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Ad of the Day: Adult Swim Cooks Up a Great Faux Infomercial for Subway

Adult Swim is veeeery, very gingerly getting into product placement, and this first big ad from the network, for Subway, is a big win. It's hard to mesh Adult Swim's sensibilities with the innate...

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Second Lovely Ad for the iPhone 5C Suggests You Might Want to Play With It...

Say what you will about the iPhone 5C—the ads for it are gorgeous and bubbly. Apple this afternoon released the second 5C spot in the space of three days, this one a 55-second jaunt through another...

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Terrie Hall, Star of the CDC's Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign, Dies at 53

Terrie Hall, who starred in Arnold's brutal national anti-smoking campaign for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, died this week in North Carolina. The image of Hall hiding the ravages of...

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Ad of the Day: Alexa Ray Joel, Dhani Harrison Play Their Fathers' Songs for Gap

Talk about "pop" music. I'm both attracted to and repelled by this "Back to Blue" campaign for Gap—by ad agency Peterson Milla Hooks—featuring Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy, and Dhani Harrison,...

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Adobe Shows You the Colorful, Weird, Scary, Brilliant Faces of 'The New...

Adobe just passed the 1 million subscriber mark for its Adobe Creative Cloud and is celebrating with this eye-catching spot from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners—a salute to "the new creatives" in...

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See the New York City Ballet's Remarkable Film That Quietly and Beautifully...

Most of the brand talk around 9/11 this year was about marketers doing it wrong. But DDB New York and the New York City Ballet quietly did it right with a wonderful tribute called "New Beginnings,"...

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World of Pure Manipulation: An Honest Version of Chipotle's 'Scarecrow' Ad

You know you have an advertising hit when the parodies start rolling in. Here is Funny or Die's take on the grand new Chipotle "Scarecrow" ad. The parody is just a joke, but it's not the first time...

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Voice Actor Gives Himself a Shout-Out in Little Caesars Radio Ad

OK, Alan Varner, you probably think it's real cute that you broke through the "fourth wall" in this Little Caesars radio ad from Barton F. Graf 9000, inviting listeners who visit the restaurant to...

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KitKat's Amazing Website Confirms It's the Most High-Tech Candy Bar Around

We've written about Google's upcoming Android KitKat operating system. But check out the KitKat website, itself upgraded to tie into the tech theme—it's a scrolling compendium of factoids proving...

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Ad of the Day: Chatty, Indignant Child Delivers the Speech of His Life for Ikea

When you watch an Ikea ad, you can generally expect one of two groups to be the target: One, style-conscious twenty-somethings looking to furnish their cramped apartment on a dime; or two, busy young...

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L.A. Agency Shines a Light on Former Gang Members Trying to Make Peace

Spend a broiling hot summer on the streets of South Central L.A., a time grimly known to locals as "the killing season," to document some former gang bangers who now try to make peace? That's the idea...

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Ad of the Day: Adobe Knows What Your Marketing Is Doing, Even When You Have...

If you're at Advertising Week in New York this week, chances are you'll see this new Adobe commercial quite a bit. The good news is, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners has produced another winner for...

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Fans Waiting in Digital Line for Samsung Galaxy S4 Move Up by Tweeting

Here's a pretty clever new chapter in Samsung's long-running mockery of Apple line-waiters. For the launch of the Galaxy S4, New Zealand agency Colenso BBDO created a "Smart Phone Line"—a digital...

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Campbell's Wisest Kid Mascot Isn't the Soup Company's Wisest Idea Ever

Oh, a wise guy, eh? Just in time for Advertising Week, BBDO and Campbell Soup introduce a new brand mascot, "The Wisest Kid in the Whole World"—basically a little boy with a really long beard who sits...

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Patrón Aims for Perfection in an Artful Return to TV

IDEA: Patrón, the world's No. 1 ultrapremium tequila, suddenly has more to say. "They've always told people that Patrón is 'Simply perfect.' Now, for the first time, we're telling people why it's...

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Abercrombie & Fitch Covers 'What Does the Fox Say?' in Mind-Blowing Parody

Dog goes woof. Cat goes meow. But what do the shirtless Abercrombie & Fitch models say? They're so good looking, who cares?! Behold A&F's hunks, stripped to the waist and pleasingly pumped,...

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What Creatives Can Learn From Great Ideas That Go Terribly Wrong

It's an established truism among creative people that you have to fail—and learn from those failures—in order to succeed. But is this really true? And what do you learn, exactly, from a...

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Ad of the Day: ESPN Takes the Sounds of SportsCenter Beyond the Network

ESPN has traditionally aired ads for SportsCenter, its famed highlights show, only on ESPN networks—a strategy that senior marketing director Seth Ader told Adweek last year was "a treat for our...

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Brewer Secretly Rigs Plumbing in Man's House to Make Beer Flow From Every Tap

Those jokers at Saatchi & Saatchi and Tui Brewery have a viral hit on their hands, notching more than 5 million views in about a week for various versions of a video that shows some New Zealand...

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Print Ads Just Can't Keep Up With the Porsche 911

Here's a nice, fun, simple campaign for Porsche China by the Shanghai office of Fred & Farid. And kudos to the client for agreeing to lose the beauty shots of the vehicle almost entirely. Three...

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