advertising

The Nostalgic, Vibrant World of Advertising Mascots

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Most of us have fond memories from our childhood about the advertising mascots splashed across the boxes and packaging of our favorite cereals, toys, and more. Pop culture historian Warren Dotz has researched and collected those offbeat characters and brand icons in two beautiful books, the new Mr. Product: The Graphic Art of Advertising’s Magnificent Mascots 1960–1985 and the recently re-published Meet Mr. Product: The Art of the Advertising Character.
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Postcard-Perfect Paintings of Fashionable Vintage Women

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It would be easy to mistake the paintings of James Rieck for photos from the new season of Mad Men (wishful thinking), but the Maryland/DC-area artist, who we spotted on Fubiz, simply has an affinity for all things vintage and feminine. Combining his past as a muralist, the vintage fashions found in old advertisements, and picture-perfect nature backdrops, Rieck’s hyper-stylized paintings are total eye candy. The poses and mixed colorful separates are all catalogue model, while the backgrounds are all ‘60s postcard. The artist elevates the humor by cropping the women just slightly above their lipstick-slick grins, which calls attention to the cheesy poses and scenarios. And if you’re a fashion bug, Rieck’s picks will delight. Shout out granny panties.
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Flavorwire’s Official Super Bowl XLIX Ads Drinking Game

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The average cost of a 30-second ad that airs during the Super Bowl currently tops around $4.5 million. With all the excitement surrounding the largest sports event of the year, this is when companies turn up the volume and pull out their bag of tricks to get your attention. Since you’ll be surrounded by snacks and booze while watching football’s finest, here is a little drinking game you can play when the ads start to go live. Happy Super Bowl!
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How To Write Your Own History

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Flavorpill has teamed up with Cole Haan to help a new generation write their own history. On September 6th and 7th in NYC, you can attend our Inspiration Workshop at Wallplay on the Lower East Side for programming designed to inform and empower both your creative side *and* your business side. General Assembly teachers lead (free) classes on site, and inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs share their stories in evening panel discussions. You can also peruse The Sketchbook Project‘s mobile pop-up library, featuring the doodles, lists, and dreams of international authors, artists, scientists, and more. We spoke to some of the panelists and instructors involved in the Inspiration Workshop for advice on writing our own history and forging our own path — so even if you can’t attend the Workshop, you can come away inspired.
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Settle Down, ‘Star Wars’ Fans: Your Entitlement Is Out of Control

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Maybe the problem is I’m just not that much of a Star Wars fan. Oh, it’s not that I dislike the films (y’know, except for the prequels); when you’re eight years old in 1983, the experience of seeing Return of the Jedi in the theater, and owning the subsequent action figures and Ewok lunch boxes, makes you a loyalist for life, if for no other reason than nostalgia. But mine is a casual affection, not a gaping maw requiring the constant ingestion of information, and that is apparently what Star Wars fandom has become these days — if the furious response to Disney’s D23 expo is any indication. You see, the new owners of the Star Wars franchise had the nerve to share nothing new about Episode VII last weekend, and fans are livid. Because that’s the point we’ve arrived at with movie hype: the choice to maintain some semblance of secrecy about a project two years from delivery is not only a vile insult, but an indication of big trouble. Come again?
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Ingenious Green Billboards That Make Advertising Eco-Friendly

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As big brands become more environmentally conscious, green advertising is steadily increasing in an attempt to court new generations of eco-savvy consumers. Billboards afford ad companies the biggest space and greatest visibility, and corporations are taking advantage of these intrusive structures in more thoughtful ways. Lush gardens, solar and wind-powered displays, and other “living” signs have been transformed from otherwise obnoxious ad clutter into attention-grabbing and ingenious eco statements.
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Fascinating Photos of Overcrowded Newsstands Around the World

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Photographer Trevor Traynor‘s Newsstand Project confirms that the overcrowded street stalls are a universal language. Also, finding the cashier to pay for your newspapers, magazines, and gum is like playing Where’s Waldo no matter what country you live in. The artist, who we learned about on Photojojo, took Instagram snaps of newsstands in Lima, Barcelona, New York, and Paris. The square format frames the stands perfectly, zeroing in on the ad-heavy facades littered with glossy covers and inky newsprint. Grab a coffee, and wake up with more of Traynor’s newsstand photos in our gallery.
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