Ahead of this summer’s sporting spectacular, most would have assumed the Paralympics would play second fiddle to the Olympics. That they didn’t is down in no small part to Channel 4’s extraordinarily successful way of repositioning the Paralympics based around the Meet the Superhumans campaign. Billing the achievements of disabled athletes as something over and above their able-bodied counterparts, it captured the public’s imagination and seems to have irrevocably changed attitudes to disability in the UK.
Dan Brooke is Channel 4’s head of marketing and communications and we are delighted that he will join us at In Progress to outline how the channel came up with and implemented such a successful, important strategy. His background in advertising with brands like Coca Cola and American Express led to a career in television taking in significant launches for the likes of Paramount Comedy and E4, so Dan is well-placed to give a unique insight into how the different creative threads came together to form one of the defining campaigns of 2012.
The full programme and last few tickets for In Progress can be found here inprogress2012.eventbrite.com
In Progress is kindly supported by Lowdi the portable wireless speaker. Thanks also to the lovely folk at KeepCups and Icon Printing for throwing together some great goodies for all In Progress attendees.
- Illustrator Rob Flowers shares his treasure trove of books
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- Patrick Kyle uses analogue and digital techniques in these pared-back illustrations
- Audrey Weber’s eccentrically enlarged figurative illustrations
- Hanne Berkaak’s deeply moving and sensitive animation tackling self-harm
- The Smudge: Clay Hickson and Liana Jegers launch publication in reaction to US presidential result
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio