The Most Beautifully Art-Directed Ads From The Last Five Years

Who needs copywriters? Seventeen ads.

1. American Psycho

One of the best pieces of art direction I’ve ever seen.
The ad is actually via New Zealand Channel 2.

ID: 902596

2. Greenpeace

These ads urging people to sign an online petition to save our seas won a Gold Lion at Cannes in 2009. That’s not Photoshop: the wonderful colored-pencil sculptures of underwater life are by South African artist Jennifer Maestre.
Second ad below.

ID: 902600

3. Greenpeace

ID: 902599


Wonderfully-illustrated posters promoting AIDS prevention via France won a Bronze Lion at Cannes in 2008. Second execution below.

ID: 902594


ID: 902595

6. Dills

Belgian print ads from 2007 for Dills digestive mints. That salmon Concorde is some phantastic Photoshop work. Not sure how well the campaign sells the product, but the ads are art. Meat Porsche below.

ID: 902598

7. Dills

ID: 902597

8. Kapiti

I don’t know what designer ice cream is, but I want to eat that pump. Campaign via New Zealand. Delicious handbag below.

ID: 902615

9. Kapiti

ID: 902614

10. Grass Roots

Very high marks for the art direction of this trippy ad for a Calgary hemp store.

ID: 902602

11. IKEA

The simple, aesthetically-pleasing art direction perfectly dramatizes a reason to buy shoe cabinets. Ads (2nd one below) are for the Istanbul, Turkey IKEA.

ID: 902612

12. IKEA

ID: 902611

13. Scrabble

Ideal print ads from 2008 for Scrabble, via Hungary. Ideal, because there’s not a word of copy and they make me want to play Scrabble. And I hate Scrabble. Second ad below.

ID: 902617

14. Scrabble

ID: 902618

15. Swedish Fish

Pleasing palette with these cute American Swedish Fish ads from 2008. Second one below.

ID: 902619

16. Swedish Fish

ID: 902620

17. Makati City fire station

A PSA from 2010 via the Makati City fire station in Manila, the Philippines. Gorgeous digital work.

ID: 902616

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