— THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE

VOLVO CROSS COUNTRY TRAVELS.

So over at the (recently discovered) Design Chapel blog, North Kingdom founder Robert Lindström gives us a detailed breakdown of their new work (in collaboration with Forsman & Bodenfors) for Volvo. Volvo Cross Country Travels is a multi platform experience that brings to life 25 of the most spectacular adventures in Scandinavia.

To be honest, Robert’s detailed breakdown on his own blog does a far superior job than I ever could of explaining the reasoning behind each creative decision. I want to focus on what a fully realised, and excellent project this is. Every single touchpoint; the awesomely well executed website, (which acts in it’s own right as the best tourist guide to Scandinavia you’ll find on the web), which works seemlessly across tablet and mobile platforms, to the films shot for each experience, are flawlessly executed.

The sense of an adventure is enhanced by the smaller touches of integration through the experience. The badges (see below) are cute touch that work across your digital prescence, e.g checking into Foursquare, and integrated into Google Maps as well as being real world objects, collectable in the same way that scout badges were for us as kids. It’s a little thing, that makes a huge difference to the overall effect.

This is always what you imagine a Volvo car should be doing, even though it’ll spend most of it’s time ferrying the kids to and from school and that’s some pretty powerful brand association. This project also shows (obviously you might say) the value of attention to detail in cross platform delivery and is another excellent example of a maturation of interactive experiences in 2011.

Kudos to all involved.

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  1. […] year has been punctuated by many excellent projects. From Volvo Cross Country Travels (Which I blogged about last month), to the extensively chronicled ’Three Dreams Of Black’ project with Google Creative […]

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