Amsterdam Ad Blog


Media, Outdoor and Mobile Lions

June 18, 2014, AAB

FCB Brasil wins the Grand Prix in Mobile with their very useful Nivea brand utility.

Yesterday in Cannes the Media, Outdoor and Mobile Lions were awarded. In Media Lemz won its 6th Gold with Sweetie for Terre des Hommes. Unfortunately JWT only received Bronze with ‘Have a seat’ for Android & KitKat. In Media the Grand Prix went to McCann Lima with Happy ID for Coca Cola. More…

Hyper realistic curved screen

May 14, 2014, AAB

Samsung Curved UHD Spectacular - May 2014Just when we thought the TV screens were sitting nice and flat against our walls, the industry introduces curved screens – fuckers. So, Samsung advertises its brand new curved TV; “Curved UHD TV” – through a customized spectacular! And apparently it has a very realistic screen. How to advertise very realistic? That’s right. Created by Saatchi & Saatchi | Leo Burnett.

Tossing Royal Dwarves

April 25, 2014, AAB

Kingsday - April 2014We’re pretty sure that the RVD (Royal Propaganda Service) will not be amused by this ad. After all, tossing princesses is definitely not something to be promoted. Then again, if your name is Kingsday and you’ve watched the Wolf of Wall Street a few too many times, this just might be the perfect activity on Queensday – or, since recently, Kingsday. Tomorrow between 1 and 5 pm, you can join the agency in tossing dwarves.

Heartvertising; the exhibition

February 24, 2014,

Rik Heijmen opening the Heartvertising exhibition at HutspotRik Heijmen, founder of Kokoro, speaching at the opening of the exhibition

One heart, 12 artists, 300 outdoor panels, 100.000 Boomerang cards, and an exposition at Hutspot Amsterdam. Kokoro’s Heartvertising project is taking over Amsterdam. A lot has been written about this already, but to sum things up; the idea behind Heartvertising is to inspire people to follow their hearts and dreams instead of playing it safe. Especially in this tough economy – what’s there to lose? The exhibition of the winning designs opened last Thursday at Hutspot. A very appropriate location since the founders of Hutspot (a cross-over between an exhibition space and shop) did just that – follow their hearts. On their website: “Hutspot searches for new and interesting brands, designers, artists and entrepreneurs, offering them the chance to expose their products in their own space within the shop.” Another example is Sella Molenaar, who instead of a standard photo report made ‘instant’ aquarelles of the people present at the expo opening. She too followed her passion and is now making money with what she loves to do best. The message is clear, but the question remains… are you following your heart? Check out the pictures here.

In case of love at first sight
Amsterdam Ad Blog

February 17, 2014, AAB

In case of love at first sight - February 2014“…Break glass plastic” Simple but sweet, this Valentine’s guerrilla campaign by Kingsday for the Flower Council of Holland. That’s how we like advertising. We first wondered why they would want to use an English URL ( in France, but the 1500 emergency roses spread through Paris actually carried the URL – and the text “En cas de coup de foudre. Brisez la glace,” sounding instantly more romantic when you don’t speak French.

Follow Your Heart

February 7, 2014, AAB

Kokoro Follow your heart - Feb. 2014A few months ago we wrote about Kokoro winning the new kid on the block award. The prize: free outdoor space galore to adorn with whatever you like. Kokoro chose to invite designers from all over the place to make their own interpretation of Follow Your Heart – using the silhouette of Kokoro’s logo. A smart and subtle way to spread Kokoro’s brand – and a rather stimulating message at the same time. This is (part of) the result – Kokoro made the final selection together with Bert Hagendoorn. You can study the individual submissions with the credits here. The works will also be on display at Hutspot from 18 till 23 February.

All about the colours

December 10, 2013, AAB

Nike Fuel Band SE Colette - Dec. 2013This installation, at the famous fashion house Colette in Paris, was created by Random Studio to promote the new Nike Fuelband SE (according to Gizmodo the SE is merely an iteration and doesn’t offer much more than “a splash of color on the band”). The “RGB LED infinity tunnel,” showing colourful animated light patterns, was built in collaboration with lighting specialists Jurlights and production company L’Araignée. MadMapper was used as the software to output video directly onto the LED strips. This is not the first window installation Random makes for Nike. In 2013 they won Design Gold in Cannes (together with ,… Staat and Jurlights) for another Fuel Band installation at Selfridges in London.

Billboard for Smurfs

August 13, 2013, AAB

McDonalds Smurfs - August 2013Big News. Now in the Happy Meal: The Smurfs.” Small idea, big execution – on Leidseplein. Nice. By Tribal DDB.

Missing numbers

May 29, 2013, AAB

Natwerk - May 2013Amsterdam is known for its narrow houses and alleys. In the Jordaan there used to be even smaller alleys in between the houses. These alleys often lead to run down accommodation for the poorest of the poor, hidden behind the rows of houses facing the main streets. When the ‘front row’ houses were expanded most of these alleys vanished, and with them the hidden houses. The Dolfijnengang, one of the alleys on Westerstraat, gave access to house numbers 56 to 68. Which is why today there’s a number-gap between number 54 and 70. Natwerk, known for creating stuff just for the fun of it, recreated the missing houses on the Westerstraat.

Beer on the go

May 16, 2013, AAB

Bavaria 0.0% at A4 West - May 2013With the phrase “Beer, even on the go,” Bavaria is the first beer brand in 15 years to sell beer at gas stations along the highway. Of course not their regular label, but their 0.0%. To celebrate this milestone, they’ve partly turned a gas station into a bar and dubbed it “Café A4 West.” Not the most attractive place to hang out with your mates, but a piece of ambient advertising with stopping power most definitely. Created by Selmore.