Dave Trotts excellent Blog discussed the visual impact of press ads once the copy was ignored (in his case by glancing at it upside down).
Often when viewed in a foreign language the effect can be the same – most marked for me in Japanese. The Japanese also have a healthy obsession with applied technology to help the ads stand out in a saturated market.
The above subway ad for Lancome takes this to another level in the medium of electric paper or e-paper. The product USP is a vibrating applicator brush. The e-paper reflects light like ordinary paper and is capable of holding text and images indefinitely without drawing electricity, while allowing the image to be changed later, so the paper can be written and rewritten repeatedly. The effect is essentially a paper poster hanging from the ceiling of a subway train in which the image changes.
The USP communication is clear and precise with a highly relevant, interesting and motivating use of a specialist medium.
E-paper is most often seem in electronics where it is replacing LCD’s (e.g. Amazon’s Kindle), the only drawback is that it only appears in monochrome display e.g. black on white.
But a moving paper poster even in B&W is another step towards securing the attention of the ever elusive consumer.