Apple wins ADC award for 'Barbers' iPhone 7 Plus ad, named Brand of the Year

in General Discussion edited December 2019
Apple added to a growing stash of ad industry accolades this week with an award from the Art Directors Club of New York, which bestowed its ADC Black Cube for Best of Show on a commercial touting Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus.

Barbers Ad

Awarded in a ceremony on Monday, the ADC Black Cube went to Apple and production company Furlined for their work on "Barbers," a one-minute TV commercial that first aired last May.

One in a series of iPhone 7 Plus ads produced as part of the "practically magic" campaign last year, "Barbers" tells the story of a small barbershop that used the smartphone, and its unique Portrait Mode photography feature, to boost sales.

Set to the song "Fantastic Man" by William Onyeabor, workers at "Family Barber Shop" create in-house posters of their clients' hairdo transformations from photos snapped on iPhone 7 Plus. The quality work, highlighted with a little help from Apple's phone, draws in more customers, each of whom gets their photo turned into a poster or framed print.

Like many Apple spots before it, "Barbers" focuses more on results, or catalyst for change, than the actual product. In fact, iPhone 7 Plus appears onscreen for a total of six seconds, one-tenth of the commercial's runtime.

"Barbers" also won Best of Discipline, a Gold Cube in Motion & Film Craft, and three Merits in Advertising at the 97th annual ADC event. Apple was named Brand of the Year, while Furliner picked up Production Company of the Year honors.

Apple's first iPhone 7 ads debuted shortly after the handset's announcement in September 2016, with commercials showcasing Portrait Mode following a few months later. Two weeks prior to "Barbers," an ad entitled "The City" threw a spotlight on the special photography feature.

The company's latest ad efforts continue to push iPhone's picture taking capabilities. A spot aired in September, for example, introduced consumers to Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    LukeCageLukeCage Posts: 166member
    Yea that was good commercial, there seems to be a surprising number of people on sites, even this one, who swear Apple cant’t make good commercials anymore. Well what about this one, where are you guys now?
  • Reply 2 of 6
    chasmchasm Posts: 3,070member
    This is a beautiful ad that would appeal to just about anyone.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    That was a fun ad.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member

    Just interesting folk doing stuff. 
  • Reply 5 of 6
    analogjackanalogjack Posts: 1,073member
    The 'practically magic' tag is genius because, 'magic' is pretty well what Apple are selling. And currently the recent panning of the iPhone X and everyone finding out that it actually did really well (as usual) must seem like magic to all the reviewers who wish ill on Apple. 

    EDIT: I'd better add though lest y'all think I approve of everything Apple does that selling the lightning to usb cable six years down the track for $29 AUD when there are literally hundreds of millions of iOS devices using them also takes a bit of magic, albeit black magic. Now the tooling and R&D has been recouped they must cost all of 50c to produce, plus 50c for the packaging. 
    edited May 2018 watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 6
    frantisekfrantisek Posts: 755member
    Video si not working anymore.
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