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Teddy Gun

Industry: Public interest & Non-profit
Media:Design & Branding
Market:United States
Style: Minimalism

The US government has long established a history of protecting its citizens from inherently, and even not inherently, dangerous products by instituting health and safety standards. Without this oversight, we all would be far more susceptible to injury and death. The majority of US citizens believe the gun industry faces high-level government oversight. However, even though guns are the most inherently dangerous consumer product, the manufacture of guns is not regulated in any significant way. By contrast, children’s teddy bears harm only a fraction of the number of people guns harm, but are required to meet far more health and safety standards. The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on handgun violence prevention and advocates for common sense gun laws at both state and federal government levels.

At the center of the campaign is Teddy Gun, an ironic symbol for the lack of common sense gun regulation. But more than a symbol, Teddy Gun is also an actual product. Its design needed to be provocative, memorable and simple enough to replicate across various channels.Our starting point was a teddy bear. In addition to looking like a teddy bear, Teddy Gun needed to retain the functionality of a gun. We worked with a 3D designer and a gun manufacturer to bring our vision to life. We considered every aspect of the Teddy Gun design—from the way someone would hold it, to where the trigger needed to go, to the rubber material required for the grip, to the perfect size, so the gun apparatus would seamlessly blend into the body of the teddy bear.

Teddy bear manufacturers are required to follow incredibly strict safety regulations—unless, of course, the teddy bear is a gun. Introducing Teddy Gun. Created to shine a light on the nonsensical lack of government oversight on the gun industry. Teddy Gun became a tragic, ironic, powerful symbol of the disproportionate lack of regulation that contributes to the senseless deaths of over 30,000 people per year. We used Teddy Gun to ignite a groundswell of outrage and political pressure for common sense gun laws.

Teddy Gun did what all the headlines and news coverage on the gun violence epidemic couldn’t: It stopped people in their tracks, moved them, and motivated them to take action—to put pressure on Congress for more common sense gun laws. Armed with over 135 million earned impressions from the Teddy Gun intro video, and a total earned media value of $2.62MM, ICHV achieved new levels of awareness and engagement. Due to this success, the Teddy Gun exhibit is touring and impacting communities beyond the launch. And now an ICHV-supported bill is gaining unprecedented momentum in the state legislature.

Every year the public is bombarded with thousands of stories about gun violence, and the debate about gun regulations, on their news streams. With so many stories, people had become numb, making it difficult for organizations like ICHV to make a significant impact. We needed a way to wake people up and pay attention. The striking visual of the Teddy Gun immediately drew people in to find out more.
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Other credit:Entrant Company: FCB CHICAGO, USA
Additional Company: HERO SOLUTIONS, Chicago, USA
Director Visual Effects Supervisor, Roman Mendez, Lord + Thomas
Executive Prodcuer, Content Integration, Lindsay Tyler, FCB Chicago
SVP, Executive Creative Producer, John Bleeden, FCB Chicago
VP, Executive Producer, Jared Stachowitz, Lord + Thomas
Lead Developer, John Skibicki, FCB Chicago
Associate Business Analyst, Derek Tucker, FCB Chicago
President, Virginia Devlin, Current Marketing
SVP, Creative Director, Ben Flaherty, Lord + Thomas
Assistant Account Executive, Mackenzie Woods, Current Marketing
Executive Producer, Katie Roach, Lord + Thomas
Senior Manager Digital Development, Michael Chesta, FCB Chicago
Senior Developer, Morgan Bates, FCB Chicago
Tech Lead, Erik Christianson, FCB Chicago
3D Artist, Eduardo Borges, Lauré Studio
Social Manager, Mike Norgard, FCB Chicago
Senior Project Manager, Mamo Arima, FCB Chicago
Executive Director, Colleen Daley, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
D&AD 2018
Graphite Pencil PR
Public Affairs Campaign
D&AD 2018
Wood Pencil Creativity for Good
Advertising & Marketing Communications /Not for Profit
D&AD 2018
Wood Pencil Media
Use of PR
The One Show 2018
Silver Pencil Direct Marketing
Craft / Art Direction - Single or Campaign
The One Show 2018
Silver Pencil Direct Marketing
Ambient Media / Experiential & Installations
The One Show 2018
Merit Cross-Platform
Experiential / Installations
The One Show 2018
Merit Cross-Platform
Integrated Branding
The One Show 2018
Merit Design
Branding / Brand Installations
The One Show 2018
Merit Direct Marketing
Guerrilla Marketing
The One Show 2018
Merit Print & Outdoor
Ambient Media (Indoor & Outdoor) / Experiential & Installations - Single
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017
Gold PR
Charities & Non-profit
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017
Silver Design
Promotional Item Design
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017
Silver Design
Sculptural Brand Installation & Experience
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017
Silver Design
Design Excellence in Effectiveness
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017
Silver Promo & Activation
Guerrilla Marketing & Stunts
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017
Bronze Outdoor
Use of Ambient Outdoor
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017
Shortlist Direct
Use of Ambient Media: Small Scale
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017
Shortlist Grand Prix for Good
Grand Prix For Good
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017
Shortlist Outdoor
Small Scale Special Solutions
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