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

Zoolander Crashes Barbie's Instagram and Teaches Her How to Do the Blue Steel Eat your heart out, Ken

And the Blue Steel delights just keep on coming.

Following a Fiat appearance, a bespoke perfume ad campaign and a stunning promotional debut for Zoolander No. 2 on Valentino's catwalk, Derek Zoolander—played by Ben Stiller—has again popped up someplace unexpected but awesome. 

And he's even more plastic than usual.

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February 5, 2016, 10:21 AM EST

Rich Silverstein Discusses the Creative Pitch That Brought the Super Bowl to San Francisco Startup Shocase digs into the strategy

San Francisco used legendary football coach Bill Walsh's famous West Coast offense to help win its bid to host this year's Super Bowl, according to a new video featuring ad giant Rich Silverstein.

The eight-minute interview, produced by Shocase, a social network for marketing professionals, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the contributions of Goodby Silverstein & Partners—Silverstein's namesake agency—in pitching the Bay Area for the big game.

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February 5, 2016, 10:01 AM EST

This Agency's Logo Is a Composite of Many Faces of the Creative Team And even the client, too

Oliver Haupt is the primary creative force behind The Unknown Artist studio, but it's only his eyes in the logo above—the rest of the face is a mix of other team members involved in the creative process. 

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February 5, 2016, 8:39 AM EST


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