Russell Westbrook Gets the Best Hype Man Ever in Bravado-Packed Jordan Ad W+K imagines the NBA star's pre-game monologue

The new Air Jordan XXX sneakers on Russell Westbrook's feet might actually be spaceships, a new commercial suggests—so everyone should probably get out of his way. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard stars in the ad for Nike's subsidiary Jordan Brand, along with a young hype man who delivers a searing introduction as Westbrook walks, in slow motion, onto the court. 

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February 9, 2016, 11:31 AM EST

Benetton Used Facial Recognition to Find a Single 'Face of the City' for 6 Global Capitals Algorithmic average of the melting pot

To promote Benetton's Carnival Capsule Collection, dubbed "a celebration of color in all its shades," 180 Amsterdam came up with an idea that gives the company's cause-facing manifesto a modern twist.

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February 9, 2016, 10:33 AM EST

Taco Bell Cleverly Crashed These 5 Local Super Bowl Ads With Its Quesalupa So big, even the little guys are talking about it

Taco Bell and Deutsch made some fun regional media buys during the Super Bowl, recruiting local advertisers in five markets to create normal-looking ads for their own businesses—that suddenly became a pitch for the Quesalupa, which Taco Bell introduced with its own national ad on the game.

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February 9, 2016, 9:29 AM EST

Yet Again, St. Louis Is Forced to Endure the Year's Most Distressing Super Bowl Ad No seriously, don't do heroin

Poor St. Louis. Every year they sit there on Sunday Bowl Sunday quietly trying to enjoy their constipation and irritable bowel ads, only to be subjected to something truly bleak—PSAs about how heroin can utterly destroy your life.

It happened again Sunday, as the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse—based in the St. Louis area—made its second straight regional Super Bowl buy to address the dangers of the drug with some quite upsetting creative.

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February 8, 2016, 2:40 PM EST

This Designer's Minimalist Year of the Monkey Poster Looks a Lot Like ... Something Else Now he seems bummed

Minimalist design is great when it works, but sometimes the results can leave themselves wide open for interpretation.

In the case of San Francisco designer Lehu Zhang, a quickly assembled poster idea for the Chinese zodiak's Year of the Monkey (which begins today) ended up looking more than a bit like something more raunchy.

Let's not mince words. It looks like a penis going into a butt. And, I don't know, maybe shaking a bit side to side?

"I decided to just use some basic shapes to create a monkey face," he told BuzzFeed News. "That was my intention. I was playing around with shapes and this thing just came up."

Yeah it did.

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February 8, 2016, 11:17 AM EST

SNL's Funny Super Bowl Skit for Totino's Suddenly Turned Into Something Way Creepier 'What's happening to my hungry guys?!'

During last night's pre-Super Bowl episode, Saturday Night Live again skewered big-game advertising. Vanessa Bayer reprised her bored-housewife role in a Totino's spoof. But this time, well, it wasn't just a Totino's spoof. 

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February 7, 2016, 6:08 PM EST Is Crashing the Party With the Most 'Super' Bowl Commercial Ever R/GA spot by Tim & Eric will bowl you over

Here's a late-breaking Super Bowl ambush campaign from R/GA for, which enlisted Pretty Bird directors Tim & Eric to make one of the most super commercials you'll ever see about bowls.

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February 5, 2016, 5:23 PM EST

JetBlue Just Built a 25-Foot Rube Goldberg Machine in This NYC Storefront To celebrate new flights to Palm Springs

It's been a good week for fun out-of-home brand activations in New York City. First, we had the Oreo Wonder Vault on 18th Street. Now, JetBlue is inviting pedestrians on the Lower East Side to check out a big Rube Goldberg machine it just built in a storefront on the corner of Bowery and Kenmare.

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February 5, 2016, 3:57 PM EST

DeAngelo Williams and Other NFL Stars Do Their Daughters' Hair in Charming Pantene Ads P&G brand's fresh emotional chord

Three NFL stars play a new position—coiffeur—and attempt to give their young daughters hairdos in these charming spots by Grey for Procter & Gamble's Pantene. 

The work extends the shampoo brand's "Strong is beautiful" positioning and emphasizes that "Girls who spend quality time with their dads grow up to be stronger women." 

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February 5, 2016, 12:27 PM EST

Hershey's Just Made a Father-Daughter Ad That's One of the Year's Sweetest Arnold debuts 'Hello happy' line

Two-dimensional characters are usually dreaded in advertising, but one very thinly drawn character works perfectly in this sweet new commercial by Arnold for Hershey's.

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February 5, 2016, 11:04 AM EST


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