This genius airline ad soars above the competition

The concept of travel might be a distant memory for many right now, but while we're all waiting for the world to return to normal, one ingenious airline poster has recently resurfaced online. The internet is currently going wild for Norwegian Airlines' clever way of communicating its various destinations, and we're loving the smart and simple execution.

The ad features the flag of Norway, along with various rectangular boxes highlighting details which, on close inspection, resemble other countries' flags (including France, the Netherlands and Finland). Like all the best print ads, it's guaranteed to raise a smile – although in this case, one tinged with an unmistakeable hint of nostalgia.

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We're loving Norwegian Airlines' clever ad (Image credit: Norwegian Airlines)

Originally created in 2015 by Stockholm-based agency M&C Saatchi, the ad, titled Flag of Flags, highlights five hidden flags inside Norway's. The destinations (and, of course, prices) are listed inside the rectangles in a pleasingly clean sans-serif typeface (check out our best free fonts if you're looking for more great examples). 

The ad appeared on Reddit today, and users were quick to heap praise on the clever concept. "That’s one of the smartest ads I’ve seen on here," one user comments, while another adds, somewhat succinctly, "clever bastards". The ad has also been flagged on Twitter, with vexillologists (flag fans) going wild for the design.

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While it's bittersweet to marvel at an airline poster in the age of coronavirus, we'll always have room in our lives for a creative print ad. Indeed, it'll be difficult to look at Norway's flag in future without also spotting the other, hidden designs. And as several Twitter users have pointed out (below), there are even more to be found. It seems Norway's is very much the Swiss army knife of flags. 

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When jet-setting is well and truly back on the agenda, we hope to see more airlines find creative ways of listing their destinations. That said, there are worse things than a plain old list – as Ryanair's disastrous (and now banned) 'Jab & Go' ad recently proved. 

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).