If you're anything like us, you're wondering how Tom Selleck got involved in shot put coaching, why staying on your bike while waiting for the lights to change isn't an Olympic sport yet, whether the Sunday Star Times cover was a casualty of coincidence or something more sinister, and what happened to Charlie Brooker to make him think the Olympics are better than they looked on the tin. You might also be wondering how an event like the Olympics develops its visual identity. Luckily, Design Boom has detailed the whole massive process to come up with a cohesive look for the games—and the pretty bloody impressive results—here.
Who it's for: BNZ by Colenso BBDO and Finch
Why we like it: by putting $6 million of shredded cash on display, BNZ manages to give Kiwis a tangible look at how much money they are losing through their mortgage payments. The immediate impact of seeing a huge pile of destroyed cash struck a chord with the online community, resulting in a rapid response and vigorous debate on a varied range of topics.
Who it's for: Ecostore by Ahi Rands, Ecostore's in-house team and Jake Hocking
Why we like it: In early September a crudely crafted cartoon figure called Eco Man hopped onto YouTube and told the story behind Ecostore. And much like all great superheroes, Eco Man has returned for a sequel in which he explains the benefits of using plastic made from sugarcane. The conversational delivery when combined with the quirky animations make an important and somewhat complex message more accessible and gives consumers a reason to make an environmentally friendly choice.
Who it's for: Foodstuffs by Colenso BBDO and Finch
Why we like it: Foodstuffs shows that retail advertising isn't only limited to shouting about products in another slightly absurd ad that makes use of New World's partnership with NZ Netball. As a recent StopPress article pointed out, New World most certainly doesn't apply a drug-testing policy to its staff.