It was almost impossible to choose just two ads the whole collection of my all-time favorites Two. Just two. Dropping the oh-so genius Three Little Pigs, eye-watering National Lottery funded beach runner, musically disruptive Axe’s “Destiny”?
Or how about the usual suspects, Honda’s “Cog”, John Lewis’ “Monty the Penguin”, “Playstation’s “Double life” or the Stella Artois’ “Le Sacrifice”, whose soundtrack and visual both haunted me in my dreams and made me think “how the hell did they sell this to the client?”.
“Wants a Brandt” is also a campaign I enjoy seeing several times in a row, every day. As well as VW’s “Day in the life”. And also, VB’s “Real Beer”, cheeky and manly at the same time. And also…
Well, this has quickly turned into “A hundred ads I like and one I don’t.”
Narrowing it down, here are:
Two I Like
Channel 4 “Meet the Superhumans”
Superhuman editing, idea, execution, soundtrack, the beautifully balanced tempo introducing a heart-stopping glimpse into a life-changing event in the middle of an ad. Brilliant beyond a doubt.
Siemens Xelibri: “Beauty For Sale”
David Fincher’s trippy voyage to the future, introducing a flawless editing set to a tempo of Goldfrapp’s “Strict Machine”, surreal production value featuring terribly shaped mobile phones (remember Xelibri, anyone?).
The tongue-in-cheek take on the world of fashion and style pushed this ad to the top of my all-time bests.
What I don’t like
Regarding the ads I don’t like… Rather than picking one ad from the roster of average pieces of crap and clear wastes of money, talent, client’s expectations, an agency’s reputation and customers’ time, I selected a representative group of what’s wrong with a sizable portion of today’s creative output.
The Millenial Ads
I hate them. Cannot stand them. Every time I see a group of young people on TV dancing, dressed as, let’s say, rabbits, followed by a group of bearded men and french bulldogs in a quick succession of inconsequent, yet crazy edits, sort of a GIF-generated ad, I feel a strong urge to poke my eyes out.
These ads are interchangeable, just replace the product at the end, placed on a bright pink (yellow, mint) background, complete with a hand-written script font saying absolutely nothing and, voila!, there’s a new “ad.”
What say we go ride some longboards, and then take tabletop pics of our rice bowls with Monocle after, shall we?
This is wonderfully covered by Dissolve in “A Generic Millenial Ad”: