Alternative Route

Look through most award books and print advertising is dominated by photography. But if you want to be distinctive, illustration can be a better bet, argues BBH’s Mark Reddy

CR February 14 issue: illustration special

Our February issue is an illustration special including our pick of this year’s Pick Me Up artists, BBH’s Mark Reddy on illustration in advertising plus what an agent can do for you. And: designing sounds for cars, the future of news and what we can all learn from Paul Smith

Ad of the Week: Axe Peace, Call To Arms

Can a deodorant spray bring about world peace? Even for just one day? The new spot for Axe from BBH London marries some lofty ambitions with a fresh demonstration of the power of the ‘Lynx Effect’

Six New Ads To Watch

We’re just one week into the new year, and already there’s a heathly crop of great new ads to share. This round-up has spots for P&G, the Guardian, Liberty Foundation, Motorola and Canal+, but we start with a serious piece of work for the New Zealand Transport Agency, which chillingly emphasises the dangers of speeding…

CR Annual: last day to enter

Today is the last day to submit entries to the Creative Review Annual 2014 – our showcase of the finest visual communications work of the year.

CR Annual deadline: December 10

The Creative Review Annual is our showcase of the finest work of the year in visual communications. There’s still time to enter: the deadline for this year’s competition is December 10

New film from the National Ballet of Canada

Dance companies are increasingly recognising that film can be an excellent way of promoting their work to new audiences. The National Ballet of Canada has just released this new film via YouTube, which features dancer Heather Ogden showing off her skills against a dramatic backdrop….

KFC wants us to unite at Christmas

BBH London has served up a prime slice of Christmas silliness in its new ad for KFC, which is the fried chicken brand’s first festive campaign…

Ad of the Week: Baileys Christmas ad

BBH in London brought together a stellar team to create this epic two-minute ad for Baileys, which is a modern reworking of traditional Christmas-time ballet The Nutcracker. CR talked to them about how it was done.

Ten New Ads To Watch

This week’s round-up of new advertising features a VW spot where you can choose the style of soundtrack you want to hear, a SNCF campaign featuring doors that serve as portals to other cities, and a sentimental film for Skype, alongside a series of illustrated gifs, a clutch of new TV spots, and some good old-fashioned posters. I know, we can scarcely believe it either.

The art of the yell

Johnnie Walker has released a new set of posters as part of its latest Keep Walking campaign. The ads are striking, in part because of how they signal a new, more youthful direction for the brand, but also because of their use of a style of poster ads that has grown increasingly popular over the last few years, a look I like to call ‘shouty elegance’…