How Design | What Keeps You up at Night?

SCOPE

Help creative people see how the science in the product creates unlimited creative possibilities.

BRAND

Always at the vanguard of paper science, the team at International Paper (IP) are committed to creating products that foster creativity, giving designers the confidence to take risks and bring their ideas to life. IP wanted to highlight its products’ features, strengths, and flexibility, while showcasing the creativity its papers inspire. It challenged OTTO Brand Lab to creatively communicate their value in print and physical experiences for the HOW Design Conference.

POSITIONING

It challenged OTTO Brand Lab to creatively communicate their value in print and physical experiences for the HOW Design Conference.

Strategy

  • Brand Positioning

Design

  • Exhibit Design
  • Messaging

 

Activation

  • Advertising
  • Marketing
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To road test our claims we used the same paper and artwork to create all of the pieces, everything—from the digitally printed marketing materials, to the large format printing of the booth (inside and out.) As visitors walk through the exhibit and view the materials they can touch and see up close that Accent Paper provides the same high-quality results on any equipment at any size.

Otto - HOW Conference - What Keeps You Up At Night

The editor from HOW kicked off her social media coverage of the event by broadcasting from IP’s exhibit exclaiming “I could spend the whole week in here.”

Challenge

Always at the vanguard of paper science, the team at International Paper (IP) are committed to creating products that foster creativity, giving designers the confidence to take risks and bring their ideas to life. IP wanted to highlight their product’s features, strengths, and flexibility, while showcasing the creativity their papers inspire. They challenged OTTO Brand Lab to creatively communicate their value in print and physical experiences for the HOW Design Conference.

Strategy

Sometimes a simple change can have a big impact. Take the world of color, for instance. To create a dramatic experience for the HOW Conference, OTTO turned to a powerful theatrical technique. In the 1920s, a British theater technician named Adrian Samoiloff developed the use of a color phenomenon to create a special effect. It is known as the Samoiloff Effect—the red filter reduces the visible green and blue lights; the green filter reduces the visible blue and red lights; the blue filter reduces the visible red and green lights. By manipulating the color of lighting in conjunction with the color of the backdrops, the appearance of objects is radically transformed. A seemingly one-dimensional image suddenly transforms, revealing hidden images and elements.

In collaboration with illustrator Sean Mosher-Smith and dcc, we used the Samoiloff effect to create a suite of materials as well as an interactive experience. With lighting, we created an immersive environment that reveals hidden messages as the visitor travels through it. In the print marketing materials, we included colored lenses so the reader can explore the pieces and discover how IP not only understands designers’ worries and needs, but can help them overcome any obstacles that may have limited them in the past.

For the content of the design, we built upon the theme “What keeps you up at night?” — a theme that was sure to resonate with the conference’s audience of design professionals. From a design perspective, we highlighted designers’ worst creative fears. Then we combined their concerns with a focus on how International Paper’s investment in paper science obliterates the production worries of printing.

Outcome

By utilizing the colors red, green, and blue, we reveal different stories depending on the color lenses you are looking through or, in the case of the exhibit, the color of the lights that flood the tunnel. As the colors change, the experience transforms what you see, highlighting product strengths and designers’ fears through deep storytelling. Conceived as an experience to engage designers and showcase International Paper’s products, the exhibit became the heart of the conference.

The editor from HOW kicked off her social media coverage of the event by broadcasting from IP’s exhibit exclaiming “I could spend the whole week in here.” Designers lined up for materials. Neenah paper contacted us a week later to congratulate us on a fantastic job!

We wanted to compete on performance and, through it all, we never had to “advertise” that IP is also the best value in the market. We gave that slam dunk to the salespeople for their one-on-one interactions.