Hinz & Kunzt Design & Branding Hinz & Kunzt: HANDCUT CARDBOARD POSTERS by J. Walter Thompson Frankfurt

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Industry Publishing, streaming & media, Magazines
Media Design & Branding
Market Germany
Agency J. Walter Thompson Frankfurt
Client Service Director Dirk Haase
Photographer Philipp Rathmer Photography
Illustrator Isabelle Göntgen
Released June 2011


Cannes Lions 2011
Design Lions Posters Bronze

Credits & Description

Type of Entry: Graphic Design & Design Crafts
Category: Posters
Advertiser/Client: HINZ & KUNZT
Product/Service: STREET MAGAZINE
Entrant Company: JWT GERMANY Hamburg, GERMANY
Design/Advertising Agency: JWT GERMANY Hamburg, GERMANY
2nd Design/Advertising Agency: CE+CO Hamburg, GERMANY
Concept/Copywriter: Michael Muck (JWT Germany)
Concept/Art Direction: Petra Sievers (JWT Germany)
Illustrator: Isabelle Göntgen (Isabelle Illustration)
Chief Communications Officer/Creative Director: Till Hohmann (JWT Germany)
Client Service Director: Dirk Haase (JWT Germany)
Project Manager: Cornelia Fleig (JWT Germany)
Art Direction: Regina Groffy (JWT Germany)
Graphic Design: Ainara del Valle Perez-Solero (JWT Germany)
Creative Director/Managing Director: Cedric Ebener (CE+Co)
Project Manager: Annika Jungclaus (CE+Co)
Project Manager: Kim Sattler (CE+Co)
Creative Producer: Benjamin Nadjib (CE+Co)
Photographer: Philipp Rathmer (Philipp Rathmer Photography)
Finaliser: Claudia Klein (Transmission Advertising Services)
Producer/Managing Director: Jörg von Malottky (Produktionsbüro Romey von Malottky)
Brief Explanation:
It was key to create something that would stand out amidst all the political campaigning in the city. As there was basically no budget, the campaign needed to create a lot of media attention in order to make the topic important in public debate. It was also key to win supporters to make the campaign happen in the first place. In the end the real goal was to help shift the election in a favorable direction: from the conservative to a more social government.
Describe the brief from the client:
Hinz&Kunzt streetmagazine had identified a big problem: in rich Hamburg, Germany, thousands of people are homeless and even more people cannot afford to rent anymore, while at the same time over 1.4 million square meters of flats and offices are left vacant on purpose. As city hall elections were coming up, this important topic and unbelievable imbalance needed to be made public in order to influence voting behaviour. The audience: 1.2 million residents of Hamburg eligible to vote.
Description of how you arrived at the final design:
A guerilla campaign was launched in order to directly mark hundreds of vacant buildings. The posters used corrugated cardboard in a special way: portraits of homeless people were cut into the top layer. Punchy headlines were added. This unique design was also used for floor posters (including a 300 m2 version) were placed in shopping areas to maximise reach and create media buzz. All materials included a call to action: vote against homelessness, discuss online, participate in our survey. In short: nontraditional media and unconventional design were used to create maximum awareness - and images that the press picked up.
Indication of how successful the outcome was in the market:
Prior to launch, the design idea, the topic and content of the campaign helped to gain more than 20 companies to contribute work and materials (printing, media space, etc). This was key in order to be able to produce a campaign that really reaches the whole city. Only 19,000EUR invested created an advertising value of nearly 300,000EUR - which equates to 22 million contacts in Hamburg! Over 3,000 campaign postings online, close to 1,000 active participants, more than 10 TV editorials and countless articles followed. In the end, the ruling conservative party lost and a new, more social mayor won!