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Features

How to sell football boots. Nike's top four telly ads.

The year is 1988. Dan Weiden, creative director of ad agency Wieden and Kennedy is attending a meeting at his client Nike’s offices. He and a group of employees are seated around a table and the employees are explaining the Nike approach to...

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We're all writers now. How recession damages copywriting.

There are many signs that something is going wrong. The scarcity of invitations to join the staff of a particular agency; the lack of requests to pencil out dates in your diary and the distant memory of those top-dollar, overnight emergency...

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Inspiration

The 15 best animated music videos

Animated music videos only crop up once in a blue moon but when they do they can really bring a song to life. As the number of animation techniques and styles has increased over time, the videos on offer have become increasingly diverse. Spanning...

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Design for Living: a Room for London

As installations go, A Room for London is about as unique an example as you'll ever find. A one-bedroom apartment in the shape of a boat, it's perched high on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank. Chosen from over 500 entries...

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Why has British TV advertising lost its sense of humour?

Last year, Nick Gill, executive creative director at BBH, was writing about the 2011 Arrows Awards. He made some interesting points about TV and how we seem to be watching more of it these days, rather than less. He said that we Brits are now...

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Take your pick. Why consumer choice is not always a good thing.

Social media is currently the marketing Holy Grail. Formerly sceptical clients are now convinced that, properly leveraged, Facebook and twitter will open up a treasure trove of commerce. Against this backdrop, Dutch airline KLM is offering its...

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Inspiration

Keep Calm, it's another Keep Calm novelty item.

'Keep Calm and Carry On' was the third in a series of Government-approved World War II posters to keep up morale amongst the people. The message was said to be directly from King George VI, the posters were white text on a red background with the...

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Inspiration

10 of the best packaging designs

From cool and tasteful to wacky and downright weird, effective product packaging can enable a product to be seen in an entirely new light. Here are ten of my absolute favourites. From spaghetti to headphones, this list covers all and any types of...

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Inspiration

Retrospective: Trailblazers of 2011

Nakia Matthewson Creative, Art Director - Broadcast, Graphic Designer - Production "Passionate, driven and motivated by creative individuals, I thrive on the chance to collaborate with creative minds. I am inspired by those who dare to do things...

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The Artist. Why the producer deserves the loudest applause.

In case you've haven't noticed, there's a new silent film called The Artist and it's getting some rave reviews. Not only is it silent, it's also shot entirely in black and white. It doesn't have any big name actors in it and the storyline is about a...

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Wedded bliss - discovering an inspiring media hub.

It'a college. No it's not, it's a record label. Sorry, it's a TV studio. Hang on, no, it's a computer games firm. Let's start again. Confetti is definitely a bar and meeting place. And all of the above, it seems. Nestling in the centre of...

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What 5000 video diaries sound like.

The Saatchi Gallery has just opened a new film and screening room, just around the corner from the Saatchi Gallery on the King's Road. The first artist to take up residence in this room is Christopher Baker, a scientist-turned-multimedia artist who...

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The 10 coolest art toy designers

From minimalist character designs loosely resembling people to bizarre futuristic characters, the world of art toys is a platform through which designers are really showing their creativity. Often abstract, surreal, futuristic, cartoon-inspired and...

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Less than meets the eye

We've been spoilt. The delights of the modern media have ruined us. Our predecessors would have little or no idea what a polar bear was, let alone be presented with the vision of one giving birth to unbelievably sweet baby polar bears. But now, we...

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@Rupertmurdoch - Twitter's newest recruit.

Twitter is a platform frequented by young liberals and techy celebrities, or their PR companies, but New Years Eve welcomed a very interesting new recruit, no less then Britains most-hated OAP Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch has previously referred to the...

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News

Get it on for the end of the world.

'The Lynx Effect' has always been a brilliant advertising slogan. Its simplicity has stuck with the brand for years and has helped the deodorants to become the highest selling male grooming product in the world. But the latest ploy by Lynx owners...

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Strife is tweet - a top ten of Twitter scandals

1. Social sausage Anthony Weiner (oh the irony!) denied everything and blamed hackers (they always do), when a photo of his genitals was tweeted from his account and sent to a woman in Seattle. The problem was that Weiner, at the time, was one of...

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Advice

The 40 best sites, tools & apps of 2011

During 2011 we discovered some unbelievably cool and useful sites and apps and shared the best we found in our fortnightly newsletters. Here we have condensed these into an even more exclusive list of the forty coolest sites, tools and apps of the...

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Spotlight: Sunell Lombard

Sunell's story begins in Uniondale, South Africa, where after studying Fine Art for 4 years later, it suddenly dawned on her that by doing so she'd probably doomed herself to life of poverty and rejection. In her panic she decided not to change...

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Advice

What does 2012 have in store for us?

In truth no one knows. Conversations we’ve had with many of our clients show that 2012 holds a certain unpredictability, which is making many a little nervous. There seem to be a lot of pitches around and enough work for everyone but with the...

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Inspiration

Ronnie Wood: I Can Get Art Satisfaction

You can't get much more rock 'n' roll than the Rolling Stones...and you can't be more rock 'n' roll than Ronnie Wood, with his former lifestyle of drink, drugs, sex and out-and-out hedonism. But I recently stumbled across a gallery just off London's...

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Advice

Free pitching is a bit like going to the dentist

Recently I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed. The experience was not dissimilar to the free pitches I've taken part in; horribly painful but unavoidable. And afterwards you feel you've left a little piece of yourself behind... Free pitching,...

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Spotlight: Brendan O'Reilly

"I treat every brief as if has the potential to be the best work I've ever done." - Brendan O'Reilly How long have you been a Freelancer for? Just over a year (having worked in ad agencies for over 20 years). Describe your work in one...

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Inspiration

The 10 Coolest Google Doodles

Since their arrival many blue moons ago, the customised Google logos (or 'Google Doodles' to give them their correct adopted name) have become a staple part of using the search engine. From retro arcade games to famous figureheads in science and...

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Inspiration

How cool is your office?

It's a well known fact that some agencies spend huge chunks of their hard earned money turning lifeless commercial spaces into bastions of creativity. These interiors provide insight as to the breadth and depth of their thinking and creative...

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Features

Who's killing copywriting?

Recent months have seen a swathe of articles predicting the end of the traditional, journalistic newspaper. Indeed, I have commented on the topic on Creativepool. But, as far as I'm aware, there has been no suggestion that the art of copywriting may...

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SheSays the world's only creative platform for women.

I don't have to tell you that it's tough out there at the moment. It's there each time you turn on the news. Inflation this, growth index blah. But it would seem that us ladies are getting a tougher ride than the gents. A recent unemployment report...

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Advice

Ten of the best font sites

The number of fonts available for easy download has reached an enormous quantity. Similarly, the number of font 'search and download' sites has also taken off massively. With each font site incorporating its own unique features and novelties there is...

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Advice

How to... Create an employee brand that people believe in.

In almost every business the attraction and retention of staff is a key requirement and often burning issue that management teams spend hours debating and a great deal of money trying to get right. In this article we look at creating a brand that...

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Features

Turning litter into literature

Over the last few weeks 26 writers have been charged with the task of writing short stories based on various scraps of paper found somewhere between Waterloo and Clerkenwell. The rain-swept, wind-strewn, handwritten scraps had been collected by Andy...

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Advice

How to... Write a winning CV.

There are hundreds of techniques and ideas that people have about how to write the perfect CV. Writing a winning CV for work in the creative industries is different from most industries. If you are a creative then quite often a great portfolio will...

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Inspiration

The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

Turner Prize-winning artist and craftsman Grayson Perry is one of the most recognisable figures on today's art scene. Perhaps due to gaps in my knowledge and certain preconceptions (or misconceptions), I had never really taken to him before dressing...

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5 minutes with... Paul Knott - Creative Director at AMV BBDO

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Creative Director at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO. What does that involve? Walking across Regents Park each morning into an inspiring, grown up agency. Alongside my creative partner, Tim Vance,...

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Features

M&S and the eradication of Frankie Cocozza

I chuffing hate X-Factor. I hate the contestants, the judges, the constant over-dramatisation always to the soundtrack of a Snow Patrol or Coldplay and most of all I hate the fact that it's all people seem to be talking about. So with all that in...

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Inspiration

Ten of the best HTML editors

From needing to make a few simple HTML tweaks to a full website overhaul, there is a huge range of HTML editors available to download today. Ranging from the simple to the complex, and from the free to the costly, here are ten editors which stand out...

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