Jonathan Mak interview
Johnathon Mak Interview

What sells in China? The answer may be poised for a change.

Advertising on the mainland has traditionally been about volume: loud, busy, and overwhelming. (One study found that the average Shanghai resident is exposed to three times as many ads on a typical day as someone in Britain.) But when the global advertising business handed out awards last month at the annual Cannes Lions festival, one of the biggest prizes went to a surprising winner, the obscure twenty-year-old student artist from Hong Kong named Jonathan Mak Long.

He had designed a serene outdoor ad for Coca-Cola, and the path that led him to the stage in France was no less surprising: after Steve Jobs died, last October, Mak dreamed up a little tribute—an Apple symbol subtly embedded with Jobs’ silhouette—and the image went viral.

It caught the attention of Graham Fink, the chief creative officer at Ogilvy & Mather China, who then hired the student to come up with an ad for Coke in China. He did so—and the result was better than Fink or anyone possibly expected.

I asked Mak a few questions about what makes heads turn in China.

For the full article in The New Yorker please click here: http://nyr.kr/MYlPsG

Source: The New Yorker
Posted by: Evan Osnos

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