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Babies' Poop Faces Captured in Glorious Slow Motion in Award-Winning Pampers Ad Anyone have a wipe?

Everyone knows babies make hilarious faces when they poop. For that matter, so do most adults. Whether or not knowing this universal truth entices you to watch a medley of babies' faces as they poop is a gamble that Saatchi & Saatchi London decided to take. Its "Pooface" video for Pampers baby wipes is literally 75 seconds of what I just described.

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July 6, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT

Nike Celebrates the 'Real Girls of Moscow' With Empowering Ads, Murals and GIFs W+K Amsterdam's take on #betterforit message

Back in April, Nike Women launched its popular "Better for It" motivational campaign in the U.S. Now, the sportswear giant is expanding the tagline in Russia.

A half-dozen new spots from Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam feature the same playful attitude and general message—that the benefits of exercise outweigh the challenge—but take a slightly different tone, as you might expect from ads that feature professional athletes instead of the average exercisers represented in the U.S. work.



The camera work, from director Carlos Serrao, is a little more dramatic in its attention to detail, with scenes like yogi Olga Markes holding a particularly brutal pose while dripping sweat and boxer Kate Izotova getting punched in the face while sparring (a moment featured, naturally, in slow motion).

The copy, meanwhile, comes across as less overtly vulnerable than in the U.S. ads, where women explicitly tolerated their own misery (largely manifest as insecurity) for the promise of self-improvement in the end. Instead, the Russian athletes seem to be a bit more defiant in their vanity—embracing pain in pursuit of perfection or glory.



"What are you doing here?" says Izotova's voiceover. "You could have stayed at home, been someone's trophy…. Screw that. I'll earn my own trophy."

In other words, the ads hew more closely to traditional endorser-driven sports marketing (even if they're not celebrities with wide global name recognition)—a strategy that speaks more of a "Be like this" inspirational strategy than a "We know it's hard but we're with you" motivational one.

In addition to the pro athlete ads, Nike also turned Instagram posts of real girls working out into street posters around Moscow. Indeed, the campaign's title is "Real Girls of Moscow," and it aims to capture the spirit of what Nike describes as a growing sports movement in Russia, featuring women who are "free-thinking and free-spirited," and "are more comfortable in sneakers than heels, preferring exercise to fad diets."



Whether drawing that kind of line—or calling a bunch of accomplished women, at least four of whom are in their 20s and 30s, "girls"—is a smart or deliberately provocative move isn't clear. But it is at least understandable, given the brand sells selling running shoes that also tend to double as fashion statements—and not stilettos.

Regardless, Nike is also touting a 25,000-person turnout for a 10-day sporting event at Gorky Park in Moscow. And the new campaign features top athletes in a broad range of disciplines (ballet, choreography, long-jumping, skateboarding and sprinting) showing up variously on giant outdoor murals, and in nifty GIFs for online distribution—probably because if you really want to do that sweet kickflip, you're going to have to get used to doing it over and over again, stuck on infinite loop, for the rest of time.



CREDITS
Client: Nike

Agency: Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam
Executive Creative Director: Mark Bernath, Eric Quennoy
Creative Director: David Smith, Alvaro Sotomayor, Craig Williams
Art Director: Ignasi Tudela
Copywriter: Zoe Hawkins
Head of Content : Joe Togneri
Planner: Danny Feeney, Michelle Arrazcaeta
Communications Planner: Josh Chang
Group Account Director: Kirk Johnsen
Account Director: Kathryn Addo
Senior Account Manager: Jorge Fesser
Broadcast production / Head of Art Buying : Maud Klarenbeek
Art buying / broadcast production: Javier Perroud
Head of Studio: Jackie Barbour
Retoucher: Dario Fusnecher
Project Manager: Janna Harrington
Business Affairs: Michael Graves

Production Company: Terrie Tanaka Management
Director/Photographer: Carlos Serrao
Director of Photography: Monica May
Producer: Amy Lynne
Executive Producer: Terrie Tanaka
Vogue Shoot Make-up: Mark Williamson at artist-management using Mac
Vogue Shoot hair: Hanjee at Jed Root for Hanjee Hair Gallery

Editing Company: Whitehouse Post
Editor: Sam Gunn

Audio Post: Wave Amsterdam
Sound Designer/Mixer: Alex Nicholls-Lee

Music: Glintshake / MassiveMusic
Katya Izotova: Glintshake
Olga Markes: Glintshake
Adelina Sotnikova: MassiveMusic
Diana Vishneva: MassiveMusic
Darya Klishina: MassiveMusic

Postproduction: Glassworks
Flame: Morten Vinther
Telecine: Scott Harris
Producer: Jane Bakx

Media Buy: Mindshare Russia

Digital Production + Social Activation: Instinct BBDO Moscow

July 6, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT

What's the Worst That Can Happen? New Mexico Shows You in Brutal Road Safety Ads Placid scenes turn horrific

"What's the worst that can happen?"

That's a loaded question, especially for a road-safety campaign. And it's posed in a series of graphic spots from Albuquerque agency RK Venture for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

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July 6, 2015, 10:22 AM EDT

Under Armour Honors Misty Copeland With Hashtag That Led to a Car Full of Flowers #PrincipalMisty gets a social salute

Under Armour couldn't sit idly by on Tuesday when Misty Copeland was named the first African American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history—not after the famous TV spot that helped burnish both dancer and brand.

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July 3, 2015, 9:01 AM EDT

Designer Shows Off His Big Talent in the World's Smallest Portfolio Michael William Lester's great little idea

Michael William Lester, a London-based freelance designer and illustrator, isn't afraid to think small. We're talking minuscule here, people!

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July 2, 2015, 11:07 AM EDT

This Remarkable Ad Shows Just How Science Can Improve Real People's Lives Strong storytelling in short film from Royal Dutch DSM

If you think rigorous scientific research is boring or self-serving, this short film from the Netherlands just might change your mind.

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July 2, 2015, 9:08 AM EDT

Facebook Just Updated Its Logo Ever So Slightly. Can You Tell the Difference? It's in a 'custom' font now

Facebook has basically used the same logo since 2005—its name in white, in Klavika font, on a blue background. But this week, the company, which is now allegedly worth more than Walmart, decided to change its logo font, opting for a custom font designed in-house, according to Mashable

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July 1, 2015, 1:05 PM EDT

Nike Makes One of the Fastest Ads Ever to Sell the Zoom Air Sneaker All-stars challenge you to run your quickest mile

A super-fast sneaker deserves a super-fast commercial, and Nike delivers one here for its Air Zoom Elite 8 running shoe. Blink and you'll miss it.

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July 1, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT

Norwegians Object to Giant Penis Squirting Them With Confetti in PSA Stunt Actually, younger people kind of liked it

Believe it or not, there are a few situations where dressing up as a giant penis and spraying people with confetti is inappropriate. Promoting condom use on behalf of a sex education charity is one of those situations, according to thirtysomething Norwegians.

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July 1, 2015, 11:40 AM EDT

Kids' Wildest Dreams Come True in This Beautifully Imaginative Airline Ad S7's creative interpretations

Here's a fun spot from earlier this year that picked up a silver Lion at Cannes last week. For S7 Airlines from Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, it features cute kids being themselves, namely by describing wonderful places or things they'd like to visit, but are also impossible … or so they think.

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July 1, 2015, 10:51 AM EDT

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