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Nike’s UNICEF interactive billboard makes each kilometer go farther

Nike Treadmill

Nike demonstrates that even in philanthropy, it stands for athletes. In an interactive billboard (by BBDO) publicizing a charity 10k run in Argentina, the athletics powerhouse invites passersby to have a run on a treadmill that logs a communal kilometer count. For each kilometer run, Nike donates a set amount to UNICEF, urging that “Training for the 10k doesn’t only help you. For each kilometer run, you will be helping UNICEF. Sign up at nikecorre.com.”

This installation is cool in that it is in both form and function an expression of generosity and community spirit: it empowers the individual personally in their pursuit of fitness and athleticism by giving them a place to train, and it also, in its very setup as a kilometer-by-kilometer sponsorship, gives them the tools to help others (with the help of those around them, of course) by logging a few km for kids in need. For a brand that has placed such an emphasis on grassroots community in the pursuit of sport, it’s an engaging execution that brings the best of the brand’s beliefs to the fore, but tastefully leverages them in service of a greater good.



Unique Los Angeles design show this weekend
December 3, 2009, 10:53 am
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Unique LA

Angelinos, listen up: this weekend (December 5 & 6, 11 am – 6 pm) at the California Market Center (110 E 9th), Unique Los Angeles is putting on its Holiday design & gift show, uniting over 300 independent designers and artists under one roof for the twee-est collection of craftiness (and some straight-up amazing art) you’ve seen in a while. I make it a point to go every time (they have shows twice a year—one in December, and one in May), and I invariably come away with great one-of-a-kind gifts, and plenty of creative inspiration to last me till the next show. From jewelry to furniture to fine art, you’ll find it at Unique Los Angeles.

This weekend’s show will also include over 50 eco-designers in the Green Room, as well as lounges, photobooths, cafes, and workshops—everything you need for an leisurely day browsing  affordable local design. Admission is $10, with part of the proceeds going to local non-profit 826LA. For event details and a preview of what the designers are offering this year, check out Unique Los Angeles.