Bring back the travel poster!

Great design never goes out of style. Saw these at the New York Public Library and was sad that I don't encounter posters like these when I travel. The tourism ads these days are compelling enough, with their vivid photography, but they won't be selling those at the airport gift shop. On the other hand, the National Parks still sell the old WPA designed posters advertising the parks as destinations.

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Miley Done Right

To my own surprise, I've gotten a lot of pleasure from the subway posters for the VMAs. Like Miley herself, these images are so crazy they just might work. I love their exuberant, neon nihilism. If Tao Lin were an ad man, he might have made these. But it seems they're the work of Elliott Graham and several other artists.

 MTV VMA Award Show subway campaign  

MTV VMA Award Show subway campaign  

 The gif, even more joyful (terrifying?) than the poster. 

The gif, even more joyful (terrifying?) than the poster. 

Dope marketing

Now that pot's getting legal-ish, it's fascinating to see how producers will be branding their product. In Washington State, I saw this low-dosage lozenge positioning itself right alongside granola bars as a hiking essential. Just a little buzz to complement that natural high you're getting out on the trail. This pot-product is the cleverest attempt to expand the market that I've seen. Wonder how the healthy/outdoorsy branding will work! (And would it work outside the west coast?) 

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