Case Study: Durex “Get It On”

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Project Title
“Get It On” (aka “Balloon Animals”)
September 2008–February 2009

Assignment and goal

The agency was asked to create a poster, online and TV campaign to remind young adults to use condoms, without being intimidating or clinical. Using the creative strategy “Have fun, but be safe,” we needed to design posters to hang in college health clinics and produce a 30-second TV/video spot to promote the product online as well as on select cable TV channels with a gay male audience. Our target demographic was males 18–24.


Rather than using the typical romantic couples or scantily clad girls and skinny hipster guys, we opted to use the real product in a tongue-in-cheek, fun way. It's the first condom campaign that actually features the product as hero. It is also the first time a condom has established a brand personality.


For the posters, balloon animals were made with actual condoms. As it turned out, inflated condoms are not the easiest props to shape. Having a professional magician—one who makes balloon animals—assisting with numerous props turned out to be the wisest decision of the shoot. The layered files from the posters were sent to Superfad, who used them as a reference for their CGI.


We couldn't be happier with the overall impact and exposure the print and especially the TV component have generated. Without a doubt, this :30 spot has been the most successful piece of communication in the history of Durex global advertising.

The spot reached ten thousand viewers online the first day it hit YouTube in February. Within a week we had a few hundred thousand more. Today, it has passed 12 million viewers worldwide and growing. It has also done well at the major award shows. A 2009 Lion winner at Cannes in the viral category, these irreverent characters have also won awards at the One Show, Clios, D&AD, Art Directors Club of New York and swept four categories in AICP, including the coveted “Humor” category.

“Get It On” has been included in the AICP show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in the global ACT Responsible exhibit of the best social responsibility advertising in the world.

Beyond the results

For the team at Fitzgerald+CO, “Get It On” has reinforced the notion that when you have fun working on a project, it shows through in the final product. It also proves the power of a simple, singular concept. Having such a simple idea meant the online and TV seemed to write itself. And since the concept engages consumers through visuals that translate universally, it's ideal for global use.

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