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2022 ADC Awards - Experiential Design

HSV - Dyslexia Jersey

Agency Jung von Matt AG / Hamburg

Client Hamburger SV (HSV)

Category

Experiential Design / Guerrilla / Stunt

Annual ID

ADC101_EXP012B

About the Work

Over 6 million people in Germany cannot read and write properly. The majority of which suffer from dyslexia, a reading and spelling disorder. But the real problem is not dyslexia, it’s our society. In the age of social media, every spelling mistake, no matter how small, is immediately punished and interpreted as stupidity. However, dyslexia does not mean a lack of intelligence, but a neurological disorder. As one of Germany’s biggest soccer clubs, the HSV wanted to set an example for those people affected and launched a very special campaign on a very special match day: the top match of the 2nd Bundesliga on Saturday night. In front of hundreds of thousands of viewers, the HSV sent two players onto the pitch with intentionally misspelled names. "Heyer" became "Heya" and Meffert" became "Meffort". Just as people with dyslexia often mix up letters that sound or look similar. We did not comment on the misspelled player names. But a social media shit storm was soon to follow. During the halftime break, when the negative reactions had reached their peak, we clarified our actions on TV, inside the stadium and on social media. Daily newspapers, sports media, and tabloids: Throughout Germany, our jerseys made headlines. Within a few hours, we reached more than 267 million contacts. Three mixed-up letters turned into more than 2.4 million euros of media value. But there’s more: The reactions of fans and followers also changed abruptly. Hate and malice turned into understanding and encouragement. Even those affected and their relatives spoke out. This way, we were able to show more than 6 million people that they are not alone. And that the HSV is actively supporting them with its numerous initiatives. So that all fans can enjoy football the same.

2022 Awards

Total Points: 9

Credits

Agency

Jung von Matt AG / Hamburg

Creative Director

Felix Umbach

Executive Creative Director

Alexander Michaelsen
Ronnie Patt

Account Director

Yannick Maser

Managing Director

Katja Kraus
Robert Zitzmann

Communications Manager

Jonas Klee

Consultant / PR

Jan-Luca Lossau

Creative Producer

Maximilian Helmer

Head of Digital & Innovation

Robert Kosinski

Head of Sponsoring

Felix Appelfeller

Motion Designer

Michelle Sitko

Project Manager Sponsoring

Jakob Lauschner
Vanessa Horn

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