Filed under: Advertising & Branding | Tags: Branding, Customer service, Interactive, User Generated Content
Sorry for the prolonged absence, folks–busy times! Here’s some food for thought from John Winsor of Victors & Spoils (thanks, Blair!) about rethinking our modes of customer interaction to make them more relevant, welcoming, and illuminating. Key takeaway? Make it make sense. Force-fitting customers (and audiences) into a mold or dismissing them altogether is not the way.
Filed under: Advertising & Branding | Tags: Branding, Cause Marketing, Consumer Packaged Goods, Interactive, Media Arts, Out of Home/Ambient
JWT for Kit Kat is on fire–but this time it’s Auckland, not Tokyo. In their latest, passersby in local parks are invited to take a break twice over–that is, break up a poster to take a break. The confectioner placed wooden posters at park entrances and in public spaces–posters that could be popped apart and assembled into the perfect bench for a (snack) break. (And it’s got to be intentional that the mode of assembly so closely parallels the way you would snap apart a Kit Kat bar–it’s too good not to be.) The poster is not only interactive–it’s useful–and it does a kindness while connecting simple pleasures with the “break” line Kit Kat’s been using for years.
In the spirit of useful interactive posters, here’s one of my all-time favorites, from the Salvation Army, which posted blankets emblazoned with the words “Support the homeless this winter. If you’re cold or know of someone who is, please take this poster” in areas of need. Not only did these ads get the word out and even provide much-needed comfort to the homeless that began using them for warmth, but when the blankets were thus displayed, on the backs of those in need, the message became all the more starkly powerful. The absolute opposite of urban spam.
Filed under: Art & Design | Tags: Art, Consumer Packaged Goods, Culture, Installation, Interactive, Media Arts, Out of Home/Ambient
He’s done it all around the world–Amsterdam, Berlin, Quito, Tel Aviv, to name just a few cities–but artist Jan Vormann just brought his Lego patchwork installations stateside. Showing that Legos–and grassroots urban beautification–are for all ages, Vormann was joined by a volunteer team aged 3 to 40 that helped him renovate cracked and pitted buildings across New York City. The project was done as a part of the VOLTA art show, and took citizens’ initiative and immediate action to address buildings in need of repair–literally, unsightly “gaps in the urban landscape”–by applying playful patches of color that both highlight the problem and help fix it. (Incidentally, these Lego installations are conceptually similar to Pete Dungey’s British pothole gardens, which simultaneously draw attention to the problem of poorly-kept roads while providing a cheery quick-fix with the addition of flowerbeds to the roads’ many blemishes.)
Vormann’s installation goes along so well with Lego’s past “Build it,” “Rebuild it,” and “Build Together” campaigns it’s uncanny–you almost wish it were a branded installation, but ultimately it’s even better that it isn’t; it’s indicative of the cultural inroads Lego has made that it would be independently seized upon with such enthusiasm and for such on-brand purposes.
Filed under: Advertising & Branding | Tags: Branding, Interactive, Media Arts, Out of Home/Ambient, TV
One of the most memorable episodes of Man vs Wild had to be the one where Bear Grylls gutted a dead camel in the desert and climbed inside its cavernous carcass to protect himself from dust storms–you know, like you do when you’re in the desert and have a dead camel to spare.
Now, as a promotion for its new season, Man vs Wild is letting people take a tour of this unusual desert residence. In a stunt in Sydney, Australia, the Discovery Channel, which airs the show, placed a life-sized replica of the camel carcass on a street, touting it “open for inspection.” The stunt invited passersby to hop in for the “open house,” which was also advertised on a local real estate rental website. Billed as a snooty rental property (Camelot–punny excellence), the camel carcass lets people get a taste of Bear’s desert digs and engage playfully with the outlandish adventures the show regularly features.
Watch Bear Grylls’s original feat here. Not for the super-squeamish, but awesome nonetheless… just as nuts and vaguely unnecessary-seeming as everything he does, but worth watching in spite of/because of it:
Thought this was pretty cool–in a project by the Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design, a team created a radio that looks like an iron, which is interesting in and of itself. But what’s more interesting is the way this cognitively dissonant sort of object challenges our notion of what an object is and does, and how we interact with it. The radio’s controls are in the knobs and buttons of the iron–but also on the iron’s metal surface, usually a surface we instinctively are uneasy touching, even when an iron is off–meaning that to control the radio, we have to do the counterintuitive, we have to overcome the way we think about and interact with the object in its usual context and learn a new way to conceive of the object.
Read all about it at PSFK, and watch a demo below:
Filed under: Advertising & Branding | Tags: Branding, Consumer Packaged Goods, Eco-friendly, Interactive, Media Arts, Out of Home/Ambient, Publishing, Retail, Technology
I love a good 3D billboard, and this one’s pretty good. In a new billboard in Times Square, Best Buy demonstrates recycling as it promotes its free electronics recycling program. With a message composed of woebegone electronic castoffs, it cleverly draws attention and communicates its message instantly, both visually and verbally. See a closeup below, along with a couple of my other favorite 3D billboards (and one interactive!):