I'm currently taking a summer class with Roland Young at the Academy of Art University and I'm glad I signed up for it. I'm learning to look at ads from a different perspective where my ideas are becoming more conceptual rather than just decorative or something that only "looks good" without having a hard core base for it. We're assigned to create an ad for any product we choose. I chose Diamond matches and Dubble Bubble...
A book I stumbled upon while I was roaming stacks and stacks of books in my local library is Post Secret by Frank Warren. I had to take it home with me and go through the whole 275 pages of wonderful art on postcards done by anonymous mail senders. Here are a bunch of my favs I had to scan and post :)