Mad Men Infographics: Advertising Industry Now and Then

Continuing with the series of the Mad Men blogs showcasing data visualization through infographics, here’s another one I just did: Mad Men vs. Digital – the Advertising Industry Statistics.

This one was influenced by Swiss and Constructivism schools of design, which are my favorite.

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MadMen infographics

Mad Men Era: Mad Men vs. Digital

Check out the latest illustrations I did for the Mad Men inspired blog post: Mad Men vs. Digital.


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Infographics: Mad Men Office Life Now & Then

If you are a big fan of Mad Men TV show, as I am, you would appreciate this infographics a lot. I did it for my agency’s blog as a tribute to the grand finale of the show, the last season of which premiered last Saturday. Millions of viewers are in great grief over its ending and so am I. This is why we decided to dedicate a series of blogs to this great American TV show about the advertising industry of the 60s. To see the infographic at its full size and read more about it, click here.

Mad Men: Office Life Now & Then

Has #socialmedia corrupted the #oscars? [Infographic]

Did you tune in last night to watch the Oscars?

If so, have you noticed anything different? How about the fact that it wasn’t funny and/or entertaining at all?

Here’s an interesting infographics I did for this blog for Vertic digital and marketing design agency in New York City that explains what influences the level of entertainment at the Oscars:

Oscars and the Sponsors

What do you think?

20 Years of Got Milk: How such a boring product got such a classic advertising campaign?

Jeff Goodby of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners wrote “got milk?”—one of the greatest marketing taglines ever. That was twenty years ago.

And I’m sure many of you would agree. It’s so simple that you’d think you’d be able to come up with something like that easily, but as Paula Scher once said, when she thought of a Citi logo idea right on the spot during the client’s creative brief presentation: “It might have taken me 5 minutes to come up with this design idea, but it took me 20 years to come to this point, where I can think of something in 5 minutes.” So true!


Here, he looks back at the campaign on its 20th anniversary: Continue reading

Read What Bob Gill Reads & You’ll Be a Better Designer

One of the sites you need to bookmark if you are serious about self-educating on both the latest design trends and classical schools of design, is Designers & Books, which, by the way, also holds an annual fair that features meeting series with authors of the books, special guests on various design topics and, of course, many publishing houses on site that bring a great, almost overwhelming, variety of the books you can buy right there and then, some of which you could have signed by the author in presence. Like I did with the book I got at the last year’s fair “100 Unforgettable Dresses”.


It was a very educational and inspiring event. Here are some of the highlights from it. I also got to meet some of my graphic design icons, like Tom Geismar, whose book on the corporate design and branding “Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Charmayeff & Geismar” I’ve read cover to cover in just one week. (Thank you, mom, for giving it to me on my birthday!)

One of the D&B latest blogs caught my attention because it featured a reading list by Bob Gill, another of my favorites! I can never get enough of his illustrations and conceptual graphic designs for Esquire and his art direction at the Pentagram. So, if you are want to become a better designer, here’s Bob Gill’s Book List: Continue reading

Dumb Ways to Die: How To Show Dying Both Funny & Educational


Dumb Ways to Die, a catchy public service announcement from Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia, won the Grand Prix in the public relations and direct marketing categories at the Cannes Lions festival, representing a world conquest for the little PSA.

The video, which features various animated characters singing a catchy tune warning of the dangers of acting unsafely around trains, was expected to pick up at least one prize at Cannes. The film may end up winning a third Grand Prix since it is favored to win in the Films Lions category later this week. The PSA beat out contenders including Dove’s “Beauty Sketches” campaign and Oreo’s Blackout Tweet.

I saw this video a while ago and impressed the hell out of me! How can one make a PSA announcement so smart, funny and educational in the first place?! They nailed it! Not only it’s relatively graphic, but it’s ‘safe’ enough for the kids to watch it too. In addition to the accolades at Cannes, “Dumb Ways” is also closing in on 50 million YouTube views. Continue reading

Friday Fun: Why Cute Babies & Cats Are The Future Of Commercials

Do you know what the most trending and popular YouTube videos of all times are?

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My cat Chester

Those that involve cats and babies. Yes, that’s right! Cats and babies! Which, by the way, does not surprise me at all. I can look at funny and cute videos of cats and babies for hours, don’t you? (I should probably start looking for an agent for my cat… such look is not being used at his full potential!:)

This is one of the reasons why more and more advertising agencies start to involve both cats and babies in commercials, no matter what the product is – finance and/or cars – I can tell you  for sure that you’ll be seeing a whole lot of cats and babies in commercials in the years to come because: Continue reading

The Evolution Of The Gas Station Ads: It’s Getting Hot In Here

Gentlemen, I have a feeling that it’s THE vision you’d be all attracted to… [or – I might be wrong]

When I came across this ad, it made me thinking about all the ads I’ve been lately seeing in print and outdoors that had something to do with the cars, sex, men vs. women, gas stations, etc. and then I looked at a few vintage ads and – opa! – there’s just so much of the evolution had happened that completely transformed the ‘sexiness’ of the filling-up-the-gas imagery: Continue reading

Celebrities Speak Up For (RED): The Truth Behind Simple & Powerful Visualization

This is one of my favorite videos that Join Red – the organization that brings people and brands together to help fight AIDS in Africa – did to promote the RED campaign. Continue reading