“Reviving the colours of the nation” is a campaign for Persil Color that DDB Beirut conceptualised, as Lebanon was witnessing a fresh breath on the political arena that was felt like a new beginning, specially following the reconciliation chapter of Doha and the election of a new president for Lebanon, which ended a political deadlock that lasted nearly two years. Persil campaign reflected the nation’s strong comeback with its vibrant colours and the Lebanese flag portrayed in a linen closet. Built upon Persil Colour’s unique selling proposition, “Give life to your colours,” DDB went on with that concept, which mirrors an emotional patriotic message, while it highlights the functional benefit of the brand --of newness & cleaness.
“Take a flower, a white flower, from Exotica. Turn it upside down, add a spoonful of glamour, a few acres of well trimmed grass, a hint of blue sky, the more fantasies you can get, the promise of a new beginning... and you’ll get the perfect flavour for your wedding....”
“Do you remember when Blue was the colour of the sky and Orange the colour of a tasty fruit? Unfortunately, colours have become highly explosive in Lebanon and each is a code for a political party, a flag for potential troubles. "After the terrible events that happened in Beirut in May of this year, adds Boustany "we were deeply depressed...Then came the Doha agreement and the end of the sit-in in Beirut’s Downtown; we all hoped for a new beginning... At the agency, we all felt that we shouldn’t lose the momentum and do something immediately to trigger a positive atmosphere in our country. We thought, maybe if we marry them all, through their colours, then maybe, it will help. So, we married them according to tradition. After that, it’s very difficult to divorce!” - Omar Boustany Credits Associate Creative Director: Omar Boustany Senior Art Director: Manal Naji Copywriter: Rana Najjar Junior Art Director: Joumana Ibrahim
Memac Ogilvy, Dubai for MBC 4 & MBC Action Copywriter: Charlie Harris Art Director: Ramzi Moutran Designer: Leonardo Borges Executive Creative Director: Till Hohmann Account director: Nabil Moutran: Account manager: Firat Atkas Client: Andrew Maskall, (Marketing Manager MBC)
Russian Dolls for Exotica outdoor ad by Leo Burnett, Lebanon; It's the earliest reminder in Lebanon of Mother's day (March 21st). Thanks Exotica!! Could have forgotten!! But will this ad make us buy mommy's flowers from your place? I guess, it's more corporate!! as in EXOTICA too doesn't forget moms'... Russian dolls are maybe overused items in visual communication, however the treatment, concept, approach, execution, you name it, is different than all the déja-vu poupées russes... (N'est-ce pas Asfahani???--guess ur d expert & now more than ever!!! Since ur dream finally came true--OOOF, at last---& now a round of applause to AS-- ur finally part of the Idiotic Alienated Association- Q8 Chapter 0).
"Wireless by definition. Connected by patriotism" reads the headline of mtc touch ad by Saatchi & Saatchi Beirut. The bodycopy is as perfect. "Everyone has something to say" is the telecom's slogan adopted in Lebanon and made up by Saatchi. It's a punchline that conveys a bloody load of meaning, so appropriate to Lebanon's socio-politico climate that it manages to make mtc totally rooted in the country's culture; whereas, we all know that it's a Kuwaiti-based provider that went global Big time. In Kuwait, its slogan used to be "WE HEAR YOU"; a bit cliché to say the least... Present in 22 countries, Zain (formerly mtc) is bidding today to try to gain the acquisition of the Lebanese cellular provider. If it wins, [even if doesn't] mtc will disappear soon; nonetheless, everyone will always have something to say; and hopefully Zain will prevail and confirm that indeed, there is no "Wonderful World" without our freedom of speech. You can view more of mtc ads--soon to become vintage-- by clicking on mtc tag or visiting ArabAd archive blog- You can also check the wonderful possibilities a flag can do when graphic designers toy with it....
IKEA ad by Horizon FCB Kuwait CD: Joe Ghazal The funny thing here is that the load of ads where an object is used to replace a letter has been endless. And honestly, we are fed up of such execution... We are gathering a bunch of such to just try to say it out LOUD, STOP THAT CLICHES!! Talking about Clichés, the best is on the way.. Louai SALAM!!;) 'FESHELLAK KHELA'AK' somehow... As for copycat ads, won't be too long, before many of you out there are going to start digging down the hole to hide themselves of shame and big tim eembarassement... Just a little patience...