NASA's Gorgeous New Space Tourism Posters Are Retro-Futuristic and Fantastic Fancy a trip to 'Cold Faithful'?

Between Interstellar and The Martian, NASA's enjoying a banner pop culture revival. To tap into that growing awareness of what lies before us, the space agency's Jet Propulsion Lab commissioned Seattle-based Invisible Creature to produce a series of lush retro space-tourism posters.

The work is a preview of what to expect from the JPL's 2016 Visions of the Future calendar. "The Grand Voyage," above, was inspired by '60s sci-fi paperback covers and represents how Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune align once every 175 years. Its last alignment, which happened in 1977, enabled the JPL to take advantage of their proximity to send two probes, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, on a path to visit all four on the same trip.

Invisible Creature's take on the phenomenon represents the Grand Voyage as a bicentennial festival, a moment worth sharing with the kids once every five generations: "Experience the charm of gravity assists," it proclaims, in just-as-charming typography.

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February 12, 2016, 1:13 PM EST

This Interactive Split-Screen Film From Converse Is a Valentine's Ad You Can Actually Stand An intriguing look at artist couples

Converse is out with a three-minute bit of artistic voyeurism ... and it's great.

Titled "Lovesick: Converse Couples," the commercial puts split-screen to exceptional use, telling the stories of dancers, drag queens, graffiti artists, musicians and stylists, and their relationships with people who share their respective crafts.

It's sweet, charmingly gritty, and sprinkled with down-to-earth humor. One lover expresses gratitude that his girlfriend didn't smack him the first time he kissed her; another laments a moment when she realized she couldn't be a brat to her boyfriend because they were at work, and a third admits his counterpart makes him laugh "all the time … every Tuesday."

The clip is also interactive, letting viewers slide a divider to move between the two frames, revealing additional footage and alternate perspectives on the participants' body language (at times refreshingly, making it less mushy and more casual)—with some shots staged to splice together later, as if the two parties were conversing.

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February 12, 2016, 12:19 PM EST

Nike Athletes Dropped Some Insane Product on Fans in San Francisco Last Weekend A Super Bowl treat for Nike+ members

While many advertisers were shelling out millions of dollars for TV slots on the Super Bowl broadcast last Sunday, Nike was on the ground in San Francisco getting much more up close and personal with some of its biggest fans.

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February 12, 2016, 9:55 AM EST

Leo Burnett Built a Livable Model of Van Gogh's 'Bedroom' That You Can Rent on Airbnb A haven for art geeks

From igloos to Netflix and Chill, Airbnb fans have an awesomely quirky variety of accommodation options to choose from these days. And starting Sunday, art geeks can live out their Van Gogh fantasies via Airbnb through a new effort by Leo Burnett. 

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February 11, 2016, 4:11 PM EST

This Agency Made a Gift Registry Asking for Absurdly Lavish Presents for Its New Office Doner's wish list might be slightly unrealistic

Doner is coming out, and it wants the world to know. The agency has chosen an amusing way to announce its move into a new office in Los Angeles via a not-so-humble request for lots of very, very generous gifts.

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February 11, 2016, 12:30 PM EST

If Your Calendar Is Screaming FML, It's Time for a Vacation, Say These Clever Print Ads A nudge for a too-busy culture

Nobody has time to go away. We're booked to the hilt and stumble from weekend to weekend, at which time we come up for air and realize that six months have passed. If you're still crawling back into some semblance of productivity from your Super Bowl high, the sensation must be even worse: Queen Bey can't save you now.

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February 11, 2016, 11:53 AM EST

Didier Drogba and YouTuber Fun for Louis Star in KitKat's New Global Ads About Sustainability Nestlé visits cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast

Nestlé is touting KitKat's commitment to sustainable cocoa farming with a new series of ads set in the Ivory Coast (or Côte d'Ivoire)—starring Didier Drogba.

The international soccer celebrity, who formerly captained the country's team, appears in the centerpiece video, one of four lengthy clips. The Ivory Coast is the world's biggest producer of cocoa beans.

YouTube travel personality Louis Cole hosts the series, which examines different facets of the confectioner's efforts to improve the lives of farmers who produce the key ingredient in chocolate.

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February 11, 2016, 11:26 AM EST

A Ventriloquist Betrays His Dummy in One of the Strangest Haircut Commercials Ever Breaking couples up since 1982

Whether you're cleaning up your current look, trying something new or betraying your ventriloquist dummy, a Great Clips haircut is a step in the right direction. That third point is the subject of the brand's bizarre "Benny & Lenny" ad, directed by The Perlorian Brothers for Minneapolis agency Periscope. 

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February 11, 2016, 9:45 AM EST

A Bank Set Up This 10-Foot-Tall ATM to Celebrate the Arrival of NBA All-Stars Not exactly easy money

It's not often you find yourself admiring a super inconvenient banking feature, but this time is a worthwhile exception.

BMO Financial, also known as Bank of Montreal, sparked some digital buzz this week by installing a 10-foot-tall ATM in its flagship location, First Canadian Place in Toronto. A message on the towering device made the meaning clear: "The NBA All-Stars Are Coming."

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February 10, 2016, 5:06 PM EST

Can a Biotech Group Change the Conversation With an Emotional Ad About Time? Poetic spot dropped in a minefield

The human body is a time machine. Treatments and products developed by the biotech industry keep its parts in good order, extending our stays on the planet and allowing us to lead richer lives.

That's the pitch from the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a trade and lobbying group, in a campaign by White64 themed, "Time Is Precious."

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February 10, 2016, 4:52 PM EST


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