The New York Times writes about AddArt, a Firefox plugin that replaces banners with art.
What a great idea, the ad-block plug-ins are extremely popular. I’m not an ad-blocker myself and I’m not sure why people block ads? To fight the corporate world, Adbuster style? Or just to block the different intrusive information on a webpage? I guess the last one. Art instead of ads can also be intrusive, although this could be a reason for me to install an ad-blocker/art-replacer.
I wonder how this would work in print? I would love a newspaper with art by young artist instead of advertisements. The question is, how much would you pay extra for a newspaper like this?
I once read in a book about information design that in WWII the American soldiers where supplied with ad-less newspapers from home. The reason was simple. Local ads are irrelevant if you are stuck in a forest in France. The soldiers complained about the ad-less newspapers, because the positive ads balanced the news, even when irrelevant.
The photo above is linked from the New York Times website and is taken by Joe Fornabaio. His photos are great, make sure to check his portfolio.
Via: Marco Raaphorst