Dubai Lynx 2013 – Episode 1 starring Shahir of Team Y&R

Once again an inspiring fact in the words of passionate creatives, I couldn’t have stated it better myself “Scam ads -Are unethical. It’s fraud. You’re cheating against me, us, your peers. You are basically padding your resume, not very different to using steroids in baseball, falsifying sources in journalism, or faking a test. It’s wrong, plain and simple. -Damages brands. In the digital age, unapproved communications can fly around the internet causing a PR nightmare. This also sets up a ripe opportunity for libel suits. -Lots of awards mean better jobs. Unfortunately, this is true. There are too many egotisical rockstars who’ve gotten those jobs based on faking it, at the expense of the many talented people who haven’t needed to fake it and who do the real work. Yes, there is a role for outlandish ballsy risktakers. But there should not be a role for unprofessional cheaters. -Creates a false sense of talent and ability for agencies. Creativity is one thing. Being able to make it for a real brand is another. An agency that wins tons of awards but who’s real work is less than stellar really is only fooling themselves. Sadly though, they also end up attracting talent who will be disappointed with the real output. Same with the clients who thing that are getting a great agency. If they’re willing to fake their entires, what about timesheets, billings, etc? What’s the line when it comes to professional ethics? -Ruins the process and creative department’s overall credibility. Award shows should celebrate the best work that gets produced. That’s our job. That’s the hard part. If you can’t make a good scam ad with no brief, then frankly, you must suck. If you’ve ever worked with CD who’s built a career on scam, you’ll see how hard it is for them to create great work with real briefs. Talented as they are, they often fail to do what their job is – sell. Creativity and selling go hand in hand in this thing we call advertising, and that should be rewarded. Scam doesn’t ‘raise the bar’ of creativity. It lowers it. And lowers the credibility of the people, agencies and shows who promote it”.

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Winner of Silver in the Print category PELICANS

Winner of Bronze in the Outdoor category PELICANS

Agency: Team Y&R Dubai

Client: Harvey Nicholos

Year: 2013

Client HARVEY NICHOLS DUBAI
Product DEPARTMENT STORE
Entrant Y&R DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Type of Entry: Print
Type of Entry: Outdoor: Billboards & Street Furniture
Category: RETAIL STORES, RESTAURANTS & FAST FOOD OUTLETS
Title: PELICANS
Product/Service: DEPARTMENT STORE
Entrant Company : Y&R DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Advertising Agency : Y&R DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Name Position
Shahir Zag Chief Creative Officer
Shahir Zag/Kalpesh Patankar Creative Director
Shahir Zag Copywriter
Kalpesh Patankar Art Director
Remix Studio – Bangkok Photographer
Zaakesh Mulla Account Supervisor
David Lewis Advertiser’s Supervisor
Nazek Fawaz Account Manager
Agency Producer: Amin Soltani Other Credits

There are some other examples of this BIG idea and art-direction which involves a toaster suronded by (obviously) toast bread and yet another one with a deodorant can surrounded by “screws” and yet another one featuring a pencil sharpener and pencils, one more features an electric socket and a plethora of plugs :)

check out the links

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WWF 9/11

Shocking creativity

Moo Zain = not good

Also interesting is to check out the following links which prove the adage  that “lightening does NOT strike twice at the same place” and that “A good idea will sneak up behind you, pull your pants down, and run away giggling” :)

Harvey Davidson – The agency that copied these ads also copied many more and won Dubai Lynx 2012 agency of the year

Dirty copycat by Dubai Team Young & Rubicam gets washed out by Joe Lepompe

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Monopoly

Balanced bottles

Haircut

Hand cuffs

Hammer Time

Food for thought

Hot ad, cool ride

have a chocolate break, have a land rover

Yet another #$$ hole

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October 2004 ;)

Source: http://www.coloribus.com/admirror/attraction_effect/

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Less original: Zain

Agency: JWT

Creative Director: Mazen Faied

Kuwait – Jan 2008

Source:http://www.ads2blog.com/2008/01/17/zain-shared-internet/

Hmmm, so much like the MTC…I mean Zain; cupcake/spoon ad.

copy an idea, replace the coffee with a cupcake and volaaa you have a Zain ad but that does not mean it is a good ad ;)

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Client: Cafe’ Supreme

Agency: C3

Country: Kuwait – 2009

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Source: http://www.coloribus.com/paedia/search/?q=Attraction+effect

Advertiser: UNILEVER ARABIA

Brand name: AXE DEODORANT

Agency: LOWE & PARTNERS DUBAI

Country: UAE

Awards: Cannes Lions 2004 Press No-Prize

Account Supervisor: Rupen Desai

Advertiser Supervisor: Anil Gopalan

Photographer: Tejal Patni

Entrant Company: LOWE & PARTNERS DUBAI

Creative Team: Nirmal Diwadkar,Manoj Ammanath,Adham Obeid

 

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Agency: Jung von Matt/Donau

Source: http://www.jvm.de/www/index_flash_de.php

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Source: http://www.coloribus.com/paedia/search/?q=Attraction+effect

Now the bottom line is…

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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.

4 thoughts on “Dubai Lynx 2013 – Episode 1 starring Shahir of Team Y&R”

  1. Many thanks for the effort. We would like to see more of this including all entries. Some are also alike.

    Kind regards.

  2. Ok, I have to strongly disagree about this one. The Harvey Nichols campaign depicts a group of pelicans about to battle for a fish. It’s a metaphor for “sale fight” and is in line with their main concept. The other examples are different. The coffee is so good it attracted all the spoons.
    Different concept and execution.

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