This, towed behind an airplane off the coast of Cannes this week has caused a bit of a rumpus. Amusing chortling into mobile phones and posting online about what a cock-up.
Personally I think it is genius. No-one would have paid the blindest bit of attention to the banner in normal circumstances, but they have done something to make everybody take notice.
Isn't that exactly the point? Hats off to Grey who seem to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Tell me, does the site above look like Facebook? No it doesn't. But a couple of days ago, it rose to the top of the Google search rankings for the phrase "facebook login". As a result, all those people who use Google rather than type addresses into the address bar (quite a lot of people) ended up logging into ReadWriteWeb instead of Facebook, despite the fact that it is a completely different website that looks completely different and talks about completely different things, but happened to have a facebook logo in the blog post.
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All these people were completely defeated. Easy to laugh, and genius funny, but instructive, however these are the people who we design for. Next time someone talks about user centred design, remember these are the users.
Beautifully made mini-documentary both deconstructing magazine design, talking about adapting this to digital magazine design. Hearteningly, the page turn effect is comprehensively debunked.
"The concept aims to capture the essence of magazine reading, which people have been enjoying for decades: an engaging and unique reading experience in which high-quality writing and stunning imagery build up immersive stories."
So while I agree that distinctiveness is vital (the Trifecta of Ogilvy, Bernbach and Law cannot be disputed), it is not necessarily that case that total originality is required, simply rather that the majority of the people you are exposing the work to consider it to be different enough to warrant attention.a recombinant age, but as pedants the world over write, was it ever thus. John Webster was well know for taking inspiration from situations in the street, other art work or references in culture. Who cares? William Shakespeare nicked all sorts of things including the whole idea of a number of his stories, as well as passages, characters from the classics and contemporaries. They used to have a name for it, it was called the renaissance. It is worthwile noting that there has never been a successful court case for plagiarism in advertising in the UK, and that is because, contrary to popular belief, copyright does NOT extend to ideas. Copyright applies to a tangible work, not to the idea behind it, so if you use a similar idea, but execute it in a different way (ie. Not a direct remake), no copyright infringement exists.
Match report from Capt. Green - www.daredigital.com
Substitute Phil Wright sneaked a memorable victory over rival agency fallon
last night during a blustery friendly at Maida Vale.
Captain Green gambled when he replaced Rohit Mistry with Phil Wright at half-time with the scoreline locked at 0-0, yet it was this ploy that paid off in spectacular style as Wright scored with only 10 minutes remaining, putting away a brave header past a stranded fallon goalkeeper.
Roy’s experience helped
calm a busy midfield and assured an organised unit when times were tough.
The game had started competitively with fallon showing decent composure on the ball from the kick off. Dare occasionally regained possession but it soon became obvious that the game was to be won or lost physically as fallon constantly stifled our early attempts at possession.
Despite what was a period of dominance for fallon dare were just able to contain the best of their opportunities mainly thanks to some absolutely crucial tackles from both Kassam and Charlton, with Nadeem intervening.
A cruel wind would also cause havoc throughout the evening with the direction of the ball becoming increasingly unpredictable when launched over the top of both defences.
The half-time break came, the team re-grouped swiftly and calm was restored as the squad shared their concerns and advice with each other. Two changes were made with Suman making a straight swap for Dip upfront and the same with Rohit swapping for Phil Wright on the left-wing.
The game became more even in the second half with dare beginning to show signs of adjustment to the high standard fallon had set. Confidence and belief grew stronger yet chances were few and far between as the game gradually became a crunching midfield battle. Both teams still maintained some decent chances but none looking realistic to convert.
Then would come the decisive moment in the fallon defence where the goalkeeper struggled to claim a high ball. Phil Wright had risen bravely to challenge for the high ball and with Wright intimidating the stranded keeper, the ball connecting and bounced successfully into the net securing Phil’s first 11-a-side goal in dare colours.
Fallon's spirit was far from broken after the goal, with their forwards missing three decent chances late on from close range with 5 minutes remaining. Eventually the game came to an end after some desperate clearances in the dying moments.
Overall, a defear for Fallon was harsh after they played some great football. However, their efforts were not enough to defeat the spirit of the dare squad who quite literary wanted the game more and eventually forced the goal that made all the difference:
You are fallon. We are dare.
(old picture from the Glue testimonial game unfortunately)
8 - Nadeem Daniel
Despite struggling with his goal kicks Nadeem made a great return to the 11-a-side scene for dare and played what was his best game to date. Made a crucial low save in the 2nd half and helped the defence vocally throughout with their positioning and marking. A clean-sheet also being a dare first (I think?).
Struggled to settle in what was an unfamiliar position in the 1st half. Had a much better 2nd half wining some crucial headers and combined well with Lathwell and Wright to contain fallon’s attacks down the left.
Rarely put a foot wrong with only the occasional clearance going wide. Constantly won crucial headers and performed some marvellous lat-ditch tackles to prevent fallon all-night. Also did very to channel his aggression from what was a very relaxed referee.
7 – Captain Green
After battling the wind (and
With the wind against him more than most Kassam took some time to settle down in the 1st half with some wild clearances at times. However, he produced a stunning tackle to stop fallon from what was a simple close range finish and rescue dare during a crucial period. A strong performance 2nd half when faced against both a decent winger/full-back combination.
A good return to the scene from Lathwell. Help bring some calm to the centre of midfield and his physical presence was vital duing tough times in the midfield. Helped well all night down the left and combined successfully with Lexi on several occasions.
‘The engine’ - finally returned to dare fc after weeks of excuses and absences. Lexi was crucial - upping his game to cope with the onslaught fallon were causing in the middle. In the later stages Cherniavsky absorbed a lot of the pressure from the opposition and still managed to contribute well when dare pushed forward. A match winning performance only lacking a goal to top it off.
6 – Rohit Mistry < Phil Wright
Unfortunately Rohit only had limited time to make a mark in this game and he struggled to get much service in the first period making it difficult to judge his performance. Overall, Rohit has yet to bring his fantastic 5-a-side form to the 11-a-side game. Although he has the potential to be a great asset if he can work on his appetite for the tackle.
An experimental role for Fooks he seamed well suited for an opportunity on the wing after recent 5-a-side performances. However, Fooks struggled to get comfortable in the wide-role and looked a little behind the pace compared to his last outing against Glue in the middle. Had one good effort on goal and interchanged well at times, but has and can play a lot better.
8 – Roy Nayee
Provided a great range of passing and composure to the midfield, and covered very well in desperate times during the 1st half. Lost his discipline a little in the opening period but returned in the 2nd fully composed. Had a few efforts on goal but never really had a decent opportunity to finish comfortably.
Despite his obvious motivation for the game Suman struggled to get into his lone role against a tough defence. Service was limited and it soon became obvious he would need added support upfront to get his game going. Like Rohit, Suman excels in the close-range intimacy of the 5-a-side game but lacked the presence needed yesterday to trouble the fallon back line.
8 – Phil Wright > Rohit Mistry
Brave ‘Pip’ scored a massive goal and made a great difference in the 2nd half with his covering on the left-side. A greatly committed performance deservedly capped with a goal to finish.
8 – Dip Mistry >
Dip’s ability to hold and use the ball helped rescue the 2nd period for dare. From an early point he added a new dimension to our attempts at pushing fallon forward. A crucial injection of calm and composure.
Roy’s experience helped
calm a busy midfield and assured an organised unit when times were tough.
This is a brave and interesting idea, Skittles have replaced their entire corporate website with a series of links to various social media sites. The homepage is the twitter search page of everything that people are saying about the brand right at that very moment.
'Products' links to wikipedia, 'media' links to youtube and flickr. 'Friends' is the facebook page and 'contact' links to a contact form on their own site.
Interestingly, 'chatter' is the same as 'home' currently, suggesting that the twitter feed homepage is temporary. Perhaps this is a stunt to get twitter attention? Lord knows it's so hot right now.
A lot is currently being made of how people are hijacking the skittles twitter page to include profanities etc, but this is temporary, and if anyone from the skittles marketing team is reading this, you should tough it out as this approach will probably pay off for you in the long run.
The idea is quite extreme at the moment, but what is good about the
idea is that it is flexible. There are not massive production
implications of changing the flash panel and shifting a few links around. Probably in a week or so you will find a 'proper' homepage going over the top of the site, if only to link to the other environments.
Bravo to whoever sold this in, as it is going to be big.
I had a fantastic chat the other week with an ex-client of mine and the boys from we are social about whether or not Ryanair was a brilliant brand. Everyone said they are arseholes, and to be honest I do not disagree one bit. Instead, and perhaps controversially, I feel that being an arsehole is a fundamental part of their incredibly successful brand personality.
Everything they do or say is set up to give across the impression that they will do anything they can to save money. From the fact that they have the cheapest aircraft interiors, tackiest colours, the seats don't recline and they charge for luggage. Famously, if there is any problem with the flight, all the airline staff have been reported to disappear, leaving the abandoned passengers to work out what to do next.
In Dublin airport, they actually have a poster from a legal firm near the Ryanair desk explaining what your rights are, and giving you a number to call for more information and legal advice, presumably because there are so many customers who would have cause to use such a service.
All of these things make you think "these are some people who really care about how they can save a few quid".
Their brand attributes I guess could be summarised as canny, smart, cheap, money grubbing
This is an incredibly successful business model. Ryanair is one of the only airlines that actually turns a profit. I think the key to it is that people by and large are not introspective. They don't think that they will avail themselves of a five pound sandwich, or need to bring more than one piece of hand luggage. They laugh at the other chumps who fall foul of these rules, but they are smart, they won't be sucked in.
Yesterday they pulled a blinder. On the day they posted their first quarterly loss in recent memory, they made an announcement that they intended to charge £30 for any duty free that is not put inside the single item of hand baggage. This sent the Guardian readers in apoplexy. It was a good idea as it deflected attention from the business performance, and played again the familiar cheapness script.
Remember we ought to be, mentally at least, giving ourselves piles if we're trying to sell preparation H, and the readers of the Guardian are unlikely to be the heartland demographic that Michael O'Leary is trying to attract
This logo looks like it cost about £750 to put together. I am sure that is exactly the effect they are after. Also, if you look on Google images, you can see that the logo itself changes about once a fortnight. They are too cheap to even have any guidelines made up. If ever they get a new temp in to put the next ad campaign, they just do what they feel.
Customer experience: This is like the inside of a big dirty bus. I would not be surprised if there was chewing gum on the underside of every one of these seats. There is no way anyone is going to nick or crease one of their safety cards either:
For Chrissakes they even have calendar girls
Website: this screams at me that this is the airline equivalent of PoundStretcher. Every fibre of its being says cheapness, and this is very clever.
Michael O'Leary himself even plays his part. He is not a stupid man by any means and his japesterish tactics and unapologetic style ties in with the whole brand framework.
I would be curious to know if they had any help with any of this work or if they really did do it all themselves. I doubt any agency would includes something like this on its portfolio, but in my opinion you cannot deny it is successful. I wonder who worked on it because looking this cheap probably costs a lot of money.