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 PaweÅ‚ Tkaczyk said on October 20th, 2005

I disagree. Using optical illusions in ads does not have to be bad — I strongly encourage my students to do so. It allows the viewer to get some distance to the ad itself.

I agree about the bottom — could have been better. But it does the job :)

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 Kenny Bania - The Freshmaker said on October 20th, 2005

i agree with fred. this illusion is a gimmick.

i’m all for using colour and contrast to achieve illusions to make certain elements pop, or to create visual tension, or to guide the viewers’ eyes. in those cases, the illusion is organic to the piece. in this ad, it is forced.

and also, i think fred is trying to say that the idea should come first. and in this ad, that isn’t the case.

i agree that this ad almost seems like a cop-out.

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 Freddy said on October 20th, 2005

I would have liked this ad a lot better if the illusion was “custom” rather than just copying an existing idea. Maybe incorporate some sort of clerasil branding in it. There are several books with illusions that could easily be converted into an ad. But there should be more than just that. I like it as a medium, but you should find a way to imrove or go further with the existing piece.

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 Deth said on October 21st, 2005

I agree with Fred too.

The ad borrowed a puzzle from the public domain and substituted it for an idea. The reason why it’s not castrated is because it is a visual ad.

If the idea was verbal, we would have shot it right away. Copying is bad. It’s like puns. Whether they exist in verbal form or visual form, it’s still a sin.

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 Anonymous said on October 21st, 2005

by coincidence I found this ad today while flipping through a cannes yearbook, it won bronze in 2003.
whicht is not proving anything or the opposite of anything :-)

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 advertisingwithoutpity said on October 21st, 2005

i agree. this ad has lazy hack written all over it.

it’s fun to rant, by the way. you should do it more often.

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 Shane said on April 9th, 2009

I think the use of the illusion was not a bad idea.

Although it might not say much for the product for the simple fact that no matter how long you look at this your still going to see black spots in other places.

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