Bibliothèque: Rethink / The UK Passport

For their December 10 issue, magazine ICON asked design consultancy Bibliothèque to submit an alternative passport design for their “Rethink” section, and as you can see quite nice it is too.

I am like many designers I am sure, a person that casts an admiring eye when I see a well designed passport. I have long had half a wish to be Swiss because of their design, and since I have been with my Swedish girlfriend the Swedish passport has run a close second.

Via Collate, thanks.

KLM Surprise

Royal Dutch Airline KLM has started an interesting campaign to connect with their customers called KLM Surprise at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Designed to track “how happiness spreads”, the campaign involves surprising travellers with unique gifts based on their social networking profiles.

How it works

When passengers check in at KLM’s Foursquare locations, the KLM Surprise team then uses social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to find out information about the passenger. Odds are, anyone who uses Foursquare will have a presence on other social networks, providing the team with information about the person and their trip.

The KLM Surprise team then uses this information to come up with a personalized gift to surprise the passenger with. The team follows up after surprising a passenger by monitoring the conversation generating on social networks by that person and their friends. They also take photos of the people they have surprised and post them to the KLM Facebook page.

What a surprise

The KLM team has surprised travellers with champage, notebooks, a watch, and traditional Dutch foods. One passenger, Willem van Hommel, was going to miss one of his soccer team’s most important matches of the year due to his trip to New York. KLM surprised him with a Lonely Planet guide to New York with all the best soccer bars in the city marked out for him. Another traveller, Tobias Hootsen, was surprised with a package to remind him of home during his long stay abroad.

A nice use of social media.