Best of the Decade

March 4, 2010

It has been a great week! It finally stopped snowing and I just found out that my ad campaign with Goodby, Silverstein and Partners was recognized as one of the Best Print Ads of the Decade.  Thats one of the best out of the last 10 years!!! Needless to say, I am thrilled with the accolades.  It still goes down as one of favorite projects of all time. Read about it below from the article that appeared in Adweek.

In 2008, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners dunked the tradition of freeze-frame action shots customarily used in NBA marketing by replacing it with an image at once emotional and iconic: the human face. Actually, make that two human faces: split-screen composites matched feature for feature. Then they had the nerve to use the contradictory tagline, “There can be only one.” Why? Because this kind of shakeup turned out to be just what pro b-ball needed. The images put a human face— flaws and all—on a sport that seldom strayed from the predictable. The fused visages of frenemies Kobe/Shaq and LeBron/Garnett reminded us that the “one” NBA is in fact a maelstrom of inimitable personalities, while removing the distance between fan and star. And it worked. The ads, shot by photographer Jennifer Pottheiser, were so influential that Time “borrowed” the idea for its May 1, 2008 cover, matching the faces of presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Readers knew exactly what it referred to. At a waning time for print advertising, “There can be only one” demanded attention and in the process became a part of pop culture. —Barbara Lippert