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Who is John Doe behind John’s?

Above: Two of John Doe Amsterdam’s commercials. Both broadcasted in 82 countries.

You have undoubtedly seen John Doe’s work before, possibly without knowing it. You may have heard or read about John Doe in the media, but since we are John Doe – ‘The unidentified’ – you would in all likelihood not have known exactly who we are. This identity suits John Doe, because we feel it’s all about the work, not about the people behind the work. Nonetheless, all the Johns would very much like to get to meet you. Being a creative agency, John Doe has manifested itself as an all-rounder. With a mind of its own, John Doe is a full-service advertising agency based in a historic shipyard in Amsterdam. With a panoramic view of old steamships and shipbuilding gear to inspire, all the Johns gained the freedom to come up with fresh campaigns for our current clients: Lada, MTV Networks, MTV UK, MTV Canada, the City of Rotterdam, Bacardi Limón, Bacardi Razz and Cóco, Bacardi Bright, Nieuwe Revu, Martini, Coca-Cola, Tetra Pak, JOHAN football magazine, Mine and KPN. John Doe Amsterdam was founded by Hein Mevissen, Diederiekje Bok and Sam Stewart. Visit John Doe Amsterdam at www.johndoeamsterdam.com

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The Mobile Phone Market

During the past ten years the mobile phone market has experienced major progress. Where ten years ago having a mobile phone was exceptional, nowadays not having one is exceptional. At least 80% of people under the age of 13 has a mobile phone.

Now that the market is approaching saturation, the only way to stand out is by innovating and by encouraging replacement purchases.

The newest mobile phone is an all-in-one device. Besides text messaging and  msn, the phone can perform more, ranging from a 5 megapixel camera which produces pictures of considerable quality, to a GPS receiver to navigate with. Wi-fi, mobile broadband, internet, radio and Mp3. The newest phone has a multitude of functions. Phones with no extra’s have become rare. There’s an overkill of information and details. In an organic movement every person finds his or her own rhythm and approach to new technologies.The obsession with innovation numbs the desire for simplicity.

The consumer wants simplicity. And John’s gives the consumer it:

The simplest mobile phone ever.

Generally speaking it can be said the world is getting smaller thanks to globalisation. The world is also becoming more complex thanks to increased information and developed technology.

Despite as well as thanks to fast technological innovation, the world is becoming increasingly complex. Consumers are overwhelmed by a large amount of information and new technologies. Due to the short lifespan of products, the speed of innovation and consumers’ restlessness, it is more important than ever for products to excel in ease and simplicity.


Our first working models made in China.

A test sample from 2006.

First working phone still under the name ‘Phone From The Supermarket

The original first design of 2006.