Cathay Pacific depicts members’ journeys in bespoke artwork

Cathay Pacific has created a special birthday gift titled the “artmap project”, for over one million members of the Marco Polo Club, the airline’s loyalty programme.

Marco Polo Club members will receive a bespoke work of contemporary Chinese art via email on their birthday, inspired by their own travels with Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon over the past year.

Created by member travel data with a tailor-made art algorithm, each member’s ‘painted journey’ is a customised digital artwork depicting their journey with the airline.

Julian Lyden, general manager of marketing, loyalty programmes and CRM said: “We are always searching for new ways to add value for our passengers. To find a way to use terabits of cold hard data and turn it into something personal, beautiful and truly meaningful for each of our most loyal members is a very special thing.”

Elaine Lee, manager of loyalty marketing said rather than send a mass-produced impersonal birthday greeting, the company wanted to make a more meaningful connection with its members. “Artmap creates some real emotional value for our members. Each artmap is hosted on a mini-site, where members witness their piece painting itself before their eyes, elegantly illustrating their year of travel. If they choose, members can then print a hi-resolution copy of their birthday artwork for framing.”

A specially-designed digital brushstroke tool creates a completely new painting for each member, with no two artworks the same. The tool is also designed to give each artmap its contemporary Chinese calligraphy look and feel, inspired by Cathay Pacific’s iconic brushwing brand identity.

The artmap project has been designed in collaboration with McCann Worldgroup, Hong Kong-based digital artist Henry Chu, and ICLP.

Martin Lever, executive creative director of McCann Cathay Pacific central team said: “As the airline that believes in travelling well, it’s crucial that we help Cathay Pacific genuinely move their passengers in fresh and exciting ways, even when they are not travelling. The artmap project is one such way – a memorable celebration of journeys past, and a powerful inspiration of journeys to come.”

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