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Why non-designers need their own design event

By Emma Sexton, Founder and Creative Director at Make Your Words Work™ How many times as a designer have you heard the phrase can you ‘make it look pretty?’. When this is the request you know that you will be used at the end of the...

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Technology

The Week in Tech

Apple make a Swift reappraisal of their Music service Social media appeared to almost collapse in on itself last week when Taylor Swift decided to bite one of the many hands that fed her and take on Apple. If you've been living under a digital rock...

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Technology

Two hot companies transforming Educational Tech

Two new products have been announced recently which could really help bring young people into the world of technology at a younger age and in a more substantial and meaningful way. For the very young (toddlers and younger) there's the Ily, a voice,...

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Amazing In Motion: The new Lexus Hoverboard

Back to the Future 2 promised much of 2015. It promised us self-tying shoelaces, flying cars, 19 Jaws films, and hoverboards, neither of which have materialised in the public realm at the time of writing. This could all be set to change though,...

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Cannes Lions 2015: Instagram Highlights Day 5

We’re wrapping up the Instagram coverage from Cannes, but we’re sure the party doesn’t stop here. So let’s take a lil’ look at the talks and words of wisdom floating around the festival. Matt Eastwood vs Albert...

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Awards

Podcast from Cannes Lions Festival

Want to hear some of the most creative minds on the planet talk about their craft? Broadcasting from the world's biggest advertising festival, The Jungle Drum podcast will deliver revealing interviews with some of the most notable names in the...

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Design

Meet the Judges 2015!

The FRESH AWARDS are back and with a BRAND NEW panel! Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to introduce you to this year's 'In-house design team' judges. We have a 50/50 gender policy to ensure equality and diversity on our panel. All of judges have...

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Saatchi's NDS returns to its roots for 25th anniversary

At the Palais des Festivals in Cannes yesterday (Thursday 25 June) as part of this year's Cannes Lions festival, Saatchi & Saatchi celebrated 25 years of the New Directors’ Showcase with a one-off screening of a brand new film. The idea was to...

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Top 10 Hires of the Week

Critical Mass Critical Mass, the global digital experience design agency, has hired Grant Owens as its Chief Strategy Officer. Owens, who is based in New York and was formerly the GVP Head of Planning at Razorfish North America, will lead the...

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Account Wins of the Week

Y&R New Zealand – Autotrader After a competitive pitch, the iconic kiwi motoring brand Autotrader has appointed Y&R NZ to handle creative and media accounts. Autotrader is one of the most trusted automotive brands in New Zealand, with online...

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Technology

Meet the robot that gets smarter when it changes shape.

War is hell, they say. So perhaps it's not surprising the stuff of nightmares is funded by the military. The US military to be precise. Yes, the American Army is putting cash dollars into into a robotic cockroach. What's more, it's an intelligent,...

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Cannes Lions 2015: Instagram Highlights Day 4

It’s all about the winning at Cannes Lions today. And The Kardashians, apparently. Kim took over the Daily Mail boat party and Instagram has gone bonkers. But that’s not to forget all those Lions that are finding new homes in some of the...

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Cannes Lions Winners: Day 3

Leo Burnett Leo Burnett Worldwide won 10 Lions in total across the Cyber and Design categories yesterday, bringing its total award count to 54. Leo Burnett Buenos Aires won a Gold Lion in the Cyber category for the Samsung “Safety Truck”...

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The Week in Advertising

72andSunny Amsterdam – If Carlsberg Did Haircuts Carlsberg recently launched the latest instalment in its ongoing “If Carlsberg did” films, a series that has historically been a little hit or miss, but is firing on all cylinders here. Created...

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Cannes Lions 2015: Instagram Highlights Day 3

The Cannes party is showing no sign of winding down, but then we didn't really expect that. It's been all about reality TV and music mogels giving talks, with tech companies like Apple once again making waves (for their 'Shot On An iPhone 6'...

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Technology

Raspberry Pi gets first official accessory

As technology advances, it's also getting smaller, to the extent that most of us now harbour in our front pockets, computers (lets call a spade a spade right?) significantly more powerful than those first sent us to the moon. This need to shrink our...

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Cannes Lions Winners: Day 2

Cannes Lions 2015 - Highlights from Day Two Ogilvy & Mather After a phenomenally successful first full day at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2015, Ogilvy & Mather found even greater success yesterday by walking away with 45...

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Design

Leash your Lion at Cannes this year

“Not everyone can win a lion, but anyone can lose it,” so states the first tweet sent on Monday morning from a mysterious new account that we're still not 100% sure is legitimate or not. Dubbed the "Lion Leash,” the project...

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Social Media

How the Google algorithm stole a blogger's domain name.

You may remember, in the early days of the internet, some very smart cookies enriched themselves considerably by buying up the domain names they figured would be in demand, just as soon as major corporations woke up to the new technology. Smart...

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Features

Fancy a break, freelancers? Become an employee again

In April of this year, I quit my part-time job of 15 years (almost to the day). Until then, two days a week, I was one of a number of pairs of hands… (ugh! What an ugly way of putting it! But I’m leaving it in because there’s...

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Cannes Lions 2015: Day 2 Instagram Highlights

So, today’s round up is all about celeb power, tech stars and some of the Cannes Lion’s winners who’ve made their mark. We’ve even thrown in some nice views too. If you're out an about in Cannes and want to get your photo...

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The Award Roundup (Sans Cannes)

Bazillion Pictures sweep the ADDYs Union Station Comes Alive - Quixotic, Bazillion Pictures and BIC Media Bazillion Pictures won a Gold National ADDY at The American Advertising Federation (AAF) 2015 Award Show earlier this week for its work on the...

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Cannes Lions Winners: Day 1

It's that time of year again, when the advertising descends upon the south of France in a tsunami of designer shades and branded belt buckles for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and those who didn't get an invite are left with...

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Technology

Seymourpowell design the world's most ethical smartphone

It's a constant 24 month cycle we've all become sadly accustomed with. The semi-ritualistic shedding of one smartphone for another as our contracts expire and we look to the newest handsets on the market for our next technological fix. The Dutch...

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Events

Can't make Cannes? You can still make CANNT

With speculation and anticipation rife as Cannes Festival of Creativity approaches, it is only fair that those who can’t go to Cannes, can go to CANNT. Mr. President partners with creative hub The Hospital Club, to bring you this year’s...

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Countdown to our party in Cannes!

As the official partner of Cannes Lions Festival, Creativepool is taking their Pool Party concept to Cannes on the evening of Thursday 25th June 2015. Co-hosted by the likes of Massive Music, The Industry Club, The Foundry, Creative Translation and...

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How to attend Cannes from home

The Cannes Lions festival is amazing, but equally as expensive. In fact, by our calculations, a bare bones trip would cost over $7,000. By following channels, social media accounts, and advertisers, you can get an all-access pass to Cannes Lions...

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Design

This is what it's like to be Dyslexic

It's common sense that when it comes to fonts in the worlds of design and advertising, the more easily readable the better right? Graphic designer Daniel Britton has bucked convention (and some might argue his marbles) with a new font that he's...

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Wieden + Kennedy supports the LGBTQA community and pilots

Wieden + Kennedy New York launched a couple of wilfully eclectic, but equally inspiring campaigns this week. First off, their social media & outdoor campaign for the Equinox gym launched with bespoke murals by Los Angeles based artist and designer...

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Technology

The Week in Tech: E3 2015 Special

Every June, the gaming industry converges on the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, affectionately known to gamers worldwide as E3. The expo has, in parallel to the industry itself, grown from humble beginnings to...

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Cannes Lions 2015: Day 1 Instagram Highlights

Cannes Lions is upon us, and all week we’ll be bringing you the best of the backstage moments courtesy of Instagram users everywhere. La Croisette boulevard is heaving with creatives, and you can have a sneak peek at what’s going down....

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Top 10 Hires of the Week

72andSunny Amsterdam 72andSunny Amsterdam made another exciting announcement this week, appointing Stuart Harkness as its new Executive Creative Director, partnering with Carlo Cavallone. Formerly a Creative Director at Wieden + Kennedy London and...

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Account Wins of the Week

Leo Burnett – Brooks Running Company Brooks Running Company, the US designers of famously superior running shoes and apparel, selected Leo Burnett as it's global creative agency of record this week, with the account to be led out of Leo Burnett's...

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Video Games

Shenmue 3 breaks Kickstarter

Whilst some might say that Kickstarter is little more than an unnecessary middle-man, many others have argued that it has revolutionised the way in which the creative industry interacts with its fans by effectively bridging the gap between creator...

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Thinkmodo finds the strongest Meter Maid in NYC

Thinkmodo have made yet another viral video (remember their Devil Baby ad?), and this time its not as scary and a bit more believable. Or at least, it’s believable that a New York City taxi driver and Meter Maid could get into a huge argument....

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Design

Happy London visions with artist Sandrine Boulet

Sandrine Boulet has given London a much-needed cheeky makeover with her cartoon inspired designs. Forget those grey towers or the pigeons down at Trafalgar Square, and instead enjoy these magical Mary Poppins moments and sausages riding the tube. If...

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