Street adverts have to work hard to make an impact, but when they succeed, they can be effective even for small independent brands. This advert for an iPhone repair shop shows that some of the best billboard advertising works by communicating to us on two levels in quick succession.
At first glance, it simply shows an iPhone with a broken screen. That should get the attention of anyone who's suffered that misfortune. And when they take a second look, they'll find out just where they can get the situation fixed.
Look more closely at the advert and you see that the broken iPhone screen is a city map, with the cracks forming the streets in Maastricht in the Netherlands. The copy reads "iPhone broken? Let us fix it quickly", and an arrow indicates the location of the repair shop Amac.
"My first thought was "why?". Then I realized they're showing you where to go get your phone fixed using the "cracks" on the screen. Clever!," one person wrote on Reddit. Some people think the cracks look too real for people to realise that the design is a map, but locals familiar with the layout of the city streets say that they quickly saw the optical illusion.