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Inspiration

Thanks but no thanks - the rejection letter from hell.

The Great Depression aside, there has rarely been a worse time to apply for a job. And yet for anyone leaving college or school, or simply attempting to recover from the cruelty of redundancy, it has never been more essential. So with high hopes and...

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Inspiration

The best opening titles to movies

Opening titles to a movie should tell us more than simply the name of the flick. At best they should draw us in, set the scene, tantalize, wake us up, introduce us to a weird new world, make us laugh or failing all that - just simply entertain. What...

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Inspiration

The yolk's on us - the Creme Egg story.

Easter's a bit confusing, isn't it? I've managed to get my head around the crucifixion being on 'Good' Friday and Easter weekend falling on different dates every year - but now I find myself befuddled by the whole egg thing. Try as I might, I simply...

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Facebook Vs. CVs - is it ok for employers to stalk applicants?

As Facebook timeline is being pushed upon us more and more forcefully from the powers that be, you might want to stop and ponder the implications of opting to have your entire Facebook past accessible to all. Click on 2008 and photos of a stag night...

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Inspiration

Google's top ten April fools.

I suppose when you create the most useful invention since the Corby Trouser Press, you have the right  to outsmart your audience. And the good people at Google certainly like to take advantage of their elevated position on the first day of the...

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Inspiration

Go big. 10 awesomely epic ads.

From the moment the brief lands on the table and the creative team cast their eyes over the words 'TV Script' the salivating begins. Will this be the one? The one with the inexhaustible budget. The one that shouts 'GO BIG'. The one that doesn't...

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Inspiration

Is Groupon's copywriter on acid?

Like many other people, the first email to pop into my inbox each morning is from Groupon, offering me a wealth of hot stone massages, teeth whitening, stately home breaks and exotic cuisines for a fraction of their normal prices. I often sleepily...

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News

Quietly Redundant - the future for the QR code?

I'm not a classic early adopter. I don't queue outside Apple stores every time a plastic cover for the iPad is released, but I latch onto technology fairly quickly. I was online in the late nineties, had one of the first phase of free Spotify...

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Inspiration

Roald Dahl. More than mere talent

I've always been interested in creative people. Why they do what they do. Where their ideas come from. What makes them tick. Today, for no other reason than I want to, I thought I'd write something about a true legend and a prince among men: Roald...

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Advice

Digital Design and Development - The amalgamation of skills sets

In this month's article we will be looking at the grey area these days between front end design and development. Most of Source's clients have restructured their creative and tech departments forcing people to be able to design and build projects and...

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News

Great British Design

As the Olympics and the Jubilee draw closer there is an ever increasing sense of patriotism and British pride emulating from all around. The V&A are marking the event in their own intriguing way by staging a major exhibition entitled 'British Design...

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News

UK Mobile Advertising continues to grow

Mobile advertising has grown 132% in the first half of the year. The progression in the popularity of smartphones has led to mobile advertising revenues almost hitting £500 million in 2012. In the first 6 months of this year mobile advertising...

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Inspiration

Don't be worthy. Don't be dull. Your folio is you.

Tony Cullingham is principal of the famous Watford Creative Advertising course at West Herts College. The course at Watford is legendary and considered to be one of the very best in the UK. If you're trying to break into the business it is said that...

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Trailblazers

Colette Alexandratos Illustrator and Vector Artist "I am a self motivated, open minded, creative and hardworking individual who can adapt to a variety of styles, from hand drawn illustrations, to vector based artwork by working as an individual and...

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Inspiration

A postcard from the desert

Last year I wrote a piece and published it from Egypt while the population was engaged in an, ultimately successful, push to overthrow its president. Now I am back and writing this from Dahab, a town on the eastern coast of the Sinai peninsula where...

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Unmoving Pictures - great movies with terrible posters

Now Hollywood is the territory of bean counters rather than creative visionaries, we should be not at all surprised when Space Chimps 4 fails to live up to its, admittedly limited, promise. However, back in the mists of time, truly great movies were...

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News

4 great ads - all banned

Violent. Rude. Sexist. Dangerous. And harmful to animals. Here's some top TV ads that have fallen foul of the authorities. Suicide Bomber. Volkswagen Here's an idea. How about we show a suicide bomber in an ad designed to show the VW Polo as a...

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News

The Guardian's Three Little Pigs

Last week The Guardian launched a major campaign to showcase what it terms ‘open journalism' and its multi-platform credentials. The storyline for the main ad, devised by BBH London and directed by Ringan splices the story of the The Three...

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Inspiration

Lessons from a freelancer

I was a human rights worker, specialising in gender and conflict in West Africa, when my first book was published. The freelance life appealed to my sense of adventure, so I tendered in my resignation. Here, in no particular order, are the lessons...

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When busking meets big business

In the eighties and nineties I lived in London and throughout that time, London Underground put buskers on a par with the small, grey, dusty mice running between the rails. That is, vermin ripe for extermination. Okay, maybe not extermination, but...

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Features

Agency v freelance. Better pay, better work or better life?

Years back it was said that creative people that chose to go freelance were either too old to be considered for full-time employment or simply not good enough to cut it in a top agency. In those days, I’m going back to the 80’s here, the...

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Inspiration

Trailblazers

Jon Baker Photographer, Picture Researcher, Retoucher " Provide a high level photographic retouching service. My work has included Hair and beauty campaign's for Loreal and Wella Portraits of The Prince of Wales to accompany the Alan Titchmarsh...

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Inspiration

Inspirational women in advertising and design

From YouTube, some of the finest female minds in the creative business provide us with a bit of insight into their working lives. Rosie Arnold It's all about enthusiasm and charm rather than being a tough...

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Ursa majors - the ten best known bears in advertising.

Jeremy You know the Honey Monster? Big, funny, cuddly, kooky old rug? Cold-blooded, careerist vampire more like. Because those of us in our forties know he usurped Jeremy Bear, casting him out of his proud role as the face of Sugar Puffs; condemning...

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Features

Creative Directors on camera

From YouTube, leading advertising creatives explain what they do, why they do it and what excites them. Bill Bernbach on Creative Qualities. 'The basis for persuasion is to understand what motivates a man' Brilliant stuff from the greatest...

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Inspiration

Late-night genius

You’ve been working on a nightmare brief for the last four days. It’s been a dog and so far you’ve come up with zero. You’re staring out of your office window and slowly but surely the panic begins to set in. It’s...

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Features

What's the problem with the Big Fat Gypsy Weddings campaign?

This week Channel 4 has attracted considerable attention. Its high-profile, much discussed ‘documentary’ strand Big Fat Gypsy Weddings has returned to a big fat viewing audience and water-cooler debate over the style merits of pineapple...

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Advice

Know your value and prepare to negotiate!

by Richard Bloom, Purple Consultancy. The past 18 months or so have seen the creative industries recover from the recent recession at an astonishingly fast pace, at least from our point of view as recruiters it has. It is still very much a...

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Inspiration

Where's the love? Have we had enough of sex in advertising?

For decades brand marketeers have worked hard to draw a direct link between a product and the possibility of success with the opposite sex (they’ve rarely been brave enough to suggest a connection with same sex relationships outside specialist...

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News

50 Years of Sunday Times Magazine Covers

My God, this is going to be a disaster, said Roy Thomson, the owner of The Sunday Times back in 1962. He was talking about the launch of the very first colour magazine to be included with a newspaper a maverick step forward and gamble when newspapers...

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Advice

10 Golden Rules for Freelancers

Mark interviewed leading freelancers from the fields of 3D illustration, animation, visual effects, games and architectural visualisation to uncover their strategies for success. These were his key findings... 1. Test the market first Make sure...

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Meet Nick Asbury. Award winning copywriter.

Nick is a writer for branding and design. His work has won two Yellow Pencils in D&AD Writing for Design and appeared in the annual four more times. Personal projects include Corpoetics, a collection of poems made by rearranging corporate copy, and...

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