The Creative Head of Pirana shares his favourite ads.
1) Wi-tribe’s ‘Horror film’
Let’s face it; with so much run-of-the-mill and voiceover-enriched advertising on TV, this commercial catches your attention instantly. An interesting horror storytelling, reasonable execution and a fascinating way to showcase the product benefit. It definitely catches your eye.
Agency: Synergy Advertising, Pakistan
This is my favourite conceptual packaging design. With plenty of research beforehand, the design intelligently showcases the rich heritage of the Mughal era, from where these biscuits have their roots. This is a perfect example of a copywriter and an art director working closely as a team, which should always be the case.
Agency: Spectrum Y&R, Pakistan
Star Sports’ India versus Pakistan
Wow! Loved it. Patriotic though I may be, this idea was spot-on. Targeted at an Indian audience, it picks on a sensitive topic for Pakistanis and a delight for the Indians. What I love about this was it can have a follow up campaign in the next World Cup based on the same messaging – replace the last scene and you are done.
Agency: Star Sports’ inhouse agency, India
MCB Home Remittance
Most home remittance communication is based on monuments. This one breaks the clutter and instead of showing buildings and monuments, it shows our local bus in a western setting with a caption that sums it all up.
Agency: The D’Hamidi Partnership, Pakistan
DIB Dubai Lounge Priority Banking
One of those situations where the copy is visual-driven, I asked my art director to ‘visualise’ the idea and let the caption come after. He cracked the visual based on the product offering. I saw the visual and the first caption that came to mind was the one above. What I loved about this was it came out brutally simple (kudos to the art director), and the visual and copy showcased the brand Dubai Lounge (somewhat) intelligently.
Agency: Pirana, Pakistan
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
A simple, unique and memorable idea that became a viral success. I think great advertising makes people act, move and think – and this is precisely what this campaign achieved.
UNICEF World Food Day
Brilliant visual idea! You don’t need copy to explain the idea, the visual does the talking. The execution is great and the message is delivered. Period.
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Switzerland
Hussain Shafiq is Creative Head, Pirana. email@example.com