Would you blindly trade your car for the newest model Porsche? A no-brainer, right? Well, apparently not, cause together with Achtung! Porsche turned it into a digital activation. Through a dedicated page you can submit your car to be traded in for the newest Porsche, without actually having seen it. That is, at first you don’t see it at all, and then slowly but surely all the details are revealed. Those of you who doubt the design skills of Porsche and still aren’t sure about the fairness of the trade, the auto manufacturer has built in a catch; the longer you wait, the less chance of winning. So, don’t wait too long. Oh, and yes, not unimportantly, the value of your trade-in and your motivation also count. Site built by Random and 3D by Renascent.
Mercedes Vitos are built for hard working men – yes, we’re sorry, you never see women drive a Mercedes Vito. According to Mercedes, especially the hardest working men deserve a discount. Hence this activation – “Heavy Labour Discount” – that determines your discount after having scanned your hand through your webcam. The more calluses, grooves, etc., the more discount – up to €9,000. Must be an ingenious piece of software that can measure those subtle things through a webcam. If your webcam works, of course – the app couldn’t find ours. Fortunately, we have manicured hands; we wouldn’t have gotten a discount anyway. Created by N=5 and built by MediaMonks.
This installation, at the famous fashion house Colette in Paris, was created by Random Studio to promote the new Nike Fuelband SE (according to Gizmodo the SE is merely an iteration and doesn’t offer much more than “a splash of color on the band”). The “RGB LED infinity tunnel,” showing colourful animated light patterns, was built in collaboration with lighting specialists Jurlights and production company L’Araignée. MadMapper was used as the software to output video directly onto the LED strips. This is not the first window installation Random makes for Nike. In 2013 they won Design Gold in Cannes (together with ,… Staat and Jurlights) for another Fuel Band installation at Selfridges in London.
Leo is a life-size avatar of Lionel Messi – created by Wieden+Kennedy for FIFA 14 – with which you can interact on a dedicated website. That is, if you have super fast internet and a powerful computer, cause at the AAB head offices (where we have pretty high computing standards) discovering Messi was a faltering affair – we could barely take a screenshot while our Macs were working hard to process the life-size data. No wonder, according to the press release Leo was built in Maya – by Amsterdam based Resn – from “hundreds of high-resolution photos of the real Messi and 3D scans, which were projection-mapped over 750 ‘bones’ to mimic and reflect human actions.” What’s more “through artificial intelligence LEO’s actions change based on how you treat him.” This sounds a little like Tamagotchi, but it’s probably more innovative than that. If you don’t get Leo to work properly on your desktop, you can also check him out on your mobile, through a custom-built HTML site. Though on mobile Leo doesn’t have the Tamagotchi skills, you can still check him out head-to-toe, cause the mobile site utilizes swipe, gyroscope and accelerometer, making for an intuitive exploration. In any case, the message that FIFA’s avatars are hyper realistic is out there.
When SSSS & Orchestra was looking for a digital manager, it more or less directly asked employees of the other agencies whether they were interested. By using these banners and the IP numbers of its competitors. They asked, is your MD around? When clicking ‘yes,’ the ad would change into a banner of one of SSSS’s clients, when clicking ‘no,’ it would change into a recruitment banner. Simple as that. The only reason why this might have not been successful, is that they put the ads on Adformatie.nl, which is clearly not the right umfeld for a digital strategist. Nice concept anyway. And in case you don’t hate casefilms, here’s the casefilm.
Quite a teaser this commercial made for the Ministry of Social Affairs that advertises a platform that tries to stimulate people to make more out of their working lives. The platform and its experiments have been developed together with the University of Amsterdam, which is actually why it might be a little too highbrow for the lethargic target it tries to motivate. But all in all it’s beautifully executed and a typical THEY concept; educational and well designed. The film was directed by Jeroen Annokkée (CZAR) and the site developed by MediaMonks.
Wow, we’re seriously jealous of this stuff for Hi, created by FHV BBDO and director Joris Dommels. Hi already was the most edgy brand in the world of mobile providers, but now it has gone one step further in promoting its 4G network. With all the freedom in the world (just like 4G) FHV came up with the hashtag #morecrap (“From The Web”) and used one of the stars from the Hi commercials to create and re-create a pile of internet crap – Vines (such as this French Fries player), Gifs, and other ‘raw’ material. The separate items were first seeded on platforms like Reddit (where one of the films became the second most popular GIF in no time) and 9GAG, and then compiled in ‘proper’ formats, such as banners and the commercial featured above this post (for cinema only). Finally, there’s even an online ‘TV’ format, created together with the Kings of crap, Dumpert. Here you can find all the content. The production was done by We Are Will and the post production by Circus Family.
Production agency MediaMonks won the majority of Dutch prizes at the Lovie Awards; 17. That’s quite a feat – though we have to add that the “People’s Lovies” (7 out of the 17 awards) are mostly about collecting votes among the crowd. On agency-level DDB & Tribal did best with 3 Gold, one Silver, and one Bronze. On project-level we very much liked KLM Space (DDB & Tribal / MediaMonks). We also liked The Big Internet Museum (TBWA / MediaMonks), about which we did a special piece - it won two awards, as well as two People’s Lovies. Here you can find the complete list of Amsterdam winners. And here you can find all winners with case-links. The relatively new Lovie show is in its third year now and celebrates, according to the website, “the most resonant and pertinent stories in Europe, those inside and outside of the prevailing trends.” That sounds pretty generic for an award show. But the event is actually quite focused – except for the shit load of categories. After all, it is named after Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first algorithm, and thus stands for technologically advanced concepts – so, basically, you could call it the European Webbies. In any case, congrats to all!
The Ambassadors have a ‘Playground’ program, which means creating stuff just for the fun of it. This film, dubbed Delfts Blauw (the distinctive blue pottery from Delft), is one of the results. When we asked Will Jeffers, part of the VFX team, what the pile of shards at the end means, he answered: “we wanted to leave that ambiguous. Perhaps the girl is unlucky in love. Or she is a real femme fatale.” Either way, we love it.
Crafty stuff, this website (in Dutch) – dubbed “The Big Interview” – for one of the biggest law firms in the Netherlands; Houthoff Buruma. It’s a virtual (static) world where you can prepare for a job interview at the “Big 7.” Each firm has its own building and by zooming in, you can discover how you compile a CV, dress smartly, act in an interview, etc. One thing we don’t really get is why Houthoff is doing this. First of all, if you educate students too much about interviews they might fake it into your firm. Secondly, these guys are helping their competitors as well – so the effect evens out. We know, it’s also about making the Houthoff brand more attractive. Then again, the only brand that really adds something to this site is Talent First, the recruiter that explains in a bunch of YouTube films how to prepare. So, strategically maybe a bit wobbly, but as a concept quite impressive. It comes from a collaboration between Ruby’s Glue, Taco Zuidema (art), Huib Maaskant (copy), and Maarten Versteege (artwork). The site was built “tablet-first” in HTML5 by Thispagecannotbefound.