Hermès spring/summer range comes to life in 4 stop motion videos celebrating “sport” in a way that only Hermès could do. The four films were directed by Simon Cahn who formerly worked with Spike Jones on a stop motion film. I really like the Hermés brand because it’s one of the few brands to show such a natural confidence and eccentricity. In addition to croquet & pétanque which might be expected, Hermès also features ping pong and leapfrog.
This video starts just like any of the previous end of year greeting videos from Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Lévy (he’s done one each year since 2010) . But there is one big difference, when you skip forward (which of course everyone does) there’s a surprise. He stops his speech and starts shuffling through his notes to find the part of the speech that you want to skip to. It’s just one of the many very human interpretations of the standard YouTube player functionality built into the 2013 greetings.
You can try out the video for yourself below :
My two favourite features are volume and quality. Changing the volume gives you 4 different options for the speech (shouting, normal, whisper or even Bob Dylan style on mute). Changing the quality of the video results in 6 or 7 hands coming onto camera to change the quality of the décor of Maurice Lévy’s office whilst he continues his speech.
If you pause the video, he keeps himself busy with a range of activities from dusting Cannes Lions, playing Pacman, watching the laughing baby video on YouTube to even recording a new message for Publicis Groupe.
This concept is dependant on people interacting and playing with the video. Without giving the game away, Maurice Lévy gives us a wink in the the very official corporate email to hint that it might not be as boring as it looks.
Kudos to the creative team that had the guts to pitch this idea to the boss of their boss of their boss with the insight that his videos were too long — and hats off to Maurice Lévy for taking on the challenge and not taking himself too seriously.
Agency : Digitas France
Play lucky cube with Maru. Smart idea from UNIQLO to get people talking about the launch of the new San Francisco store opening in October. I’m not sure which I love more… the incredibly simple but great idea to use a quirky online game to drive traffic to the new flagship store (prize collection is at the new store) — or the fact that they have partnered with a YouTUBE star (cat) called Maru.
Via our very own Bridget Jung (Chief Creative Officer at Digitas) comes this nice snapshot of the best winners from Cannes 2012. Enjoy
Following on from the post about turning objects into buttons I wanted to share a prototype that the guys here at my agency have built with Ayotle exploring how real interactions can trigger digital experiences.
Renault’s Twizy just launched a pretty trippy online driving experience. The idea of ’plugging into positive energy” kicked off this week with a site that lets you steer a Twizy through a pop-psychedelic roller coaster. Left and right movements with the car lets Guetta’s track «Alphabeat» zip through your headphones. Connect with Facebook and the scenery gets populated with your friends names. Read more…
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