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FREE == 1337

FREE == 1337
FREE == 1337

While I was working for, a french ISP, I had to shoot their set-top boxes to produce iconography to update their website.

I hold the charge of being both their art director, webmaster, and even packshots photographer.

I was also involved with the hackers community on my free time.

The set-top box displayed the hour at all time, and one day I was retouching a product pack-shot to add on their website. I decided to sneak a wink to the hacker community.

I set every box illustration to display 13:37 in 2009, a hackers reference: L33+SP34K

The header image is the very first occurrence of brand-centric meme that spread far beyond my imagination.

I just spread a viral campain without knowing it or that term even existed. early adopters were techies, and Free also had that corporate image of being a stratup-like company, always crafting some miles ahead products and services. They also have a very active community working in the internet and digital field.

They caught the reference immediately, and it quickly became a brand gimmick they reused everywhere in their corporate communication to mark their difference.

How a sneak wink can make history, you never know.

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