PATRICK BARON Executive Creative Director McCann Melbournemail@patrickbaron.com

Dumb Ways To Die
Dumb Ways To Die
Phubbing
Guilt Trip
Impossible Orchestra
Dumb Ways To Die
Dumb Ways To Die

Accidents and deaths among young people on Melbourne’s Metro train system had been on the rise for years. But public safety messages generally don’t work on young people. We had to find a way to get them to care about being safe around trains. Being unsafe around trains is the Dumbest Way to Die. Rather than […]

Dumb Ways To Die
Dumb Ways To Die

The “Dumb Ways To Die” Rail Safety campaign also appeared in local press and outdoor throughout Melbourne’s Metro network. By using entertainment instead of shock tactics, the idea for rail safety entered popular culture. And just four months after launch, the Melbourne Metro has recorded a 21% reduction in accidents and deaths compared to the same time last […]

Phubbing
Phubbing

A word is born for the launch of Macquarie Dictionary’s sixth edition. Language is always evolving therefore an updated dictionary is essential. Through this campaign, we wanted people to fall back in love with words, and the very idea of owning a dictionary. The campaign kicked off on 29 August 2012 when the website www.stopphubbing.com launched, introducing the […]

Guilt Trip
Guilt Trip

Every year, young country Victorians from across the state migrate to Melbourne to start new lives and rarely come back. V/Line Australia’s biggest regional train operator, wanted to increase visitation rates from the city to the country. These new to Melbourne Victorians would still have strong ties to the country, but the lure of the big […]

Impossible Orchestra
Impossible Orchestra

Every day 2.6 million unpaid Australians face the seemingly impossible task of caring for their disabled children, ageing parents and partners, nonstop, 24 hours a day. With no media budget, our task was to tell this story. THE IDEA We challenged 260 of Australia’s finest classical musicians to achieve the impossible feat of playing nonstop for 24 hours in Australia’s […]

Taking Google’s message offline
Taking Google’s message offline

Many businesses in the sizeable Australian mid-market still don’t use digital advertising. So how does Google reach decision makers in these companies, many of whom have only advertised through traditional media? THE IDEA Take the Google message offline. ‘The Web & How to Make it Pop’ introduced mid-market businesses to Google in a way never before seen and it made the […]

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