Google's New California Campus Will Be More Like a Sci-Fi City Than an Office Biodome-like structures to owl habitats

Google has just unveiled plans for its new Mountain View, Calif., campus—and they don't skimp on the sci-fi. The designs, by architects Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio, feature transparent, biodome-like buildings, bike paths, running tracks, meadows and a babbling brook—along with a public plaza with retail space for shops and cafes.

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March 2, 2015, 8:34 PM EST

Jeff Goldblum Is a Loony Futurist in RPA's New Ads for 'Change your apartment. Change the world'

Jeff Goldblum, who's enjoying something of a renaissance as a pitchman, has scored another gig in a peculiar role as a futurist for—helping to introduce the company's advanced, perhaps even futuristic new apartment-listings website.

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March 2, 2015, 4:49 PM EST

Apple Is Putting Users' Beautiful iPhone 6 Photos on Billboards and Print Ads 77 photographers, 70 cities, 24 countries

Photos taken on iPhone 6 are so good, you can blow them up and put them on a billboard.

That's the message of Apple's new "Shot on iPhone 6" print and outdoor campaign, which features real photos—taken by real iPhone 6 users—that Apple found online and loved. The company tells AdFreak that the campaign will feature shots from 77 individuals in 70 cities and 24 countries across the globe.

All of the photos were noncommissioned, found images. Apple combed through tens of thousands of photos to choose the ones for the campaign. The overall message is that iPhone is the world's most popular camera, and is even better with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus thanks to improved software and hardware.

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March 2, 2015, 2:11 PM EST

Agency Rigs Its Office to Count Everything That Goes On in Excruciating Detail Coffee pours, toilet flushes and more

Do you love numbers? Not as much as Sid Lee does.

The agency's Paris office is channeling Count von Count with a side project in which it set up digital sensors to count everything that goes on—how many cups of coffee are poured in a day, how many times the toilets flush, how many times employees use the "command + z" keyboard shortcut (that's undo, for all you mouse-clicking Neanderthals), how many documents the fax machine sends (zero, since 2013, because ha ha, umm ... what's a fax machine?), etc., etc.

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March 2, 2015, 1:12 PM EST

Coca-Cola Celebrates Its Iconic Bottle's 100th Birthday With 15 New Ads And a museum exhibit!

It's the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola's classic glass bottle, and the soda brand is celebrating hard—with 14 new global ads in different styles.

The first might be best described as a super-diverse high-five stop-action hand party, shot by pop photographer David LaChappelle. Human paws of all colors, ages, types and garnishments inch toward each other, craving meaning, and connection, and presumably Coca-Cola, while a soundtrack about loving together reaches fever pitch in the background.

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March 2, 2015, 11:43 AM EST

Watch This Ad Carefully, and You'll Be Transfixed by the Car Sitting Quietly on a Street Skoda's clever new spot

The Skoda Fabia is a pretty special car. Just park it on the street and see what happens. It's way more attention getting than you think. A very clever ad by AIS London and MindsEye director Luke Bellis.

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March 2, 2015, 10:20 AM EST

Classic Disney Characters Shadow Shoppers in This Delightful Mall Stunt Family-friendly fun from Disney Parks

What would you do if you were walking through a well-lit shopping mall and your shadow suddenly turned into Donald Duck? It might be enough to strike panic into the heart of any reasonable person. Is it time to go on a diet? When did things get so wildly out of hand? Is this an acid flashback?

But a new reality-style video from Disney—promoting Disney Parks—finds a string of shoppers seeming to have a pretty great time when silhouettes of the company's classic cartoon characters start stalking and mimicking them from behind a backlit set of doors.

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March 2, 2015, 9:28 AM EST

Here's the SNL Parody Ad for ISIS That Pissed Off Half the Internet This Weekend Spoof of Toyota's dad spot

This Saturday Night Live ad parody, in which a dad (Taran Killam) drops off his daughter (Dakota Johnson) to join ISIS, sparked a raging debate this weekend on social media.

The sketch lampoons Toyota's "My Bold Dad" Super Bowl ad for the Camry, which showed a proud father driving his daughter to the airport as she begins her hitch in the U.S. Army. In SNL's skit, the dad urges his daughter to "Be careful, OK?" as she climbs into a rough-terrain vehicle with three heavily armed, scraggy-bearded jihadi types. "ISIS. We'll take it from here, Dad" is the tagline.

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March 1, 2015, 8:17 PM EST

Gripping Powerade Spot With Derrick Rose Includes First Ad Narration by Tupac Shakur The rose that grew from concrete

In this inspirational ad from Wieden + Kennedy for Powerade, a boy who represents a young Derrick Rose rides through the south side of Chicago to a voiceover by Tupac Shakur—the late rapper's first narration of a commercial.

"You see, you wouldn't ask why the rose that grew from the concrete had damaged petals," Shakur says. "On the contrary, we would all celebrate its tenacity. We would all love its will to reach the sun. Well, we are the roses. This is the concrete. These are my damaged petals. Don't ask me why. Ask me how."

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February 27, 2015, 3:23 PM EST

Jose Cuervo Mixes a Margarita in Space and Parachutes It Back to Earth McCann takes tequila to new heights

Brands are obsessed with space, getting to space, and anything that's been to space. This week, it was Jose Cuervo's chance to boldly go where no tequila brand had gone before—and hopefully make it home safely.

In honor of National Margarita Day last Sunday, Cuervo and its agency, McCann New York—using aerospace technology and GPS tracking—launched a container of margarita ingredients heavenward, hoping to mix a cocktail in space and parachute it back to Earth.

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February 27, 2015, 12:14 PM EST


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