Confusions and Connections
A 21st century take on Burma-Shave
Written October 17, 2014
I’ve been hacking through the XKCD archive and came across this one. Burma-Shave was a very well known advertiser, and quite a novel one, in the middle of the 20th century. Adverts were placed alongside roads that gave a Haiku feel to the advertising. They gave you adverts to make you laugh ...more

Beetle advertising over the years
Written June 1, 2014
If you think of car adverts of the 20th century, one manufacturer jumps out at you. That being Volkswagen and their print adverts for the Beetle. In 1959, Volkswagen approached various advertising agencies to pitch for the account. A company called Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB) finally won the account. They still ...more

LEGO adverts on ITV
Written February 10, 2014
Yesterday, February 9, saw LEGO take over an entire advert break during Dancing on Ice. Now, Warner Bros have released the whole break for you to watch again. There are some fun adverts on there, from the British Heart Foundation,, Premier Inn and BT. Not only have they selected some of ...more

Apple reinvents advertising?
Written January 22, 2014
Today is a momentum day in the history of advertising.  It’s the day that the world saw, for the second time*, Apple’s classic, “big brother”, Superbowl ad. It was a different time on this day 30 years ago when that hit the screen during that game of American football. Computers were ...more

JCVD is back
Written November 23, 2013
It all started with an advert for Volvo Trucks staring JCVD about 10 days ago… Before you cry foul and it was all done on a green screen and wires they you would be wrong! It is all done “in camera” but with a couple of modifications to make it a ...more

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