Watch the Newest Ads on TV From State Farm, ADT, DirecTV and More

Posted 01/17/2018 - 13:30

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call: New Fallout From H&M's Really Bad Ad. Plus, YouTube Changes

Posted 01/17/2018 - 06:00

About the boy in H&M's 'monkey hoodie' ad

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Old School Mechanical Displays Are Making A Comeback

Posted 01/17/2018 - 05:30

Your shopping list has never looked so hip.

The technical term is “split-flap display.” But nobody knows the signs by that name. They’re the “neat, flippy signs” or “those old alarm clock displays” or “the signs they used to have at train stations.” They’re signs that update not with lights or pixels, but with a stack of tiny printed tags that flip into place.Read Full Story

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Stink Signs Back, Holland Joins Fancy Content, Peralta Moves to Chelsea Pictures

Posted 01/17/2018 - 05:05

Stink Films has signed Academy Award-winning director Joachim Back to its roster.

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This Map Shows Commuting Times Across The Entire Planet

Posted 01/17/2018 - 04:45

A new map reveals how long it takes to get to the world’s cities–an important indicator for the economic health of any community.

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An Ingenious Approach To Designing AI That Doctors Trust

Posted 01/17/2018 - 04:00

Doctors, while eager to try out the newest procedure or medicine, are typically dead set against a machine telling them what to do. John Zimmerman, a professor of human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon, just might be able to change their minds.

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These Hilarious Sweaters Are Urban Camouflage

Posted 01/17/2018 - 03:15

The Navy Seals had better find themselves a knitting circle, stat.

Military fatigues may be the best way to blend into a jungle environment. But what about suburban underpasses? Metro stations? Running tracks? Even cross-country coach buses? Those require a bit more chameleonic improvisation.Read Full Story

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The Starbucks Logo Has A Secret You’ve Never Noticed

Posted 01/17/2018 - 02:30

Look closely at the Siren. She looks perfect. But by design, she’s not.

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The Two-Week Race To Design The Biggest Protest In U.S. History

Posted 01/17/2018 - 02:00

After the election of Donald Trump in 2016, a few women set out to stage a protest that blossomed into a movement. Here’s how they built an identity from scratch.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Uber, Wells Fargo, Geico and More

Posted 01/16/2018 - 13:00

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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The Internet Is In Love With Google’s Fine Art Selfie-Matching App

Posted 01/16/2018 - 06:12

Does Google’s Arts & Culture app think you look like a Vermeer duchess? Or Goya’s terrifying Saturn?

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Tuesday Wake-Up Call: CVS Cracks Down on Airbrushed Ads. Plus, Critics Slam a Victoria Beckham Campaign

Posted 01/16/2018 - 05:40

Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital-related news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app.

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What Went Wrong In Hawaii, Human Error? Nope, Bad Design

Posted 01/16/2018 - 04:01

The author and eminent design researcher Don Norman examines how poorly designed software spread panic in Hawaii–and offers tips for avoiding such incidents in the future.
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” That was the false alert sent to people in Hawaii, January 13, 2018.Read Full Story

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Grieving Is Hard, Long Work. Could Technology Help?

Posted 01/16/2018 - 04:00

The phone booth where people go to grieve for loved ones lost in the 2011 tsunami is the centerpiece of a new VR experience.

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Even Experts Can’t Agree On Monuments–And That’s Okay

Posted 01/16/2018 - 03:15

A group of architects, historians, and artists came together to decide whether to keep four of N.Y.C.’s most controversial monuments. Here’s what happened.

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Meet The Preeminent Illustrator Of The Trump Era

Posted 01/16/2018 - 02:30

Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban immigrant with an uncanny gift for satire, is America’s illustrator in chief.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Apple, Zelle, Little Caesars and More

Posted 01/15/2018 - 17:15

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time over the weekend.

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Why Microsoft Resurrected A 15-Year-Old Mouse

Posted 01/15/2018 - 02:00

Microsoft tried to kill its familiar corded IntelliMouse Explorer years ago. But the most discerning pointing device users on the planet weren’t willing to give it up.

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Why We Still Love Using Mice

Posted 01/15/2018 - 02:00

Microsoft tried to kill its familiar corded IntelliMouse Explorer years ago. But the most discerning pointing device users on the planet weren’t willing to give it up.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From 23andMe, IKEA, Google Home and More

Posted 01/12/2018 - 13:55

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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The Aging Beauty Of Soviet Control Rooms

Posted 01/12/2018 - 05:54

They look like the sets of glorious sci-fi B-movies.

With their hundreds of buttons, blinking lights, and spartan, Space Age aesthetic, the control rooms of power plants in the old Soviet Union would be the perfect sets for a Flash Gordon movie directed by Stanley Kubrick–which all of the sudden I really wish existed.Read Full Story

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Friday Wake-Up Call: Facebook Deals a Blow to Publishers, and Marriott Gets Punished For a Gaffe

Posted 01/12/2018 - 05:30

Gaffe
Chinese authorities are punishing a foreign brand -- Marriott International -- by shutting down its China website and app for a week. What happened?

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These Adidas Sneakers Are A Functioning Free Pass On Berlin’s Subway

Posted 01/12/2018 - 04:45

They’re embellished with the transit system’s iconic upholstery pattern, plus a pass for 2018.

Normally you need a ticket to ride the Berlin subway. But the city’s transit authority BVG is releasing a pair of sneakers that will double as a subway pass, letting you catch the metro for free for most of 2018.Read Full Story

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The Flashlight Is A Surprisingly Perfect Interface For AR

Posted 01/12/2018 - 04:00

Who needs a headset when you can just grab this magic flashlight?

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The Obama Presidential Center Makes Design Changes After Criticism

Posted 01/12/2018 - 03:15

Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are iterating on their design for the center after the community raised a slew of concerns over the plan.

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The Dishwasher Gets A Redesign For Tiny Apartments

Posted 01/12/2018 - 02:30

The transparent cube fits on a countertop–and it can do double duty washing clothes and cooking food.

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Are We In A Renaissance Of Great Public Architecture?

Posted 01/11/2018 - 19:01

This year’s AIA Honor Awards illustrate how sophisticated public works design has become.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From JC Penney, Starbucks, Amex and More

Posted 01/11/2018 - 14:00

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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Pereira & O'Dell Has a New Chief Creative

Posted 01/11/2018 - 13:00

Following its win of BMW Mini's creative account in the fall, Pereira & O'Dell has elevated co-executive creative director Rob Lambrechts to chief creative officer, while founder PJ Pereira steps into the newly created role of creative chairman.

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Time's Running Out! Enter the Creativity Awards Before Today's Deadline

Posted 01/11/2018 - 06:00

It's time to get your entries in for Ad Age's second annual Creativity Awards, an expansion of our long-running Agency A-List honors that recognizes the best and most innovative campaigns, people and products of the year just finished.

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Thursday Wake-Up Call: Twitter Pledged Ad Transparency, But We're Still Waiting. Plus, Super Bowl Spending

Posted 01/11/2018 - 05:30

Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital-related news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app. Also, a reminder: The deadline for our Creativity Awards is today at 5 p.m. EST.

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The Ingenious, DIY Basketball Courts Of The Philippines

Posted 01/11/2018 - 04:45

A new photography series documents how the sport is integrated into public space.

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This Gorgeous Jewelry Is Made From Gold Found In Old Computers

Posted 01/11/2018 - 04:00

Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and . . . Dell?

“Jewelry made out of old computers” likely brings to mind images of bizarre retro earrings composed of transistors. But Dell–yes, Dell–is releasing a delicate collection of rings and earrings, and a lone pair of cufflinks for the gentlemen, that would look more at home in a Tiffany catalog than a garage.Read Full Story

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Fake Concrete Wallpaper Creates An Instant Brutalist Look

Posted 01/11/2018 - 03:15

These trompe l’oeil wallpapers are better for the environment and gentler on your wallet than the real thing. Eat your heart out, Le Corb?

Calling all fans of Brutalism, you’ll rejoice–or recoil–at this new offering: a collection of “concrete-effect” wallpaper patterns that give the term paper architecture another, very literal, meaning.Read Full Story

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The 8 Greatest Ideas Of CES 2018

Posted 01/11/2018 - 02:00

From truly wireless charging to wearables for your fingernails, this year’s CES offered a glimpse of great things to come.

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The 6 Worst Ideas Of CES 2018

Posted 01/11/2018 - 02:00

From hilariously bad to just plain depressing, there were more than a few misses at CES this year.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Starbucks, Ritz Crackers, Pizza Hut and More

Posted 01/10/2018 - 13:00

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call: Takeaways From a Leak of Snapchat Secrets. Plus, Bannon Leaves Breitbart

Posted 01/10/2018 - 06:00

Snapchat leak
The Daily Beast says it got hold of five months of internal data about usage of Snapchat, which is secretive about its numbers. (It doesn't say how it obtained the leaked data.) Here are two big takeaways:

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Ikea’s New Ad Is A Pregnancy Test You Pee On. Really.

Posted 01/10/2018 - 04:45

For 50% off a crib? I’d sign my name in blood.
“Peeing on this ad may change your life,” promises Ikea in a new print campaign. It may be the first time in advertising history that such a promise is actually an understatement.Read Full Story

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How VR Is Helping Convict Nazis In Court

Posted 01/10/2018 - 04:00

Software engineers used blueprints, old photographs, and visits to reconstruct Auschwitz-Bikernau–and prove that one guard knew what was happening there.

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Skagen’s New Smartwatch Is Just As Tastefully Minimal As You’d Expect

Posted 01/10/2018 - 03:15

It’s not much. And that’s very Skagen.
Skagen watches are prized for their Spartan, Danish design: a circle, a strap, and not too much more. Now the company is debuting its first full LCD smartwatch called the Falster, starting at $275 in finishes like steel and rose gold–and its minimalism has remained right on brand.Read Full Story

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The First Hyperloop Booking App Is Already Here

Posted 01/10/2018 - 02:30

The Hyperloop itself is MIA.

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GE’s Plan To Help Other Companies Crowdsource Good Design

Posted 01/10/2018 - 02:00

An idea so crazy it just might work?

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GE Appliances’ Plan To Help Other Companies Crowdsource Good Design

Posted 01/10/2018 - 02:00

An idea so crazy it just might work?

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Twix, Ice Breakers, Dollar Shave Club and More

Posted 01/09/2018 - 13:15

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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RSA Signs Michael Mann, Bonnie Goldfarb Joins California Film Commission

Posted 01/09/2018 - 05:37

Director Michael Mann has joined RSA Films for commercial representation worldwide.

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Tuesday Wake-Up Call: The End of a Facebook Experiment. Plus, a Google Glitch

Posted 01/09/2018 - 05:30

Golden Globes: According to Nielsen fast official ratings, the Golden Globes averaged 19 million viewers, down slightly from last year's 20 million viewers, Ad Age's Anthony Crupi reports.
Next up: Glamour's new editor is Samantha Barry, executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN Worldwide, as Ad Age's Simon Dumenco writes.

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2017’s Best and Worst Brand Names — And 3 Naming Trends For 2018

Posted 01/09/2018 - 04:36

Naming a brand is one of the most important things a company does, yet many people just go with what “feels good.” Here’s who got it right in 2017, and who got it very, very wrong (looking at you, Amazon).

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2017’s Best and Worst Brand Names—And 3 Naming Trends For 2018

Posted 01/09/2018 - 04:36

Naming a brand is one of the most important things a company does, yet many people just go with what “feels good.” Here’s who got it right in 2017, and who got it very, very wrong (looking at you, Amazon).

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The World’s Biggest Picture Frame May Also Be The Ugliest

Posted 01/09/2018 - 04:00

The 492-foot-tall building is the perfect symbol for Dubai.

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Can You Tell China’s Fake Paris Apart From Real Paris?

Posted 01/09/2018 - 03:15

A new series places images from the French capital next to scenes from the city of Tianducheng.

Two men pose next to the Eiffel Tower, standing just far enough away that it looks like that they can put their hands on top of the famous monument.Read Full Story

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Why Is Tech Obsessed With Smart Kitchens?

Posted 01/09/2018 - 02:00

Good news! You can now Instagram your crushed ice cubes from a fridge that costs more than your car.
I want to tell you about a landmark new device. It features two cameras and a voice- and motion-controlled touch screen. It allows you to teleconference, control your smart home, and even share Instagrams. And its screen is a full 27 inches. It’s the size of an iMac!Read Full Story

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