This AI Turns Unrecognizable Pixelated Photos Into Crystal-Clear Images

Posted 11/06/2017 - 07:06

This artificial intelligence technology turns the “Enhance!” TV trope into reality.

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Your Monday Wake-Up Call: Sneaky Amazon Discounts. Plus, the Demise of the Sprint-T-Mobile Merger

Posted 11/06/2017 - 06:00

Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital-related news. What people are talking about today: It's not Thanksgiving yet, but Amazon is playing Santa. It's quietly giving consumers discounts of up to 9 percent on some items in third-party shops on its platform, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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This Game Dares You To Embarrass Yourself Completely On Social Media

Posted 11/06/2017 - 05:58

BuzzFeed Product Labs’ latest offering is like “Cards Against Humanity” for the Snapchat set.

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How Pentagram’s Michael Bierut Picks A Typeface

Posted 11/06/2017 - 04:00

Once “typographically promiscuous,” Bierut has a simple method for selecting typefaces–as detailed in this exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming book “Now You See It and Other Essays on Design.”

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Design’s Largest Professional Org Embraces An Unlikely Medium–Print

Posted 11/06/2017 - 03:15

AIGA debuts a new print magazine. “It’s an experimental design playground, visually and editorially,” says Eye on Design founder Perrin Drumm.

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The Growing Business Of Defensive Urban Design

Posted 11/06/2017 - 02:30

The twin specters of terror and traffic are spurring more interest in bollards to stop weaponized cars.
Rob Reiter has a quick answer for people who ask him about how expensive it is to install his products: “It’s not a quarter as expensive as if they don’t do anything and something happens.” He’s talking about bollards.Read Full Story

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Why Ikea Asked 12,000 People What They Want From AI

Posted 11/06/2017 - 02:00

Their responses pose a question: Where’s the gender-neutral voice assistant?

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Ikea Asked 12,000 People What They Want From AI

Posted 11/06/2017 - 02:00

Their responses pose a question: Where’s the gender-neutral voice assistant?

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Honda, Tide, the NFL and More

Posted 11/03/2017 - 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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These Hyperrealistic Glass Pastries Are Literal Eye Candy

Posted 11/03/2017 - 09:52

Unable to eat pastry because of food allergies, Shayna Leib became what she calls a “food taxidermist.”

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There’s A Mysterious Void Inside The Great Pyramid Of Giza

Posted 11/03/2017 - 06:12

Scientists used cosmic rays to discover the pyramid’s penultimate secret.

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Your Friday Wake-Up Call: Trump Vanishes From Twitter. Plus, It's iPhone X Day

Posted 11/03/2017 - 05:49

Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital-related news. What people are talking about today: For 11 minutes on Thursday, President Donald Trump's Twitter account mysteriously disappeared. "@realDonaldTrump does not exist," was the message some people saw.

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These Boxes For Refugee Supplies Double As Kids’ Toys

Posted 11/03/2017 - 05:45

Designer Lisanne Koning believes kids everywhere should have access to toys.

Refugees often receive aid shipped in cardboard boxes–which then might go to waste. One designer has created conceptual packaging that doubles a children’s toys.Read Full Story

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These Students Built The Anti-Bot Algorithm Twitter Desperately Needs

Posted 11/03/2017 - 05:00

“There’s a lot of low-hanging fruit in terms of what Twitter can do to work toward a solution,” say the two students behind a new bot-identifying tool.

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How The Seamless Era Is Changing Restaurant Design

Posted 11/03/2017 - 04:15

At a difficult time for chain restaurants, Tender Greens is taking a different approach to fast-casual.

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This Veteran Designer Built A Better Oculus In His Free Time

Posted 11/03/2017 - 03:30

Branko Lukic’s studio set out to redesign the headset as a side project. What they came up with is quietly revolutionary.

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Beyond The Cult Of Human-Centered Design

Posted 11/03/2017 - 03:00

The design industry’s reigning paradigm is in crisis. It’s time to evolve from human-centered design to humanity-centered design, write Artefact’s Rob Girling and Emilia Palaveeva.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Target, BMW, Apple Music and More

Posted 11/02/2017 - 16:30

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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This Backpack Keeps Your Laptop Safe From Your Gross Gym Clothes

Posted 11/02/2017 - 07:04

Yves Béhar’s new backpack solves an age-old problem for active people.

Stuffing your wet and smelly gym clothes back into your bag after you’ve changed isn’t just unsanitary, it’s gross. But walking around all day with a soggy bag full of dirty clothes is a feeling most of us are familiar with, unfortunately.Read Full Story

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Your Thursday Wake-Up Call: Sports Illustrated's World Series Prophecy. Plus, WPP Takes Legal Action

Posted 11/02/2017 - 06:10

Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital-related news. What people are talking about today: The Houston Astros won the World Series by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7. Sports Illustrated prophesied the Astros' win in a cover story back in June 2014, when it seemed completely improbable.

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This Game Forces You To Decide One Of The Trickiest Ethical Dilemmas In Tech

Posted 11/02/2017 - 05:45

Soon, we’ll be faced with programming autonomous cars to kill some to save others. How would you decide?

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Zocdoc Gives The Health Insurance Card A Brilliant Makeover

Posted 11/02/2017 - 05:00

Misreading your health insurance card could cost you. ZocDoc has a better alternative.

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Inside Italy’s Most Transgressive Design Movement

Posted 11/02/2017 - 04:15

Half a century ago, Italian designers attempted social revolution through design.

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10 Design Leaders On How To Empower Women In The Workplace

Posted 11/02/2017 - 03:30

Women design leaders at Uber, Facebook, Adobe, Pinterest, and more share stories of workplace sexism–and offer strategies for moving forward.

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10 Design Leaders On How To Change Their Male-Dominated Industry

Posted 11/02/2017 - 03:30

Women design leaders at Uber, Facebook, Adobe, Pinterest, and more share stories of workplace sexism–and offer strategies for moving forward.

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We Don’t Need The iPhone X

Posted 11/02/2017 - 03:00

Seven reasons why Apple’s phone “of the future” is anything but.
The iPhone X is a sham. The epitome of fluff over function. The penultimate step in Apple’s downward spiral toward replacing the Ramsian “Less is more” with the “more, more, more!” of a greedy kid in a cupcake shop. One more brick, at last, on its towering monument to bad design.Read Full Story

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Lexus, Aflac, Audi and More

Posted 11/01/2017 - 16:30

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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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Lexus, Aflac, Audi and DirecTV

Posted 11/01/2017 - 16:30

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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P&G Tackles Bias in New 'Proud Sponsor of Moms' Work

Posted 11/01/2017 - 15:44

See Procter & Gamble Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard give his verdict on whether the digital ad ecosystem has met his demands at the Ad Age Next Conference, Nov. 15 and 16 in midtown New York.
Here's something you don't expect in the first frames of a Winter Olympics ad – an African-American girl growing up to compete in predominantly white Alpine skiing.

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Tool Signs Jerk Store, Bullitt Adds Sealy and Zames

Posted 11/01/2017 - 11:32

Tool is adding the directing team Jerk Store (Ben Weinberg and Pat Andrews) to its roster. Weinberg and Andrews were previously ad agency creatives at Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB and Grip Limited before making the switch to directing and teaming up as Jerk Store in 2016.

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Google Is Building A New Kind Of Clip Art

Posted 11/01/2017 - 08:00

With Poly, Google wants to build the world’s most accessible library of shareable 3D objects to use for anything.

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3 Design Insights From The Guy Who Made Mattresses A Status Symbol

Posted 11/01/2017 - 06:30

Casper Head of Product Jeff Chapin recently spoke to attendees of the Fast Company Innovation Festival about Casper’s battle against Big Mattress.

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Muji’s Anti-Branding Strategy, In 15 Images

Posted 11/01/2017 - 06:00

“While brands around the world strive to create ads that make people want a certain product, Muji sends out a message of emptiness.”

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Your Wednesday Wake-Up Call: Facebook in the Hot Seat. Plus, a Really Bad Day for Under Armour

Posted 11/01/2017 - 05:57

Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital-related news. What people are talking about today: The suspect accused of killing eight people in a truck attack in Manhattan on Tuesday was an Uber driver, reports say.

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You Can Now Buy Furniture From The World’s Best Restaurant

Posted 11/01/2017 - 05:00

Noma’s tables and plates will definitely make your food taste better.

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The Best Authentication Technology Might Be Your Own Fingers

Posted 11/01/2017 - 04:15

This new security tech uses your fingers’ bone structure–and how they move–to identify you.

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Tech Is Transforming Our Spaces, And We’re Just Beginning To See How

Posted 11/01/2017 - 03:30

Our smartphones have enabled us to do everything, everywhere–and our physical spaces are changing as a result, according to a comprehensive new survey by the architecture firm Gensler.

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How Strava, The App For Athletes, Became An App For Cities

Posted 11/01/2017 - 01:00

Strava built a popular social network for millions of runners and cyclists. But more than 100 cities and states are quietly working with the app, too.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Geico, Cadillac, Crate & Barrel and More

Posted 10/31/2017 - 16:15

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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How Intuit Used Design Thinking To Boost Sales By $10M In A Year

Posted 10/31/2017 - 07:15

The accounting software company embraces design at all levels of the organization, but it wasn’t easy getting there. Thomas Lockwood and Edgar Papke detail Intuit’s journey.

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Fake Celebrities Created By A Neural Network Look Terrifyingly Real

Posted 10/31/2017 - 06:30

New software uses bits and pieces from actual celebrities to create new synthetic ones. Looks like AI will take celebrities’ jobs, too.

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Your Tuesday Wake-Up Call: WPP Lowers Expectations, Again. Plus, the End of the Sprint & T-Mobile Romance?

Posted 10/31/2017 - 06:00

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Meet The Minimlet, Nendo’s Portable Toilet For Disaster Zones

Posted 10/31/2017 - 05:45

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

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4 Ways To Build Brands People Can’t Ignore

Posted 10/31/2017 - 05:00

The branding consultancy Landor shares how to “disrupt perception” and build brands that truly resonate.

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The “Hamilton” Set Designer Has Good Advice For How Not To Suck At Your Craft

Posted 10/31/2017 - 04:15

David Korins made a name for himself by imagining the unimaginable on stage. He says the secret to success is a finely tuned “audience barometer.”

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Photographing America In The Age Of Trump

Posted 10/31/2017 - 03:30

Chris Maggio captures the spectacle of America in 2017 in his hilarious, biting series, Bored on The Fourth of July.

“Many of these images could have been made before the events of that painful day,” writes photographer Chris Maggio, “but they’ve just taken on a different gravity in its wake.”Read Full Story

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This AI Writes Horror Stories, And They’re Surprisingly Scary

Posted 10/31/2017 - 03:00

It was trained on the spookiest stories on the web, but human collaborators make its stories truly terrifying.
Which is scarier: vampires, demon-possessed children, or the idea that artificial intelligence could one day rule the world?Read Full Story

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Big Beer Finally Sobers Up

Posted 10/31/2017 - 03:00

It was originally Prohibition that produced the uniquely weird landscape of American beer today. It wasn't the result of evil corporate collusion between the big brewers. It was just the way things turned out.

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Meet the Ad Vet Who's Killing it in Virtual Reality

Posted 10/31/2017 - 01:00

When he was a boy, director Guy Shelmerdine had a birthday party fail. "I was around 5 and the clown that was supposed to show up to my party didn't," he recalls.

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180LA, Ideo Veterans Form TBD, the Year's Latest New Agency

Posted 10/30/2017 - 17:00

Rafael Rizuto, one of the former 180 LA executive creative directors behind award-winning efforts like Boost Mobile's "Boost Your Voice," UNICEF's "Unfairy Tales" and Expedia's "Dream Adventures," has teamed with former Ideo strategist Virginia Wang and industry veteran Jordan Warren to open a creative shop called TBD.

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Uber Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John Makes Her First Big Mark With NBA-Themed Campaign

Posted 10/30/2017 - 12:30

Five months into her tenure as Uber's first chief brand officer, Bozoma Saint John is making her first big marketing move with the debut of an NBA-themed national ad campaign, "Rolling With the Champion." Her company tapped LeBron James and Maverick Carter's digital media company Uninterrupted for the effort, which stars ESPN SportsCenter co-anchor Cari Champion, newly trained as an Uber driver

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Uber's Bozoma Saint John Makes First Big Mark With NBA-Themed Campaign

Posted 10/30/2017 - 12:30

Five months into her tenure as Uber's first chief brand officer, Bozoma Saint John is making her first big marketing move with the debut of an NBA-themed national ad campaign, "Rolling With the Champion." Her company tapped LeBron James and Maverick Carter's digital media company Uninterrupted for the effort, which stars ESPN SportsCenter co-anchor Cari Champion, newly trained as an Uber driver

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