I See A Different You are a trio working out Soweto, helping to define the modern aesthetic of South Africa. Their work straddles the line between fashion photography and documentary photography, showing their subjects (very often the three guys from I See A Different You) wearing cutting edge fashion in unexpected or even undesirable places.
This mixing of the desirable and the undesirable brings something entirely unique and quintessentially South African to the table. Twins, Justice and Innocent Mukheli and Vuyo Mpantsha, the three men who make up I See A Different You, are without a doubt some of the most interesting young South African photographers and art directors working today and if their current fame is anything to go by, this is not the last we will hear from them.
We suggest you get acquainted with them now, before they get so famous your mom tells you about them.
To see up to date pics, take a look at their website here.
Check out an interview with I See A Different You below, from their recent visit to Paris.
Check out this video too, from their talk at TEDxSoweto in 2012.
All pictures © I See A Different You, sourced from their website.
Who doesn’t like a good selfie? It’s something we’ve all become so used to these days, with the onslaught of social media, and despite the collective eye-rolling that happens when you have that one friend who won’t stop posting them, they’re somewhat of a visual meme. We recognise them immediately.
This thinking was used to great effect by Lowe Cape Town for their recent campaign for The Cape Times (which won a silver award at Cannes 2013). They took iconic images, which we all know and have seen hundreds of times, and doctored them so they would look like the subjects of the images were taking selfies.
The copy reads: Every story feels like a first hand account. What better way to show the in-depth and quality reporting of the Cape Times?
A great campaign, with a great concept that deserves all the awards it has received so far – this shows the power of a strong idea, which is campaignable and just as great with each execution you see.
When Fiat partnered with Abarth to create a performance model of their cute little 500 model, they needed an ad that would show the exhilaration of driving a car ‘made of pure muscle’.
Much like the TFG Gift Cards by Am I Collective, this ad shows that going the extra mile and doing something the ‘right’ way pays off. This image could easily have been manipulated and photoshopped, but instead, the art directors decided that they should use body paint and real people. The outcome, as you can see, is more than worth it. Check out the ‘making of’ video below.
Besides, no one likes people who take short cuts.
If you haven’t seen the whimsical, content-driven campaign which won the coveted Cannes Integrated Grand Prix for 2013, now is a good time to get acquainted.
This three-minute video from the Melbourne Metro hits all the right spots that make a compelling modern advertising campaign. It’s cute, the illustration is great, the subject matter is quirky and unexpected, and it’s all set to a catchy tune. It’s funny and most importantly – it has huge pass-along value. This is the sort of video you share with your friends, because it’s just so funny. Regardless of whether you live in Melbourne or not (Melbourne has about 4.5 million residents and the video has been watched 55 million times), there is something for you here, because the message is universal.
In terms of character design, this piece is flawless. Each character has the minimum amount of illustration needed and yet is instantly relatable – the mark of great character design. It’s hard not to snigger when you see these poor things die in the silliest of ways.
In fact, Dumb Ways To Die was so popular that it managed to get its own page on Know Your Meme, the online encyclopedia of Internet culture. You can check that page out here. It’s amazing to see how, when an advertising campaign is compelling and exciting, people will take it on and remix it, add their own spin and continue stoking the fires to keep it going. Gone are the days when ads were simply shown on TV and people had to sit through them. These days, people want to get involved, to remix and reinterpret. The trick is, how do you create something so interesting and exciting that people will overlook the fact that it’s an ad and actually get involved with it?
So, without further ado – Dumb Ways To Die!
Dove have carved out a great positioning for themselves, standing for ‘Real Beauty’, which encompasses all body shapes and body types. They are telling women that if they side with Dove, they can feel beautiful no matter what – a message which is somewhat at odds with mainstream beauty messages, where thin is best and thinner is even better.
Dove took it one step further this year, with the video below, which went on to win the Titanium award at Cannes this year. The Titanium award is given to the best campaign ‘for good’ which is entered. This powerful film, which may or may not leave you reaching for the tissues, looks at the way we think of ourselves and see ourselves and shows how hard we can be when we describe ourselves. For a beauty brand that preaches inclusiveness and acceptance, this is perfect. There can’t be a better way to encourage people to really love your brand.
This is a good example too, of how a relatively small branded activation (drawing a relatively small number of women) can be amplified innumerably by turning it into content. The video below has been watched 55 million times and counting – it’s a great idea and it’s a great film.
This campaign extends into print executions too (although many, if not all, of these came before the Real Beauty Sketches), where Dove asks pertinent questions about the subjects, encouraging the viewer to really think about not only their own feelings towards women in advertising but also about how advertising represents women.
If you can make your brand stand for something, and you can allow people to be part of a movement by engaging or collaborating with you, then you’re moving way past making mere advertising. The question is, what movement or cause can you align with your brand that people can get behind.
When you think of cloud-based file-sharing services, you probably think of a lot of blue logos and websites. Dropbox, Google Drive – they’re all friendly and blue and kind of a bit ‘samey’.
This is why YouSendIt (formerly green, formerly using a paper aeroplane as their logo) decided they needed a rebrand – something that would last them a long time, and something that would represent all their new products and services. Let’s be honest – cloud storage is now available wherever you look. You only need to sneeze in the right direction and you get a few extra GB.
This new design is fresh, minimalist and functional. It’s not trying to be overly friendly or warm – it’s a serious design for a serious product and more than anything, it adds gravitas and trust to the brand. YouSendIt was great, in its time, but the time for Hightail is now.
Check out the video below, explaining their thinking and how they plan to improve in the future.