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Spanky's picture
Spanky
4898 pencils

the writing sucks. and the art direction sucks. the only reason the concept doesn't suck is because there isn't one. other than that, i like it.

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Ravages
842 pencils

LOL. I find myself, strangely, agreeing with you.

TopJeff's picture
TopJeff
479 pencils

Yeah, I'm not a fan. The visual style doesn't seem to relate in any particular way either. And what's whirlyball anyway?

Jeff

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Spanky's picture
Spanky
4898 pencils

having looked at a handful of student books out of the university of texas, i'd say they're a couple recent grads. for some reason, everything looks like this coming out of there, regardless of client.

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Jet Propulsion Lab
10683 pencils

It's a continuation of the whole "Texas grunge" trend that they don't seem to get enough of..
Funny how you mentioned University of Texas. They actually do have a good advertising program there and a lot of great copywriters come out of that school. I used to work at an Austin ad agency (you know which one) and looked at my share of student portfolios while I was there. Seemed as if all these different writers were teaming up with this just ONE art director! And a lot of the stuff DID look like this!
And it's not limited to students, either. Some agencies there churn out ads that you simply can't tell one from the other because they all look almost the same (one agency called McGarrah/Jessee is most notorious for overuse of this style all across the board of clients they have.)
And you start to wonder the true meaning of "art direction" in advertising...

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Maxwedge
558 pencils

Is this for inhouse? Someone has time on their hands.
Is whirlyball anything like naked twister?

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El Duderino

Whirlyball is an amalgamation of lacrosse, basketball and bumper cars. It's actually quite fun. Basically, it's something like 6 cars per side (one person per car). You have plastic lacrosse sticks and a plastic ball and you try to shoot the ball into a square on a backboard that senses when it's been hit. As far as the ad. Eh. It's an in-house promo flyer.

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dklimke
23 pencils

I'm not tired of this yet-

Fusuckachickenhead's picture
Fusuckachickenhead
25 pencils

Whirlyball kicks ass!

BTW, Thursday (today) is the 23rd, not the 24th.

Guest's picture
Guest

This ad sucks! Just like the agency. And believe me, it trickles down from top .. the sucking that is.

Guest's picture
Guest

It's interesting how the US is the only country in the world that believes advertising can be taught at schools! bollocks!

it's like believing creativity, talent and logical thinking come from education. well, no. you're born with these things (or, indeed, not).

'texas university advertising programme' -please, give me a break man! sounds like a low budget movie title.

it's therefore not surprising that ad schools churn out untalented morons. you only have yourselves to blame!

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Spanky
4898 pencils

fyi: texas isn't a real ad school. it's a university that has a couple creative classes. it's not on par with vcu, creative circus, portfolio center, or miami ad school. that said, the benefit of ad schools is that it gives aspiring copywriters and art directors an opportunity to work together. that's where the real learning takes place. the teaching/feedback from instructors is secondary.

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EupinDC
49 pencils

Hmm, well I went there. Take a look at these links and tell me if you see a resemblance to the ad above:

http://advertising.utexas.edu/texascreative/index.html

http://advertising.utexas.edu/texascreative/index2.html

For those of you who post as a guest, I say you sac' up.

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