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Helping the Homeless, with Advertising

Some young ad students, who you may remember from this QR code eulogy, wanted to do something to help the over 3,000 homeless people in San Francisco. But, like most students, they were broke. So they decided to employ the knowledge they learned in ad school as a tool to make a difference.

The group came up with creative signs, designed to attract attention and increase the likelihood people would give money, and handed them out to willing homeless men and women around San Francisco. These signs included slogans like “My start-up needs more investors,” “Invested in MySpace. Here I am,” and my favorite, “For every dollar you put, a Justin Bieber fan dies.” While some may question whether these signs make light of the difficulties of homelessness, people aren’t used to seeing humor employed in such a situation, and it may be just the thing to attract the attention of those who would normally ignore more traditional pleas for help. At any rate, it seems that the project was well-intentioned. It’s hard to say whether their efforts made a difference, although they make it seem like the signs helped in the above video. Let us know what you think of the project in the comments section. Credits after the jump.

Credits:

Copy Writers:

Jeff Oropeza

Pat Davis

Alok Mahadevia

 

Art Directors:

Chanty Tan

Yousuke Ozawa

 

 

 

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