In the past couple of years we’ve used the morning after Superbowl to write a post that crams in as many of the adverts as possible, regardless really of quality or impenetrable American cultural references. This year I decided enough is enough and that a little curation was required. So here are the ads that jumped out amid the dross, the schmalz and the bewildering (what even is Full House?).
The Newcastle Brown anti ad featuring Anna Kendrick has rightly been lavished with praise (I’d be surprised if there’s a better line than “I can’t stuff indie creed in a male stripper’s g-string”) but I also laughed out loud at Bud Light’s effort and Buzzfeed, Doritos and Swiffle all stood out from the crowd. The Ford Double The Awesome spot goes to town on a simple idea while Budweiser added puppies to last year’s Clydesdale horse in a peerless example of how to make a cheesy advert. Go Pro also paraded their product in style, strapped to space-jumper Felix Baumgartner and KIA, um, have a really weird twist on The Matrix.
I reserve the right to make changes and additions to this run-down, but for now here’s some to get you going…
- Kyle Platts and Andy Baker's animation takes us on a kaleidoscopic trip through the park
- Casper Balslev shows ballerinas wielding AK-47s in his ad for the Royal Danish Theatre
- An unusual custom typeface and great layouts for new print mag Migrant
- Bold, minimal-leaning graphic design from hot new studio Vrints-Kolsteren
- Daniel Savage’s monochrome animation plays with geometry and space
- Waverly Labs launches an earpiece that translates languages in real time
- Anna Ginsburg explores sex and female orgasms in this hilarious animation (NSFW)
- Arne Svenson’s portraits of his New York neighbours taken through apartment windows
- Milton Glaser: we talk drawing, ethics, Shakespeare and Trump with the graphic design legend
- The Co-op returns to its old “clover leaf” logo from the 1960s
- Strange posters and superb typography from Venetian studio Tankboys
- Should designers specialise early, or have a “portfolio career”?