Why letters on signs and buildings across the UK keep going missing

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Partners and brands around the capital have dropped the letters A, O and B from their names today in support of National Blood Week. The new “Missing Type” campaign uses the three letters that make up the blood groups to raise awareness of the need for new donors.

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New NHS research shows that new blood donors are in decline – there has been a drop of 40 per cent fewer new people signing up to donate in the last ten years, a trend blamed on the increasing popularity in exotic travel and tattoos, which temporarily bar people from donating.

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Jon Latham, assistant director for Donor Services and Marketing at NHS Blood and Transplant, said in a statement:

While we can meet the needs of patients now, it’s important we strengthen the donor base for the future. If we don’t attract new people… to donate it will put more pressure on the ability to provide the right type of blood the NHS needs for patients in the future.

As well as retailers, people have been joining in on social media, losing letters from their names:

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You can help fill in the gaps by finding your nearest blood drive here.

via Why letters on signs and buildings across the UK keep going missing.

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Ikea Outdoor Brilliance by German Agency Thjnk

Ikea Uses Poorly Assembled Billboards to Admit Its Furniture Is Hard to Put Together – Luckily, there’s help.

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Everyone else makes fun of how painful it is to assemble Ikea furniture, so why can’t Ikea? And the company does in these fun billboards, from German agency thjnk, that are themselves poorly assembled—to advertise the brand’s assembly service. Such a simple idea.

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Thjnk has been doing eye-catching Ikea work for a while, including one of our favorite out-of-home ads of 2014—the RGB billboard that ingeniously turned nine square meters of ad space into 27 square meters.

Ikea’s Amazing RGB Billboard Is One of the Coolest Ads It’s Ever Made – Making the most of limited space.

German ad agency Thjnk and production studio I Made This teamed up to create Ikea’s “RGB billboard,” which—much like Ikea furniture itself—makes the most of some very limited space.

The board features three different headlines superimposed on each other in different colors—cyan, magenta and yellow. At night, the board shines red, green and blue (RGB) lightbulbs on the board, revealing, in turn, the different headlines. Red bulbs illuminate the cyan text; green lights up magenta; and the blue-purple lights make yellow visible.

And that’s how you turn nine square meters of ad space into 27 square meters.

It’s a delightful little visual trick that embodies Ikea’s space-saving message. Now, if only it worked a little better during the day.