Campaign Annual 2007: Top 10 Press ads, Friday, 14 December 2007 12:00AM


Seemingly from out of nowhere, Publicis came through with a long-copy ad that may well pick up quite a few awards next year. Promoting the comeback of the Wispa chocolate bar, this is a warm-hearted and playful look back at the 80s.

Agency: Publicis

Writer: Alex Ball

Art director: Andy Johns


There are three rugby-based ads in this list, but that's testament to the amount of quality work that flowed during the Rugby World Cup. As Jonny Wilkinson kicked England into the final, the tabloids looked at him with almost Messianic reverence, which this ad picked up on.

Agency: TBWA\London

Writers: Danny Brooke-Taylor, Michael Burke

Art directors: Danny Brooke-Taylor, Michael Burke


England's unexpected run to the Rugby World Cup final only added to the amount of creative juice flowing from an excited adland. This ad, out before the tournament, caught the defiant attitude of the team.

Agency: Wieden & Kennedy

Writers: Shay Reading, Stuart Harkness

Art directors: Guy Featherstone, Chris Groom


The first departure proper from the classic white on red generated a mixed response, but the breadth and insight of the campaign started winning over the public and industry alike. The work refreshed a timeless piece of thinking without undermining the original.

Agency: Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

Writer: Mark Fairbanks

Art director: Paul Cohen


Jumping on a comment made by the former Chelsea manager Jose Mourhino about the freshness of Waitrose eggs, the agency got this out a day later, showing the rapid reactive nature of press advertising.

Agency: Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw

Writer: Simon Robinson

Art director: Phil Keevill


VCCP was ultra-quick getting this out a day after England trounced the French on their turf.

Agency: VCCP

Writer: Scott Maddox

Art director: Scott Maddox


These ads used bold long copy, backed by haunting images of troubled children, to make the point that Barnardo's will carry on helping children when no-one else will.

Agency: Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Writers: Nick Gill, Mark Reddy

Art directors: Nick Gill, Mark Reddy


Using a classic poster technique of a strong image with minimal copy, this work shows a disabled person who will be taking part in the Special Olympics with the line: "Mark was born with a serious ability."

Agency: JWT

Writer: Ryan Lawson

Art director: Andy Smith


This was an intelligent, and mouthwatering, way to highlight not only where John Lewis' food court is located, but also the types of food that are available to purchase there. Thanks to the sumptuous photography, there was little need for copy.

Agency: Lowe London

Writer: Patrick McClelland

Art director: Simon Morris

10. ITV, 'QUEEN'

ITV used M&C Saatchi to produce a stack of press ads as the perfect way to promote a selection of its new programmes. This execution, supporting Helen Mirren's Oscar win for her part in the ITV-produced drama The Queen, was by far the best of a strong bunch. Its audacious use of white space still manages to be interesting despite being, well, white space.

Agency: M&C Saatchi

Writers: David Anderson, Ian Brassett

Art directors: David Anderson, Ian Brassett.

This article was first published on


You must log in to use Clip & Save

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Additional Information

Campaign Jobs