In support of the premiere of Mad Men’s fifth season on AMC, Newsweek decided to go a little retro with not only its cover but its ads as well. Brands such as Mercedes Benz, Tide and more, pulled a little inspiration from Don Draper and his team to go a little retro for their full page ad spaces. Here’s what Newsweek had to say:

“We’ve literally taken a page from Newsweek’s past—recreating the sleek, iconic look of the magazine during the swinging ‘60s, but with all original content. Imagining what a Newsweek website would have looked like, without dropping a tab of acid, was no easy feat. But with a leap of faith (and a single martini), we created an online edition that Don Draper would have toasted. We hope you do too.”

The fifth season of Mad Men will premiere this Sunday on AMC and the special edition of Newsweek will appear on stands and iPads on Monday. Have I peaked your curiosity? Step back into 1965 and check out the ads below.

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My Top 11 Music Videos of 2011

In: Music, Nic, Videos

I AM A MUSIC VIDEO ADDICT. I’m the first one to view it, first one to post it, and what’s better than seeing visuals to a song that make you love the song even more than you thought was possible. It was a big year for highly visual music videos and I have no lack of material to add to this list. This is MY list and if you disagree then comment below and tell me what your favourites were this year.

11. Kanye West & Jay-Z, “Otis”

Two Words: Mercedes Maybach

Check out the rest of my list after the jump.

Design: Bologna Motor Show Ad Campaign

In: Donovan, The Arts

Everyone knows Italians take their cars seriously, but that doesn’t mean they cannot have some fun poking with them. Playing off popular automotive commercial cliches, the Armando Testa Ad Agency came up with a creative retro-inspired campaign for a car show in Bologna Italy. Italy’s #1 advertising agency (AssoComunicazione Ranking), chose to harken back to our childhood days to promote the Bologna Motor Show. Using Barbie-like dolls and toy cars and bikes, the slick ad campaign pokes fun at common cliches about teenage boys and their fantasies- hot girls and hot cars.

The Milan-based agency positioned the sexy looking dolls in suggestive positions on the toy cars. Remember those cheesy advertisements in your dad’s “Road & Track” magazines? Well, those were the inspiration for the overall look of the posters. I absolutely love the concept of the campaign and the finished product- I’d put them on my wall if it suited the room.

check out two of the posters after the jump

A Tease

In: Behind The Cast, Patrick

a-teaseI have two brothers – they’re twins (9 years older than me)!  Either they were a handful, I was an accident, or I’m secretly adopted – I’ll figure itout sooner or later.  Anyway, they were teens in the 80’s and while I was watching the Smurfs and Inspector Gadget and tattletailing on them (“the devil made me do it!”),  the terrible two were like having a totally awesome time driving me crazy with these sayings:

  • 1.   Smooth move, ex-lax.  What do you do for an encore?
  • 2.   That’s my name, don’t wear it out.
  • 3.   Let’s not, and say we did.
  • 4.   Grodie to the max!
  • 5.   Psych!
  • 6.   I know you are, but what am I?
  • 7.   Say it, don’t spray it!
  • 8.   No duh!
  • 9.   Gag me with a spoon!
  • 10. Cool Beans

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