MEET GRAHAM

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TitleMEET GRAHAM
ClientTRANSPORT ACCIDENT COMMISSION VICTORIA
Product / ServiceTRANSPORT ACCIDENT COMMISSION VICTORIA
CategoryB07. Use of Technology
EntrantCLEMENGER BBDO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Idea Creation CLEMENGER BBDO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
PR CLEMENGER BBDO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Production FLARE PRODUCTIONS BBDO Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Production 2 AIRBAG PRODUCTIONS Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Additional Company TRANSPORT ACCIDENT COMMISSION Geelong, AUSTRALIA

The Campaign

Meet Graham, the only person designed to survive on our roads. Part interactive sculpture, part educational tool and ultimately a catalyst for conversation, Graham shows us how humans would need to change to survive a car crash. Over several months a trauma surgeon and a road safety engineer collaborated with a world-renowned artist using decades of road safety data, medical research and creativity to deliver evolution underpinned by evidence. Their goal was to create a visceral, interactive experience with a simple, unavoidable message. If you don’t look like Graham then you need to slow down on our roads. During the process key weaknesses in the human body were identified and modified, each change told a new story, showing what happens to our bodies in common crash scenarios. We then needed to find a way to bring this to life for those experiencing Graham in person.

Creative Execution

People were introduced Graham via digital and real world experiences, with the interactive exhibition touring regional areas where people are 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash. It was however in the real world exhibition that the use of technology was key to maximize the experience. Visitors were able to use Tango, Google’s augmented reality spatial mapping technology to go beneath his skin and better understand his anatomy. This was the first time anywhere in the world that Tango had been used in this way. Each physiological change was a new source of information showing what happens to your body in a crash, creating a truly immersive experience. As Graham was adopted into school curriculums, this technology allowed visiting schools to truly explore him for themselves. The website then also served as a portal for educators to obtain lesson ideas in subjects spanning science, arts and civics.

Results

To date 287,282 people have visited Graham in the flesh, with an 86% increase in gallery visitation wherever Graham went. 1 in 6 people in regional areas saw the exhibition. Beyond the exhibit, Graham sparked a global road safety conversation. With over 10 million website visits in 5 days, 89% campaign message recall and 1.2 Billion global impressions in the first week. Graham has been adopted by the W.H.O. as the global face of road safety for 2017. An indication of the cultural impact of Graham comes from Google; search for ‘Graham’ and the first page of web results, and first 15 images, are all of the ‘Meet Graham’ campaign, achieved organically through user action ($0 on SEO). But the most important influence Graham has is on our future drivers, as he was integrated into school curriculums. To date over 2000 educational resources have been downloaded from the meetgraham.com.au website.

‘Meet Graham’ was a unique direct response campaign with behavior change at its heart. The Graham sculpture was the centre piece of it all with the touring exhibition reaching hundreds of thousands of Australians, with the web experience reaching millions more. It was created with the aim of bringing our Transport Accident Commission’s brand ambition to life, of creating a completely new way of talking to consumers about road safety, changing perception and behaviours. Graham provoked a visceral reaction from all who met him, and generated interaction and meaningful consumer participation to promote safer behavior on our roads.

People understand that car crashes are traumatic, but as soon as you try to explain concepts like ‘kinetic energy’ or ‘impact force’ their eyes glaze over. So we went back to something every single road user could identify with; the human form. Throughout the process, decades of road safety data and medical research was interpreted and filtered by our key contributors Trauma Surgeon Christian Kenfield, Road Safety Engineer Dr David Logan and TAC’s own road safety researchers. This data helped identify the key weaknesses in the human body, which were then visualized by our artist, Patricia Piccinni. We then found a way to use new mobile technology, Google’s ‘Tango’ spatial mapping tech, to allow people to not only experience the overall aesthetic of Graham but to dive beneath the skin and discover each physiological evolution.

Credits

Name Company Position
James McGrath Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Creative Chairman
Ant Keogh Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Chief Creative Officer
Stephen de Wolf Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Creative Director
Evan Roberts Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Creative Director
George McQueen Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Art Director
Tom McQueen Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Copywriter
Matt Pearce Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Senior Planner
Sonia von Bibra Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Agency - Executive Producer
Tom Marley Finish Post Productions Editor
Raphalea Lee Finish Post Productions Editor
Stevo Williams Flagstaff Studios Sound Designer/Engineer
Jess Ramsey Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Digital Designer
Byron Scullin Level Two Music Music Composer/Arranger
Adrian Lander Adrian Lander Photography Photographer
Sylvain Simao Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Senior Full Stack Developer
Nichola Patterson Clemenger BBDO Melbourne PR
Lee Simpson Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Managing Partner
Naomi Gorringe Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Group Account Director
Kate Joiner Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Project Director
Sam Cockfield Transport Accident Commission Victoria Senior Manager, Road Safety
Cherie McMahon Transport Accident Commission Victoria Project Manager
Samantha Buckis Transport Accident Commission Victoria Acting Manager, Road Safety
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