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 Dam said on August 6th, 2006

Nice subliminal work, i like it

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 ray said on August 6th, 2006

takes too long to “see” the figures within the image.

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 Jinn said on August 6th, 2006

Had to look at the larger version before I could make out the hidden figures. But when I saw them I was very impressed! Great idea.

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 Stefan Hayden said on August 7th, 2006

I have to say. I really can’t tell what I’m suposed to “see”. any help?

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 Brutal said on August 7th, 2006

I’m still not sure what I’m looking at here..

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 Tani said on August 7th, 2006

It is definitely something that needs to be passed over twice before seeing the figures. Satisfying once you do spot them though.

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 iain said on August 7th, 2006

It’s not that new, the execution is so-so. Nope, I’m not a fan.

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 Deanna said on August 7th, 2006

I’m with ray – it took me until reading the comments to see the figures. But once I did, I did like the third one quite a bit. I think it doesn’t help that the colors are so strong & different from one another. I know they’re typical map colors, but maybe if they were dulled a bit, and just the figure ones were brighter then it would be easier to see.

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 Deanna said on August 7th, 2006

sorry – fix that – I like the 4th one the best.

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 Rob said on August 8th, 2006

Might I suggest that the people that “can’t see it” simply need to acquaint themselves better with a world map?

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 iain said on August 8th, 2006

What the hell you babling about Rob? There’s no need to get acquainted with any maps. It’s just so deja vu this concept. It’s been done for a zillion times in a zillion different ways. So this post doesn’t surprise in any way at all.

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 alex said on August 8th, 2006

i think it’s awesome. Took me a little while to see the figures, but that doesn’t make it bad. In a way they probably want to communicate exactly that, that you need to think about things a little deeper if you want to understand them.

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 Nick Tasker (Jus'task) said on August 8th, 2006

Well, I saw it right away. Great work.

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 seymour said on August 8th, 2006

Hey Ian

show us where it’s been done pal.this is is very nice work, sure to pick up some metal

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 Ozh said on August 9th, 2006

People who find it difficult to see things are imho living proofs of those targeted by this campaign ….

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 Raj said on August 12th, 2006

Can Iain please tell me what is it that we see today is really all that original? All ideas & executuions that we see today have probably been done before…Its all about bringing your message across effectively and hitting your target audience…With that said, I think this campaign has been beautifully art-directed and works ‘spot-on’ for BBC!

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 sara said on August 17th, 2006

For those of you who can’t see the images, try finding people within the maps.

And for those of you who can, dont’ be so condescending. They’re just optical illusions…I don’t how looking at real maps will help someone see the images or knowing anythign about current events either.

But cool nevertheless.

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 Mike said on August 18th, 2006

LOL! Awesome work! I don’t know if my brain works differently than everyone else who said they can’t see anything, but I see the ‘hidden’ images clearly, and they’re wonderful. Very creative and imaginative. Great stuff, Karen!

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 damien said on August 18th, 2006

I was linked here from Neatorama and the map shown there is at a larger size, and I couldn’t “see” anything in it, but when I came here I was able to make out the hidden images easily.

Nice work, love it.

I don’t think it’s at all too subtle nor do I think it’s overdone. The colour scheme and the overall look of the map are closely related to many modern maps we see today online and in the media. If you used the look of an old map from the 1400′s, it wouldn’t translate the hidden, and very current-events-orientated, images; a man armed with an assault rifle standing over a blindfolded prisoner on his knees, a protester with a molotov cocktail battling a riot cop, and a man firing an assault rifle. No?

It was especially interesting to me to see the use of the image of the protester throwing the cocktail. It has been used many times in indie media, left wing political art, and even an Adbusters cover I believe, over the years. BBC seems to pay hommage to what has now become a somewhat famous symbol of the modern revolutionary struggle. Neat.

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 Scyrius said on August 18th, 2006

Quick! Let’s get really opinionated over something as simple as an ad campaign. And “People who find it difficult to see things are imho living proofs of those targeted by this campaign” is completely nonsensical. Being unable to see something in the map doesn’t have anything to do whatsover with staying up on current events. At all. As for whether this has been done before or not, it really doesn’t matter. It may not be original or clever but it was done well. Considering the amount of material that’s been “done before” it’s virtually impossible to find something that’s completely original. Everything’s been done before in some way or another.

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 Greg said on August 18th, 2006

I saw it straight away too… I like it. I also don’t remember seeing anything like it before either. :-)

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 ray said on August 18th, 2006

sara, are these really “optical illusions”?

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 prague said on August 19th, 2006

Yeah, this advertising is probably not for americans. they need something more low-brow :-)

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 Matt said on August 19th, 2006

Yeah, Prague, clearly BBC America would not want to advertise to Americans.

Some real geniuses prowling the Czech streets these days, it would seem.

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 Jason said on August 22nd, 2006

WOW! This is really spooky when you look at it and see the hidden images. VERY IMPRESSIVE!

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 Tina said on August 22nd, 2006

Can’t they find something better do do in their spare time? I seen the images. My kids could do a better job.

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 tom said on August 22nd, 2006

Sorry, I am a student of geography and current events but I don’t get it.

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 Billing Anders said on August 22nd, 2006

Interesting, but difficult to catch the point. There are obvious nation shapes, but not necessarily where they should be, or even in opposition based on current conflicts.

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 Hedley Lamar said on August 22nd, 2006

Too violent for me.

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 Paula said on August 22nd, 2006

I think this campaign has accomplished exactly what it was meant to do. Can you name the organization that uses creative map images about world events?

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 low-brow american said on August 22nd, 2006

I see it. Big deal! kindergarten stuff! Whoopi Di Do! Next.

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 Kathleen Hamlet said on August 22nd, 2006

You folks do realize that a good portion of the population, mostly Men, have some degree of colorblindness?
That’s why it’s hard to see…no other reason

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 Mel said on August 22nd, 2006

I think the issue is not whether you can see the images or not…but whether this is a valid advertising campaign. Does it crack on the U.S. and U.K.?

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 Spamz said on August 22nd, 2006

In the picture there are hidden images take a minute and look for something and then you will see it. It is a message about war i dont want to give it away but just take a minute and look for a image

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 Mike said on August 22nd, 2006

The other figure is someone carrying two dead birds with a mask, an allusion to Bird Flu.

I think its kind of neat, its like the old political cartoons that they had during war time, trying to portray one country or geographic region as the aggressor or specific traits. Basically the personification of countries.

It is subtle though, I missed it the first time over until I saw the Fourth one. I was too busy trying to figure out what it was a map of and why it was controversial. …I thought it was a map of something like the idea of syriana or global warming or something.

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 Dubricus said on August 22nd, 2006

Once you know you are looking for images of human beings, it’s easy. However, at first I thought it was something about Continental Drift or Global Warming or Political realignments. I think it needs whatever voice blurb that goes with it in order to “Get it.”

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 Karey1911 said on August 22nd, 2006

What area of the world are these maps depicting? Ex: If the ads didn’t have the various colors, what area of the globe (ie, countries) are the maps depicting? I’m not familiar with the atlas behind the ads.

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 Jackie said on August 22nd, 2006

Pics depict: Masked man carrying two chickens,Protester throwing something and a man in armor, soldier on the ground with rifle, soldier aiming a rifle at a man on his knees. Took me awhile.

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 Cheryl said on August 22nd, 2006

Great work! I saw it immediately. It shows great imagination. The comments made by the people show the reality of War and the state of our world today. Horrible things are happrning all around us, some see it, while others pretend not to even though it right in front of their eyes!

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 Bob said on August 22nd, 2006

same sort of thing done in 1500s maps, paintings,engravings,and even an entire room with wood inlay.

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 Michelemybell said on August 22nd, 2006

I am not sure if I have ever seen this done before but it does remind me of the world we live in now. It is thought provoking!

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 Curt said on August 22nd, 2006

It took a while but I finally saw what was going on…those are pretty cool!

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 MotherLodeBeth said on August 22nd, 2006

Am really impressed with the artists rendition of war news hidden in the maps, and how she has shown how countries change borders etc due to war. Even reminds me of the Rorschach tests. ~Beth

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 Tamar said on August 22nd, 2006

I have a suggestion… If I can humbly submit it to you?… Please?… Try to think about THIUS instead… TRANSFORMING HATE and separation to LOVE and UNITY for ALL! … GLOBL PEACE?… CAN we DO IT finally?

so… in THIS SPIRIT?… I would like to just shed some LIGHT into the situation … if you will all just please indulge me? …

Can we all just try HARDER to concentrate on something MUCH MORE PROACTIVE… USE our Intelligence to promote UNITY instead of hatred for each other?… Its not about who can SEE what… It’s about Brotherhood of MAN! … and loving each other!… regardless of who is right or wrong! … about bringing GLOBAL PEACE … and this is ONLY done through the power of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!.. So?… Please my “fellow brothers and sisters”?… of the GLOBAL COMMUNITY (whatever nation you are from) .. Can we all just try a little bit harder to USE our TALENTS for GOOD?..
IF we ALL did our own INDIVIDUAL part JUST to DO THIS ONE THING ALONE?… (in the words of a GREAT ONE) …
JUST IMAGINE!!! … What a world we could ALL HAVE!
PEACE!
I love you ALL!

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 LabRat said on August 22nd, 2006

Person in hazmat suit holding what appears to be two turkeys. Is this about avian flu or is it inferred the US would invade Turkey next?

Person held at gunpoint. Happens all over the world – all sides for well over 100 years.

Civil disobedience. Male throwing molotov at male with helmet, club and shield running at him. Happens pretty much everywhere.

Soldier lying on ground firing East. Helmet isn’t American.

These four images are nicely done. Are they meant to be taken together as a message? It’s difficult to make much of it.

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 pbe said on August 22nd, 2006

Subliminal messages reminding us the harsh reality of war.

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 Peggy said on August 22nd, 2006

Good luck to BBC-World. Hopefully there are still a few people left in the world who will remember that the right to become”global” was BOUGHT and PAID for by some who should be thought of dearly and with great respect!

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 Mary said on August 22nd, 2006

I’m American and I don’t need anything low-brow.
I think there a great piece of art, and I saw it immediately.

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 Mindy said on August 22nd, 2006

Ditto Tamar!

How about a peace sign!

Enough hate, could the map change?

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 Steven said on August 22nd, 2006

I couldn’t find anything till I read ray comments on the figures.

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 Steven said on August 22nd, 2006

This is a good piece of Work. Brilliant!

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 BOBBY said on August 23rd, 2006

I AM COLOR BLIND AND I COULD SEE THE PICTURES. SOME OF YOU PEOPLE NEED NEW EYES

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 Lori said on August 23rd, 2006

Aren’t we profound? These images are called human frigging history. Pick a date. Pick a country. They are thought provoking, but for those who feel the need to “rub” Americans and Brits for being warmongers maybe you should look down at the oil stain on the ground next time you are gassing up your SUV or BMW and tell us what f-ing image that one says about you.

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 Graham said on August 24th, 2006

wow.
i was staring at these for ages, used photoshop to desaturate them, all sorts and I just couldn’t see them. But as soon as I read a description of one of them, i could see them all. duh!
very smart. :)

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 iain said on September 1st, 2006

I love you, Jean!!!!!!!!!

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 Brooke said on September 28th, 2006

Okay, I am both good at this type of thing, and educated; But I cannot see anything. So please, those of you with conceit, do not judge the ones who cannot see it. I am sure there are things you do not know that I know quite well. I am very familiar with maps of the world. From the days of the Precambrian to today…….. so email me already and tell me what it is I am looking for in the images……. I’m lost in a sea of angry sharks here. *email address: brooke_lea_girlie@yahoo.com >>> no personal attacks to this email please, I come in peace.

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 Brooke said on October 2nd, 2006

OMG, okay, I see it, I must have been having a bad viewing day or something. These are pretty kewl, good job.

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 Bruce said on November 2nd, 2006

I ride the Long Island RR everyday and have seen these
posters for a while. At first I was trying to figure out
where these places might be. Then the guy in the bio
suit carrying the two dead birds just jumped off the page!

This morning I noticed the one with the guy holding the
gun pointed at the blindfolded person.

This is VERY clever!

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 Tino said on February 1st, 2007

For all people can’t see what is here.
Map 1 : Is a man with a mask in the mouth carrying 2 chickens. (aviar theme)
Map 2 : is a man with a fusile and a surrender.
Map 3 : two protestants with molotovs
Map 4: Is a man shooting his fusil.
You’ re welcome.

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 babygirl said on September 10th, 2007

is this map real? are these images really in the original world map?

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 MJ said on October 15th, 2007

The idea its nice and I saw it right a way – but it made me feel like the world map changed to flight.

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 CharM said on March 15th, 2008

How do i get the full posters? i had one but its worn and would like the full set.

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 luvboz said on March 21st, 2008

omg it took me a loooong time to see it

great work
i love it
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 Con_Dom said on June 2nd, 2008

this campaign’s great.

and deservedly recognized by The One Show, D+AD, Clios, etc. fantastic work.

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 fear344 said on June 2nd, 2008

freaking awesome. you guys need to respect

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 Warren said on September 5th, 2008

fantastic idea, beautifully executed

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 jdonald said on September 8th, 2008

i love stuff like this. i’m artist so this type of stuff is right up my alley. i saw the images immediately. great work! are there any more to publish?

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 Caliostro said on November 17th, 2009

Subliminal? Subtle? Err… not quite.

If you can’t see it it’s not a bad reflection on you though.

Mostly men are colour blind? Wonder if a woman made that comment??

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