20 Most Interesting and Creative Outdoor Ads

Advertising should be a part of every business plan. Companies which now know worldwide success still use ads to further propel their products. Take Coca-Cola as an example: everybody drinks it. Yet, they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to create better ads. The CEO of Coca-Cola actually stated that advertising should be done by every company, irrespective of its impact on the public, to increase sales. There are also many forms of advertising. We have vintage ads, funny ads, intelligent ads, and even more outdoor ads. Today we would like to focus on the 20 Most Interesting and Creative Outdoor Ads from famous brands such as Whiskas, FedEx, IKEA, Panasonic and many more. We will also share some lesser known company ads that definitely deserve a standing ovation. Let’s take a look at them.

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1. Coop’s Paints

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This incredibly creative ad somehow reminds us of the impact that street art has. It represents cans of Coop’s paint, one of which has spilled over the adjacent sidewalk.

2. IKEA

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IKEA is all about finding comfortable living and interior design solutions for its customers. This is why their outdoor ad represents 3d furniture and people.

3. The Economist

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This unique add presents a light-bulb that turns on and off, depending on how people walk past it: it lights up when someone is standing under the light-bulb.

4. FedEx vs UPS

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FedEx had some ads printed on its trucks. They represented its competitor’s, UPS trucks, stored inside their own trucks.

5. Mc Donald’s – Best Friends on the Planet

This is one of my favorite ads (even if I’m not a fan of Mc Donald’s). It represents the typical fries, red box; with yellow lights coming out of it (the lights represent the fries). This ad is sure to be seen at night.

6. Coca-Cola / WWF: Plant

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This smart billboard absorbs air pollutants.

7. Hot Wheels

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8. Jobsintown.de

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Everybody knows how difficult it can be to find a decent job. Jobsintown.de perfectly portrays the horrible process of job-hunting, and promises, through its ad, that it will find better solutions.

9. Joevanza – Mobility for Everyone

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Being disabled is extremely difficult. Many metro stations and buses are not equipped to handle individuals with mobility problems. Joevanza promises comfort for those with mobility problems, through its powerful ad.

10. Whiskas: Now with More Protein

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Have you ever seen a “Beware of Cat” sign? Probably not. Most of them are reserved for the big, scary dogs. But if your cat eats protein-rich Whiskas food, it will definitely need a “Beware of Cat” sign.

11. McDonald’s Coffee

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This interesting poled transformed into a clever Coffee ad for McDonald’s.

12. Dulcolax Ads

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Dusseldorf, Germany, is home to the hilarious Dulcolax laxative pillars. They feature giant, ordinary paper rolls.

13. Panasonic Nose Trim

20 Most Interesting and Creative Outdoor AdsNose hair is anesthetic. Panasonic will help you get rid of it without any problems. At least this is what the ad promises. Either way, it looks pretty funny.

14. Greenpeace Advertisement

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“There’s no better medicine for the environment than your contribution”. This is what the Greenpeace Advertisement says.

15. Copyshop: The Copied City

16. Zurich Zoo: More Space for the Big Ones

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We are not the only creatures on this planet. We must take care of the other animals as well. This Zurich Zoo ad encourages people to act.

17. Canon Advertising its S1 Camera

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Canon transformed street columns in the S1 camera model they released in 2006. Not only do the pillars fit the lens camera perfectly, but they also offer a three-dimensional look to the ad.

18. Craftsman Tools: Wrench Billboard

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Number 18 on our list of most interesting and creative ads is the billboard advertisement by Craftsman tools. The pole looks like a man holding a wrench.

19. Auckland Transport: Kids see Roads Differently

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A reminder that children see roads differently.

20. SunSmart Cancer Council Australia: Cut Out

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We hope you enjoyed these ads. Stay tuned for more!

You Can Now Explore Street Art with Google

Google Maps is finally turning into something fun in addition to just being occasionally useful: a recent launch allows users to employ Google’s satellites to get almost real time images of numerous remarkable pieces of street art worldwide. The world map shows you how many pieces of art you can browse in each country featured, and in many cases it’s about hundreds and hundreds of pieces, including areas which may be hard to access or areas in which street art is truly a transgression (like some countries in the Middle East). Not all countries have been featured yet but more are sure to follow soon. For example, the creativity of German street art is pretty famous, but Germany isn’t on the map yet. (Luckily, if you’re interested, you can browse some street art from that area here in the meantime). To explore street art with Google in many areas of the world which are already featured, you can start here and see where the maps lead you.

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Browsing Street Art with Google: As Mainstream As It Gets

What does this addition to the range of Google services mean, though? Street art used to be the ultimate creative form of protest, back in a day where urban rebellion was really expressed through it. In the good old days – not that anyone is actually regretting that oppressive atmosphere – scribbling your art, no matter how genuinely good it was, was equal to an act of vandalism for which the author would be fined or arrested when caught.

The next stage meant that even if it wasn’t really illegal anymore, street art would still be equivalent to a form of protest one way or the other; it was still something that only the non-conformist and young (at least in spirit) would do. This is why many of the subjects illustrated by street art are a form of social critique, starting with the over-promoted Banksy and finishing with the recent Brazilian anti-football graffiti protests. It’s quite clear that street art is still a favorite creative way of sticking it to the man, whenever we, the people have some sort of beef with the system. This sort of positioning is of course problematic in itself, since some of us are a bit tired of this rhetoric and feel that street art tends to be a tad boring when it takes is protesting role too seriously. And nowhere is this tension more visible than in the recent launch in Google Maps services: the fact that you can now explore street art with Google proves this precise point.

On the other hand, if you don’t take into account its defying component at all, this opportunity to browse more street art with Google may be the best thing that happened to global urban creativity in a long time. Exploring various instances of this art will now be easier, as well as inter-inspiration and general visibility. Besides, it could be argued that shaming a certain artistic area for being too mainstream is actually a way of shaming pop culture and only valuing high culture, which is clearly an outdated and pretty discriminatory attitude. Art is art, culture is culture; valuing one type of culture over another or deeming it more legitimate opens the way for the same kind of discrimination that creates hierarchies between social classes or peoples or races. Precisely because there’s no low culture and high culture, perhaps the opportunity to explore street art with Google should be interpreted as most welcome.

How do you feel about this: are you disappointed in how mainstream street art just got, or are you happy with the possibility of exploring street art with Google? Art is still art anyway and any extra opportunity to browse it should be welcomed with open arms?

Street Art Saving Neighborhoods – Important Buildings and their Street Art

There was a time when graffiti and street art were only considered acts of vandalism and testimony of the ill-mannered youth that was living in certain areas. Nowadays, more and more of us begin to look beyond our previous beliefs and start to appreciate the true beauty that lies on the cracked walls. The streets and facades have become blank canvases for artists who find themselves confined by the rigors of conventional art. Such is the extent to which our beliefs have changed, that legislation has been passed in some countries and states that make it possible to turn buildings into landmarks if and when the street art is so representative of the culture within a certain area or if the artist is notoriously famous and recognized worldwide for his talent and value.

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This 200,000 sqft. warehouse tucked away in Queens is where New York City’s most stunning creations are displayed, works of now world renowned street artist Jonathan Cohen, being now known as the 5 Pointz building. Back in 2001 when the owner allowed Jonathan to cover his building with graffiti he did not know how much trouble it would cause him later on. Later on in 2013 he decided to demolish the building in order to create luxury condos, but the artist Jonathan Cohen intervened and asked another street artist, Bansky to speak on his behalf in order to save the building. A judge delayed the demolition for 10 days, then the artists obtained another 14 day delay of the demolition proceedings because of the 1990 Visual Artists Rights Act. On November 19, 2013, the building was painted white in one night, thus the demolition protection was lost together with the beautiful pieces of art.

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Bansky Pieces

We have already presented many of Banksy’s works, but there are more worth mentioning. Nowadays Bansky is so notoriously known that his works of art are being sold for more than $1 million. When he created the Geisha silhouettes in New York City, the building owner immediately realized the value of the recently created piece and took action right away so as to prevent the artwork from being defaced. The building wall was soon covered with Plexiglas, there was a rolling metal gate installed and security guards were soon hired to protect the building 24/7 (security guards with a $200 shift). To date, the Geishas and the 9/11 tribute in Tribeca are Banskys only two surviving pieces to have remained unscathed (whether this makes them even more valuable is yet to be determined).

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Street Art of Daikanyama

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Daikanyama is situated in central Tokyo and while some associate it with embassies and shops, its true treasure is to be found in the breathtaking pieces of street art and graffiti covering its walls. Corners and parking areas, walls and trains are all covered by exquisite and colorful works of talent and imagination made by unknown artists. It seems to perfectly capture every beat, sound and sigh of the city. With underpasses leading pedestrians into the deepest oceans, with mermaids and fish, you’re bound to get lost among the beauty these artists have created.

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 Image Credits: flickr.com

Can we Still Create Beautiful Cities? 5 Reasons why Street Art Matters

In the past few decades it has become very difficult for urbanism architects to solve the problems of modern living. Most dense cities are extremely unfriendly, crowded and dirty. People no longer want to live in them. They are not encouraged to participate in the social-urban scene. This is a serious problem for architects who struggle to find plausible solutions. The question arises: Can we still create beautiful, desirable cities? The City Beautiful movement thought it found the surefire formula (which consisted of “picturesque parks, tree-lined avenues and bombastically classical civic and cultural buildings”) but it does not apply everywhere.

“To wander from a tight, dark alley into a small square with a fountain. To find yourself in a courtyard in which the line between public and private is unclear – whether in a Beijinghutong or an Italian cloister. Or the momentary transformation of a city square to a market or a fairground, these are among the real thrills of urbanity.” (Source: Planetizen)

Each city is different. It is not simply a mass of buildings, but a living organism. Some cities have beauty imposed on them, while others require a little assistance. It is not only parks and grand avenues that can change the appearance of city. The role of street-art in urban landscapes has become increasingly important. For those who still believe that street art is nothing but vandalism, we give 5 undeniable reasons why it should be embraced:

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Some city councils get it, others not so much, but tapping into the creative talent of graphic designers and street artists is one of the most efficient and inexpensive ways of rejuvenating the dullness of a concrete jungle. Street art matters!

#1 It Makes Imperfections Sparkle

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Many street artists around the world are breathing new life on buildings and urban installations that others consider ugly. Street artists don’t need incredible things because they work with what they have, and help us see the beauty in the little things. Distractify has shared some incredible examples of street art that makes imperfections sparkle. Here are a few examples:

#2 It Brightens Up the Morning Commute

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There is nothing more boring in this world than watching a series of broke-down; old buildings unravel as you commute. Gorgeous street art here and there will definitely make the morning ride to work more enjoyable for citizens. Take DOME’s gorgeous black-white and gray images as an example. He realized the possibilities of spray paint in 1995 and since then he designs and shares his work with communities from Miami, Torino, Italy and Istanbul.

#3 It Brings Nature into the City

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As much as we’d love to have a park near our flat, it is nearly impossible to provide with vegetation everywhere. The good news is that street art can take care of this problem. Take the works of Sego y Ovbal as examples. He uses fantastical beasts that and natural elements to bring walls back to life. There are also many installations that symbolize nature, or give new meaning to already existing vegetation.

#4 It Covers Dull Blind Walls

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How many blind walls (turbots) have you passed on your way to work? Probably many. One of the major issues of large cities is turbots. Street artists can give them a whole new meaning by displaying their stunning works on them. These works can question reality, adorn the building or simply add a little color to it. In the end any intervention is better than an empty, dull turbot.

#5 It uses Cracked Surfaces as Canvas

A few examples would be the whimsical street artist who turns manholes into playthings and scratched gates into sirens. There is also the infamous example of Chuck Norris’s-themed benches by Oakoak. And who could forget the funny looking sewer mouths that turn into smiley faces or the googly eyes installations?

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Street Artist Banksy

We have already featured the legendary Banksy in many of our previous articles (See Best Street Artists and Best Female Street Artists ) but it was high-time that we said a little bit more about him. Since bursting into the street art scene 14 years ago he has become one of the most cherished, and talked about artists of our generations. His style is unmistakable, and although he has received both credit and critiques, his murals and works have definitely become an essential part of urban life. Here are a few interesting facts that you might not have known about Banksy.

1. The Elephant in the Room

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You probably know the saying “The Elephant in the room”, but at one of Banksy’s most successful exhibitions in Los Angeles, there actually was a real, spray-painted elephant in the room. Of course, the Indian elephant had non-toxic paint on him, and represented the world’s poverty. This was actually Banksy’s first exhibition and it was a wild success, even if some animal rights activists strongly protested against his “abuse”. They believed that the animal might be in pain, but they did nothing in the end, since the exhibition was almost over. Strangely enough Banksy consulted with the office of the city attorney and obtained LA’s animal services department approval before pulling off this stun.

2. Sneaking Work into Art Galleries

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Before being accepted into exhibitions and art galleries as a legitimate artists Banksy had the interesting hobby of hanging his works in other ones. Besides spray-painting his work on walls, he also liked to visit different galleries like the Tate Britain one in London, MoMA, the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum or the British Museum in order to glue his own paintings. In 2003 he glued a oil painting of a country house surrounded with police tape. An accompanying note explained that the house has become numb to crime due to press coverage. The painting hung unnoticed for several hours until finally fell. A few years later he hung a fake cave painting with a caveman pushing a shopping trolley. This artwork also had a sign that said “This finely preserved example of primitive art dates from the post-catatonic era”.

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3. He sold Prints Worth 30.000$ for 60$

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Banksy has always been an odd fellow, but this is probably one of the most outrageous thing he did. In October 2013 he gave many of his paintings to an elderly man that had set up stall in Central Park. Banksy’s fans knew that he was in town, so they thought his works would be selling for outrageous prices at some expensive gallery. Little did they know that he was selling original, authentic works at 60$ a pop. The man only made around 500$ that day, and Banksy stated that he won’t be repeating this stunt in the near future.

4. Banksy’s Identity

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It is actually surprising how Banksy managed to conceal his identity, considering the huge success he has had. Even when he gives interviews, he always wears a mask or hood. We don’t even know if he is actually a he, and all he ever said about himself is that he is nothing but an unemployed art school drop-out painter decorator. For all we know, he might be an art collective. Rumors say that Banksy is the alter ego of Damien Hirst, but recent news points the finger to Robin Cunningham, a 39-year-old artists who has been spotted at many of Banksy’s works, right before they were revealed. His team has neither denied or confirmed the statements.

5. The West Bank Barrier

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Similar to the Berlin wall, only three times larger, the West Bank Barrier is a monolithic wall which separates Israel from Palestine. It is without a doubt the most dangerous place that you can see in the Middle East, because people who go to close to it are often shot to death. How Banksy managed to perform his artwork on this site is still a great mystery. His large murals can be seen on both sides of the wall. They are not all political, some show green lush windows while others are more playful: two children escaping over the wall with the help of balloons and ladders.

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