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June 21, 2008
Iconic Britain looks pretty flat

To fight back Google Image Search dominance in image search on the Web, Msn has launched in the UK "Iconic Britain". The website encourages visitors to upload images that better portrait UK culture, architecture and tradition. Users are also (and more importantly) invited to search the Web and look for the images that best fit into the concept.


I have contrasting feelings about this campaign. I think the Iconic Britain concept, althought it isn't very new, could have been an interesting starting point for promoting the Live Search feature. Unfortunately it looks like MSN took a quite creative idea and developed it with the flattest look & feel and interface possible. To me this website even works negatively for the MSN brand not intentionally (of course) communicating to the users MSN isn't a cool brand at all. What do you think? Am I too critic with this campaign?

Comments on this entry

No, you're not being too critical. It's as dull as ditchwater.

Posted by: Ian Thomas at June 22, 2008 08:05 AM


I really think that its a shame MSN keeps shooting itself in the foot like this. I really love a lot of thier features many of thier programs have.

They should showcase thier work in a better light. Hopefully C+P will be able to pull them out of this rut.

Posted by: Ken Solano at June 24, 2008 04:59 AM


It looks dead boring - something my mum would whip up while baking scones.

Posted by: Gerry Marychurch at June 25, 2008 06:30 AM


Great site by the way. It's always the first one I go to for all things digital. I'm surprised you don't get more comments posted. Check out the Campaign Brief blog for the NZ advertising industry -that attracts lots of comments - most of them quite nasty.

Posted by: Gerry Marychurch at June 25, 2008 06:32 AM


That's the overall problem with MS - they take something good and make it flat, boring and corporate. They want to take risks but somewhere along the line someone says: Oh, that's not Microsoft - then the campaigns get watered down.

As Gerry says, his Mum could whip it up while baking scones. I do wonder what Gerry's Mum could do while she's rolling out pastry, though? :)

Posted by: purplesimon at June 25, 2008 03:35 PM


I think it looks great and the actual functionality of the voting and submitting works well too... It's a shame it is endorsed by MS, but something that is probably expensive needs paying by someone i suppose.

Posted by: Joe at June 26, 2008 11:52 AM


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