I generally don’t see much in the way of commercials anymore. I DVR almost everything I watch, or I get it on Netflix. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the show fade out, noting where a commercial should be, then it fading right back in again. That being said, I’m still a fan of well produced, quirky, or offbeat commercials. When some actual effort and thought has been put into production, it generally makes me smile. So here’s a free plug for Mike’s Hard Lemonade – because they make me smile. Thanks for the effort, gents (or ladies.)
There are three new commercials, all centering around the same group of guys drinking in the middle of the day. And there are beards. Beards make everything better. It’s the 30 foot tall woman, the headless deer, and the scarecrow that bring a smile to my face. It’s all done in the usual Mike’s deadpan delivery. Check out the videos below. You’re welcome.
OK, so we certainly don’t condone giving children booze. Neither does the artist but I’m sure there’s some people who will be confused when they first see these. Italian model and designer Anna Utopia Giordano has created Pop Bottlesto raise awareness of alcohol issues. The tongue-in-cheek art/social project centers around branded booze bottles topped with rubber baby bottle nipples. The real brands are replaced with kid-appropriate branding. Examples always make things clearer; Grey Goose Vodka becomes “Hello Kitty Vodka”, Jack Daniels Whiskey is now “Fisher-Price Whiskey”. You get the point. Check out the images below and at her site. As for the author – here’s what she has to say about it all:
The bottles are NOT for sale, they are part of an art exhibition. This is an art project to raise social awareness on topics such as alcohol abuse by teens, alcohol abuse by pregnant women, the disinterest of some parents towards their children (abandoned for days between toys and video games), how far marketers can go to gain the attention of their younger customers. There are no commercial purposes.
I promised I wouldn’t start off with anything particularly gross this morning, given what seemed to be an unfortunate theme the other day. Rather than gross I went for meaty latex; hand-made balloons that look exactly like cuts of meat. Mmmm.
Chicago design shop ODL wizarded together these meat-tastic balloons for a New York-based butcher shop called Japan Premium Beef. The work was produced for their installation in the NoHo Design District during New York Design Week 2012. Each balloon takes about three hours to make, from forming the initial shape to the hand painting process that turns the latex blob into the believable cuts of meat you see. Inflatable filet mignon anyone?
If you’re excited about these life just got better. They’re now for sale on a limited basis, seems like when they’re gone….they’re gone. And at eight bucks a piece it seems a foregone conclusion they won’t be long.
I love good industrial and graphic design. I’m also a sucker for older and period stuff. The wonderful folks over at Retronaut put together some of the best cereal boxes from past and present in a side to side comparison. It’s interesting how many cereals use the same character but it’s evolved – in some cases quite a bit. Everything is a bit shinier, more 3-D, filled out, pseudo-realistic, and a lot flashier. Sometimes newer is better, sometimes it isn’t.
In my house growing up we got Cheerios. Not even Honey Nut Cheerios. Just Cheerios. For whatever reason – I can’t really fathom one, my parents used to buy us those variety packs of sugar cereal when we’d go on vacation. Here’s your week or two off every year – have some sugar laced goodness to start your morning. It’ll be back to Buckwheat Shingles when we get home – so live it up now. My grandparents bought Corn Flakes but thankfully ignored my lacing them fourteen pounds of sugar before I ate them. I could feel my insulin producing cells wincing.