Awareness is everything.

It may seem like a long time since we heard anything about #TheDress, last week’s viral sensation.

But a charity has turned interest in the Blue & Black or White & Gold social media conversation into a powerful message about domestic violence.

This picture was tweeted by the Salvation Army in South Africa, which said one in six women are victims of abuse.


I think it’s an outstanding use of social media to drive campaign message brilliantly and it was quickly conceived and executed. Sure the dress was “so last week”, but can’t we have it both ways? Can’t someone be clever and still make a difference in someone’s mind? Can’t someone turn #TheDress debate into something meaningful?

The stats on this campaign state 1 in 6 women suffer abuse. That’s enough for a campaign to end violence, don’t you think? Piggy back off of anything that will give the cause attention. Keep the momentum going, bring your issue to the forefront of people’s minds when the opportunities present itself. Ride on viral trends and aid discussion of issues which would otherwise get swept under the rug.

Sure, it could be better. We’re encouraged to ‘see’ the bruising, but no information is given about how to actually help women living with Domestic Violence. The campaign doesn’t link with any direct benefit to women’s organisations, refuges, services for women experiencing DV. But so many people have seen (and spoken) about this ad that even if only a quarter of them donated, I’d still consider it a success.

Is it the perfect way to campaign around an effort? Probably not. Viral is fleeting. Smart marketers don’t always chase viral. But there is a time and a place and I think the Salvation Army of South Africa did a good job at leveraging a meme that worked.

What do you think? A powerful advert or a bad idea?

– Atekka xo


Make Your Mark

As I mentioned in a earlier post, I’m working on a competition brief by D&AD. In response to the Make Your Mark brief, I’ve decided to create a two-minute self-promo video. The theme is Hard Work and Curiosity, two main features that form me as a person. I wanted to express that it’s these vital features that are my secret recipe for success. 

Deadline day is looming.

I’m balancing other university modules, work and social life so it’s been a mad rush to complete all my work on time. I wrote a script, drew storyboards, researched potential locations and made countless changes. I’ve previously created film trailers and music videos for A-level Media Studies but this is the first time I’m creating a video in a short span of time.  As I’m a born and bred Mancunian, it’s important that the video was set in Manchester and shows the vibrant city off as one of my sources of inspiration.

After days of preparation, I went out today to do all my filming. But I underestimated just how stressful it would be. I had 50 boards and initially seven locations to visit, and it took us six hours to complete. We had some struggles such as camera functioning erratically, bad weather however it was an interesting and enjoyable experience. I’ve finished filming so all that’s left to do now is edit the footage into a video that’s Yellow Pencil worthy.


Hair-Raising Subway Ad

Here’s a brilliant outdoor ad which has made the rounds for the last few days. It’s a clever and innovative outdoor ad from Sweden to promote a new line of hair care products by Apotek Hjärtat, a pharmacy brand.

Ad agency Akestam Holst and production company Stopp used interactive digital posters which recognised when trains would arrive at the station, then showed a woman’s hair blowing all around, as though windswept by the train. The tagline is ‘Make Your Hair Come Alive’. It’s a simple yet smart concept. It’s fresh, uses the element of surprise and it’s executed in a non-intrusive way.

Nearly two years ago, I came up with a very similar conceptual idea for Batiste, a dry shampoo product. It was an interactive billboard which triggered when someone walked past, the woman’s hair would begin to blow.  When I pitched the idea to my tutors, they loved it. I was told it hadn’t been done before but the technology was available to make it happen. Check out the full campaign idea over on my Behance portfolio, my work was uploaded November 2012.

Batiste Bilboard

It was one of the first briefs that I worked on for my advertising design course, which explains the basic execution. But the idea is there. I’m pretty pumped up to see it done live. The Swedish ad is clever in that the ad is trigger by the train, not just a human that walks past it. The location is perfect for the idea and really brings the idea to life. I think it’s time for me to revisit my concept and improve the execution, at the least I know my ideas have the potential to be real-world worthy.



Manchester Digital: Talent Day 2014

On Wednesday 12th February, Manchester Digital Talent Day took place at Manchester Town Hall. Part of the Digital Skills Festival, Talent Day gives people looking for jobs in the digital, creative and marketing sector the opportunity to meet and chat with potential future employers.

The summit is organised by Manchester Digital – the independent association for digital business – with the support of Manchester City Council, the Manchester Metropolitan University, and in partnership with all four local universities and local colleges.

 So on Wednesday, I went down to Manchester Town Hall to take part in the biggest digital careers fair in the North. It was a great day and an insightful experience. I had the opportunity to speak and hand out my CV to a range of agencies such as BJL, McCann Manchester, Delineo and Access AdvertisingIt was awesome to meet like-minded people and receive valuable advice and guidance. Overall it made me evaluate what my career aims are and what department I would like to work in. Although my course has moulded me as an advertising creative, I have experience working as a content writer and I’m open to what role I can play. Check out my LinkedIn for further info about me.

The recruitment fair took place in Manchester Town Hall. It’s a truly beautiful building, especially in terms of architecture, history and character. The juxtaposition of light and dark is remarkable. I particularly loved the staircases! Here are a few mobile throw-away photos I took,

Atekka xo

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Promoting The Love of Words

For my Final Major Project (FMP), I’ve set my own brief that focuses on books, everything and anything related to do books.


Here is a section of the research proposal that I submitted last Friday for approval:

Design Brief

To investigate the issues surrounding public libraries and the increasing use of eBooks, and understand the reasons behind the decline of libraries and the role that technology has. Using copywriting, graphic design, social media and possibly photography, a new and creative campaign is to be developed to promote the use of a public library.  It should build awareness and be a combination of digital and traditional media.

I have always had an interest in reading since a young age and my local library is what inspired my love of words. Also an avid book-reader, I’m regularly asked on my opinion about the Books versus eBooks debate. This will give me the opportunity to promote something that is of personal significance to me and will be a talking point post-degree. It will combine my interests in books, technology and human behaviour.

This project will use the medium of copywriting, which will be an effective way to storytell in advertising. It will challenge the concept that “long copy is dead”. I believe that my specialist area is copywriting however my portfolio doesn’t document this so this project is an ideal opportunity for me to show off my hidden skills. My career aspiration is to be a copywriter so it’s a particularly important that my portfolio evidences this. Also by conducting an investigation, I will be able to show my research skills allowing for further opportunities to be identified. I believe this is an important issue and a worthwhile project.

Check out the research blog for this brief. Please join in with any observations or advice that could aid my discussion and the final outcome.