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Design

The Kapoor/Semple colour war continues

A feud we've been reporting on for what seems like forever, which has previously seen Anish Kapoor banned from using the “world's pinkest pink,” continues apace, with its creator, Stuart Semple, now prohibiting the artist (and his arch...

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Entertainment

Josh Gad and Halle Berry crown the winners of the Chivas Venture

Socially enterprising star Halle Berry crowned the winners of Chivas Venture’s $1 million prize fund last week at an exclusive event in Los Angeles. Berry, a judge on the night, and Josh Gad, the evening’s host, were both secured by...

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Advertising

Rothco go to unbelievable lengths to get Pants for Andy

A man from Ohio recently tweeted a complaint about his pants (trousers to us more cultured folks this side of the pond) to a Dublin-based creative agency rather than the intended American clothes manufacturer. Instead of just responding, they really...

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Social Media

Facebook Messenger ads start rolling out worldwide

Facebook Messenger ads are going global, whether we like it or not. After tests back in January proved promising in Australia and Thailand, the beta is now being expanded further, with businesses around the world now being offered a way to use...

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Advertising

Top 10 Account Wins of the Week

Droga5 - Tencent New York-based advertising agency, Droga5, has announced their newest client in Tencent Holdings Limited (“Tencent” or 00700.HK). Effective immediately, Droga5 will work with Tencent on strategic and creative development...

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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong has announced the appointment of two senior executives to new roles within the digital team in Hong Kong. Manolis Perrakis joins as Head of Creative Technology and Vivi Fitriani as Head of UX/UI....

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Advertising

Sexualised shaving ad banned by ASA

In these supposedly enlightened times, it's rare for an ad to provoke a significant moral outcry, at least to the extent that it gets pulled from existence. It happened earlier this year, of course, with the woeful ad that saw Kendall Jenner solve a...

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Design

OMA design Facebook: The Village

Given its relatively humble beginnings (see the film “The Social Network” for proof), and its general brand identity as the cool, calm cousin to Google's hyperactive uncle, Facebook is not a company that one would expect to possess the...

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Features

Creative Opinions: The Wunderman/Possible Merger

Mergers are funny old things. More often than not, they're lambasted as job-eating, austerity driven moves that are more about branding than innovation, and result in work that lacks personality and clients feeling like they've been thrown from...

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News

We want to see your best work: Enter by Friday, 28th July

Before you go on holiday this summer, you must cross one thing off your to-do list: Entering the 7th Annual Lovie Awards. The Extended Entry Deadline is on 28 July, so don’t delay! The Lovies honours the entire spectrum of the European...

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Advertising

HSBC and J. Walter Thompson get brits on their bikes

HSBC UK recently announced the launch of an integrated campaign as part of its eight-year partnership deal with British Cycling, the largest cycling organisation in Britain. Created as part of an integrated effort with Mindshare Worldwide, J. Walter...

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Design

2017 D&AD New Blood Winners Revealed

Last week, the Old Truman Brewery in East London opened its doors for the 2017 edition of the D&AD New Blood Festival. The festival showcased some of the best creative work from more than 1,000 students at design colleges and universities all over...

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Features

Consumers don’t want advertising bullsh*t

A view from Jason Foo... WARC’s ‘Lessons from the world’s best campaigns’ session at Cannes Lions was an impressive showcase in how brands ought to focus less on talk, and more on action. Josy Paul, Chairman and Chief...

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Technology

Visions in VR: Google experiments with VR advertising

VR is, currently, one of the few remaining new media refuges where advertising is largely non-existent. Up until this point, adland's relationship with VR has primarily been through sponsored activations, games and tailored 'experiences' that...

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Features

How AI can help us be more human again

From Leonardo da Vinci to the writer Zora Neale Hurston, artists throughout the ages have been inspired by muses. Today’s muses come in a very different form, however - like IBM cognitive computing system Watson. “It’s a new...

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Consumers don’t want advertising bullsh*t

A view from Jason Foo... WARC’s ‘Lessons from the world’s best campaigns’ session at Cannes Lions was an impressive showcase in how brands ought to focus less on talk, and more on action. Josy Paul, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer;...

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News

What happens when you blow the doors open?

Picfair is a revolutionary combination of experiments that might just change an entire industry. The first experiment is in openness. Image licensing has been a closed door for decades - despite living through the biggest proliferation of images in...

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