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Weʼre raising £5,000 to enlist three world class thinkers and three global ad agencies to execute an ad campaign on 36+ billboards for living well.

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Part of DesignMcr19

When a psychologist, sociologist and philosopher tell three ad agencies what we need to live well, the results are an ad campaign Selling Virtues.

In 1995 - while I was getting into MTV, television was being introduced to Fiji for the first time. Within just three years Fiji saw their very first reports of anorexia and bulimia. The natives had traditionally celebrated a fuller figure, but now were aiming for the physic of those in the hit TV series 'Beverly Hills 90210' as was exposed in the New York Times. It was then that I realised the negative impact of corporate visual messaging.

We’ll ask the greatest minds; who truly understand the deeper needs of human beings what we need to live well, in contrast to what advertising often tells us. Then, we’ll team them up with the powerful and talented advertising agencies to execute not one but three creative, fun and energetic print campaigns for some of the good stuff that we do need, on 36+ bus shelters and billboards across Greater Manchester.

The list below are thinkers and ad agencies agreed at point of publication.

The Thinkers

Psychologist - Oliver James (Author, broadcaster, columnist)

Sociologist - Anne Cronin (Author specialising in the impact of advertising)

Philosopher - Simon Critchley (New School for Social Research NY, author)

The Ad Agencies

Tiger Savage - World Leading female Creative Director (Lynx, Adidas, Vogue)

Creative Concern - Local Agency with an ethical bias (BBC, COOP, War on Want)

Havas Lynx - Global Healthcare Ad agency (Johnson & Johnson, General Electric)


To top it off we’ll host a panel conversation with all involved to explore the campaign and discuss the ethical line in advertising from design, psychological, sociological and philosophical perspectives.

Can or should brands and advertising sell virtues and work together for the common good or should that be left to the humanities?


The total needed for such an ambitious project is upwards of £24K. Applications are going out elsewhere, but, we need match funding to kick us off. If things go well we may increase the goal to include a publication celebrating the project with articles around the theme of commercial messaging.

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    • Anonymous


      Mar 22, 2019

      Love Micah’s work and this project will share important messages of goodness to the city


    • timothy royales

      timothy royales

      Mar 21, 2019

      Great idea. Looking forward to seeing the results 👍


    • Ellis Finch

      Ellis Finch

      Dec 21, 2018

      Good luck bro from your Secret Santa 🤟🏼


    • Anonymous


      Dec 15, 2018

      Great idea and good work, Adrian

    • Rachel Smith

      Rachel Smith

      Nov 20, 2018



    • Anonymous


      Nov 20, 2018

      Great idea! Looking forward to seeing the end result 😊


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    Micah Purnell

    Micah Purnell

    Manchester, UK

    Graphic designer, artist & thinker passionate about good design in public places that build our well-being. Purnell has been reclaiming advertising space for over 10 years on hoardings, poster sites and his own billboard in Manchester.

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