Andrew and Luke at TBTL (my absolute favorite podcast: I haven’t missed an episode in four years) were discussing this old Quiznos commercial on Tuesday’s episode. I’d completely forgotten about this bizarro TV ad that somehow made it onto national television in 2004 and put Quiznos on the map. Quoth Luke Burbank:

"The other reason to love Quiznos, beyond the fact that they heat everything up, is that they had these ‘spong monkeys’ ads… if you see the animal that was singing that song in that commercial, it is amazing that this was made… it’s mind blowing that this happened. They look they’re probably, like, some kind of a small rodent but they’ve super imposed googly eyes and what looks like a pork pie hat on one of them… and one has an admiral’s hat on and it’s playing a guitar.  They’re just floating in front of a Quiznos that’s in a strip mall… it’s just great."

I have nothing but respect for the advertising executive who went into that pitch meeting with Quiznos corporate with this commercial on a VHS tape in his briefcase. I like to think that he stood up, cleared his throat, straightened his tie and started with “Okay, I’m going to need everyone to keep an open mind…”

- Dave

I came across these ads for Black Sabbath’s new record and thought it was genius. I can remember flyering the streets for my old band and stapling posters onto light poles that were several inches thick from other posters promoting shows. There would be some attempts to tear back the mess revealing shows from the past, creating a sort of beautiful collage.

I love this idea which basically shows that Black Sabbath has never actually left.

I can’t speak for what the records sounds like, but these ads are nails.

-Tim

Photo Credit: Creative Review

Smart Ideas for Smarter Cities is a…smart campaign. I appreciate its simplicity, its innovation in billboard advertising, and its clean, pleasing color palette.

Beyond the design, the message is as simple as it gets: What do you want for your city? What does improvement look like to you? How can things be better, smarter, and so on?

Projects like this—thank you, IBM—are taking advertising design into new territory, both physically and civically.

-Ben

Courtesy Hello You Creatives.

Microsoft, hard as they try, just doesn’t convince me. This ad is clever as hell, and it plays into their branding nicely, creatively. But none of that matters to me because I don’t like their products. They feel cheap, are over-designed, and don’t make my life any easier (quite the opposite, if my memory of screaming at inanimate objects is correct).

So at the end of the day, what does marketing, advertising and branding matter if your products aren’t up to snuff?

Still, a nice ad.

-Ben

French photographer Laurent Chehere, once known for his award-winning commercial ad work for heavyweights like Audi and Nike, left advertising after a change of heart. Hoping to pursue more personal passions with his work, he travelled the world, documenting it in stops across Asia, South America, and everywhere in between. Along the way, “Flying Houses” was born, a whimsical collection of buildings removed from both their backdrop and grounding. It’s a fantastical effort of isolating the uniqueness of these buildings that may, more often than not, get lost in the shuffle of a brighter skyline or tidier facade.

See more of Chehere’s work here

- Maggie

German advertising agency Jung von Matt has recreated several iconic television characters for a series of minimalist Lego print ads. Can you tell who’s who? 

- Maggie 

[The Simpsons, Donald Duck (and friends), Bert and Ernie, Ninja Turtles, The Smurfs, and South Park] 

The Dubai music scene is barren at best. The Fridge is one of the only live, grassroots music venues filling this cultural-void… The posters created follow the feel of the venue: organic, approachable, down to earth. The ‘musical creatures’ invite people to find music in the most unexpected place - maybe even a remote, industrial warehouse.”

(Dubai’s The Fridge keeps it simple with these intriguingly illustrated black and white ads. Less simple: Ardvark? Elephant? Tenderly mutant Ard-phant?)

- Maggie