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Nike's New Ad Discourages Budding Athletes, Who Won't Make It Anyway Just don't do it?

Nike Korea's new "Just do it" campaign kicks off with "Play Loud," a 90-second short film by Wieden + Kennedy Tokyo. Like past Nike works, it promotes team sports as a way to dodge conformity and express individuality while still wearing matching uniforms.

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September 4, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT

Here's the Whole Story Behind the Year's Kookiest Car Ad How can you resist this junky 1995 Ford F150?

Would you buy a used car from this man?

Meet Chris Murphy, aka Dan Mayson, a voiceover artist and radio announcer from Fredericksburg, Va., whose zany, brutally honest YouTube video, designed to sell a broken-down 1995 Ford F150, is getting lots of well-deserved attention this week.

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September 4, 2015, 9:50 AM EDT

Have You Ever? This Ad for Big Lots Goes From Oddly Repetitive to Downright Surreal The looping, 10-word script is just the beginning

If you're a woman with an eye for design, Big Lots will apparently have you at a loss for words. But thankfully, there's AutoTune.

In the chain's latest ad from agency OKRP, pairs of women—or "besties," as the press release puts it—register repetitive awe at living space layouts and home accessories, using shorthand exclamations that are easily understood among friends but are meaningless out of context. Interior designer and HGTV personality Meg Caswell anchors the spot, which puts phrases like "I can't," "Get out" and "Loving this" in a loop that might drive a reasonable person insane.

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September 4, 2015, 9:28 AM EDT

A Tinder for Jobs? This App Helps You Find Work a Lot Like You Find Love SelfieJobs wants your photo first

Tired of updating LinkedIn, or spending hours manicuring your résumé? Swedish startup SelfieJobs wants to make getting a new gig as easy as swiping right on Tinder.

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September 3, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT

A Breakfast Cereal Mascot in Drag Has Stolen the Heart of Newly Single Kermit the Frog How quickly time heals

In the Israeli ad below, created by BBR Saatchi & Saatchi, Kermit the Frog sings a swinging love missive to Denis(e), the mascot for Unilever's Branflakes cereal.

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September 3, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

Now It's Sherwin-Williams' Turn for a Much-Needed New Logo, Right? Or is the Earth-smothering icon actually brilliant?

Now that Google and Verizon have sparked global design debates by redesigning their logos, it makes sense to ask who should be next.

I mean, other than Yahoo.

Looking beyond the tech and telecom megacorporations, there's one classic brand logo that nearly every designer—or human with eyes—would like to see reworked: Sherwin-Williams.

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September 3, 2015, 1:05 PM EDT

Beats By Dre Returns Gatorade's Serve With Its Own Flashy Serena Williams Ad But whose spot is the winner?

It's fun—though perhaps not for the brands—when a big celebrity appears in two major ad campaigns in the same week. It's now happened this week with Serena Williams, who appeared the excellent Gatorade ad we wrote about on Wednesday—and who now fronts the long-form Beats By Dre spot below.

So, whose spot is the real ace? Check out both ads here:

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September 3, 2015, 12:48 PM EDT

How Ikea Used This Ad Full of Naked People to Sell Tables Be careful what you decide at mealtimes

Some 79% of important decisions are made around a table. With that small and seemingly innocuous factoid in hand, ad agency Buzzman illustrates how choices made around an Ikea table just might change your life.

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September 3, 2015, 10:52 AM EDT

Want to Buy a Confederate Flag but Not Look Racist? This Seller Has a Solution A.J. Hall's unique business model

Want to purchase a Confederate flag, but worried you'll look like a racist?

A.J. Hall will sell you one. And you'll be in the clear. Why? Because he's a "real-life black man." And if you buy your Confederate flag from a black man—for $150 a pop, hand-folded, with a signed photo of A.J.—clearly your purchase is about heritage and not hate.

Right?

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September 3, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

Ren & Stimpy Co-Creator Is Now Making Talking-Meat Cartoons for a Midwestern Grocer The only Log here is made of wurst

If you can't find an immediate connection between St. Louis-based cured-meat maker Volpi Foods and Emmy-winning cartoonist Bob Camp, you're not alone. But if a century-old food company wants to make a splash with digital content starring anthropomorphic meat products, why not hire one of the twisted minds behind The Ren & Stimpy Show?

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September 3, 2015, 8:48 AM EDT

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