People for Smarter Cities

Company: IBM

Campaign: People for Smarter Cities

Agency: Ogilvy & Mather France

This sign has a curve to provide shelter from the rain

This sign has a curve to provide shelter from the rain

The curve in this provides seating space

The curve in this provides seating space

This campaign is innovative for a number of reasons. The first is that it caters to the customer first. This piece of advertising does not just scream at people walking by to pay attention (which is what it often feels like when you walk down the streets of New York everyday).  The campaign, much like IBM’s brand, seeks to help the consumer with their everyday needs and provide a service.

The other, more obvious piece of innovation is the piece itself. The minimalist design drives the idea of innovation, and how to create a solution to everyday problems through one simple alteration.

I’m sure I’ll see many ads in the next few months trying to think “off the wall” like this soon, but IBM will be the root of that movement in my mind. The number one takeaway is that the ad gives to the consumer before asking for any participation.

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5 thoughts on “People for Smarter Cities

  1. Ariane says:

    I like it. I think it’s (for lack of a better term), smart. It also gets IBM’s value proposition across, we want to give you something smart (and practical) so you can go on and do the same.

  2. gg AKA Aunt donna says:


    Google inbox update…

    Unless Google knows that I am a female and created this for just us girls it seems to me Google is implying that more females use Google than males??

    I loved the TED talk it really hit home in so many ways. AND the yogurt pic “GREAT”

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