency power of the paper towel... so we literally created big spills. In New York we greeted busy commuters with a giant coffee spill. In Los Angeles we greeted all the weekend shoppers with a giant melting popsicle. It took 24 hrs to melt all the way through. Coinstar I came up with this concept worked with photographer, Li-Han Lin, to create this print campaign for Coinstar -- a machine that gives you cash for your coins. I wanted something visually simple and iconic. Thus, showcasing broken piggy banks not full of coins but what the potential inside of them could be. No need for a headline if the visual does all the explaining for you. This campaign is currently in various advertising award shows. NYC Taxi I designed this bus shelter campaign, and also wrote the copy, for NYC Taxi. It strategically targets people who ride buses instead of taking cabs. I also know first-hand that waiting for a bus in New York sucks. Advil I created these print ads for Advil, head-ache medicine. I wanted to do something simple and polarizing, in effect to give people an actual head-ache. This campaign won a Gold Cube at the International Art Director's Club and was featured in the Graphis Annual, as well as CREATIVITY and CMYK Magazine. Amazing, isn't it? For more visit Limb on Behance and

Awesome and Controversial Ads from Benetton

We all have to agree that Benetton already marked their spot in the advertising world with their famous United Colors of Benetton campaigns. We can all remember at least one of the hundred clever, colorful and sometimes controversial Benetton's ads. The first slogan to appear was 'All the colors of the world', that later was replaced by the famous 'United Colors of Benetton'. The concept of united colors was so strong that for the first time in its history, the company adopted the slogan as its actual logo. The fame, the force and the messages behind Benetton's ads began gained fame and recognition from 1986 on. All their ads have something to say... sometimes they it's loud and clear and sometimes its under a beautiful controversial image! The point is that you need lots of creativity, talent and courage to do these kinds of ads. Ads that mean something, that support a cause, that have an important message... or ads that simply show different colors together. I hope you enjoy the selection! And in case you want to read more about Benetton's campaign history and details, check out their campaign website. Enjoy. :)

50 Vintage Camera Ads - Part 2

The time has come for part two! I should probably apologize for the predominantly vintage articles I've been posting lately, but seriously... can you ever really get enough of vintage? I know I sure can't! This time I've included some from a site called Classic Camera so be sure to check that out later for some more vintage goodness! Also, if you're interested in buying some of these to add on to your own collection (or maybe start a collection!) you can head on over to VintageAds4U. There you can find not only camera ads but car ads, beer ads, basically all types of ads dating back to the early 1900s. It's crazy. And the best part? They're mostly all under $10! So check that out, and let me know what you think via twitter or facebook! Jon Williamson Nmarie old school paul Triborough rauter25 Connor Molloy Uncle Shoe bunky's pickle TheDamnMushroom Harriet1954 VintageAds4U Classic Camera