Ad of the Day: McDonald’s harnesses the power of LED in surprisingly subtle print campaign

McDonald's captures the twinkling lights of the a late night city

In a break away from its usual bright ‘n’ loud creative, McDonald’s has unveiled a series of posters that capture the strange beauty of LED lights softened through a lens.

The print campaign was shot by Helmut Stelzenberger and devised for the French market by TBWA\Paris to communicate the late opening hours of the fast food store. Glowing bulbs were photographed to form the fuzzy but distinguishable shapes of a Big Mac, ice cream Sundae and a portion of French Fries.

According to TBWA, it took 10 days to construct the light sculptures, using 1,000 LEDs, 80 metres of wire and 400 welds. The photoshoot itself took two days to complete.

The shots were inspired by the simple, artistic nature of the brand’s 2014 Picto campaign.

McDonald's: Open Late by TBWA\Paris

Added 15 September 2017
Agency: TBWA\Paris
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Katie Deighton is The Drum’s senior reporter - creative and video based in London. She produces, films, presents and edits the title’s editorial video output, including series such as On The Scene, Ad Breakers and Why I Left Advertising, and manages its coverage of the creative sector. She also reports on the intersection between politics and marketing, as well as the third sector and fashion.

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