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Inspiration

Does London Stifle Creativity?

Sunday night often sees me sitting at my laptop trying to rustle up some inspiration for my weekly blog post. Sometimes inspiration comes easily - trying my luck (successfully) at getting an interview with Ben Eine last week was a no-brainer, given...

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Features

Meet Adam and Dan

Dear Creative Director, Adam Lowe and Daniel Needham are a junior creative team looking for full-time employment in a top agency. Hey, it could be yours! These guys won a D&AD New Blood Award last year and were commended by YCN in 2010. I don't...

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Features

Who wants to be in Creative Review?

We all do. Let's face it, that's the honest answer. We're all creatives, therefore we're all big, blinking show-offs, therefore we want our work splashed across a ruddy great DPS in the next available issue of CR. And don't say you don't, because you...

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Features

Meet Richard Selbourne

Richard has won awards at D&AD, Creative Circle, British Television, Campaign Press, the Clios, Australian Award, the Aerials, UK Radio and Cannes. Today he is Head of Creative at HPS Group in Marlow, Bucks. Hi Richard, for an out of town agency...

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Features

What is the last taboo in advertising?

Pedro Simko, General Manager of Saatchi & Saatchi in Switzerland says: ‘I compare the advertising message to a conversation between friends. Everything that is said between friends can, in my opinion, be said in advertising.'

 It's a...

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Features

Dr Who theme standing the test of time(lords)...

I can name three things which sent me running for cover behind the sofa when I was a child. The film Jaws especially with the entry of John Williams' iconic two-note blood-chilling theme; another Jaws, but this time from James Bond, bearing his...

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Features

Shouldn't banks just stop advertising?

When you're as reviled as the Black Death, figuring out a productive advertising strategy is quite a challenge. Indeed, some might suggest shutting your fat gob and staying well off the radar might be a good call. But when you're a megalomaniacal...

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Inspiration

Nostalgic Advertising- why fix it if it aint broke?

When it comes to trends, what goes around comes around. Trends will invariably repeat themselves once enough time has passed for them to become 'In Vogue'again. This is true across the board, from fashion and interiors to music and lifestyle choices....

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Inspiration

Whatever happened to Creative Independents?

Back in the 1990's we had a big recession in the UK. It was bad times. Lots of agencies were hit and many people lost their jobs. As usual with this industry, quite a few talented creative folk found themselves out of work. But out of adversity...

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Inspiration

What makes a bad logo bad (and a good logo good)?

Unlike Naomi Klein, I like logos. In fact, I think everyone should have one. Not just every company every single person. We could do away with those boring, old fashioned signatures and photos and just stick our personalised logo on things like...

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Features

Do you have a client from hell?

We all know the overused retail mantra 'the customer is always right'. It's been rammed into our consciousness since we got our first Saturday shops as grumpy teenagers and began having to deal with The Great British Moron. In my experience, the...

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Features

Remember the SodaStream? Get busy with the fizzy again!

Do you remember the SodaStream? If you were a child back in the '80s, you were either the envy of your friends if you had one or else you were looking longingly at it in your friend's house and pestering your parents for one. Well, it's back...

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Advice

How creative is your brief?

I bet there are many things your agency can claim to be good at. But is one of them writing a creative brief? I was reading the adliterate blog the other day and there was a post about how clients should go about writing creative briefs. That got me...

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Inspiration

Who designed punk rock?

For those of you too fresh of face and short of tooth to remember, the punk movement spewed into the mainstream from the basements of Soho and shops of the Kings Road during the feverish summer of 1976. For many, it was the most radical and...

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Features

Meet Andy Hayes (Part 1)

Andy has over 18 years' agency experience, mostly in project management and co-leads one of the design teams at The Partners. Or rather, he did, because in a few days he'll be saying a tearful goodbye to everyone, including his wife and family, and...

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Features

Stop me if you've heard this one ...

As a thrusting, upwardly-mobile creative professional, I'm sure you have many an anecdote primed and loaded for those moments when an Islington dinner party conversation sags a bit. After all, good creative work always tells a compelling story...

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Features

Patrick Collister on "Does digital need art directors?"

What do you call a designer who can't draw or use a computer? That's right. An art director. I found that posted on a blog. Ouch. And yet it is true that the role of the art director has been transformed by technology. When I was the creative...

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Inspiration

Best of TED

Back in 1984, TED was a conference that aimed to bring three worlds together: Technology, Entertainment and Design. Since then the scope has broadened and now it offers creative thinkers the ultimate 15 minute soapbox. So how about today we indulge...

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Features

Product placement and music - why the world's gone Gaga

More often than not, late-night, post-pub activities seem to include hap-hazard YouTube antics and for a while now it has been almost impossible not to watch Lady Gaga and Beyonce's power pop duet 'Telephone' for the hundred-and-somethingth...

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News

Calling all technophiles: the iPhone 4 is here

Last time I blogged about the iPhone, I was singing its praises while simultaneously warning that it could lead to serious relationship problems if it found its way into the bedroom. Don't get my wife started on Angry Birds, for instance. "Just one...

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Inspiration

World Cup Posters

So you're all ready to go. The brand new Full HDTV has arrived. The iPhone app uploaded. The Daily Star wall chart is mounted over the fireplace. And a replica of the trophy created entirely from beer cans has started to form in your lounge. Yes,...

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Features

Going underground

400 miles of track (only 150 of which are actually underground), 180 million passengers a year and one 300 foot moving walkway in engineering terms alone, the London Underground system is a staggering achievement. However, the role the network has...

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News

The future of London's skyline.

The Gherkin, The London Eye, the BT tower and One Canada Square are the great giants of London's skyline. One glance up in the air often takes your breath away as you contemplate the sheer scale of these structures. They also allow you to orientate...

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Features

Meet David MacGregor

David MacGregor is an internationally-awarded creative director and brand consultant with extensive experience in advertising, design, IT and publishing. He is co-founder and creative director of Idealog - the award winning magazine for New Zealand's...

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Features

Demanding branding

As BP's stricken rig barfed over 2000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico for the best part of a month, some wag suggested pouring gallons of vinegar into the ocean to create the world's largest salad dressing. But that's probably the extent...

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News

iPhone, iPad, therefore iAm.

A In two days time our lives, as we know them, are about to change forever. Why, you ask? Because the iPad is here of course. Do try to keep up, people. Apple are going to be opening their stores at 8am to accommodate the vast quantity of eager...

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Features

F1: We Have A Winner

There are few sports as glitzy and glamorous as Formula 1. It's like rock'n'roll without the drugs but with everything else. A multi-billion dollar industry with fast cars (er, obviously), dashing men in shades, 'pit babes' (apologies to the...

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Features

Meet Dave Morris

30 years ago I was a student trying to get into the business and Dave Morris was one of my course lecturers. Today he visits the leading advertising colleges in Milan, Amsterdam and England and has luminaries such as Dave Trott singing his praises....

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News

Japan: Censoring The Arts.

Creatives in Japan are currently up in arms about a new form of censorship legislation which is in the process of being approved by the authorities. The Federal Province of Tokyo has made it illegal for creative companies to portray any female...

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News

Dyson's Air Multiplier: it does what it says on the box.

This week, the soothsayers at BBC's weather centre promised me the dizzying heights of 22 degrees Celsius. Frankly, that would make a nice change because spring so far this year has been rubbish. If I didn't know better, I'd say that there was some...

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Features

Meet Rishi Dastidar

Rishi Dastidar is a copywriter for ad agency archibald ingall stretton. When he's not doing that, he pretends he's a digital native at his blog Being Beta. When hes not doing that, he pretends he's a poet. And when he's not doing that, he sits on the...

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Features

Feathering the nest

Would you like to own Twitter? I'm not selling it or anything, so don't reach for your cheque book just yet. But if you were richer than golden syrup, I'm guessing you might be tempted. Only, here's a note of caution Twitter has yet to make a penny...

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Features

Banned Adverts they've got it all wrong.

Today it has been announced that a Paddy Power advert depicting a team of blind footballers who mistake a cat for a ball during a match, has been banned. This can't come as any surprise to the bookmaking giants who are no strangers to controversy as...

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Ikea vs. Idea

A friend of mine is trying to buy his first flat, finally getting on to the property ladder in his mid-thirties. Not his fault, of course - he works like a B-word - but such is the cost of living in London. So anyway, last weekend, I accompanied this...

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