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Advice

Content for your Design, Digital, Media, Games and Web CV

by Creativepool. Below lists the basic outline for what you should have in place on your Creative CV for the Design, Digital, Media, Games and Web CV. You can follow this in the basic order that it is outlined below and this should give your CV an...

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Advice

How to... Prepare for interview questions.

by Creativepool. Getting yourself prepared for these following interview questions is a vital part of landing a great job. Most of these will come up in one shape or another during the interview - unless of course you get one of those great...

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Advice

How to... Create a portfolio that best suits you.

Your portfolio is one of the most important things that need to be considered when thinking about applying for a new job. Us "old schoolers" have all spent countless hours trudging around Soho with our A2 portoflio in tow, ending the day with a...

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Advice

How to... Perfect your interview technique.

So, at last you've got through to the interview stage and you need some advice. Your CV has been scrutinised, your portfolio pawned over and the last thing you need is the perfect interview technique. Below are some vital tips that we have collected...

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Advice

How to... Create a good first impression at interview.

by Creativepool. We've all heard that first impressions count and never is it more true than for an interview. If 70% of a first impression is based on appearance and body language, then dressing appropriately for your interview is of the upmost...

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Features

Spotlight: Craig Matchett

"Its so important to enjoy yourself and take pleasure from looking at things - view the world like a painting. Everything has a beauty." -- Craig Matchett Describe your work in one sentence. The result of a natural sensibility of shape and...

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Features

5 Minutes with...David Dalley, Creative Director and Fine Artist

by John Fountain. Following a successful career as an award winning creative director, David is now a successful fine artist. Here he talks about his career, his travels and how things have changed over the years. So how would you describe your day...

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Features

Taxing. What we can learn from the Starbucks fiasco.

by Magnus Shaw. There's only one thing that surprises me about the Starbucks saga, and it isn't their reluctance to pay tax. As large corporations are only really answerable to shareholders, that is to be expected. No, it's the fact they thought...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... "Fuzzy" Jacopo Rosati

by Jessica Hazel. Sometimes life in England can be a bit depressing - particularly in the winter when you have to try and remain cheerful despite the torrents of freezing rain, commuting in the dark on overcrowded, germ-ridden trains and screaming...

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Features

Why did Murdoch's Daily iPad 'newspaper' fail?

by Magnus Shaw. Do you read The Daily? Unless you own an iPad style tablet you probably don't. Even if you do, you won't for very much longer. The Daily is a digital newspaper, published by Rupert Murdoch, available on tablets and closing any day...

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Features

Happy birthday, SMS!

by Ashly Morrison. Today marks the 20th birthday of SMS (Short Messaging Service), or the 'text', as it's more commonly known. Last year, we in the UK sent 39.7 billion of them. In a country of roughly 62 million people, that's a pretty...

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News

East London Design Show 2012

The East London Design Show returns to Shoreditch Town Hall on 6-9 December, for another year of hassle-free Christmas shopping. The East London Design Show (or ELDS) is an annual event that brings together the best of the UK's independent product,...

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Features

Sailing close to the wind. Did Kayak's ad deserve to be banned?

by Magnus Shaw. Perhaps surprisingly, I've only ever worked on a couple of campaigns which have attracted public complaints. One was a press piece for a now defunct cable TV network. At the time, it was the only service carrying the Disney Channel...

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Features

Top 20 most pointless apps

by Jessica Hazel. The ways in which certain human beings decide to waste their lives away never ceases to amaze and appall me. The age of smart phones and no-so-smart apps for their not-so-smart users has opened up a doorway into a universe of...

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Features

Over promise, under deliver. How lazy clients kill campaigns.

by Magnus Shaw. A couple of years ago an ailing roadside restaurant chain called in a radical TV chef to boost their menu and therefore their revenues. They refurbished some tired looking outlets, hired new people and ran a fairly hefty marketing...

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Advice

Winning website tips

The Lovie Awards provide us with their top tips on creating a website that is better than all of the rest. The Lovie Awards 2012 took place in London, UK and brought together the top talent in website design, development and entrepreneurship from...

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Features

Is necessity really the mother of invention?

by Ashley Morrison. I wouldn't say I'm a gadget freak by any stretch of the imagination, but I do like some techie stuff that usefully enhances my life while being fun to play with. I spent an inordinate amount of time choosing my latest mobile - a...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Odd things you find on the internet.

by John Fountain. Here's some articles, videos and websites worthy of further exploration... Kirby Ferguson. Embracing the remix. Kirby Ferguson is a film-maker from New York. He has a point of view that I guess many of us believe there is some...

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Features

5 mins with... Fiona Proudler of Realise

I head up Realise, one of the top 20 independent digital agencies in the UK with offices in Farringdon and Leith, Edinburgh. Realise is an agency going through amazing transformation and growth. When I joined there were less than 10 in the agency...

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Features

Off and On; The twisting tale of the ITV logo.

by Magnus Shaw. Perhaps surprisingly, there's only been an official ITV logo since 1989. Until then, the network was divided into autonomous regions, each with their own brand. If you're in your thirties or forties you'll remember your own - Thames...

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Features

Dumb Ways To Die Down Under

by Jessica Hazel. Aussies are well known for their cheery dispositions and sunny outlooks on life and this has never been more true since Melbourne Metro's new Public Service Announcement came to light earlier this week. 'Dumb Ways To Die' is a...

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Features

The good book. The problem with a copywriter's portfolio.

by Magnus Shaw. Here's a problem which only came to my attention this week. Actually I think it has been lingering in the back of my mind for a couple of decades, but it only came into focus a couple of days ago. Because I write columns here and...

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Inspiration

#Trends. 4G - Bringing home the [Kevin] Bacon

by Ashley Morrison. You may have heard of something called the three-second rule. In advertising terms, if the person you're trying to sell to doesn't understand your message within three seconds, then your message is too long. But the latest EE...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: Aindri Chakraborty

Website: aindri.com Creativepool: creativepool.com/aindri Facebook: www.facebook.com/aindri "I am an illustrator/designer/animator gathering experience in different sectors since 2006. My creative practice so far has covered education, television...

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Features

5 Minutes with... Sarah McCartney - Copywriter and Perfumer

by John Fountain. Head writer at Lush from 1996 to 2010, Sarah is now Head of Ideas at the writing agency Afia. As an author she has penned 'The Fake Factor', 'Online Marketing in 7 Days (for people who can't avoid it any longer)', and '100 Great...

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Features

Automatic. Can a robot do a creative job?

by Magnus Shaw. The last time I worked on a major print campaign, we employed a piece of software to automate the production process. It was a clever bit of kit. Once the parameters had been set by a designer (ad sizes, logo clearance, calls to...

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Features

The only lovely service station on Earth. Are we there yet?

by Magnus Shaw. There are so many religions, beliefs, creeds and philosophies we can't really be sure what hell would be like. But it's a reasonable assumption a motorway service station would be involved. I don't know what it is about these...

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Features

How to... Get bigger clients

by Printed.com. Every small business strives to win bigger and bigger clients who have more money to spend, but if you're going to to do this you need to pitch your services in a way that appeals to them and gives them confidence that you can...

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Features

skyFAIL - Has Bond gone off-brand?

by Ashley Morrison. James Bond is as much a part of my DNA (or life history) as Wimbledon, walks on Hampstead Heath on Sunday afternoon, and Mars bars. So it pains me a little bit to be mildly disappointed with the new Bond film. Don't worry, this...

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News

Publicis takes control of BBH

Publicis Groupe has taken over complete control of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), ten years after taking a 49% stake in BBH in 2002. This move by the French advertising group ends the independence of one of the most well-recognised agencies in...

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News

Kellogg's opens the first 'Tweet Shop'

Kellogg's has opened what it is calling the "World's First Tweet Shop". This fantastic idea by Kellogg's is opening in London today to launch the new range of Special K Cracker Crisps. Wonderfully simple, tweet with the hashtag #TweetShop and get...

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Inspiration

#Trends. Furniture design - Even Brad Pitt is having a go.

by Creativepool. Brad Pitt already has a taste for the creative industry with his collaborative architecture work with the likes of Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas. Gehry was enlisted as one of the designers in his Make It Right Foundation, in an...

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Features

5 Minutes with... Marc Bessant, Real World Records

by John Fountain. Marc is the in-house designer and creative director at Real World Records, the label founded by WOMAD and Peter Gabriel. Over the past 12 years he has been responsible for over a hundred CDs, vinyl sleeves, T-shirts, flyers,...

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