45 Advertisements You Will Never Forget

By / Nov 30, 2009 / Inspiration

Advertisements are everywhere. Consumers have a need and advertisements direct the consumer to the company that has a solution for their need. For years, we have tried in vain to escape advertisements, but aggressive advertisement companies have stepped up their creativity. These days, instead of relying on the simple goodness of lemonade and children’s laughter, ads have taken a decidedly more provocative turn. Gone are the nostalgic days of skipping through wheat fields. These days, ads venture on the irreverent. They cater to your physical senses and bend your mind to what is possible. Here are some of the most insanely good advertisements of recent memory, broken down into ambient, billboards, commercials and print.


1. Skin Cancer Towel

2. WINZIP Compressed House

3. WPPED Cream Elevator Award

4. Neglected/ Invisible Children

5. McDonald’s Pole

6. Piano Stairs

7. Human Meat

8. Life Is Too Short for the Wrong Job

9. Kleenex Soap Dispenser

10. Elm Grove Police Department: Slower is Better

11. Unicef Land Mine

12. 2012. We Were Warned

13. Nikon D700: Papparazzi

14. Pantene Anti-Breakage Shampoo: Rapunzel

15. Swiss Skydive Elevator


1. Panasonic nose trimmer: Fatty

2. Nestle Billboard

3. Sign from God

4. Formula Toothcare Bite

5. Imodium AD Toliet Tissue

6. Allstate Auto Insurance

7. Zimbabwean Money Billboard

8. iPod and iTunes

9. Powerhouse Gym

10. Get Organized with Peter Walsh


1. Findus FraichíFrites: Granny Fries without the Granny

2. International Vegetarian Union: Vegetables Are All Your Body Needs

3. Bose Noise Reduction Headphones

4. Clorets: Fishy Breath

5. Gun Central Alliance, South Africa

6. The Joy of Pepsi

7. Utopolis: Reality Sucks

8. Fortis Bank: Plastic Surgery Loans

9. Target Dri Bots Nappies: No One Likes a Bed Wetter

10. McDonald’s Baby Ronald


1. Honda Cogs

2. Adidas/ FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003

3. Yellow Pages

4. Jack in the Box/ Meaty Cheesy Boys

5. BMW/ Theo Jensen

6. Apple Macintosh/ 1984

7. Dove/ Evolution

8. Heineken

9. Traveler’s Insurance/ Prized Posession

10. Vizzavi/ Pixar

About the Author

Jacqueline is an award winning writer for hire and brand authority. Find her on her website, and follow her updates on Twitter and Google +.


  1. Mark Kaigwa
    November 30, 2009

    Great collection, Jacqueline. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmarked with pleasure.

    Greetings from Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa :)

  2. Andrei
    November 30, 2009

    Astonishing collection. Indeed can’t be forgotten.

  3. Vitezslav Valka
    November 30, 2009

    Yes! This is awesome! I’m also having some ideas in my head for Pixmac so hopefully we’ll be in lists like this soon ;-)

  4. Shane
    November 30, 2009

    Really cool post, lots of powerful advertisements.


  5. Josha
    November 30, 2009

    A nice read, there are some very good entries.

    Thank you making this post.

  6. cucky
    November 30, 2009

    thats a great collection! thanks for sharing

  7. Tobbi
    November 30, 2009

    Cool collection.

  8. Anton Ranestam
    November 30, 2009

    Very cool collection, very funny ads!

  9. Jared Fitch
    November 30, 2009

    Nice collection.

    Reminds me of a campaign I did a couple years ago for a regional personal injury law firm.


    All the contact info was on the back window. The images were placed on both sides of the vehicle—the rest of the car was plain yellow.

    It got SO much response from the public. People telling the drivers at stop lights how they thought this girl was trying to get out, or that the door had come open, etc.

    Lots of calls into the office too.

    Fun stuff.

  10. NooT
    November 30, 2009

    Totally awesome. Very creative thinking.

    What’s the deal with clowns btw?
    The Baby Ronald ad is just creepy/anoying.
    Maybe it’s just me, but McD should really ditch the clown some day. Just stick with the cofee serving streetlights :)
    That was awesome.

  11. jacob
    December 1, 2009

    I’ve seen some of these before – thanks for the reminder!

  12. Lisa
    December 1, 2009

    Love it…….

  13. Greg Satell
    December 2, 2009

    Thanks for the great list. I’d like to also add the famous Sony Playstaion “Double Life” ad. It’s one of my all time favorites!


    – Greg

  14. Beau
    December 3, 2009

    Powerful ads by great companies.

  15. Graphic Design Blog
    December 4, 2009

    All these ads were fantabulous but McDonald’s one is the best. Here is another interesting collection you would surely enjoy

    “30 Typographic Print ads… Hard to ignore!!”


  16. Adam Hermsdorfer
    December 6, 2009

    Baby Ronald is one creepy baby! I remember seeing the Cream Elevator Award at the AAF Addy award show a couple of years ago.

  17. Mohammad Elsheimy
    December 13, 2009

    Really hot! thank you

  18. Css Awards gallery
    December 17, 2009

    Really nice collection , thanks

  19. misty
    December 22, 2009

    as in awesome!! i love it!!

  20. Jonathan
    January 4, 2010

    Excellent! Thanks! Awesome Collection!

    (I have to agree with NooT about McDonald’s clown. It is creepy, like Burger King’s King – now THAT’S creepy.)

  21. Firas Al-Khateeb
    January 11, 2010

    Great advertising that is artistic, funny, cute and grabs attention.


  22. Alt148
    January 29, 2010

    Nice collection!

    Just a small correction on nr. 5 BMW/Theo Jensen.

    The man telling his story is Theo Jansen, Dutch artist famous for his Stranbeesten (Beach Animals) See: http://www.strandbeest.com

  23. Emmanuel
    January 29, 2010

    Awesomely Wonderful post
    Thanx u so much from Mexico

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  25. Jesse
    March 21, 2010

    Awesome collection. Thx.

  26. Alex
    March 23, 2010

    Excellent! Its been ages since I actually scrolled the entire way through a chain of images. All fantastic. Fortis Bank, classic.

  27. Puzzle Glue
    April 10, 2010

    Great and unique collection. Some of them I alrady seen, but some of them are pretty new.

    – International Vegetarian Union: Vegetables Are All Your Body Needs
    – Clorets: Fishy Breath

    grrrrr.. :/ Don’t like these ads at all!

  28. Senguttuvan
    May 11, 2010

    Very nice Ads.. good thinking.. fine

  29. Arshad Cini
    June 3, 2010

    All are funny and meaningful but i like ”Life Is Too Short for the Wrong Job” ad so much

    Thanks Jacqueline:)

  30. rampics
    September 15, 2010

    nice…… creations starts from heres…….


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