When I think "Pittsburgh," heavy industry comes to mind, along with a historically wretched baseball team. PPG Industries, in a campaign from Garrison Hughes, fuses commerce and culture (in Pittsburgh?) to play up the company’s philanthropic prowess in the city. “What do amorphous precipitated silicas have to do with opera?” one ad asks. Oddly, I woke up this morning with the same question on my lips. PPG explains that its success in silicas allows the company to fund the arts. “How the shading coefficient of glass helps your families enjoy the aquarium” is another headline in the campaign (with art showing a penguin, which is suddenly today’s AdFreak theme). Of course it’s self-serving, but not nearly as tired as many efforts in this vein, which seem to consist of uniting the phrase “We gave, so love us!” with corporate logos. Can silicas do anything to help the Pirates? Oh right, baseball’s got that whole “substance” scandal going on. Never mind.
—Posted by David Gianatasio