Turkey

TBWA Made a Provocative Floating Tribute to Syrian Refugees Who Died at Sea

Last month, more than 200 gravestones appeared in the Mediterranean Sea, about 200 meters off the Aegean coast of Turkey. Made of waterproof styrofoam that resembled marble, and anchored with weights, each stone bore the name of a Syrian refugee who died in the water while trying to reach Europe.  Created by TBWA\Istanbul for humanitarian aid group Support of Life, the "Sea Cemetery" bobbed on the waves like a cluster of buoys, eerie monuments to human tragedy. 

This Pet Store Tried to Sell a ‘Gay Turtle’ and Here’s How Shoppers Reacted

Reminding us that people are judgmental jerks regardless of nationality, creed or religion, Amnesty International and TBWA Istanbul created the #GayTurtle project, which mocks the absurdity of homophobic attitudes. 

Here Are Some of the World’s Best Ads You Might Have Missed in 2015

Even if you feel bombarded by ads every day, you've probably missed quite a few of the better ones that never quite reached a global audience.

This Beautifully Simple Illustration Is the Perfect Ad for National Geographic Kids

Most award-winning print ads rely on extreme Photoshopping, big-budget photography and meticulous art direction, but here's a wonderful exception to the rule. Istanbul agency Rafineri created the ad above for media conglomerate Dogus Publishing Group, which operates National Geographic Turkey. This week, the Epica Awards jury of international journalists (including myself) awarded the ad a gold in the media promotion category. In an admittedly slim year for high-quality print submissions, the jurors were charmed by the ad's simplicity and immediate effectiveness. In an industry where ads are lucky to earn a grudging smirk, this one genuinely makes you smile.

Audi’s Airbags Keep You From Damnation, or Salvation, in These Turkish Print Ads

Imagine you're mid-car-crash, face firmly planted against against an airbag, and you get a brief window into the afterlife. Will you be going to heaven, or somewhere a tad hotter?

Human Rights Groups Call for Release of Vice Journalists Accused of Supporting ISIS

Two British Vice News journalists and their fixer remain in custody today in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir.

Art Director’s Portfolio in a Bottle Gets Him Off Desert Island and Into an Agency Job

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.

Y&R Wins Media Grand Prix for App That Lets Women Call for Help by Shaking Their Phones

CANNES, France—Another female-empowerment campaign has triumphed at Cannes, with the Media Grand Prix going to a fascinating Vodafone app from Y&R Istanbul that lets women in Turkey call for help simply by shaking their phones.

Whole Neighborhood Learns Sign Language to Surprise Deaf Resident in Samsung Ad

Samsung Turkey has launched a website with a video call center for the hearing impaired, and it's announced it with quite the stunt.

Can You Please Watch This Romantic Turkish Ice Cream Ad, and Tell Me What’s Going On in It?

So, here's a lovely little four-minute love story from Unilever's Cornetto ice cream brand in Turkey. And you're probably smarter than I am and can figure out what's actually going on in it. I've watched it at least five times, and I'm still confused.