|Brand||AUSTRALIAN ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION|
|Product / Service||SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY|
|Category||B02. Promotional Item Design|
|Entrant||Y&R Brisbane, AUSTRALIA|
|Idea Creation||Y&R Brisbane, AUSTRALIA|
|Production||Y&R Brisbane, AUSTRALIA|
|Andrew Thompson||Y&R Brisbane||Executive Creative Director|
|Miguel Gadea||Y&R Brisbane||Art Director/Designer|
|Lloyd Budd||Y&R Brisbane||Designer|
|Michelle Short||Y&R Brisbane||Production Director|
|Sarah Ferrier||Y&R Brisbane||Broadcast and Content Producer|
|Fiona Caird||Y&R Brisbane||Group Account Director|
|Antonia Vann||Y&R Brisbane||Account Director|
We created SafelyBackpacks, a school backpack that featured the speed limit around schools. Whenever kids were on their way to and from school, the Safely Backpacks provided a powerful reminder to slow down.
The SafelyBackpacks were designed to use as much of the styling as road signs as possible. We kept the speed sign a bold red and white, and then tailored the rest of the backpack to be a calming blue. The initial run of bags were designed for Junior School so we based their size on kids in those grades.
We launched the schoolbags as kids were returning to school from their holidays - a time when many drivers tend to forget that the kids are back at school. Focusing on one local school, we created social posts that could be shared by relevant community groups and supporters. The idea took off in hours, with great positive comments being made online. Local media also picked up on the initiative. Based on the volume of orders, over 100,000 Backpacks are expected to hit the streets when kids return to school at the beginning of 2018.
The Australian Road Safety Foundation are a trusted authority in the local community. They have strong contacts throughout schools and community groups so we felt it was important to harness these connections for our program. We targeted parents of young kids as we knew they would be the most receptive to helping us spread the message. We supplied one local school with backpacks for all of their Junior classes, and then used social channels to amplify the idea.