A Dog’s Life: Pedigree Dog Food’s “A Dog Changes” Campaign

For my final project, I chose a campaign from Pedigree dog food featuring a series of outdoor photos with one person. Most of the photos featured men at the beach, in the mountains, or on a trail. The general effect was one of possible loneliness within a lovely natural setting.

Another photo sat next to the first, identical except for the addition of a dog. The tagline in each campaign ad was something about how having a dog makes life better. The demographic for this ad is probably a nature-loving male, ages 35 to 50.

The Original Ad


Source: http://www.gutewerbung.net/pedigree-bottle-stick-suicidal-ads/

The original ad is subtly clever. In the original image, we see a man holding a stick in response to a stranger approaching. In the second image, the man is holding a stick because he’s playing catch with a dog. The whole atmosphere of the ad completely changes.

The design is subtle and sophisticated. The ad uses vertical lines and a path framed on both sides by trees to draw the eye in. The muted color palette adds to a sense of ambiguity and slight anxiety — is this a menacing situation or is it not?

The text is small and somewhat difficult to read. The whole page arrests the reader’s attention. This is clearly an ad that must be considered to be understood.

I changed the ad below to enlarge the text and left-align it. I also did a reverse-engineer to describe the ad in terms of design, color, and typography.

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The New Ad


Source: Unsplash https://unsplash.com/@alexklopcic?photo=5w_VHnJIe6A

I used the image above as the foundation for my new ad. I  removed the dog and added some text. The new ad is consistent with the original campaign. It features a man walking through the landscape on a drizzly day. Horizontal lines and trees in the distance help draw the reader in. I included text to explain how the new ad is consistent with the old.

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The end result is effective. The design elements, color scheme, and typography are very similar to the original piece.


Cuisinart: Make Something Fresh

For this design project, I chose a whisk from Cuisinart. The headline and call to action says, “Make Something Fresh” and the ad features the bottom of a whisk with lettuce where the handle would be — a symbolic representation of Cuisinart’s potential in the kitchen.

The Final Project

I chose this project for a few reasons. The market audience is married women, ages 30 to 45. I thought the whisk would be of interest to this demographic since many women are interested in healthy cooking. Hence, the lettuce combined with the whisk. I also chose this project because of its simplicity. It reminded me of the Chipotle burrito ad and it seemed like something I could do with my skill level.

COMM 111 Magazine Ad Julie Christensen

The Photos

I  wanted a whisk with onion greens atop it. I looked online and couldn’t find anything really suitable. I thought about switching to something else, but I was excited about this project. Luckily, my garden is full of greens right now so I improvised by taking my own photos. I took them in my bathtub since that seemed to have the best white light.

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A Fresh Design

The whisk is center-aligned in this ad. I wasn’t sure it would work, but I liked the clean, simple look. I used a modern, minimalist font to repeat that simple theme and also put the word “fresh” in green to go with the salad greens. I thought about aligning the word Cuisinart with the fresh, but it seemed more interesting to have it left aligned.

Final Thoughts

Of all the programs we’ve worked on, Photoshop appeals to me the most. I’m enjoying watching tutorials and just playing around in the software. It doesn’t feel intuitive yet and it’s still frustrating, at times, but I can see its potential.