HSL: Take a Spring Break From Driving

Helsinki is growing. And that's both a good and bad thing. Good for the economy. Bad for the car commute. Helsinki Region Transport wanted to target drivers for the first time and encourage them to start taking public transportation.

Drivers, who when polled, said they were too lazy to find where to get a transportation cards.

Instead of showing the benefit to public transportation, Helsinki Agency 358 chose to highlight the problems of driving instead. And then offer a bigger incentive.

For the duration of the "Take a Spring Break from Driving" campaign (which breaks today) everyone who signs up for the first time will get the HSL travel card delivered to their homes and two weeks travel-time for free.

Wow. Can we say "hand holding?"


Cursing Slaughterhouse: #★ϟ*! Posters for Kellohalli

Lets have the Finnish gais explain:

In the "meat-packing district" area of Helsinki, in an old slaughterhouse renamed Kellohalli opened as a restaurant. Kellohalli has a different approach to food. Food is seen as fuel, a stimulant, a topic. Food can be anything, even a way to express feelings.
The Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 wanted to highlight Kellohalli as one of its main events. We did four posters to communicate the essence of Kellohalli.

In other words, food is sex. Dirty. Messy. A mashup. Gross. And oh so yum. Yikes. Pork Chops. Chicken legs. Cucumbers. If your mind went dirty places at those words, you need to visit Kellohalli. Also: OMG YOU PERV. Call me.


Bloody Hammer. (Agency 358, Helsinki)

File under delightfully macabre. Finnish Agency 358 Helsinki created this poster for "Hush," along with a teaser: bloody hammers placed around Helsinki movie theaters.

My question is, why bother with the poster? You had me at bloody hammers.

Update: Agency 358 wasn't behind the poster, only the activation elements. It was in fact Scanbox Entertainment who did the poster.


Mugshot yourself: Police Reality TV App

Finnish agency 358 was tasked to promote the new season of Finland's version of Cops, called Poliisit.

They created a sort of Mugshot Yourself app on Facebook to make use of the show's fans. Thousands more flocked to become a "Usual Suspect," by downloading the app, and putting their face in a mugshot.

From January to February, the number of Facebook fans grew from 10,000 to 30,000.


Sibelius Academy: Visual Identity.

So check this out. Some people don't just hear music, but they see colors and geometric shapes as a visual aid. They call this neurological condition Synesthesia.

Two well known artists who suffered from it were Wassily Kandisnky and a Finnish composer named Jean Sibelius.

Agency 358 Helsinki was tasked with coming up with a visual identity for the Sibelius Academy. Since no one round the office had this condition (or LSD) they went with the next best option: Creating software that analyzed music according to pitch, timber, tempo etc, and transformed it into colors. It's kinda like they asked Sibelius himself to design the identity.


NYT battle - Real Life game - magazines motto is "right here, right now" and they wanted more eyballs on their website. Helsingin Sanomat responded by coming up with a battle concept, three teams lead by celebs had to complete tasks across the city of Helsinki in one day, and points given in the shape of like & shares on facebook were added to their score. Make a bus driver laugh. Breakdance in the central station. Freestyle rap to someone over 50. Collect five kisses from strangers. As the teams sped through their tasks, the clips generated brought the traffic to


NYT BATTLE - City tasks / Three teams / Let the games begin - 2012 -(Finland)

One day. 47 tasks. Play rock paper scissors with a celebrity. Make a bus driver smile. Get a piercing. Three teams threw themselves into Helsinki and made it better place to live.


HIV Foundation/AIDS Council Finland - Places - Woman, Man and butt - (2012)

Beware of the many people who have checked in before you. That's the thought McCann Helsinki shows with these images, where a woman's va-jay-jay, a mans trouser snake and even a mans ass are "place" where you can "check in". Lets face it, you know you're not the first.



Veikkaaja is the biggest Sports Magazine in Finland.
Every summer as football season starts, the sales dip.
Veikkaaja needed to boost both football and sales.

Finland is not a Great Football nation ,but a Great Nation of Sports Fans
It was time for the Football World Cup.
But again, Finland was not playing in the Final Tournament and Finnish Fans
were cheering for other nations as they would have been their own.

We gave birth to an imaginary entrepreneur and his company that sold Finnish Football Fans
who had no team of their own to cheer for.
People volunteered as fans and were promised a chance to get to South
Africa to cheer for their favourites.
Later on Veikkaaja claimed its role as a proud sponsor of the company.

Trade Union ERTO: Top Scorer
Trade Union ERTO: Until Death Do Us Apart

How much do you love your work?

ERTO differs from other trade unions by its individual services for people in different life situations. By these ads we targeted a) individuals having problems in combining career and family (Top Scorer) and b) individuals who don't want to tie themselves to one employer (Until Death Do Us Apart).