Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year Resolution: A Mistake!

It's almost 2009. And with everyone flaunting New Year resolutions, I figured I'd be realistic and admit that I've been screwing up and making mistakes most of 2008. So in acknowledgement/celebration of that, I would like to share the song 'Mistake' by Fiona Apple from her album 'When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King...' 

Check it out in the above video and part of the lyrics below. Pretty poetic.


I'm gonna make a mistake, I'm gonna do it on purpose
I'm gonna waste my time

'Cause I'm full as a tick, And I'm scratching at the surface
And what I find is mine

And when the day is done, and I look back
And the fact is I had fun, fumbling around all the advice I shunned, 
And I ran where they told me not to run, but I sure had fun, so

I'm gonna fuck it up again, I'm gonna do another detour
Unpave my path

And if you wanna make sense... What you looking at me for?
I'm no good at math

And when I find my way back
The fact is I just may stay, or I may not
I've acquired quite a taste for a well-made mistake 
I wanna make a mistake.. Why can't I make a mistake?


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Creepily Good Pole Dancing Robots

Strippers should be very afraid about their job. Check out the pole dancing robots by Giles Walker at Mutate Britain. The DJ is also a robot. Rather hypnotizing! 

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Anybody Seen My Baby?

Am I the only one who did not know about Angelina Jolie starring in the music video for the song "Anybody Seen My Baby?" by The Rolling Stones? The song is from their 1997 album 'Bridges to Babylon'.
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Top 50 Ad Campaigns in 2008


With the end of 2008, it is time to reflect on the top ad campaigns. Here is the Top 50 Ad Campaigns in 2008 by Trend Hunter magazine. The ranking is done according to the number of views a post had, so this list is kind of generated by the readers who made the trends popular not by editorial choice, which makes it more exciting. Quite a few of the ads in this list were featured here in this blog.

+ Top 50 Ad Campaigns in 2008 | Ad posts in Arab Aquarius

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Merry Slamming Christmas Messy Card


British design consultancy Boxer has created a very fun Christmas 2008 card using a slow-motion camera. The employees got cakes, turkeys and liquids slammed on their faces. Fun!!! Watch the video below.



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Monday, December 29, 2008

Trend Forecast in 2009

Trend Hunter Magazine has released an exciting video forecast for the top 20 Trends in 2009. The forecast was created by having readers 'filter' through thousands of trends that were sourced by crowds all over the world. These viral trends that were made popular by the magazine's readers were then clustered by the editors and formatted into a forecast of what things would be like in the year 2009. Needless to say, the economy crisis is strongly affecting and shaping trends in numerous areas such as fashion, food and design. Check out the above video and feel free to share it around. 

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Harvey Nichols Wallace & Gromit Ads

I always love Harvey Nichols ads and this one from earlier this year doesn’t disappoint. The campaign was photographed by Giles Revell for ad agency DDB London with characters from Wallace & Gromit as models.

+ see more Harvey Nichols ads | fashion | ads

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Kanye West Parody by Kevin Pereira


Kevin Pereira from G4 and Attack of The Show has done a parody of Kanye West’s excessive use of pitch auto-correction. Kevin explains, “Pitch auto-correction and a simple beat can make anything chart-worthy; even a freestyle about guacamole and expired milk.”


Reportedly, making the parody song "Kevye West: 808s & Expiration Dates (Guac Lockdown)" took fifteen minutes for the music, five minutes for the vocals, and the whole thing was created in GarageBand with standard built-in effects.


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Hope & Fear by Philip Toledano

One of my favorite photographers, Philip Toledano, has created photographic sculptures with his amazing series, "Hope & Fear". See five more images below.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Greenpeace Japan Whaling Tattoo Campaign


Greenpeace is following the example of PETA (see example) for using skin to raise awareness about issues. Greenpeace collaborated with Leo Burnett Hong Kong on these ads that use tattoos to illustrate the awfulness of the whaling process in Japan through traditional body art. The ads tell you, “Not all traditions deserve to be preserved. Put an end to whaling in Japan.”



Campaign Credits:

Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett Hong Kong, Creative Directors: Connie Lo, Chong Kin, Yiu Man To, Art Directors: Kenny Ip, Jacky Tong, Copywriters: Chong Kin, Jove, Cheung, Illustrator: Thomas Ho, Photographer: Lewis Ho, Photo Retoucher: Bon Leung.


+ Check out a similar body-art campaign by MTV & VIVA for PETA. 

+ See more ad campaigns.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Beautiful Day For Cancer!



Australian hip-hop artist Al Bino collaborated with Lyrics Born on the song ‘It’s a Beautiful Day for Cancer’ for an Australian skin cancer benefit project. It’s a rather unusual tongue-in-cheek style to raise awareness about cancer, but hey, anything that works to warn the youth of the danger of skin cancer and how we an avoid it is good in my book.


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Men as Pigs in Trojan Evolve Ad Campaign


Trojan has released new ads in their Evolve campaign which loosely translates into ‘men are pigs unless they use a condom, preferably a Trojan.’ Hey, women always complain about being portrayed in sexist and demeaning ways in advertising, so I guess we men can handle it once in a while.



Campaign Credits:

Executive Creative Director: Linda Kaplan Thaler
Creative Director: Jason Graff/Whitney Pillsbury
Copywriter: Jason Graff
Art Director: Whitney Pillsbury
Account Supervisor: Brad Kay

See an earlier video spot from the 2007 campaign (the above prints are new however)

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

15 Cool Toys for Adults

Who says adults can't have fun toys? Here is a cluster I wrote of 15 such toys. From Karl Lagerfeld teddy to Zaha Hadid acion figures, it's ok to have fun!

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Cool Designs: Hangbag Keychain

I love, LOVE this cool keychain (ok, as a guy, I wouldn't have it heart-shaped, but still). The Hangbag by Ototo design studio is a very practical keychain that enables you to hang your bag (or anything else that can be hanged for that matter) on any table. This could be great at resaurants, libraries, coffee shops, etc...

+ Ototo design  |  more cool design posts

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Wolverine HD Trailer & Images

I wasn't really excited about the upcoming Hugh Jackman movie,  X-Men Origins: Wolverine, until I saw the new High Defenition trailer and official pictures. Now I can't wait to see it! See the HD trailer below.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cool Solar Sunglasses Concept

Wouldn't it be cool if your sunglasses could not only protect your eyes, but also collect solar energy and convert it into power that can be used by your phone, music player or other small portble gadget? Well, that is exactly what this concept design, SIG, by designers Hyun-Joong Kim and Kwang-Seok Jeong does. It will surely come in handy at the pool or beach to keep your iPod juice going.

+ see more cool design posts & more concepts

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Me & Kanye West Are Blog Buddies!

Yup, I was ecstatic last night to find out while visiting Kanye West's official blog that he posted about and linked to an article I recently wrote at Trend Hunter Magazine. 

So yeah, we didn't like hang out or go clubbing together, but the man read my article, liked it, posted it in his blog and linked back to my article. So that's kinda sorta blogosphere buddies. Pretty sweet!

Funnily enough, the article is about a door knob that is a light (or is it a light that is a door knob?). See how it went here!


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Friday, December 19, 2008

Top 20 Billboards & Outdoors Ads of 2008


Trend Hunter magazine founder and chief editor Jeremy Gutsche has started rolling out the year-end countdowns, basically counting down the top 20 most viral trends in 2008 of a particular category. Here is the Top 20 Countdown of Billboards and Out of Home ads that includes billboards made of real money, buzzle billboards, hatching & growing billboards, and billboards made of over 8000 pictures of females in their bras!

+ Trend Hunter’s Top 20 Countdown of Billboards and Out of Home ads

If you’ve been following The Arab Aquarius for a while, you will notice that quite a few of these ads have made it here as well. See more Arab Aquarius ad posts.

You can see other Trend Hunter countdowns/best of 2008 of other categories at this countdown page.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Controversial Ads Mega Post


If you are looking for controversial ads then you HAVE to see the new cluster I created at Trend Hunter Magazine that collects over 160 ads and images from over 50 provocative ad campaigns that cross the line. You can browse through the slideshow or see all the pictures in one page.



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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Robyn - Be Mine (Live Nobel Peace Prize 2008)

Here is an amazing Live performance by Robyn of the beautiful song 'Be Mine'  at the Nobel Peace Prize 2008. It's magical.

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Funny Red Model Faces

Even professional models strike silly and funny faces each now and then. These are outtakes from a shoot by photographer Jon Malinowski of models from Red Model Management . See more photos here.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Anti-Trafficking PSA

Pretty creative, if a bit creepy, PSA from Samilia Foundation to combat human trafficking. The ads, which are created by McCann-Erickson ad agency, Belgium, give 'attached to work' a whole different meaning. Good job everyone involved. 

+ Visit Samilia Foundation official site

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Diesel Gets Footy Fetishy In New Ad

Diesel has released an ad from its new Spring - Summer 2009 campaign that has many people asking if maybe it's a bit too much. The controversial ad features model Jon Kortajarena by photographer John Scarisbrick in a foot 'worship' fetish scene with an old man 'worshipping' his feet / sneakers. I have seen pictures of this ad as an outdoors billboard, which is too much for sure. Maybe inside certain magazines, it's OK to have such strong ads, but I don't think its appropriate for public display where minors can see it...

Jon Kortajarena is not new to this scene, he was featured in a foot-fetish inspired ad in the recent Tom Ford Eyewear Spring/Summer 2008 campaign.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Frozen 300

I came upon this excellent music video that uses scenes from the movie 300 with Madonna's song Frozen. Frozen is one of my favorite all time songs, not just of Madonna but in general. This video, which is created by Stormanology, is superbly edited with excellently chosen scenes and beautiful visuals. Check out both the Frozen (300) video and the original official music video, which remains a fantastic video to this day. 


+ Watch the video in High Quality in its YouTube page

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pepsi Raw Ads

Pepsi is embracing the flesh in the new ads for Pepsi Raw, which invite you to 'Go Natural' as a play on the natural ingredients in Pepsi Raw.  BBDO UK has done a much better job than BBDO Düsseldorf's recent disastrous Pepsi Max suicide campaign. This new Pepsi Raw is edgy yet not offensive. The ads use copies that are painted on the naked models' bodies, such as, "Do what comes naturally", "Go raw as nature intended", and "Embrace nature, go raw." They might be a bit cheesy, but c'mon, it's an ad for a soft drink... 

The ads were photographed by Nadav Kander for Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, UK.

Well done, I say. Click the images for bigger versions (you are welcome!)

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