For its first work for Google, SF-based Venables Bell & Partners along with prodco 1st Avenue Machine went all out with the above online spot for the company’s ubiquitous Maps tool.
As you can see, VB+P decided to concoct a real life Maps equivalent, resulting in a giant, labyrinth-inspired cube that requires two people to operate. Eventually, the familiar leads to the unexpected as the cube flips and the blue marble suddenly enters a mall. Wait, Google Maps can access mall directories? And public transportation maps? And suggest alternate routes of travel when traffic becomes an issue? Well, for Maps’ less popular features, a viral spot like this is a clever way to reintroduce consumers to a product they’ve already grown to rely on.