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Features

I'm not with stupid. I am stupid.

As many of you will know Topman has recently got itself in a bit of trouble with some new T-shirt designs featuring some rather questionable slogans. But given that the emotional responses these novelty slogan T-shirts usually conjure up range from...

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Inspiration

Once Upon A Dream

I don't know about you, but I'm obsessed with sleep largely because I don't get enough. But if you're a regular traveller, and especially if you can't afford a business-class flat bed, then you may well suffer more than most with a wrecked internal...

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Advice

Social Media and Recruitment

Social Media Week took place in London during February. For those who don’t know, Social Media Week is an annual event which is run all over the world. There are live streams to view and hashtags to follow, so you can keep up with the...

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Features

It works or we fix it for free. The story of the Zippo lighter.

One evening in 1933, above a garage in Bradford, Pennsylvania, George G. Blaisdell clicked open the first ever Zippo lighter. That was more than 425 million Zippo lighters ago. Today in a world where products are redesigned on impulse rather than...

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Advice

Pretty vacancies. Are recruitment consultants letting us down?

Redundancies, renegotiations, restructuring and rotten revenues. Tough times in the creative industry. Tough times everywhere. Sorry folks, but there's no longer any room for passengers in this business. So here's a thought: why don't we take a very...

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Features

Has The Museum of Everything sold out?

The Museum of Everything is perhaps one of my best finds since moving to London two years ago. Its former incarnation was tucked away down a side road in the quite unlikely and rather flash setting of Primrose Hill. They are a corporation who...

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Inspiration

What does the internet sound like?

You may think this is an unusual question to ask. But every day, millions of people visit internet chatrooms...to chat albeit by typing rather than by speaking aloud. Ben Rubin (a New York artist) and Mark Hansen (Associate Professor of Statistics at...

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Inspiration

Blade Runner, Syd Mead and visual futurism.

London, June 1982. The film director Ridley Scott has hired the Empire Leicester Square and invited hundreds of London's creative people to attend a special lunchtime viewing on his new movie Blade Runner. It's an occasion that has London's ad world...

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Inspiration

Stay healthy. Get a tattoo.

If I started talking about epidermal electronics, you might well click away from this post because you think I'm going to blind you with science. But if I referred instead to electronic tattoos, you might be able to have a reasonable guess at what...

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5 Minutes with... Rosie Arnold - BBH

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I work for Bartle Bogle Hegarty as the deputy executive Creative Director and I am also deputy president of D&AD. I am creative director for the global and European OMO business, and I am...

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Annie Leibowitz and the ultimate Rolling Stone magazine cover

It is December 8, 1980. Photographer Annie Leibowitz is greeted by John Lennon at the door of his New York apartment at The Dakota. She is here to take a shot of Lennon for Rolling Stone. 'It'll be great,' she promises the former Beatle 'I'll put...

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Inspiration

Why everyone should have a muse.

I have always been fascinated with the concept of being/having a muse, even if it seems like a bit of a classical notion in today's society. A muse is someone who inspires a creative person, there are many muses alive and well today who are going...

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Inspiration

The 25 best horror movie posters

You probably see it hundreds of time each and every day. Whether it's on the side of a bus or on the underground, the poster for 'Final Destination 5' seems to be absolutely everywhere at the moment. Maybe part of the reason they felt comfortable...

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Inspiration

Bjork, Biophilia, apps and the revolution.

September 27th will see the release of Bjork's highly acclaimed new album Biophilia' which looks to be her most ambitious work to date. Not one to work within the normal boundaries of being a musician, Bjork has taken on the worlds of nature, science...

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Inspiration

The real 'buzz' marketing

If you're like me then the caffeine hit of a humble cup of tea or coffee just doesn't quite cut the mustard any more. Millions of us now seem to have left behind these disappointingly weak and antiquated beverages in favour of the ultra high caffeine...

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Advice

How to... Use your blog

Chris Unitt is the managing director of Meshed Media. He was editor of Created in Birmingham, winner of Best UK Blog 2008, before recently standing down and now helps artists and arts organisations to make the most of the internet. How to use your...

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Advice

Questions to ask at your interview.

Not having the right questions to ask your Interviewer at the end of an interview can leave the employer with a bad taste in his/her mouth. Just as you don't get a second chance at the beginning of an interview to make a first impression; so it is...

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Advice

Jinx's Magnificent 7 Creative Tips

By Jinx Jeffery, Dynamic News Alliances 1. Keep on top of all of the latest software! As a creative this is where your ideas are realised right down to the last file in production. CS5 was out in June and still it hasn't been adopted by many studios...

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Advice

The Agency Workers Directive (AWD)

October 11th 2011 may seem like a very long way away right now, but it marks a landmark date that affects every business that recruits freelance workers through a recruitment agency or business Most of you that are reading this article will have not...

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Advice

Improving market will improve recruitment standards

Source This month’s CP Career comes from Source - a specialist recruitment business, dedicated to the digital, integrated and traditional creative communications industry. They work to support the needs of advertising, marketing and design...

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Features

5 minutes with... Graham Pugh - Teamspirit

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I'm Executive Creative Director of Teamspirit. What does that involve? Managing a department of creative teams, designers, artworkers and digital people, writing ads and mailshots and online...

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Advice

Signs of change

Written by Toby Thwaites, Director, Purple Consultancy - Specialists in creative recruitment Toby Thwaites and Paul Wood founded Purple in June 2000. Purple provides recruitment consultancy to advertising, design, integrated marketing, publishing,...

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Features

5 minutes with... Graham Fink - Creative Director at M&C Saatchi

What does being a CD at M&C Saatchi really mean? I think they refer to it as spinning plates these days. But pretty much everything involving helping write strategies to pushing the creative teams to get the best out of them and then in some cases...

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Features

Fulfilment failure - the best way to waste a budget.

What's the best way to waste an advertising budget? Perhaps hiring Wayne Rooney would do the trick. Maybe booking loads of space in the breaks in '72 Degrees North' would squander that cash pretty effectively. How about a 48 sheet poster campaign at...

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News

Amy Winehouse launches a new collection for Fred Perry

Last week, the flagship Fred Perry store at Spitalfields had all of its windows blacked out. Inside, Amy Winehouse was putting on an exclusive gig for a lucky few to mark the launch of the new line she has designed for the British fashion institution...

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Features

Where now for the idea?

Most professionals provide an easily identifiable service. The lawyer offers his advice and representation, the dentist his drill and pink water. But the stock in trade of the professional creative is a little harder to pin down. Is the designer...

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Meet Alex Bamford. Art director and photographer.

Alex has been working in advertising for over 25 years. Today he works on the Land Rover, Lloyds and Dell accounts for RKCR/Y&R. Not content with working in one of the best agencies around, he also spends much of his spare time stuck behind a tripod,...

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Features

Supermarket Sarah

Supermarket Sarah A.K.A Sarah Bagner is a shop owner with a difference. She originally trained in graphic design and went on to work in corporate advertising for a few years but jacked it all in to run a vintage stall at Portobello Market which was...

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Inspiration

Working overseas

It's hard to believe I know, but the UK is not the be all and end all of creativity. If you're up for trying pastures new there are a few places worth heading for. Sure there's Australia, the US, New Zealand and Canada but frankly everyone goes...

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Advice

Failure to launch: why some brands don't make it.

Perhaps it's the money. Large budgets are often greeted by marketing teams in the same way Keith Richards welcomes a stiff drink. But the fact remains that endless resources are not always guaranteed to produce branding success. Far from it. The...

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Advice

Ryanair - the floating marketplace

Last week a couple of friends and I went to Berlin for a short break on the cheap. Unfortunately for us our tight budgets and last minute booking meant we had to fly with Ryanair, in the past this hasn't been much of a problem but we were unprepared...

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Features

Celebrity endorsements: can they really be that desperate?

There's nothing new about celebrities lending their name to a product in exchange for a fat wad of cash. Or, less frequently, because it's just out-and-out cool. James Bond will forever by synonymous with Aston Martin and Omega watches. There's even...

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Features

26 Seconds

London Design Festival 2010 has been something of a triumph for writers collective 26. Not content with dreaming up one of the more unusual LDF events in 26 Treasures, they've also teamed up with IVCA film makers to create a series of 26 second...

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