Forever 21 Unveils a Giant, Crazy Machine That Re-creates Your Instagram Photos in Thread Breakfast's latest feat of engineering

If you want to see your next selfie brought to life as a real-time mosaic of moving thread, Forever 21 and Breakfast are happy to help—and the results are pretty stunning.

About a year and half ago, the Los Angeles-based clothing retailer hired the Brooklyn agency to build from scratch a giant, digitally synced adjustable billboard made of cloth, wood and aluminum, to name a few materials—the contraption includes some 200,000 parts, with 6.7 miles of fabric. And now, it's ready to launch.

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July 22, 2015, 8:24 AM EDT

This Creative Director's Clever 'Combophotos' Are Awesomely Off-Kilter Stephen McMennamy's surreal visions

If you like neat visual tricks, here's a set particularly worth checking out.

"Combophotos" is a project featuring clever pairs of pictures spliced into single images, playing with scale—and often food—in delightful ways. It's the brainchild of Stephen McMennamy, a BBDO Atlanta creative director behind work like AT&T's riffing kids campaign and new Milana Vayntrub work.

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July 21, 2015, 2:16 PM EDT

Art Director's Portfolio in a Bottle Gets Him Off Desert Island and Into an Agency Job Castaway no more

To stand out in the piles of applications DDB Istanbul received when it was looking for an art director, Canhür Aktuglu sent out an SOS and presented his portfolio as a message in a bottle. They hired him, so obviously they like the Police as much as he does.

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July 21, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

Painfully Funny Airbnb Parody Reminds You Who'll Really Be Staying in Your House And he isn't very kind

Airbnb's existential-crisis ad with the waddling baby didn't lend itself to being taken all that seriously in the first place. Now, a parody is helping it along the path to full ridicule.

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July 21, 2015, 11:26 AM EDT

Taylor Swift Stars in Global Rebrand for Keds: 'Ladies First Since 1916' kbs+ celebrates today's trailblazing women

A year ahead of its centennial, footwear brand Keds is launching a global brand platform and fall 2015 ad campaign around female empowerment, and has gotten one of the world's great trailblazing women, Taylor Swift, to headline it.

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July 21, 2015, 8:33 AM EDT

Sweden's Favorite Fishy Paste Delights in Disgusting the Rest of the World With It Kalles Kaviar is latest to find comic value in an acquired taste

Ever hear of Kalles Kaviar? It's cod roe, and you eat it out of a toothpaste tube.

Cringe away, but Kalles is a beloved Swedish product. They put it over eggs and eat it on toast. It's basically Sweden's Marmite. To drive sales, parent company Orkla tapped Forsman & Bodenfors to produce a self-deprecating campaign. For the last year, Kalles has been traveling the world, seeking to initiate others—unsuccessfully, to put it mildly—in the Swedish taste of home.

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July 20, 2015, 4:04 PM EDT

Congrats, Omaha, You Now Have the Country's Most Disgusting Billboards STD warnings look like infected flesh

A graphic sexual health campaign aims to combat rising STD rates in Omaha, Neb., by grossing out young people with giant flesh-and-pus letters that deliver off-putting puns.

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July 20, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

A Ticket to This Music Festival in Transylvania Will Cost You Two Pints of Blood Clever plasma payment plan

To sell tickets to its inaugural event, the Transylvania-based Untold Music Festival is working the Dracula angle. In partnership with Romania's National Blood Transfusion Institute, it has launched "Pay With Blood," a campaign that lets you buy a day pass with plasma.

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July 20, 2015, 12:34 PM EDT

AT&T's Latest 'It Can Wait' Ad Shows a Brutal Crash in Reverse, but There's No Going Back Message evolves beyond texting, includes VR

AT&T's "It Can Wait" texting-and-driving campaign from BBDO New York has included many notable executions, including the painful Werner Herzog documentary from 2013. And the latest spot is no exception, featuring quietly gripping storytelling from Anonymous Content director Frederic Planchon that suddenly explodes with horror.

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July 20, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT

These Emoji Flashcards From Domino's Will Teach You How to Talk to Your Kids Get your free pack today

These days, if you can't understand emojis, life is not worth living. But there is hope, thanks to an "Emoji Literacy" campaign from Domino's and Crispin Porter + Bogusky.

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July 20, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT


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