May 25, 2015

Sharper ideas

Hot on the heels of the One Show winners we now have D&AD pencil winners to admire. I’ve selected some of my favourites, ones that I haven’t shared here before…

Yellow pencil winners

Geico – Unskippable
The Martin Agency

Most pre-roll ads just beg to be skipped. But this one was designed to get the message across in a flash then make you want to watch the whole thing. They even created an extended version of one of the ads which I’m showing below. Can’t resist a naughty dog.

 

Issey Miyake – message
Tymote

Can’t find the full case video but this is a taste of a project developed in Japan with beautiful animated typography using Issey Miyake products so people could send customised messages.

 

White Pencil winners

Burger King – Proud Whopper
David the Agency Brazil

I love campaigns that piss people off. Especially ignorant bigots. It’s a super simple idea but really well executed. White Pencil winners are all about work for important causes. LGBT being the most fashionable one right now. Until Bruce Jenner makes us all sick of hearing about it.

 

Rainbow Laces
Lucky Generals

Another campaign supporting gay rights. It won’t change the mind of most morons but at least loads of brands get to show how politically correct they are…

 

Graphite Pencil

Luxottica – Penny the Pirate
Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney

Really smart idea to get young kids to have their eyes tested and to prey on the minds of paranoid parents.

 

Foxtel – Zombie Followers
Clemenger BBDO Sydney

I love anything to do with zombies so I had to choose this as my last selection. How to make maximum buzz with minimum bucks.

 

 

There were 5 Black Pencil winners. None I wanted to share here but check them out for yourself.

To me, D&AD is the ultimate award. Cannes has become ruled by scam. So congratulations to all this year’s pencil winners.

May 12, 2015

One and only

The award season is in full swing and it’s interesting to see what is winning festivals like ONE SHOW to get a glimpse of who will be grabbing the lions in just over a month. I’ve chosen a few of my favorite GOLD PENCIL winners which I think will definitely be picking up prizes at Cannes.

Interactive Gold Pencil

Under Armour – I will what I want
Droga 5

Let’s face it, Gisele Bundchen doesn’t need the money. So when you see her doing a campaign like this you know that it’s because she believes in it. I love the way she kicks ass while all the internet trolls try to bring her down. Really empowering stuff.

Interactive Gold Pencil

Honda – The Other Side
Wieden and Kennedy

Some projects are famous even before they hit the judges screens at award festivals. I remember this one doing the rounds and being amazed how seamless and brilliant it was. One button interaction! You can’t get more user-friendly than that. www.hondatheotherside.com

Direct Gold + Best of Discipline

Sol de Janiero – Tattoo Skin Cancer Check
Ogilvy Brasil

This is a really smart idea. Young sun lovers are never going to get a skin check so how can we bring it to them? OK, so how about all the people who don’t get tattoos? I guess they are not cool so don’t deserve to be saved 🙂

Mobile Gold Pencil

TeatreNeu – Pay per laugh
The Cyranos//McCann

I love the case video as much as I like the campaign itself. Maybe even more. But it’s interesting to see how broad the mobile category is now. This is a really smart idea especially for a country where the economy is bad and people want value for money.

UX/UI Gold Pencil

SNCF – The most serious game ever
TBWA Paris

Nice to see the UX/UI discipline being recognized because it can mean success or failure for any project. The challenge for the agency would have been to really get inside of the mind of this super-smart target audience. Not an easy task to do for most people working in advertising. Sorry.

Check out all the winners here and see which ones you think everyone will be talking about this year.