You always need some luck with a pitch. But you can’t just rely on luck, you have to go above and beyond. And that’s exactly what we tried and thankfully succeeded at. After an elaborate pitch, we were named lead agency of Eurojackpot. And we’re stoked!!!
Eurojackpot is a European lottery where you can win a Jackpot of anywhere between 10 to 90 million euros every Friday night for 2 euros per ticket. Eurojackpot is part of the Nederlandse Loterij, the brand behind the well-known Dutch lotteries like Staatsloterij, Lotto, Miljoenenspel, Krasloten, Lucky Day and Toto.
Arno de Jong, director Brand & Portfolio at the Nederlandse Loterij: “Eurojackpot has seen strong growth and can be considered our portfolio’s diamond in the rough. That’s why we want to progress with a somewhat rebellious approach. With SuperHeroes, we have full confidence that we’ll achieve this goal.”
Django Weisz Blanchetta, managing director at SuperHeroes Amsterdam: “We’re not only developing a smart innovative campaign. We’re all playing, of course. We’re going to win that jackpot ourselves.”
The new campaign is in full development. Look out for updates about our collaboration on our social channels!
We’re well into 2018, and it’s proving to be a year full of exciting changes! On top of our new Amsterdam hideout at Keizersgracht 585, we also have a slick new identity to roll out. Our beloved, old logo had a good nine-year run. It made a bold statement and looked good on swag, but as we grew and expanded, we wanted to make sure our logo did the same.
Introducing our new Superheroes identity: an evolution of the previous logo with some great fresh updates. We wanted to keep our bold and colorful style while optimizing it for display on a variety of platforms and scales. It needed to represent our core belief: saving the world from boring advertising. Not being boring means being quirky and entertaining, as well as colorful, bright, energetic and surprising.
The logo itself is made from custom letters. SuperHeroes designer Long Wu started by developing the “S” based off of golden ratio proportions. This defies the conventions of setting “N”, “H” and “O” first when designing the western alphabet. He consciously made this decision as superheroes often use the first letter of their name to represent themselves. Wu then took the geometric principles he created when developing the “S” and applied them to the other letters of the logo.
Color has always been a large part of the SuperHeroes DNA. Wu kept the red and blue from the old identity and expanded the palette with yellow and green to lend a “digital-era feeling.” The colors are chosen both for their contrast and their ability to harmoniously combine with each other.
We’ve also made sure to take our trusty ol’ Robin along with us (with a few tweaks of course). It’s kept its dynamic feeling of movement in a simplified, angular mask expression. Joy, humor, and optimism are core elements of SuperHeroes’ culture, so the bottom section of the new Robin is also meant to represent a large smile.
Speaking of office culture, when these elements are translated across the board, you can really see how the new identity comes to life from the wallpapers of our office and presentations to SuperHeroes swag.
Of course, identities, like people, evolve over time. We hope that with the dynamic design foundations laid down by Wu, our identity will never be boring. The infinite combinations of elements will allow our visual language to change and adapt as we do.
At SuperHeroes we’re on a mission: to save the world from boring advertising. And as our mission gets more traction throughout the world, we need more help.
We’re looking for a Super Junior Designer or a Junior Super Designer or a Designer Junior Super. As a designer, you don’t really mind the order of words, do you? At SuperHeroes, you’ll be working with our international team of designers and art directors to create finger licking visual work that makes our ideas pop from any screen.
SuperHeroes is an international, digitally native creative agency. We’ve got an awesome team of about 40 heroes – who span 12 nationalities – and an amazing international roster of clients (like Converse, MTV, ASUS, ING, and Coca-Cola). As an independent boutique agency, our creative business approach and innovative set of weapons are attracting a lot of attention. We’ve opened up a New York office and are looking closely at Asia as well. We’ve got no shortage of ambition and entrepreneurship and let creativity be leading in everything we do. Responsibilities • Within SuperHeroes, you will execute all forms of graphic design (for digital, video as well as print) • Your role is to add visual value to our creative campaigns • You will be able to develop your own signature by creating outstanding pieces of design • Together with the design department, you will safeguard our client’s visual identities Desired skills • Junior to mid-level designer • Love for innovation and non-traditional advertising and design • With an incredible eye for detail • And another eye that keeps looking at the ever-changing world of creativity and design • You obviously know how to speak and write in English • You know who Saul Bass and Wim Crouwel are. What we offer • You will get a full-time job • You will become a Superhero (isn’t that just awesome?) • You will work in our hideout in the heart of Amsterdam • You’ll even get a decent salary. Interested? Please send your portfolio and motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of March ‘18, or contact Django @ 31 (0)20 846 38 06. Let’s fly!
From NASA’s ‘space poop challenge’ to a backpack with propellers
By Niek Eijsbouts, Creative Director SuperHeroes Amsterdam
As humbling as it is to see Elon Musk and Steven Spielberg in attendance at SXSW, some of the true top innovators can be found in the venues and tiny rented houses on the remote perimeters of the festival. Here, and also in the little street of the Japanese, some of the festival’s most unexpected topics take center stage.
NASA’s poop challenge
In 2018, while Elon Musk was busy blasting his sports car into space, NASA still struggled to find a way to give its astronauts a proper toilet. NASA is the biggest Space Agency in the world that employs some of the brightest minds in space technology. They put the first man on the moon for goodness sakes! But for some reason, they couldn’t design a simple pair of astronaut underpants. Feeling a bit stuck, NASA decided to turn to the public for help and organized a competition with a grand prize of $30,000 for the person who could find the best solution. Of course, the internet went absolutely wild. From underpants with built-in toilet paper to pant legs with drain hoses, it seemed no idea was too crazy to be suggested. In no time at all, NASA had a solution and in the process, found a new way to crowdsource a wealth of knowledge and fresh ideas for new innovations. Think you have the answer to NASA’s next challenge? Competitions are always underway, so make your move on www.nasa.gov/solve.
We all know that drones are making a huge splash in the world of technology, but what you might not have seen, is that drones are also playing a role in collaborations between artists and technicians. Last month in Milan, Drones and Quadcopters made their Fashion Week debut on the runway carrying signature handbags for Dolce & Gabbana. Léa Pereyre, the world’s first ‘drone costume designer’, gave a special talk about drone fashion during SXSW. She began her work with drones when she was hired by Cirque du Soleil, where she was tasked with making the drones appear more friendly and less military. During the ‘humanization’ process, she worked with programmers and drone builders to create a beautifully choreographed drone ballet, showing that this technology can be not only useful but artistic as well.
Sushi Teleport Machine
How would you like to have fresh sushi made right in front of your eyes by a master sushi chef who’s actually all the way over in Japan? Well, with the first ever Sushi Teleport Machine, your wildest sushi dreams have come true! In this exhibit at SXSW, a chef in Japan artfully prepares several pieces of sushi, while a robot arm in Austin re-creates the identical dish, piece by piece. The only thing stopping us from digging in is a sign saying ‘do not eat’ posted above the arm while it works.
Another eye-catcher was the Lunavity backpack: a backpack with propellers above your head, allowing the user to achieve unimaginable vertical height when they jump. According to the creators, it can come in handy during basketball games or just be fun to wear at a crosswalk.
So why make astronaut-approved underwear, or drone fashion shows, or sushi teleportation, or a backpack that gives you a vertical even Michael Jordan himself would envy? Because innovations that push the limits of science and technology make technique human and fresh and exciting. By experimenting, these inventors get a huge platform which they can use to spread their message, grow their audience, and to hopefully change the world.
By Niek Eijsbouts, Creative Director SuperHeroes Amsterdam
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No matter where you go, get on a bus or a train and you’ll see the same universal thing; people with their faces buried in their mobile phones. At home, our tablets, laptops, tv, and mobile phone are on more often than not. We even wake up and go to bed with our screens next to our pillows. Essentially, we’re glued to our screens.
The good news is, this trend is projected to disappear! We’ll go from face down to chin up. Unconsciously, we are living more and more of our lives without the use of a screen. New screen-less technologies are giving way to experiences like using gesture-control in our cars to reduce distraction, liking a song on Spotify using only our headphones, and asking Siri about a recipe while elbow-deep in guacamole.
Let’s face it, we’ve wanted to talk to our computers from the very beginning. And now we want our computers to talk back to us even more. In this world of ‘audio killed the video star’, the fall of screens will give rise to the use of our voices instead.
Take Hollywood for example. Films like “A Space Odyssey,” (2001) Her or – my personal favorite -KITT from “Knight Rider”, voice-controlled and speech-enabled computers invoke fear in the audience but stir up feelings of hope at the same time. They literally speak to our imagination as humans.
The first voice-controlled computer, developed in 1961 by IBM, was called the ‘Shoebox.’ The Shoebox understood an impressive nine numbers and simple calculations. Adding and subtracting, that kind of stuff. Yet, nothing more than a listening calculator.
And now, 57 years later, Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana understand us 95% of the time, which is the bare minimum for a nearly infallible product the majority of people are comfortable with using. This year, Google even expects a 99% accuracy rate with the Google Assistant, “Hey, fam!”. They’ll all understand our slang and dialect soon enough.
For this Italian grandma, who went viral recently, it’s already accurate enough.
Brands will get an opinion
As advertising agencies, we think of how a brand is presented to the world. Currently, we create ideas predominantly for screens and provide brands with a face and a visual identity. With voice control, the stakes are raised, and we can now give brands a voice as well. This new level of thinking will add character and allow brands to join the conversation.
24/7 customer service
We all know the frustration of trying to reach customer service, only to find out that they are closed for the day or not available. SXSW predicts that soon these call centers will be taken over by a voice-controlled computer after office hours, cutting the time spent running around in circles or waiting on hold listening to that awful elevator music. Moreover, the brand will be represented by one voice and one character and present a clean-branded front. Long gone are the days of call center employees in a foul mood getting in the way.
Are your hands full, but you still want to submit your meter readings to your energy supplier? Forget about filling in small text fields. With voice-controlled websites, you’ll be done with just a few commands.
What we’re doing now in radio commercials can also be done through our devices. And even more focused, because we know the user. When you ask Siri when the storm will pass on a rainy day, you’ll hear an ad about KLM’s last-minute deals. This is only the beginning.
As a society, we are slowly transitioning towards being more open to AI and voice-controlled technology. Children growing up in the 21st century already think it’s completely normal to talk to devices, and they’ll expect brands to talk back in the future. I can’t wait until Dutch assistants become even smarter. Then, my three-year-old toddler can finally ask Alexa the existential questions of life. It’ll be a long, endless, and harmless conversation, well, just as long as it doesn’t end in unexpected purchases like these.