oooh no

Original: BMWAgency: Fallon Woldwide, Minneapolis.

USA – 1997

Creative direction: Tony Rosen

Art direction: Tom Lichtenheld.

Photo: Mark Laita

This BMW ad was featured in a book by Mario Pricken titled Creative Advertising – Ideas And Techniques From The World’s Best Campaigns. Page:144. ISBN:0-500-28476-8.

“KickStart question: How could a feature of the product be represented, usuing the widest posible spectrum of wordplay, familiar expressions, onomatopoeia or exclamations?” – excerpt from the book.

Both ads are for the same category – “German cars”, with an identical visual using similar word play and art direction!!! the worst part is the fact that the copy cat won a creativity award 😦 one more thing, it won in the outdoor category even though it was never used on outdoor, as you can clearly see the featured example was scanned from the newspaper.

Both of the above examples are featured in a book titled “Nouveau?” by Joe La Pompe. Pages:44-45 ISBN:978-2-7533-0069-9.

Title “Oooh yes”
Agency Impact & Echo BBDO
City Safat
Advertiser Benbehani Group
Brand Name Audi
Product Name TT
Business Sector Cars
Country of Production Kuwait
Language English
Type Outdoor / Out of Home
Creative Director: Joe Ghazal
Art Director: Joe Ghazal
Copywriter: Joe Ghazal
Production Manager: Roy Austria
Typographer: Joe Ghazal

Kuwait – 2000

Picture 10

Source: http://www.adforum.com/affiliates/RPS/IAA34/adfolio/reel_detail2.asp?ID=11238&TDI=VDqTHvYD&PAGE=4&ta=8193&tb=&awy=&AW_ID=

The story continues…

Published in Arab Ad magazine.

A copycat is a person that mimics or repeats the behavior of another. The term is often derogatory, suggesting a lack of originality. The expression may derive from kittens that learned by imitating the behaviors of their mothers. – Wikipedia.

Plagiarism: The abuse of another’s original work by copying it and passing it off as one’s own. As defined in Alastair Campbell book titled The Designer’s Lexicon. Page: 293 ISBN: 0-304-35505-4.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of thievery” excerpt from a book by Capsule titled Design Matters. Page: 84. ISBN -13:978-1-59253-341-1.

9 Responses to “oooh no”

  1. 1 X
    June 9, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Bad bbdo bad

  2. June 9, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    what is worse is the jury that actually awarded them for acopy cat ad.

  3. 3 Layal
    June 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Again & Again Impact BBDO show us some of ur “PROCREALLIGENCE” plzzzzzzz….
    Get influenced from the creatives in Lebanon….

  4. 4 eddy hatem
    June 12, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    this is called lack of creativity, and again welcome to the arab world

  5. 5 Layal
    June 12, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    come on Eddy…. some arabs have good creatives… its just the place we r in 🙂

  6. June 12, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    actully the place has nothing to do with it. it is the mind set that needs to change…thats all 😉

  7. 7 Layal
    June 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Please Mr. Anubis check out the ad in Al Rai Newspaper that was released on Tuesday the 10th the same concept.. its for Murabahat Investment Co…. in the economic section!!!!
    Can you post it as well!!! this is soo lameeee

  8. June 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    please e-mail it and i will post it and thanks for keeping an eye on these copycats.

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