30 Super Innovative Print Ad Campaigns

30 Super Innovative Print Ad Campaigns

Most advertising is thoroughly underwhelming. Open up any newspaper or magazine and you’ll find a real lack of inspiration with so many old ideas rehashed for a different audience or product. Truly creative, imaginative and inventive print ads do not come along that often, so when they do, they’re worth celebrating. Take a look at the 30 print ads below and you’ll be wowed by the totally original concepts and ideas they contain. This really is advertising at its very best.

Volvo

Volvo

In this ad, Volvo wanted to make the point that we spend as much time in our cars as we do in our living rooms. They couldn’t have done it much more clearly and succinctly than with this floor plan design.

Sony PlayStation

Playstation

‘Live in your world, play in ours’ is the slogan at the bottom of this terrific ad, which blurs the lines between reality and virtual reality. The ominous sky sets the tone.

Sky Movies

Sky Movies

Sometimes, advertisers have to take risks. While most like to capitalise on their ‘real estate’ on a page, others take a more minimalist route in an effort to attract our attention. Sky Movies, promoting the movie Red, from the Three Colours Trilogy, did just this.

RNIB

RNIB

Another inconspicuous advertising effort, this time for the Royal National Institute of the Blind. Using such a small, almost illegible font, draws us – momentarily at least – into a world of visual impairment.

NMA

NMA

A similar concept to the ad above, the slogan is purposefully difficult to read so that we strain to understand what’s going on. 51% of all men read their newspaper’s back to front, apparently.

Head and Shoulders

Head & Shoulders

Not sure whether or not the newspaper cutting in this ad is genuine, but who cares, the concept is so very clever. ‘Don’t get caught with dandruff’. Love it.

Utopolis

Utopolis

So many ads play on our dreams, creating unreal visions of a world we can only aspire to be a part of. Others, such as this print ad for Utopolis, bring us back down to earth with a bump and a giggle.

Monster.com

Monster.com

The ad above asks a simple question: ‘Are you in the wrong job?’ If you feel like a pink ballerina in a bag of plastic toy soldiers, its time you logged on to Monster.com. It’s a powerful image.

Fraich Frites

Fraich Frites

A hilarious ad that strikes a chord with us all. ‘Granny, we love your cooking, but please refrain from touching us!’ That look on the little girl’s face is priceless.

IKEA

IKEA

Successful on so many levels, this ad not only cleverly demonstrates that IKEA have started home delivery, but also manages to act as a showcase for some of the company’s furniture too.

Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo

Most zoos would feature a picture of a monkey to advertise Chimp Week, but not Wellington Zoo. They’re cleverer than that. They’ve realised that they can attract more attention through other animals in surreal, simian poses.

OMAX

OMAX

I’m quite sure that the technology behind OMAX’s wide-angled lenses is fascinating and that the pictures it produces are breathtaking, but many camera lens manufacturers play on these in their ads. A bit of humour can go a long way and this print ad is very funny indeed.

Nikon

Nikon

Another camera company with a comical approach to marketing. The S60 can detect up to 12 faces, even if the human eye cannot.

Pattex

Pattex

Simple, stark and striking, this superglue ad hits all the right buttons. No words are necessary. It’s eye-catching and perfectly shot.

Play-Doh

Play-Doh

Certainly an innovative approach ñ most kids’ toys ads steer well clear of dangerous household implements. This one’s aimed squarely at the parents, not the kids.

McCafe

McCafe

Everybody’s heard of McDonalds, but McCafe? The image of the burger-shaped coffee bean, however, allows us to instantly draw a connection between the two brands.

Subaru

Subaru

So powerful that it leaves the road in need of stitches! If that’s your idea of a great car, then this advert will most probably float your boat. It certainly does mine.

dig2go

Dig 2 go

Audio books are rarely seen as cutting edge, but this ad affords them a certain level of creative admiration. You’ll probably never see a pair of glasses like this again.

Nike

Nike

We often devalue female achievement in sport. We tend to think it falls so far below the standards set by male athletes that it’s worth little recognition. We couldn’t be more wrong. What better way to demonstrate the relatively minor differences than by using common, everyday objects as points of comparison. When it comes to the long jump, this difference is nothing more the length of a bus stop.

Arena

Arena

Arena swimwear affords you such power in the water that you’ll soon be chasing sharks, not the other way around. Of course, that’s not technically true, but it does make for a superb ad.

Loteria de la Provincia

Loteria de la Provincia

From Braga Menendez, an Argentinean ad agency, comes this example of top-draw inventive marketing. Fancy sleeping with four million big ones tucked under your mattress? It’s extremely uncomfortable, but who cares!

Volkswagen

Volkswagen

It just doesn’t get much more off-road than a big ol’ Billy goat, but how can you add an air of luxury to such an untamed, wild animal? Why, coiffure its hair into something befitting of a poodle, of course. Instant ‘luxury off-road’, just like the Taureg.

Samantha

Samantha

Sex sells. And while there’s a significant proportion of the population who are turned on by feet, the remainder of us just find them a little bit gross. What better way to grab people’s attention than to position a pair of heels in such a way that they resemble another, rather more attractive body part.

Heinz

Heinz

Heinz has a rich pedigree of tremendous print advertising. This straightforward, but iconic effort, in which a French fry is made to look like a smoking matchstick, is one of their best of all time.

Coca-Cola

Coca-cola Light

Coca-Cola is yet another household brand with a rich vein of advertising know-how running through each of its various marketing wings. Striking in its simplicity, this ad is a real work of art.

Aquafresh

Aquafresh

The somewhat sad looking subject of this Aquafresh advert is made funny thanks to a thoroughly original concept. It really gets the point across and hammers it home.

Brandt

Brandt

It’s a problem we all encounter – food in the fridge starts to taste like a hybrid of the various dishes surrounding it. How can you convey that message to an audience in a single image? Answer – like this.

Tide

Tide

‘Because stains love your clothes’ ñ it’s a powerful strapline, but not an easy one to encapsulate in an image. Tide has done an ingenious job of depicting it here.

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels cars aren’t just for kids. The first generation of Hot Wheels users are all grown up now and have other things on their minds besides toy shops and candyfloss, hence the somewhat sexual tone of this imaginative ad.

Keroze

Keroze

Last, but definitely not least, comes this ad for French marketing company, Kerozen. The slogan roughly translates as: ‘Hold on to your mice’. It says it all.

Tom is a writer and researcher who works with Cartridge Save, a leading supplier of printer cartridges to consumers and businesses in the UK.

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  2. DinD said on February 28, 2011

    A few more ads for my inspiration map. It also led me to explore some websites of these brands.

    It’s also nice to see some local ads like the one of the Wellington zoo. Wish we could see more of those.

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