Gee Whillickers!

Entertaining or edifying stories and musings on the marketing, branding, design, technology and pretty much anything else we can fit in.

Guitar

Posted December 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! Focus Rock Group The band Bon Jovi once created 30 test songs with professional songwriter Desmond Child. The …

Gasmask

Posted November 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! To Smell or Not to Smell? In the early 1900s, ad men were really aiming their guns at …

R.I.P.

Posted October 15, 2004, under Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Vocabularama

This Just In… Rigney Graphics Lunch Meat™ Is Served! Yes, folks. A beloved brand name is dead… and with a …

Rocket

Posted September 15, 2004, under Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Vocabularama

Gee Whillickers! Twinkle, Twinkle Little Ad? Enjoy the unadulterated beauty of star-studded night sky while you still can. Unless you’re …

Vote

Posted August 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Spokescritters! Uncle Sam It is thought that Uncle Sam originated in 1812 out of Troy, New York. Little is known …

Baseball

Posted July 15, 2004, under Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! Just Design It The NIKE® swoosh is one of the most recognizable corporate logos in the world, but …

Forbidden Fruit

Posted June 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! Lifting the Fig Leaf of the Starbucks Logo Some people have had heavily caffeinated thoughts about just what …

Meatburger

Posted May 15, 2004, under Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Spokescritters! Jack As a spokescritter, Jack began as an ornament on the fast food chain’s drive-thru speaker box until, in …

Hood Ornament

Posted April 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Gee Whillickers! A Play, a Monkey and a Backseat Driver David Merrick was arguably the greatest and most prolific American …

Fish Bowl

Posted March 15, 2004, under Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Gosh, That’s Handy! Color, Theoretically Speaking Part I What is color? Color is light. And light is a wave. Huh? …

1s and 0s

Posted February 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! Apple Logo In 1976, the original little-known and short-lived Apple logo was far from modern and wasn’t suited …

Airplane Food

Posted January 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Gee Whillickers! Logo Augmentation Ryanair, a European airline which handles 24 million passengers a year, has given its flying angel …

Soap with Style

Posted December 15, 2003, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Gee Whillickers! Experimental Pizza These listed items are actual products Ducio Cresci, an Italian television presenter, turned to the cosmetics …

Psychic 8 Ball

Posted November 5, 2003, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Spokescritters! Smokey Bear From the editors: Talk about paranormal! We selected Smokey for our Spokescritters feature well over a month …

The Stain

Posted October 15, 2003, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Gee Whillickers! Targeted Marketing The famed florist Max Schling once ran a brilliant ad in The New York Times: The …

Health Shake

Posted September 15, 2003, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Gee Whillickers! Politically Correct Plums One Senator who put her shoulder to the wheel of the renaming crusade explained that …

His Master’s Voice

Posted August 15, 2003, under Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy, Spokescritters, Vocabularama

Spokescritters! The Nipper Saga Nipper is one of the more sophisticated and beloved of advertising brand icons. In the United …

Electronic Mail

Posted July 15, 2003, under Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Vocabularama

Gee Whillickers! The First Text Smiley The smiley 🙂 and its many variants are making their punctuated way into the …

Sugar MeatOs

Posted June 15, 2003, under Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Vocabularama

Gee Whillickers! Explosive Cereal! Artwork from Kellogg’s first ad, placed in 1906, and an early package. W.K. Kellogg was a …

Orb of Goodness

Posted May 15, 2003, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! THE REAL CRIME OF ALL-CAPS SINCE THE ADVENT OF THE INTERNET, MANY ESSAYS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT GOOD …

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