(Apperantly) yes you can.

November 5, 2008

And did.

The illustrator Patrick Moberg sums it up eloquently:

The obama campaign inspired millions of people to vote and they also inspired milions of artists to share their vision of Hope (or in this case Obama). The list is endless, here are just a few examples/links.

There is of course the famous poster by Shepard Fairey.

Or the website Design for Obama, with many amazing posters to date.

And of course not to forget Will.I.Am´s song Yes we can.

And the campaign itself was pobably the best designed ever. Here is a neat post by london graphic designer Ben Terrett with a collection of some nice articles which analyze this phenomenom. Among it a great photo gallery by the Guardian, 30 graphic designers giving 30 reasons for voting Obama and this great article< at Speak up.
They branded his posters, pins, stickers, plane, bus…and even christmas ornaments…the variations are endless.
Ah, and the typography! Gotham. *Sigh*
Here is a good article by the Boston Globe about this particular phenomenon of the phenomenon.


March 21, 2008

I found this right on time for the long easter weekend it seems.

A faboulus website to “waste” away the next couple of days (or more). ffffound is an image bookmarking website. You have to be invited by a member to be allowed to blog, but viewing them is for free. Images range from photography to graphic design, art, advertising, street art, vintage posters etc. From beautiful, enchanting and strange to dark and gloomy. Basically everything that catches the bloggers eye.

There must be more than 20 000 images there and it´s growing constantly.

A really great source for inspiration.

Happy easter 🙂

The slogan “think different” and corresponding advertising campaign was created by the agency TBWAChiatDay for Apple in 1997.
This spot is 11 years old, but remains one of the best brandings i´ve seen (They didn´t even had to show a product).
And it´s so cool.

Here is a link to the making of. The best part is one of the creators gushing about this amzing new tool called Photoshop that they used for the ad placements.
You can find a whole lot of interesting different versions here.
And a typography based clip here on youTube.

And this is the (brilliant) text:

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones,
We see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world,
Are the ones who do.

Car ads III

November 26, 2007

Yep, i knew there were more. I would have been really surprised if BMW didn´t take the chance to annoy the competition.


And while we´re at it.
Notice the fleeing Jaguar on the hood of the car?

Car ads II

November 26, 2007

I´m fascinated. There seems to be a secret advertising war going on among car ad makers that i was previously unaware of.
The first time i noticed it were the hilarious “Congratulations…” ads from various car-makers.
And now this. I wonder if there is more.

Volkswagen started it off with this.
Which “inspired” Nissan to this.

Graphic exchange

September 17, 2007

This is a small collection of designs found at the website/blog/project Graphic-exchange . Graphic designer Fabien Barral not only uses a clever idea to promote his work, by exchanging samples of his designs with other designers and then posting them on his blog ( i know, it´s expensive for both of them), he also created a wonderful library full of amazing imaginary.

For me the featured works are more poetic works of art than graphic design & co. I especially love the insight into the french world of graphic design. For more (more more!) go to Graphic-exchange.

(Inga! This is for you. I hope it´s not too distracting from your exams….but, well…it´s a good distraction, no? 😉 )

Thrilling wonders

September 10, 2007


This image is not Photoshop generated. In fact this enormous cavern is part of Tokyo´s infrastructure built to prevent overfloading during typhoon season. I found this post on the amazing website of Avi & Rachel Abrams, which is part of the “Thrilling wonder” family of sites. They want to promote “the intense, wonderful and never-boring” side of things. And do so beautifully. If you have some hours (days!) of free time and are in serious need of inspiration, spend some time on their website.

Here you can find galleries with themes like: Abandoned tunnels and vast underground spaces, The most beautiful libraries of the world, Lord of the logistics 1-5, Dust storms, Guy´s thing:weird inventions, Aim…Fire! (High speed photography), Cool ads and many many more (i wish i could name them all).

I have no idea how they could amass such a beautiful collection of images, but they are all worth a look, so check out DarkroastedBlend: Something old. Something new. Something cool.

Cannes Lions 2007

September 5, 2007


To celebrate Inga´s and my trip to the Night of the Lions in Düsseldorf, where the winners of this years Cannes Lions Awards are honored; here is a list of some of our favourites (in no particular order).

The commercials “The Wind” and “Evolution” can be found under the advertising category in earlier posts. All the following links go to YouTube. So let´s start with…

Apple´s funny Get a mac commercials.

For Amnesty international the moving Bullet and Signature spots.

Similar topics and equally amusing. Volkswagen´s Horror Movie and Smart car´s Backseat. The amazing thing of the Smart commercial. All scenes were filmed especially for this spot with employees, their friends and families acting as the characters.

The poetic Breathe in, Breathe out for Greenpeace.

Shown at the Superbowl for BudLite, the commercial He has a BudLite. From a guy point of view totally understandable i suppose.

For Shera Ceiling Board the truely tragic Shakespearian Gecko.

For Happy Dent the funny and vivid Happy Dent Palace.

And last but not least the hilarious The Breakup by Microsoft. It was shown at the Night of Lions as an opening for the sponsor of the Cyber Lions.

Message is everything

August 23, 2007

These advertisments all deal with climate change in some way. Climate change is of course THE topic right now and there are numerous tv spots, ads, art installations etc popping up everywhere. These three all have different aspects that appeal to me, but they all have a very strong message as their basis – and show it through text, imaginary, sound or ingenious idea.

This billboard ad was done by DraftFCB for WWF Canada.I really appreciate it when someone uses simple methods to convey such a strong message. (Of course my critical german side immediately complains that it works best on the time lapse video. I doubt anybody would watch it the whole day to see the effect….but i´ll just ignore that side of me for now 🙂 )

No simple methods in this one. It is perhaps not as strong as the other, but i like the combination of image and song, even though – for me – the images of the natural disasters are very strong and you kind of notice the people only on the second glance. But maybe that´s the point. And: the message at the end really drives the point home. Btw, this one is from WWF Canada too.

This is a launch for the “encyclopedia of Life”, an ambitious project, which wants to collect and archive data about all organisms in the world. They won the TED prize 2007 for it, i never heard of this award before but it seems very interesting. Here it was not the imaginary (and definitively not the logo) or sounds that drew me in but the use of pathos and the dramatic approach. The switch from the bare grey computer screen to the vivid imaginary and back to the screen works really well in a dramatic sense i think. And the message of the text has a strong impact, too. It worked too, i really got exited about it (i´m easy to exite anyway,but… 🙂 )

Amazing ad

August 6, 2007

I don´t want to spoil this, so i´m not going to post the real title.
*Sigh* i had to watch this several times, just to catch all the hints. The pace, rhythm, music, cast etc were very well chosen. It has a smooth, kind of dreamlike quality with a beautiful resolution. What a beautiful idea to advertise this particular product.

Found at one of my favourite blogs: New Art.