I’m Makku

Information Architects explains the cultural nuances native to Japan and how they influence the making of Apple’s “I’m a Mac” campaign.

The ads are not as obvious as the western originals. In Japan you need to be more subtle. In Japan you’re considered particularly dumb and obnoxious if you’re caught bragging with your qualities, and smart and nice if you play it down. The western Mac ads would backfire in Japan (the Mac would appear to lack class).



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.