Microsoft Print, Outdoor, Ambient Shadow Poster, 1 by McCann London

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Industry Software & Multimedia Productions, SaaS
Media Print, Magazine & Newspaper, Outdoor, Billboard, Poster, Transportation & Vehicles, Ambient
Market United Kingdom
Agency McCann London
Chief Creative Officer Laurence Thomson, Robert Doubal
Creative Jim Nilsson, Jacob Bjordal
Released October 2018

Credits & Description

Client: Microsoft
Brand: Surface Pro 6
Agency: McCann London
Chief Creative Officers: Robert Doubal & Laurence Thomson
EMEA Creative Directors: Sanjiv Mistry & Jamie Mietz
Creatives: Jim Nilsson & Jacob Björdal
Chief Production Officer MWG: Sergio Lopez
Lead Executive Producer: Sophie Chapman-Andrews
Producer: Daniel Källberg
Business Director: Tom Adamson
Senior Account Director: Nicole Spaude
Senior Account Manager: Rohin Lalli & Robert Stockton
Account Manager: Sophie Grierson
Project Director: Clare Prager
Project Manager: Anna Curtis
Designers: Matthew Thomas, Joshua Smith & Angelika Juszczyk
Post-production: Ellis Faint, Adele Hodges, Paul Jenkinson & John Martin
Videographer: Ben Twiston-Davies
Photographer: Brian Hill
Published: October 2018
Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 6 became generally available to buy in the UK, marking the first time a Surface has been offered in a matte black finish, a colour palette designed to encourage creative flow. In an era when distractions abound, having the technology effectively fade into the background helps people focus only on what truly matters.
So fittingly, McCann London’s launch campaign for the Surface Pro 6 is “designed to disappear”. The unconventional poster campaign achieves this feat by existing only as shadows. The Shadow Posters mimic the format and layout of regular outdoor ads, but are an innovative twist on the medium, avoiding the loud, bright colours of normal out-of-home (OOH) advertising in favour of darkness, in line with the new colour and finish of the device itself.
The Shadow Posters steer clear of the marketing convention of showing off the new device. These posters show only the shape of the screen, because when you’re really concentrating on what you want to accomplish, and are in a state of flow, that’s the one thing you focus on. Everything else seems to blend into the background, creating a bold visual statement in shadow.
Jamie Mietz, EMEA Creative Director at McCann London, said: “Normally, posters are meant to distract you, but for a product that’s about focus and not being distracted, we took a new approach to outdoor. These Shadow Posters are a reinvention of the poster format, an OOH campaign that blends into its surroundings. Its impact comes from being low-impact.”
Gillian Binks, Surface Category Lead at Microsoft, said: “At Microsoft, we’re designing devices that we want people to be proud of. The aim of Surface is to become the essence of your creativity, to help you get into your flow and to be clear of all distractions.
“These Shadow Posters look to communicate that by putting people’s creativity and focus at the heart of the device, allowing the technology to become an essential part of their natural flow thus allowing everything else to disappear.”