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Features

The elephant in the room is production company Ivory

London Production Company We make commercials, documentaries and fashion content films for well-known brands such as Coca-Cola, Nike and Barclays. We love bringing the perfect team together, to nail a job for our clients and put their hard fought...

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Technology

The Week in Tech

The man with the Bionic eyes In yet another case of reality catching up with science fiction, an elderly man in the UK has had his sight partially restored thanks to a cutting-edge, bionic retinal implant which converts images from a miniature...

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How to make going back to school look pretty awesome

In my youth, there were few things that irritated me more than the glaring “Back to School” signs that seemed to adorn every retail outlet under the sun during the summer holidays, seemingly taunting happy children everywhere with the...

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Top 10 Hires of the Week

Droga5 Droga5 has announced its new head of Data Strategy, Andrew Tully. His position is effective immediately, reporting into Global Chief Strategy Officer, Jonny Bauer. Tully will work across all accounts at Droga5. Prior to joining Droga5, Tully...

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Account Wins of the Week

TBWA\Group Singapore – NTUC TBWA\Group Singapore has been appointed as the strategic branding and creative partner for both NTUC Enterprise Co-operative Limited (“NTUC Enterprise”) and NTUC FairPrice Co-Operative (“NTUC FairPrice”). Ara...

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Taylor Swift is the new face of the Keds rebrand

Kanye West caused mild outrage (but that is his raison d'être) at Glastonbury last month when he declared himself as the “Biggest rock star on the planet,” but the truth is, he isn’t even close. In fact, that mantle belongs to...

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Trends

Print Lovin' for the Chicago team Tan & Loose

We love keeping an eye on the guys over at Tan & Loose, the Chicago based print team who are based out of an old funeral home. There's nothing lifeless about the work they represent. It's all colourful lines, bold colours and tongue-in-cheek humour....

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Entertainment

What we've learned from the new James Bond: Spectre trailer

You saw it, right? How could you miss it? Even ITV's News At Ten ran the trailer for 'SPECTRE', the next episode in the most successful movie franchise ever - James Bond. Immediately the world took to social media (or at least the section of the...

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Top Ads of the Week

Coca-Cola get into the spirit of the Rugby World Cup Coca-Cola Great Britain has launched its Rugby World Cup 2015 campaign, which looks to excite the nation ahead of the Tournament later this year. As official soft drink, water and sport drinks...

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Design

Could this be the next London Bridge?

Four top design teams have released proposals in a competition to design a new crossing over the River Thames between Nine Elms and Pimlico in the London borough of Wandsworth, meaning that the winning team will be earning not only a lucrative...

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Design

72andSunny break into beer biz with a delicious IPA

I am a proud, lifelong (well, adult life at least) beer fan. Admittedly more by design than by choice (my father used to work for a brewery), but I digress. Whether popping out for a wee tipple with a few mates after work or sitting down with my...

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Trends

Competitive Collaboration

‘Collaboration’ has been a creative industry buzzword for the last 10 years or so. Walk into any agency, anywhere in the world, and within five minutes you’ll hear this word bandied about to describe pretty much any area of the business. It’s...

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Features

Six brands to see at lightjunction

designjunction presents lightjunction, the capital’s leading destination for high-end, contemporary lighting. The show will transform the old Dean’s office and staff quarters by presenting a curated selection of international lighting...

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Advertising

Cristiano Ronaldo and TBWA get into fitness tech

The Auditoire marketing consultancy and TBWA’s Digital Arts Network China have launched a new fitness training device called the “SIXPAD,” which was co-developed with none other than football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. It's well...

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Design

Yves Saint Laurent given first UK retrospective

The UK's first major retrospective exhibition of Yves Saint Lauren opened last week at The Bowes Museum in County Durham (in the town of Barnard Castle). The museum partnered with Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent to bag the “Style...

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Advertising

Agency of the Week: BBDO

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne help young women face their fears Clemenger BBDO have teamed up with feminine health brand Libra to launch a platform that helps young women learn how to deal with the things that hold them back. The campaign will launch...

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Promoting Windows 10 is so easy even a baby could do it

A personal pet peeve of mine is the popular advertising trope of making children act like adults or adults act like children in order to make a point or flog a product. It's been done to death and kids are just so much more appealing when they're...

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Careers

Meet Phil Danter: The Ad executive who became a music star

Tiring of your glittering career as an advertising executive? All those expense account lunches leaving you unfulfilled? Maybe you should become a music star. It can certainly be done, as one high-flyer has proved by making that exact career move....

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Careers

Top 4 time management tips for Studio Managers

"Never enough hours in the day," it's a phrase we all repeat over and over. For those of us working in the creative industry it's something we face daily, with huge projects, large teams to manage and tight deadlines. So for all the studio managers...

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Technology

A barbed wire piano commemorates Korean independence

The Korean Ministry of Unification has joined forces with Cheil Worldwide, the advertising arm of Samsung, to unveil the strangely beautiful “Piano of Unification,” a project which commemorates Korea’s 70th anniversary of liberation from...

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The Awards Roundup

LIA extends entry deadline and announces next LIAsons speaker The London International Awards has announced that the deadline for entries has been moved to the 31st July. All companies and/or individuals involved in the creative process are...

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Video Games

Have you ever considered remastering an old tattoo?

I don't have any tattoos. Nor have I even seriously considered it. I have nothing against them, in fact I actually harbour a smidgen of jealously towards those who are bold enough to brand their bodies, but there's something so unbearably permanent...

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Events

Save The Date! Pool Party London is coming...

First stop was Pool Party London 2014, then we jumped on a plane to Cannes Lions in June 2015 and now it's time for a second year of the iconic Pool Party London! Pool Party London 2015 From the great success and amount of positive feedback we...

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10 things which have disappeared from creative studios

I kicked off my creative career in an advertising agency on Fleet Street, twenty-odd years ago. Apart from the general excitement of actually being paid to write ads, I drew great inspiration from the very particular pieces of equipment around the...

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Features

On Yer Bike: 10 reasons to jack in your job

When I was employed, rather than self-employed, there’s no doubt that I liked various things. Sure, the job itself was ok to start with, but the main thing I liked was the paid holidays. There wasn’t very much in the way of benefits. Paid...

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Design

Smart Boy: If Nintendo made Smartphones

When Nintendo announced their intent to move into smartphone gaming earlier this year, the internet was abuzz with gamers pontificating on their pros and cons of the company's decision to branch out beyond their own home consoles for the first time....

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Technology

The Week in Tech

A fresh face on the iPod Apple has officially revealed a brand new iPod Touch, and has also announced a gaggle of new colour options for the entire iPod line. We reported a few weeks back that the latest iTunes update leaked this information ahead...

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Trends

Feeling the burn: Thomas Mailaender's illustrated people

We’ve heard about suffering for your art, but this takes things to a new level. French artist Thomas Mailaender applied 23 photographic negatives to models skin, searing them with a UV lamp. The result? Some really beautiful effects, that conjure...

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FCB Inferno defines shit hot

What does that even really mean today? To be fully integrated. On the back of winning 10 Cannes Lions, including a grand prix and a glass lion for This Girl Can, FCB Inferno is proving its might with a run of digital wins and hires. So let's take...

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Top 10 Hires of the Week

GPY&R Melbourne GPY&R Melbourne has promoted Jake Barrow to the position of creative director. Barrow has been with the agency for four years and has lead multi award winning projects for Schweppes, Public Transport Victoria and the Australian...

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Account Wins of the Week

VCCPme - PDSA PDSA has awarded VCCPme its direct account following a competitive pitch, which was handled by the AAR. PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity, with 51 pet hospitals and over 380 pet practices working tirelessly to provide...

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The lost art of throwing a TV out of a hotel room

Iv'e been a semi-professional musician for over a decade now, but have yet to trash a hotel room, snort drugs from a stripper's behind or destroy a television in a fit of adrenaline fuelled madness. So basically, the movies lied to me. Of course,...

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