Lew'Lara\TBWA Hacks Banner Ads to Make the Internet More Accessible to the Blind
To surf the internet, visually impaired people use a screen reader, a piece of software that reads each item on the page out loud to the user. However, when visually impaired users come across banner ads, all they hear is computer code, a jumble of random letters and numbers. In order to stimulate the enforcement of a law which determines that accessibility resources are mandatory in any virtual channel, and to demonstrate the importance of social inclusion, Lew’Lara\TBWA, in partnership with the Dorna Nowill Foundation for The Blind, created this project: The Hacker Spot.
With the aim of making all content accessible and inclusive, the agency took the programming language for banners from several advertisers and inserted informative spots that offer news about courses, laws, tips, events, and motivational experiences for the visually impaired.
"It's rewarding to be able to work with the Dorina Nowill Foundation. The Hacker Spot turned banners into radio spots, and that has made life better for visual impaired people, creating an entirely new way to communicate with these users. In the end, we found a way for radio to hack the internet," says Felipe Luchi, CCO and partner of Lew'Lara\TBWA.
In partnership with ad server company Predicta, the campaign’s messages were applied to the codes for the banners. This way, screen readers stopped reading a series of random letters and started broadcasting messages, such as: "Hello! To contribute to the inclusion and autonomy of visually impaired people, we provide courses and rehabilitation programs, special education, employability, and access to information. Press enter to visit our website and learn more.”
At the end of the spot, by simply pressing the 'enter' key, the user can be directed to the foundation's website, which is also accessible and contains all kinds of information about visual impairment as well as useful information for people who are blind or have poor vision. To learn more, click here.
Chief Creative Officer : Felipe Luchi
TV Producer: Luzia Oliveira, Angela Felicio e Cristiane Marinari
Planner: Stephanie Peart
Photographer: Paola Vianna
Media Planners: Renato Pierote e Everton Maciel
Media Planner: Luiz Ritton, Eduardo Shinohara, Frederico Lopes
Creative Director: Juliano Ribas e Fabiano Pinel
Creative Agency: Lew’Lara\TBWA
Client Servicing: Ricardo Barros
Client Service Director: Wilson Negrini
Art Buyer: Ale Sarilho, Sabino e Caio Lobo
Project Manager: Glaucia Montanha
Creative Team (cont.): Lucas Pinheiro e Fabiano Gonçalves
Creative Team: Felipe Pimentel, Thiago Monteiro, Cainã Meneses
Digital Production Company
Photography: Bruno Tiezzi
Music and Sound
Editor: Carla Maimoni
Post Production / VFX
Post Production House: Equipe Big Bonsai
Production Coordinator: André Cox
Producer: Big Bonsai
Production Manager: Tize Novaes
Executive Producer: Gilberto Topczewski
Director: Felipe Briso e Rafael Terpins
Category: Charity , Corporate and social
Genre: Apps , Digital