The Voice of the Creative Industry

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Advice

How to... Use your blog

Chris Unitt is the managing director of Meshed Media. He was editor of Created in Birmingham, winner of Best UK Blog 2008, before recently standing down and now helps artists and arts organisations to make the most of the internet. How to use your...

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Advice

Questions to ask at your interview.

Not having the right questions to ask your Interviewer at the end of an interview can leave the employer with a bad taste in his/her mouth. Just as you don't get a second chance at the beginning of an interview to make a first impression; so it is...

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Advice

Jinx's Magnificent 7 Creative Tips

By Jinx Jeffery, Dynamic News Alliances 1. Keep on top of all of the latest software! As a creative this is where your ideas are realised right down to the last file in production. CS5 was out in June and still it hasn't been adopted by many studios...

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Advice

The Agency Workers Directive (AWD)

October 11th 2011 may seem like a very long way away right now, but it marks a landmark date that affects every business that recruits freelance workers through a recruitment agency or business Most of you that are reading this article will have not...

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Advice

Improving market will improve recruitment standards

Source This month’s CP Career comes from Source - a specialist recruitment business, dedicated to the digital, integrated and traditional creative communications industry. They work to support the needs of advertising, marketing and design...

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Features

5 minutes with... Graham Pugh - Teamspirit

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I'm Executive Creative Director of Teamspirit. What does that involve? Managing a department of creative teams, designers, artworkers and digital people, writing ads and mailshots and online...

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Advice

Signs of change

Written by Toby Thwaites, Director, Purple Consultancy - Specialists in creative recruitment Toby Thwaites and Paul Wood founded Purple in June 2000. Purple provides recruitment consultancy to advertising, design, integrated marketing, publishing,...

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Features

5 minutes with... Graham Fink - Creative Director at M&C Saatchi

What does being a CD at M&C Saatchi really mean? I think they refer to it as spinning plates these days. But pretty much everything involving helping write strategies to pushing the creative teams to get the best out of them and then in some cases...

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Features

Fulfilment failure - the best way to waste a budget.

What's the best way to waste an advertising budget? Perhaps hiring Wayne Rooney would do the trick. Maybe booking loads of space in the breaks in '72 Degrees North' would squander that cash pretty effectively. How about a 48 sheet poster campaign at...

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News

Amy Winehouse launches a new collection for Fred Perry

Last week, the flagship Fred Perry store at Spitalfields had all of its windows blacked out. Inside, Amy Winehouse was putting on an exclusive gig for a lucky few to mark the launch of the new line she has designed for the British fashion institution...

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Features

Where now for the idea?

Most professionals provide an easily identifiable service. The lawyer offers his advice and representation, the dentist his drill and pink water. But the stock in trade of the professional creative is a little harder to pin down. Is the designer...

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Meet Alex Bamford. Art director and photographer.

Alex has been working in advertising for over 25 years. Today he works on the Land Rover, Lloyds and Dell accounts for RKCR/Y&R. Not content with working in one of the best agencies around, he also spends much of his spare time stuck behind a tripod,...

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Features

Supermarket Sarah

Supermarket Sarah A.K.A Sarah Bagner is a shop owner with a difference. She originally trained in graphic design and went on to work in corporate advertising for a few years but jacked it all in to run a vintage stall at Portobello Market which was...

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Inspiration

Working overseas

It's hard to believe I know, but the UK is not the be all and end all of creativity. If you're up for trying pastures new there are a few places worth heading for. Sure there's Australia, the US, New Zealand and Canada but frankly everyone goes...

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Advice

Failure to launch: why some brands don't make it.

Perhaps it's the money. Large budgets are often greeted by marketing teams in the same way Keith Richards welcomes a stiff drink. But the fact remains that endless resources are not always guaranteed to produce branding success. Far from it. The...

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Advice

Ryanair - the floating marketplace

Last week a couple of friends and I went to Berlin for a short break on the cheap. Unfortunately for us our tight budgets and last minute booking meant we had to fly with Ryanair, in the past this hasn't been much of a problem but we were unprepared...

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Features

Celebrity endorsements: can they really be that desperate?

There's nothing new about celebrities lending their name to a product in exchange for a fat wad of cash. Or, less frequently, because it's just out-and-out cool. James Bond will forever by synonymous with Aston Martin and Omega watches. There's even...

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Features

26 Seconds

London Design Festival 2010 has been something of a triumph for writers collective 26. Not content with dreaming up one of the more unusual LDF events in 26 Treasures, they've also teamed up with IVCA film makers to create a series of 26 second...

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Features

Motionless pictures - are graphic novels the new movies?

When we were kids (assuming everyone is over 40, because it makes me feel better) we read the comics and grown ups went to the pictures. Sure, we queued for Star Wars and Jaws, but flat images of impossibly ripped blokes and pneumatic ladies in...

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Features

26 Treasures

Great ideas come from anywhere. This is the story of how one great idea was born, how it was cared for and nurtured and how it has grown into one of the highlights of the 2010 London Design Festival. The idea came to Rob Self-Pierson. Rob is a...

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Inspiration

Souled. How religion uses advertising.

On 21st October 2008 a completely original advertising campaign was launched. Positioned on the sides of buses it carried the simple headline: 'There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life. This was the first time a marketing...

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Inspiration

Yarnbombing: how knitting became street.

Knitting has had somewhat of a revival in recent years. Gone are the connotations of ugly Christmas jumpers, lovingly constructed by your great aunt Edna, nowadays its designer hand knits which take the catwalks by storm and models knit and purl...

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Features

Professional development courses: a load of old tosh?

If, like me, you are registered with a number of job sites, you will probably get a weekly or even daily glut of emails telling you that you really ought to think about taking some sort of training course. Be it a course in Dreamweaver, Flash or...

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Features

Meet Matt Phillips

Matt is taking the plunge. He's a digital designer who is turning his back on the security of full time employment and going freelance. He knows this is a high-risk strategy. He knows it could all go pear shaped. But a few weeks in and he's finding...

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Features

Meet Andrew Finan

Andrew Finan is a UK entrepreneur who has worked with games most of his life. In the nineties he ran a series of international chess events in the USA, Russia, Germany, France, the UK and Spain. They culminated in the World Chess Championship Final...

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News

Adam and Jane - why the nation's favourite couple are in trouble.

I decided a few days ago that this week's blog instalment was going to be on the subject of Adam and Jane - the BT ad couple who seem to have captured the nation with the various fictional stages of their relationship over the past five years. As the...

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Features

A lot of Cillit Bang for your buck

Wandering around a supermarket when it's not busy like at 8am on a Saturday morning makes one of life's necessary evils ever so slightly more pleasurable. Not much more, admittedly I'd rather be asleep, for one thing but ever so slightly. One thing...

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Features

5 minutes with... Edward Lloyd-Williams - CScape

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I am the Creative Director of cScape What does that involve? Looking after the creative and UX needs of our clients. Meeting clients and presenting work. How did you get started in the...

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Should designers draw more?

Legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser once said, 'Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.' Now while one or two designers might want to argue that point, is it possible that we rely on the computer too much these days? Are the core...

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Features

Are you special?

I was very pleased to receive a big response to my recent piece on becoming a copywriter but one question really caught my attention. The correspondent asked me to suggest a 'type' of copywriting in which to specialise. This rather threw me, but it...

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Features

Rob Lowe just looked right at me!

For me, going to the cinema is often a slightly nervy business. When I go, I go because I like to see films on big screens with big sound how they're meant to be seen. I certainly don't go for a meal of slimy hot dog, popcorn, Revels and Coke, for...

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Features

Meet James Watt

BrewDog, a brewery with a difference, is the brainchild of 25-year old James Watt and his business partner and best mate Martin Dickie. Today it is Scotland's largest independently owned brewery producing about 120,000 bottles per month. But that...

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Inspiration

Angela Kohler

"When I was small I wanted to be a ballerina, or a painter, or a magician, or a trapeze artist. Now I am a photographer, which is kind of like being all of those things, only you get to fly more and don't have to worry as much about your figure." -...

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