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…
- “My creativity is sparked by music and architecture”: meet graphic designer Stephanie Specht
- Bodily discomfort supplies the “subtle strangeness” of Melissa Schriek’s photographs
- Tara Booth explores the reality of her escapist fantasies in a lyrical new book
- Artist Brian Rideout paints private art collections that will never be publicly available again
- Photographer Eva Verbeeck looks at the place of young women in modern American society
- Simple, experimental and sophisticated websites all feature in Double Click July
- New study claims to pinpoint the most creative time of day, down to the minute
- Singapore-based studio Swell explores the idea of the banished book
- "My little niece and my grandmother like the game equally": how Playables made the simply addictive Kids
- In being "open to possibilities" still life painter Duane Keiser paints the everyday joys of life
- What the cluck? KFC releases limited-edition bucket hat
- For Bizzarri-Rodriguez, book design “is everything except a science”