Metromile Part 2
Metromile is a San Francisco-based car insurance startup that offers pay-per-mile insurance aimed at low-mileage drivers. The following projects are some of many that I worked on while being the only Graphic Designer on Metromile’s Creative Team.
Hand-Drawn Hero Images
In order to make a better first impression on potential customers, I hand-drew 3 different illustrations (see above) with a goal to outperform the existing hero image (see “Before”). The hand-drawing technique adds a human touch that makes the brand feel warm and approachable. Each illustration shares a driver’s point of view - whether it’s driving on the road or looking through a side mirror. The Cityscape image outperformed the previous image and is now featured on the landing page.
Metromile’s new advertisement campaign featured an animated penny, in which Abraham Lincoln claims that pennies are worth miles (see TV spot). To compound the effect of the campaign, we featured a giant penny on nearly all of our marketing collateral. For instance, these bus ads I designed saturated the streets of San Francisco and Chicago for months.
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Volume is King
Banner ads yield considerable traffic, so we partnered with the Marketing Team to create as many variations as possible. Some banner ads supported HTML5 animation, which opened opportunities to play with the layout. See my exploration sketches in the link below.
“Pay-no-pay” is one of the most simplest concepts that conveys what Metromile is all about: you pay when you’re driving; you don’t when you’re not. During the ideation process, I came up with the idea of a slider that goes from “paying” to “not paying”, as shown in the sketch. I then brought in Tyson Stryg, a freelance motion designer, who brought more than 6 animations to life with my close guidance.
Surprising as it may be, direct mail is one of the most cost-effective practices at Metromile. The opening rate of a letter depends largely on the visuals and messaging on the envelope. I came up with many variations for envelope designs to increase engagement. Click “see process” to explore.