Thursday Thinky: Age, Bias & Dyslexia
Biases, they’re everywhere. Some are obvious, some are hidden, but they’re all one way or another shaping our perceptions and decision making process. If you can recognize and spot them, however, they can be very powerful.
So this week, every campaign that we are sharing with you is exposing some form of bias. Whether it is towards ageism, against creativity, or by challenging people with dyslexia, discover how these brands, cities, or initiatives reframe conversations.
Tackling Big Issues
LOVE THIS. I wish the website itself was a little better, but this hits on some MAJOR cultural biases and is such a creative way to reframe the conversation. The work comes from an unlikely place, and it does require you to click the “what is this?” link on the main microsite in order to get to the actions they’re asking you to take, but it’s a beautiful nugget of an idea based on a super solid insight.
We would have loved to have seen this taken further–setting up a mock beauty counter at a department store and seeing how people actually react to the product. Sending physical “samples” to workplaces/HR leads with information about how to overcome ageism in their own companies. Getting a local celeb/influencer to create YouTube beauty videos about it.
Thinky Grade: A-
Michelob – Michelob’s Super Bowl spot launches “6 for 6” program to support organic farming (YouTube)
This, surprisingly, was one of the very few cause/purpose driven spots of the night. It’s an expansion of the Contract for Change program Michelob launched last year, in partnership with the CCOF Foundation, to provide technical assistance to farmers as they figure out how to transition to growing certified organic crops. So they clearly have the creds to support the more consumer facing part of their effort (and their 2025 sustainability goals) that they promoted in this spot: giving a portion of the sales of every 6-pack to help farmers transition 6 sq ft of their land to organic crops.
Thinky Grade: C+
Thinky Grade: N/A
Design can have such a profound impact on driving awareness of issues, and also helping to solve them. Design doesn’t just mean posters, ads, physical things, even though in this case the concept came to life through paper. It can mean experiences, products, solutions, innovations, etc.
We all have the ability to think about solving our clients’ problems from multiple perspectives: yes, how do we address their marketing challenges, but how do we also become partners in helping them solve the issues that are at the core of their mission–and by extension of that great work, address their marketing challenges in the process? If we think about design not just as a visual element of creative, but as a vehicle for communication and influence that can take infinite shapes and forms, how can that change the way we approach our work?
The only thing that could have been better is if they figured out a way to turn the actual food into paper pulp and used that for the report. Great job, though!
There’s so much more to talk about when it comes to effectiveness and measurement…but that’s a post for another day. Thanks for reading today’s Thinky. See you next week!
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