Apple is promoting the AirPods product line with “Stroll,” a 60-second black and white commercial set in Mexico City. Freestyle dancer Lil Buck, wearing white dancing shoes, has his gravitation limitations released when he connects to his iPhone 7’s music using his wireless AirPods. Marian Hill’s track “Down” becomes the soundtrack for a gravity-defying interaction with walls, shop windows, cars and the pavement. Lil Buck is using the gangsta walking dance style developed in Memphis, his home city, otherwise known as jookin’, choppin’, and buckin’. A shorter commercial provides a visual interpretation of the same track “Down”, using white quarter notes to outline the key elements of the piano accompaniment.
Adidas has released the most recent Y-3 Future of Sports Fashion film, promoting the Adidas Y-3 Spring/Summer 2017 collection. The film traverses a futuristic dystopia where the protagonists, Louie and Zlata, find themselves on the wrong side of an authoritarian regime. This world is derived from the unique features and innate details that make up the S/S17 collection. From the artistic underground to the corridors of power, the film is a compelling investigation of political hierarchies. It questions the viability of privacy in a world of state-sponsored surveillance while revealing the shifting interplay between consciousness and memory. Strength, power, protection, creativity, and function struggle to co-exist in this disjointed world.
Johan & Nyström, a coffee roastery in Sweden, has commissioned a package design series for their speciality coffee, a coffee line launched to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary in 2014. A set of box designs, each with a distinct coloured seal, represents the countries of origin for Johan & Nystrom coffee beans. Handwriting presents the place of origin and the farm from which the cherries and beans have been carefully selected. The name is written by hand on each seal by the roaster. On the sides of all the boxes are the names of all 147 people who have worked at and with Johan & Nyström since the company began in 2004, and therefore contributed to all the company’s knowledge and coffee expertise. The text also includes the brand history and philosophy. Packages featured include Kainamui Lot 141 from Kenya, Gigisa Lot 5 from Ethiopia, La Sierra Mixteca from Mexico, La Esperanza from Nicaragua.
Mercedes-Benz France is promoting the Mercedes Me services with “La Rencontre”, (The Encounter), a commercial featuring a group of children fascinated by their neighbour’s new Mercedes E Class wagon and its remote autopilot feature. First one, then two, four, five, nine, children gather on their bicycles to watch the Mercedes driver arrive home. Music used in the commercial evokes the mood of science fiction and fantasy movies such as E.T. and television series such as Stranger Things.
The Irish Cancer Society has launched ‘Get Cancer’, a daring and provocative new campaign, online at getcancer.ie. The campaign features a host of real life cancer survivors who state that they want to get cancer, through research, through volunteering, through funding. Opening with the arresting tagline, ‘I Want to Get Cancer’, the campaign is designed to stop people in their tracks and force them to acknowledge the disease that will affect one in two of us in our lifetime by 2020. Whilst ‘Get Cancer’ doesn’t shy away from hard and important facts, it delivers the message with optimism and strength. More people are surviving cancer than ever before thanks to improved research and development; in fact, one in four cancers are preventable. Following a number of individuals – a researcher, a young man, a daughter, a couple, and a middle-aged man – the campaign celebrates their frank and defiant discussion about the disease and highlights the support systems offered by the Irish Cancer Society, as well as the steps that can be taken to reduce the chances of developing the disease.