Madness

From Ad Age (March 20): “Unwitting E-mail Reveals What Agencies Shell Out for Awards.”

Yesterday an employee of the One Show inadvertently e-mailed a spreadsheet to several ad execs that contained a list of the agencies that have entered the One Show’s 2009 ad awards… In all, there were 9,795 entries for the [One Show] awards, at a total cost to the agencies of $3,507,860… BBDO offices account for more than 750 of the entries, and the network spent a total of more than $250,000, according to the spreadsheet.

Such a racket.

The difference is sustainability

Interesting Adweek article comparing flashy marketing microsites – eg: Coca-Cola’s Happiness Factory – with more-modular, theoretically lower-cost, bloggier sites – eg: Barbarian Group’s GE Adventure. (Those sites don’t work as a head-to-head comparison, but they are pretty good examples of the two categories.)

Ultimately, they’re just different techniques with different strengths and weaknesses. Entertainment vs content, exchange and sustainability. Or something. And they’re not mutually exclusive, obviously. Those soft drink and candy microsites do generally bum me out. Seems they could find something more constructive to do with the money. Even them.

No lights, no camera, action

Unless you’re an old man you’ve already seen this.

In Radiohead’s new video for “House of Cards,” no cameras or lights were used. Instead, 3D plotting technologies collected information about the shapes and relative distances of objects. The video was created entirely with visualizations of that data.

Also:
Making-of video

Brain cloud

Roger Ebert mentioned Joe Versus the Volcano. So he had my attention. He described it as “a film that was a failure in every possible way except that I loved it.” Exactly. Joe Versus the Volcano is one of those rare movies that everyone agrees is horrible except that it’s also brilliant.

Ebert:

What I appreciate about them is that they don’t do what we expect them do do. They break the rules. By this I don’t mean they “surprise” us, but they show us what by all rights should not be showable. They are, in other words, alive.

Now: “I’m not arguing that with you…”

Frank Lloyd Wright, unrehearsed and uncensored

Good evening. What you are about to witness is an unrehearsed and uncensored interview. My name is Mike Wallace. The cigarette is Philip Morris.

For the sake of all that is decent and holy, take the time and watch this 1957 interview of “America’s foremost social rebel.” Yeah, it’s long. (An hour or so?) Crazy long for this kind of format, I know. But it’s amazing. Completely inspiring and pretty funny in spots. Funny watching young, ambitious Mike Wallace go toe-to-toe with 88-year old, unapologetic Frank Lloyd Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, talks to Wallace about religion, war, mercy killing, art, critics, his mile-high skyscraper, America’s youth, sex, morality, politics, nature and death.

There are a ton of other interviews here — all from the same 1950s program, “The Mike Wallace Interview”. Steve Allen, Salvador Dali, Aldous Huxley, Henry Kissinger, Tony Perkins, and on and on. Bummer you can’t download.

ATHFCMFFT website

Not really newsworthy at this point, I know, but the website for the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, like the show itself, is relentlessly funny. If you haven’t seen it, you should really check out the sleek, low-bandwidth version of the site. Oh, and the trailer. Actually, everything. Just go ahead an look at everything on this site.

Kris Sowersby / KLIM

Check out this typeface designed by Kris Sowersby for Constellation Wines Australia. Exclusive to Constellation until 2011.

I covet his typeface “National.” Info. Samples.

Nice site, huh? I have no idea what it’s built on, but it’s interesting to consider that this could easily be a customized theme for WordPress (or TypePad, Moe). Our site is built on WordPress and is more obviously a blog format than the KLIM site. But using those blog platforms for building all kinds of simple sites is a great way to make attractive and functional sites that are easily managed with very little technical expertise. Everybody’s happy.

Almost forgot. Check out Mr. Sowersby’s sketchbooks.