Intercontinental Hotels (the largest hotel chain in the world) is planning to open a ‘Resort Paradise’ in the city of Lhasa, capital of occupied Tibet, next year. The presence of a multinational corporation gifts priceless PR to a Chinese regime which is currently arbitrarily detaining hundreds of Tibetans for alleged involvement in protests.
The repression in Tibet by China is notorious. China’s reaction to protest has been to use brutal (sometimes lethal) force, collective punishment against communities, torture, communications clampdowns and more. Foreign journalists are not allowed into Tibet to document this; Reporters Without Borders have said that Tibet is even more locked down than North Korea.
Despite people’s own experiences under austerity, polls show that the majority of people in the UK and elsewhere continue to buy into the idea that austerity is necessary and that wages and welfare payments are too high. To challenge this, the major British unions, led by the Trades Union Council, have launched Austerity Uncovered, a roadshow that will travel around the UK in a bus, gathering people’s stories of life under austerity. It’s not a pretty campaign but it’s an interesting – and necessary – strategy to change the debate on austerity.
I did a lot of blogposts about the Denver water campaigns made by Sukle Advertising & Design.
“Award winning, humorous, positive approach, recognizable, consistent style, understandable message and above all great artwork” I wrote recently.
The campaigns is already in it’s ninth year. Time to look back.
You can digging through my blog posts (see the list at the bottom of this post). But we have more.
I did an interview with Mike Sukle last week about those nine years.
Mike took the time to give us a good insight from the agency side Read it here.
I collected all the artwork from previous year I could get and published it on Pinterest on a dedicated Denver Water board. See it here.
Most of the work is outdoor, ambient and print. Why? Read it here.
Sukle did a few videos and you can see them in this post.
The first is the most famous one: The Running Toilet.
PETA is up to it again, gaining easy publicity (yes, I get the irony that I’m posting it here) by convincing women to appear nude in their ads. This time, it’s Miss USA pageant winners Susie Castillo, Shandi Finnessey, Shanna Moakler, and Alyssa Campanella.
“I was so disgusted that I would wear this skin of this living being on my body and consider myself beautiful,” Ms. Finnessey says in the press release. “What would happen if that happened to a human being? We would be outraged. So what’s the difference?”
No animals were exploited in the making of this ad. Well, maybe one species.
Demand Conflict Free Electronics is an awareness campaign designed by Matt Wilson as the final major of his B.A Hons Degree from Plymouth College of Art in the UK. His goal is to educate people about conflict minerals being used in electronics. More information on the project can be found on his Behance page HERE.
Any agencies/NGOs out there interested in making this into something more than a student project?
We are appealing for people to ‘come back’ and register to donate with a new celebrity poster campaign inspired by this year’s come-back king David Bowie. Three celebs have all re-created Bowie’s iconic Aladdin Sane album cover to encourage people to ‘come back’ and register.
It’s a nice sort of celebrity endorsement. While David Bowie has, indeed, “come back” to his musical career, it has been a mysterious and elusive return. (No interviews, no live performances, just a great album and some really cool videos.) Bowie has, however, finally put his presence on social media, with arm’s-length Facebook and Twitter engagements. (Although a much more intimate window on his life awaits fans who follow his wife, supermodel Iman, on Instagram.)
The second was to go looking online for galleries of art dedicated to the events, since there’s no central organizing group, my search centered around the hashtags used to promote the protests: #DirenGeziParki#OccupyGezi. So far I haven’t encountered anything other than some collections of street art, so I decided to start one here.
Buy a pixel meets Facebook connect. That’s the technique used in this fundraising campaign for the Interval House, Canada’s first centre for abused women and children.
It’s based on the data that every second in Canada an act of violence against women occurs.
86,400 seconds is the number of seconds in a day.
The Facebook connect driven website puts familiar faces on victims of domestic violence, and prompts visitors to take a stand by buying a second of the day.
The Spanish town of Brunete, near Madrid has come up with an unusual solution to people who let their dogs do their business in the street. Volunteers chatted to offenders (people, not dogs) to find out details that would allow their dogs to be traced via records. Then the offending matter was returned to the owners who’d left it behind. A simple social change idea put forward by advertising agency McCann. Which has, allegedly, led to a 70% fall in offending.
They did it! Frustrated with the lack of in-depth international mainstream media coverage of their massive citizen protests against Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a group called Turkish Democracy in Action took to social media instead. They set up an indiegogo appeal to raise a budget for an ad campaign.
As of this morning (Saturday) they have raised $105, 218 — almost double their goal — ahead of Sunday’s deadline. The result was a full-page-placement in one of the West’s most conspicuous newspapers.
I did a lot of blogposts about the Denver water campaigns made by Sukle Advertising &Design. “Award winning, humorous, positive approach, recognizable, consistent style, understandable message and above all great artwork” I wrote recently. The campaigns is already in it’s ninth year. Time to look back. I did an interview…
This evening (Eastern Standard Time), Canadian Space Agency astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield will return to Earth after five months orbiting our planet in the International Space Station — eventually serving as commander of the mission. At 53, Commander Hadfield is a veteran astronaut, having been in space previously to work…
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