Tags: advertising

Unfinished Business 73: We’ve reached peak burrito on Huffduffer

I had a lot of fun chatting with Andrew on his podcast. Yes, it’s a rambling affair but it’s worth sticking with it—we get really stuck in to some thorny questions about design and advertising.

Unfinished Business 73: We’ve reached peak burrito

The Internet With A Human Face - Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk

The transcript of Maciej’s talk from Beyond Tellerrand on how the web has become more and more centralised:

The degree of centralization is remarkable. Consider that Google now makes hardware, operating systems, and a browser.

It’s not just possible, but fairly common for someone to visit a Google website from a Google device, using Google DNS servers and a Google browser on the way.

This is a level of of end-to-end control that would have caused us to riot in the streets if Microsoft had attempted it in 1999. But times have changed.

madgex/lazy-ads

Great stuff from James Wragg and the gang at Madgex: a way of lazy-loading ads for responsive sites without messing with the ad code.

Tab Closed; Didn’t Read

Usually I find these kinds of name-and-shame collections to be unnecessarily mean-spirited. In this case, the sites being named and shamed are themselves guilty of far worse rudeness.

Google Profiles “Shared Endorsements”

You might want to untick the checkbox at the bottom of this screen:

Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.

This Recycling Bin Is Stalking You by Siraj Datoo in The Atlantic Cities

I, for one, welcome our new recycling bin panopticon overlords.

You might want to put your phone’s MAC address into this form.

Create a responsive ad unit - AdSense Help

Looks like Google are offering responsive (or at least adaptive) ad sizes.

Here is to ones who see things differently

An interesting observation on the changes in Apple’s advertising campaigns: it’s no longer about “here’s how great you (the user) can be”, instead it’s increasingly about “here’s how great we (the company) can be.”

Adiphany

Clever advertising.

Things Real People Don’t Say About Advertising

Yeah, it’s an easy target …but the cumulative effect is very funny.

Holy sh!t. Did you see that interstitial? That was dope. Refresh, refresh!!

The inadmissible assumptions - Charlie’s Diary

Yes! Charles Stross speaks the unspeakable: that advertising is fundamentally “wrong”.

He’s right, y’know.

Thieves Are Your Best Customers in Waiting – Stuntbox

A great article from David with some concrete proposals for media companies.

By the way, how nice is David’s new responsive design? Very nice. Very nice indeed.

Why does that QR Code go to justinsomnia.org? - Justinsomnia

As if you needed another reason why QR codes are shit ..are you certain you’ve proofed it?

São Paulo No Logo - a set on Flickr

Photographs showing the “before” and “after” of São Paulo’s astonishing Clean City act banning all outdoor advertising.

ART=WORK · Responsive Advertising

Some more thoughts on the challenges of combining advertising with responsive design.

Responsive Advertising| Mark Boulton

A great in-depth look at the tricky problem of advertising in responsive design from Mark.

Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic « Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky takes a long hard look at the present (and future) of newspapers and—more important—of journalism. A good read.

Flyer beware; real cost of flying Ryanair « Alan Colville

Superb in-depth analysis of Ryanair’s website dark patterns and nasty brand strategy.

Publishing Experiences | booktwo.org

I wish I could’ve attended James’s talk at Tools of Change. It sounds like it was great.

Truthful TV Title Cards — Glark

If television were honest...

Science and Tech Ads - a set on Flickr

Vintage advertising of science and technology.

Derek Powazek - Now is a Great Time to Be a Media Maker

Derek weighs in with his view on the current state of publishing. I agree with his conclusion: "There has never been a better time to be making media. There are more tools to help than ever. There are more media consumers and media producers than ever. The world is more literate and media savvy than it’s ever been."

arc90 lab : experiments : Readability

An excellent bookmarklet designed to help you read more easily on the web (by hiding all that filthy, filthy advertising).

ING Lion Deposit - Online savings account 100% free

More clever meta web marketing.

YouTube - MontyPython's Channel

There is now a dedicated Monty Python channel on YouTube, all legit like. Hurrah!

YouTube - experiencewii's Channel

Nintendo break the third wall to advertise Wario Land.

DOTHETEST

A brilliant piece of mindhacking for a good cause. Take the test for yourself and see if you can figure out where it's all leading.

Waxy.org: Daily Log: The Times (UK) Spamming Social Media Sites

Andy Baio does a nice bit of investigative journalism in exposing the social network spammer hired by The Times. The internet treats crass marketing as damage and routes around it.

If all your friends jumped off of a bridge… at Ben Brown, Internet Rockstar

Ben Brown outlines the reasons why he left Facebook: "I think it is important to note that Facebook, though they claim to be a tool for staying connected, is actually a software tool designed *primarily* to deliver marketing messages to its audience."

HEMA - online winkelen

A very cute bit of e-commerce chicanery.

Facebook's Misrepresentation of Beacon's Threat to Privacy: Tracking users who opt out or are not logged in. - CA Security Advisor Research Blog - CA

An excellent piece of research that shows how Facebook affiliates' cross-site scripting (Beacon) sends information back to the mothership regardless of whether the user has opted out.

Brand Autopsy: Buckley’s: The Good Taste of Bad Taste

Here's one for Matt and Cindy: Buckley's truth in advertising.

Collection of unfortunately placed ads | Ads of the World

Context is everything, as this collection of unfortunate juxtapositions shows.

Cadbury Dairy Milk - Glass and a Half Full Productions

I have no idea.

The Serif - Your daily dose of design inspiration - The Serif

"£5000 in £10 and £20 notes were individually dropped around the streets of London with a removable sticker." Clever.

5 segundos

Superb blood donor video. Which reminds me...

FO: film & TV: Children of Men

All those ambent background movie clips and adverts in Children of Men. There's a lot of attention to detail here.

The Observer | OMM | 'Does music still matter? Yes ... and no!'

Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, and Beth Orton get together to dance about architecture.

AdAge.com redesign gets job done

Design review by Jay Small.

Plan59 > Gallery of Demonic Tots and Deeply Disturbing Cuisine

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Using Confrontational Marketing to Build Brand Awareness in a Saturated Market

Starbucks employ a creative bit of viral marketing: coffee cups glued to car roofs.

Ads of the World | Daily Creative Fix

An extensive collection of adverts that somehow don't seem as annoying when gathered together like this. You could spend hours here.