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100 brilliant examples of print advertising

76. Jeep - Earth Day

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The team at ad agency Draftfcb ask a good question...

To conincide with Earth Day this week, ad agency Draftfcb in Tel-Aviv, Israel created this simple but effective poster design for Jeep. Using a symbolic green background, simple graphics display a Jeep falling off the side of the Earth, with the poignant tagline 'If there is no planet, where will you drive?' underneath. Good question.

77. Champion Dog

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The Champion Dog campaign encouraged people to adopt a dog in need at Christmas

This adorable campaign by Lowe Porta for Champion Dogs really pulls at the heart strings. Wanting to encourage people to adopt (rather than buy) a dog at Christmas, the Chilean-based ad agency developed a series of touching scenes featuring super-cute, present-shaped puppies.

78. Jim Rickey

Real life platform game print ad
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Christian Aslund drew on the spirit of platform games such as Mario for this print advertising campaign for sneaker brand Jim Rickey.

The photographer shot the models in awkward horizontal positions on the streets of Hong Kong, using a telelens to make the images appear flat and the scenes vertical.

Aslund served as both creative director and photographer on the project, dubbed 'Honkey Kong', alongside Jan Andreen, Loa Bie and Sofia Cederstrom.

79. Aizone

 Sagmeister campaign for Aizone
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Sagmeister & Walsh have been creating campaigns for Beirut luxury department store Aizone since 2010, with a focus on only black and white executions. This time, they decided to mix things up and add a splash of colour.

Whilst Sagmeister & Walsh took care of the art direction, Henry Hargreaves worked as the photographer on the project. If you'd like to see more imagery from the campaign, you can visit the Sagmeister & Walsh official site.

80. Quebec Automobile Insurance Society

 Quebec Automobile Insurance
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Driving safety is a daunting task for any creative agency - it has to provoke a strong and lasting impression with an important message whilst still being creatively sound. This campaign from Lg2, an agency based in Canada does all these things and more.

Although a somewhat vintage idea, the seatbelt is used to showcase the important message and incourage young drivers to ensure their own safety. Creative direction and copywriting was overseen by Luc Du Sault and the campaign features a further two ads.

81. The Guardian US

 Guardian
This clever campaign shows both sides of each argument

Using illustrations by Noma Bar, these print ads for the American launch of British newspaper The Guardian depict both sides of core political debates in the US, such as internet privacy, gun control, women in the military and the use of condoms in the adult film industry.

Appearing at key locations throughout the country as outdoor ads and mobile billboards, each illustration represents one opinion of the issue. When the poster is flipped, it effortlessly illustrates the opposite view.

82. Exito

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Don't let your water to taste like the contents of your fridge

There's nothing quite like a glass of fresh, ice-cold water straight from the fridge. Aware of this, Latin American supermarket Exito recently developed a special bottle with seven layers, designed to preserve the taste of the H2O inside.

In a print campaign to promote the new product, advertising agency Sancho BBDO developed this clever series of ads, featuring some of the more pungent things one might keep in the fridge, including salmon and green onions, being poured into glass containers.

83. Academia do rock classics

 rock school
Rock classes now for kids in this adorable print campaign

These adorable print ads created by Brazilian based agency Yeah! aim to portray "rock classes now also for kids." Featuring The Beatles as well as a host of other bands, this simple print ad approach is colourfully eye-catching as well as appealing to kids and grown-ups alike. We especially love the Ozzy Osbourne tribute.

84. Sharpie

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We love the comic book execution of this print ad

Pen giant Sharpie has produced some marvellous print ads over the years and  kept up with design trends galore. Brazilian based agency Draftfcb creates these clever print ads with the tagline 'One story. Two Points'. In the ad above, the Sharpie is depicting the two sides of the sucess of Facebook. We love the comic book execution. Which side will you believe?

85. CSI

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Using evidence as a maze, this print ad promotes the popular TV show CSI

Fans of the hugely successful TV show CSI will love these print ads promoting it. With the slogan 'let the clues show you the way', this design by Publicis uses evidencial marks as mazes to a corpse, brilliantly summing up the investigative show's appeal.

86. The Potting Shed

 Potting Shed
Print ads don't have to be technically sophisticated - this brilliant campaign uses just two lengths of thread and some pins

Adverts for wealth management companies often show dull stock images of businessmen standing about. But these print ads for Jersey-based firm Affinity Wealth Management are a world apart.

Created by design agency The Potting Shed, each of these beautiful and elegant images was designed by the group and then created by junior designer Sam Falla using just two lengths of thread and some pins. The beauty of the concept lies in its simplicity particularly in its choice of two colours and a set of simple images.

87. Nike - Art of Woven

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We Are Golden developed this striking print campaign for Nike's Air Woven footwear

The team at Leeds-based creative agency We Are Golden are the brains behind thes striking new print ads for Nike and its woven trainers. Featuring minimal text and simple trainer illustrations, the We Are Golden team ensured the main selling point - the woven material - wouldn't go unnoticed with it providing the brightly coloured, textured backdrop for each print.

88. Pepsi

 Pepsi
Hiding the logo - a step in the right direction?

Not one to rest on its laurels, Pepsi asked advertising agency BBDO Dusseldorf to devise a German print campaign that would incorporate their logo design in an inventive and unique way. Hiding Pepsi's iconic red, blue and white logo in a web of red and blue blood vessels, BBDO Dusseldorf has managed to create something quite arresting and it's certainly not what you'd usually expect from a Pepsi advert.

89. WWF

 WWF
This brilliant campaign by Ogilvy and Mather encourages people to stop buying and consuming rhino horn

Advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather recently created this print ad for the World Wildlife Fund with the aim of encouraging Vietnamese citizens to stop buying or consuming rhino horn. The aim is to point out to the general public that, despite myths related to the rhino horns curative properties, it's made largely of keratin, the same substance that makes up your finger nails and toe nails and will do nothing to treat the illnesses they believe it will.

90. National Geographic Kids Magazine

 National Geographic
FoxP2 prove that, sometimes, school lessons just aren't enough...

School is great for teaching kids how to read, write, add up and know where places are in the world. But how much can school really teach about real life situations, like encountering a bear? Through a series of cartoon-style illustrations, this campaign developed by FoxP2 of Cape Town, South Africa, points out that reading National Geographic Kids Magazine would come in much more handy.

91. Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Rolling

 Cheese Rolling
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'Show us what you're made of' is the slogan that ties in with this print advertising campaign from the Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Rolling. The art direction has managed to create an entirely new typography whilst making the letters look good enough to eat (which is probably the point of turning letters into cheese).

Canadian agency TAXI is responsible for the series, which also includes Cheddar and blue cheese. The nice execution of the company's logo also ensures the reader is firstly drawn to the typography and then towards the purpose of this print advert.

92. FedEx: USA - Brazil

 FedEx
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FedEx have had plenty of campaigns in the past but this simple execution of its services really does the job. The use of colour used for the U.S.A. and Brazil against the wall colour ensure this print advert looks realistic yet artistic. The campaign also ensures that the FedEx package is the centre of attention without being too bolshy.

This series also features China - Australia and London - Spain but the contrasting colours of the countries with the walls seem to let them down; unlike this highly original example of print advertising. The 'express' is also boldly executed thanks to the quick passing of the package.

93. Zoo Safari

 Zoo Safari
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This print advertising truly lives up to its tagline: 'Blend In.' The photography, along with Photoshop expertise and the gorgeous colours, make the campaign cute yet sophisticated. DDB is known for its innovative take on products and campaigns such as this Chuppa Chups advertisment and its breast cancer awareness series.

The Zoo Safari series also features a tiger and a gorilla (which are both equally humorous) collating the three print ads as one of the most creative campaigns we've had the pleasure of placing our eyes upon.

94. Electro Recycling Robot

Electro Recycling Robot
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Look! A robot poos electronic stuff! Ha ha! But really, this print advertising campaign from Euro RSCG is a tongue-in-cheek execution of quite a serious issue (electronic recycling). You may be wondering how an excreting robot is relevant but it all becomes clear with the tag line, 'potty train your e-waste'.

The artistic direction is simple yet effective. The font at the bottom of this print ad is also big enough to entice the reader's attention and ensure the message has firmly been executed.

95. Pizza & Love: Fight for the Amazonas

 Pizza & Love
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Most companies have been jumping on the green bandwagon for some time now (and so they should!). But one that is probably least likely to do so is a pizza restaurant/take-away. This campaign was designed to raise awareness of its eco-friendly packaging (100 per cent recycled pizza boxes) and its use of only organic products.

The execution is brilliantly done, from the broccoli forest to the greasy planet in the background. Also notice the peace logo in the bottom left hand corner: it's another pizza! Little touches such as these is what makes print advertising so innovative.

96. Beck's: Art in Progress

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Vault49 bring their illustrative skills to the table once again

British born, New York-based design studio Vault49 brought its inimitable style to this illustration-led campaign for Beck's beer. Reflecting a growing trend for production-line-style visuals that reflect the creation process - also noticeable in Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe campaign - the ad explores the different elements that go into a bottle of Beck's, from an imaginative, conceptual viewpoint rather than a literal representation of the production process.

97. Pantone: Rain Edition

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Rainwater is given a splash of colour in this print ad

A collaborative effort between Italian creatives Giuliano Lo Re and Matteo Gallinelli, this inspiring campaign for Pantone puts colour front and centre, as you'd expect for the kings of the special ink. But rather than play the well-worn rainbow card, the duo opted to explore the relationship between colour and water - particularly rainwater.

98. Marmite: Don't Forget It

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You won't forget Marmite in a hurry with this series of print ads

Adam&EveDDB have gone one step further with the 'Love it or hate it' theme in this latest print and TV campaign for Marmite, satirising animal cruelty appeals by "raising awareness" of woefully neglected Marmite jars across Britain. You can watch the accompanying TV commercial here.

99. Free the children

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A hard-hitting campaign from Mohawk College

This hard-hitting print ad aims to raise awareness of child labour. With the tag line 'less than 5% of the world's fashion budget would put every child in school,' the team at Mohawk College have certainly hit home with this simple but effective offering.

100. Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional

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Video games music are depicted in these brilliant print ads

Costa Rica based advertising agency Garnier BBDO came up with this brilliant campaign for Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional with the idea of 'video game music'. The set of ads feature a Playstation 3 controller as well as a joy stick and an old school Nintendo controller.

That's it for now! Have you seen any inspiring print ads? Which one of these is your favourite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below!

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