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Browse the latest news, blogs and thoughts from across the creative sector.

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Advice

Opinions - Who cares what you think, Mr. Freelancer?

by Ashley Morrison There are a great many perks to being a freelancer (if you’re regularly employed, obviously). A lot of variety, regular change of scene if you work on site for multiple clients, working days to suit your personal schedule,...

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News

Kellogg's first Tweet Shop

Kellogg's has opened what it is calling the "World's First Tweet Shop". This fantastic idea by Kellogg's is opening in London today to launch the new range of Special K Cracker Crisps. Wonderfully simple, tweet with the hashtag #TweetShop and get...

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Advice

Opinions - Tweeting for crisps.

by Magnus Shaw Special K eternally pitched as a "healthy" food, it's now at the centre of an "eat this and wear smaller jeans" campaign. It must be going well, because a line of Special K snacks has been launched named "Cracker Crisps." It's no...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... What we saw at the London Design Festival (2012)

by Jessica Hazel Last Thursday we wandered around the Brompton district of London Design Festival 2012, sampling beers, cheese and pretzels and an array of up and coming and established designers newest ideas. Here are a few of our...

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Features

Speakers Corner: Phil Dearson - Advertising is a Tax.

Welcome to the CP Soapbox! Speaker's Corner is an opportunity for industry boffins to take centre-stage and put the (creative) world to rights. But we don't want to stop there! We want comments from 'the floor' so if you've got something you want...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Google's amazing new HQ

by Ashley Morrison OK, let's pretend that you haven't read the title of this blog (or looked at the first picture) and see if you can guess what sort of building this describes: "It's all about human beings and that's it! Think sunken snugs,...

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Inspiration

CP Loves...Gerry Anderson. The movie director that never was.

by John Fountain When I was a young lad one of my greatest joys was screened on ITV on Saturday mornings. It was an action-packed TV production with high-octane plots, daring dos and heroics that young boys, raised on a diet of Bobby Moore, Scooby...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Philip Treacy and his miscellaneous millinery.

by Jessica Hazel. As London Fashion Week SS2013 reaches its climax, the last few glasses of free champagne will be downed and fashion's most committed followers will have to pack away their outrageous outfits for another six months. Fashion Week is...

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Advice

Opinions - Why do creative agencies all talk the same?

by John Fountain I'll wager that if you visit any creative agency's website and go to the "About" page you'll find that, though the pictures and design might be poles apart, the words themselves will all be pretty much the same. Which is weird when...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... The glass dome of the Reichstag.

by Ashley Morrison One of Berlin's most impressive buildings was actually British designed: the extraordinary glass dome sitting atop the Reichstag, built by Sir Norman Foster. I'll be honest, I was surprised to learn that the Germans asked a Brit...

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Events

London Fashion Week 2012

It’s that time of year when the world’s leading fashionistas descend on the capital to let the high street know what everyone should be wearing this season. According to the 2010 Value of the UK Fashion Industry report, British fashion is...

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Inspiration

Opinions - Stephen Hawking - the man. The brand.

by Magnus Shaw Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe - throughout the modern era, one or two human beings have exceeded their brief to be carbon-based lifeforms, walking around, eating dinner and making other carbon-based lifeforms. For want of...

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Events

London Design Festival 2012

The London Design Festival is celebrating it's 10th year with new exhibitions, installations, workshops and the launch of the Global Design Forum. The festival celebrates London as the design capital of the world. This year Trafalgar Square is home...

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Advice

Opinions - Copywriters: Are you Mac or PC?

by John Fountain A few months back I started a new full-time job. Now, I won't get myself into trouble by naming the agency, but it didn't quiet work out the way I would have liked. So after 10 days into the job, I quit. The problem was that this...

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Advice

Get the most from the hard work you perform by Halcyon Management

Are you looking for better returns from the hard work you perform? As freelancers become more common in the work place so do the solutions that enable contractors to maximise their earnings. From Limited Companies to offshore trust solutions. Which...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Berlin's East Side Gallery

by Ashley Morrison Understandably, a lot of people hate graffiti, mainly because it takes the form of the pointless defacement of public or private property with little more than large and ugly "tags," carried out by people who are - usually -...

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Advice

Opinions - Should creative people live with creative people?

by John Fountain Cast your eyes over to the right hand side of this blog and you'll notice something called "Date a Creative". For all the time that I've been writing blogs for Creativepool, I admit I haven't given that web banner very much...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Designers In Residence at the Design Museum.

by Jessica Hazel. Today marks the opening of the 5th Annual Designers In Residence exhibition at the Design Museum. The 2012 brief, entitled "Thrift," invited designers to explore whether or not it is more difficult to produce a refined design for...

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Advice

Opinions - Help yourself. Is it ever okay to nick an idea?

by Magnus Shaw An enormous advertising company (Leo Burnett) and a small creative film company (Asylum) have had a difficult couple of weeks. It's a tangled tale but essentially Asylum produced a film for the McDonald's charitable foundation for Leo...

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Advice

Opinions- Are client amends a daily kick in the teeth?

by John Fountain If there's one thing that creative people and account handlers have in common it is that neither are telepathic, telekinetic or have the power to read minds. Yet it seems many clients think otherwise. Work that has been carefully...

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Inspiration

CP Loves...Toilet humour

by Ashley Morrison When I went to Sketch in London's Conduit Street recently for a rather posh birthday tea, the last thing I expected to be talking about over my cup of Darjeeling and my strawberry tart were the toilets. Usually, the only time I...

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Advice

Opinions - What does the future hold for an old creative?

by John Fountain Like it or not, the industry we work in is youth biased. They don't tell you this when you first start out on your career, but the fact is, when you reach about 40 years of age the trajectory of your career will change. Unless you...

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Advice

Opinion - The will to live. How complacency is ruining retail.

by Magnus Shaw I hope you enjoyed your Bank Holiday, thunder storms and all. I did some light shopping on Sunday, such is my hectic rock and roll lifestyle. My good lady wife and I wanted to make a couple of specific purchases: some reading glasses...

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Advice

Opinions - The voice over artist

by John Fountain Successful voice-over talents often earn thousands in session fees and residuals, and more frequently than not, in less time than a half hour of work. Becoming a successful voice-over talent for television and radio commercials,...

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Advice

Opinions - Jesus The Howler Monkey

by Ashley Morrison Hey, don't shoot the (blasphemous) messenger. I'm not the one restoring pictures in Spanish churches. In case you missed it, last week I woke up to BBC Breakfast reporting on a poor, misguided, elderly Spanish lady who in turn had...

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Advice

Opinions - Brand GB. As seen from USA

by John Fountain I was in the US during the entirety of the Olympic Games. As I wasn't able to secure any tickets to any of the events I couldn't see any particular reason for sticking around. So me and my mob headed in the opposite direction to...

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