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Our Biggest Build to Date: Behind the Scenes of Amy.com

12 months, 79 spreadsheets, 85.6GB worth of page designs, 90 design templates, 682.75 hours of coding, 137 Google Hangouts and four flights across 34,000 kilometers later and Amys.com was born. Find out how we did it here. This post reflects on our...

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What can digital marketers learn from start-ups?

Start-up ventures embrace uncertainty and put the customer first - two skills that digital marketers would do well to mirror. Digital marketing teams and start-ups have more in common than one might think. Both (usually) are understaffed, both need...

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What I look for in a Comic Artist...

I've commissioned a fair amount of art in my time. Some of it comic based, some just one-off pieces in a particular style for a particular brief. I know what I'm looking for and what I expect when I commission a project. In my side career as a comic...

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You need to find time to write…

I have a relatively busy life. Beyond my 9-6 job in London as a Creative Director, I have to spend 2 hours either side commuting to and from work, 5 days a week. I generally stagger in from 8pm, I find I'm pretty exhausted, hungry, creatively drained...

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YES Christmas is the best time to job hunt

Christmas is of course a time to reflect on the past year, meet up with friends, exchange gifts and celebrate, but did you know it is also the perfect time to look for a new job? You will be aware of some businesses are winding down and hiring has...

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5 Steps to becoming a great Web Developer

Cogs work with developers on a daily basis and over the years they have developed a clear understanding of what sets apart the ‘amazing’ and the ‘average’. If you can make sure you are doing all of the below, then you will...

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Harness the Power of "Why" In Your Brand Story

We all remember great stories. It’s what helps us make connections, strengthens our memories and inspires action. So it is no surprise that brands who use storytelling are the ones that get noticed. Storytelling in marketing is not a new...

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9 Golden Rules by The Pop Up Agency

Lessons we’ve learned along the way that has manifested into our guidelines which we today apply in all areas of our work. Goal Define a clear goal and make sure that all actions reflect the goal. Same page Make sure that everyone is on the...

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Does having a specialism make you more employable?

Creatives are getting very mixed messages at the moment. While perfecting one skill makes you an appealing hire, nowadays agencies want multidisciplinary talents who have a variety of skills. We recently took the debate to the people in the know,...

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Why Creative Talks are So Important Part 4: Growth

In the final part of our series on learning how to navigate the world of creative talks and events, and how to make the most of them, we turn our attention to using them for growth - both in terms of your business and personal prospects. If you have...

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Why Creative Talks are So Important - Part 3: Productivity

Having covered how to get yourself out there and conquer networking, and realising the benefits of attending creative talks and events, we now turn our attention to getting going with the work in question. After all, starting at something, no matter...

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Why Creative Talks Are So Important: Making the connection

Following on from our discussion last week on why creative talks are so important for a sense of inspiration, we’re now looking another reason we believe creative talks are vital to the creative world - networking. This article will look at how...

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The Number 2.1 - Let’s Not Live-Stream On Social?

As someone who works in innovation and talks about it a lot, I love new technology and trends. With the rise (and quick fall) of live streaming apps like Meerkat, we tend to get caught up in the hype and noise, thinking live streaming Is the...

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When UX meets the real world with Sarah Prag

Regardless if you are working in house or for an agency, most of you can likely identify with having been part of a project team and being the only expert on hand for your area of expertise. You might be the best at what you do, but sharing your...

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From Freelancer to Business Owner: How do you get there?

We’ve advised and helped many candidates make the switch from a permanent position to freelance when the right thing has come along and vice versa. We’ve previously shared some first hand advice for both, the switch from freelance to...

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Find Talent Faster: Search Update 5.1

We've produced a new guide on the changes we have made to how you can find the best in talent on Creativepool. The Creativepool People Search has gone through the second big update in 6 months. Most of this is behind the scenes giving you more...

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8 Tips on how to prepare for your interview

1. First Impressions Count A good handshake + eye contact is key. You need to sell yourself and the first 30 seconds are when the interviewer subconsciously makes decisions, so make it count. Jessica O’Dell - Principle Consultant - Specialist...

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What makes a good UX designer?

UX in digital continues to be a fast growing area, for which we seem to be recruiting for more and more often. Being in the fortunate position to be reviewing CVs and incredibly talented UX people, it becomes apparent that their career paths vary...

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Going freelance? We wrote the book

Going freelance: being your own boss, working flexibly, and taking charge in an industry you love. For many creative types, successful self-employment is the dream. As companies realise the benefits of outsourcing projects, the opportunity to...

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Power up your creativity with Adobe

Power your creativity with live sessions from inspirational artists. Join Adobe on 21st June through to 23rd June to power up your creativity with live sessions from inspirational artists. You'll also see what's new and cool in your favourite...

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Free online finance guide for freelancers

Unsure what your freelance rate should be? Fed up of pesky late-paying clients? Too scared to take a holiday? You need A Field Guide to Freelancer Finances! Packed with tips, reports, real life stories and much more, our free ebook is all about how...

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What is the future of creative talent?

Creativity in London is in a great place and the output of agencies is now as diverse as ever. Sure; there are still fantastic TV ads, such as this years British Arrows Commercial of the Year by AMV’s Mike Sutherland and Ant Nelson for Currys...

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Why should you work in advertising?

Jacques Séguéla founded the ad agency RSCG. He was also the author of a book called “Don’t tell my mother I work in advertising. She thinks I’m the piano player in a brothel.” According to our data, one in three of...

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To: Creative Industry Job Seeker - Subject: Re Generic Email

Hi, Thanks for your generic email regarding work. Unfortunately there aren’t any positions available at this time. If you’re open to suggestions then please see below for a less generic reply. But if you’re not ready to hear it,...

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How to write effective job adverts

Writing an effective job advert to attract the best candidates to your jobs is a very important part of using any job site. A simple rule as you are going through the process is to think about your target audience - ie. think what would you like to...

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How to find work as a freelancer

One of the most important things you’ll ever learn as a freelancer is that you’re never unemployed, you’re self-employed. You provide a service which means you’re a business and you work for that business. Like any business, you won’t get...

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The benefits of getting an agent

Getting an agent Agents promote creatives in a number of ways, including, on their websites, by personal one-to-one presentations to commissioning art directors/buyers and direct email-shots. Promotions can take the form of postcards, desktop...

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Good Things Come To Those Who Chase

In my family, I’ve always been referred to as the spiritual one, much like my grandfather whom I unfortunately never had the pleasure of meeting. Maybe because I was quiet and used to stare at people a lot growing up, or perhaps it was the...

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Graduates: Quick tips to landing your dream job

I will admit that being a graduate was probably one of the lowest points of life. After graduating, society seems to paint a picture that “life is only complete if you are accepted into a Big 4 graduate scheme”. Trust me I got declined...

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Funding for creative talent at UAL

University of the Arts London is the leading specialist creative university with an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. UAL draws together six Colleges each with its own world-class reputation:...

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Good things come to those who chase

In my family, I’ve always been referred to as the spiritual one, much like my grandfather whom I unfortunately never had the pleasure of meeting. Maybe because I was quiet and used to stare at people a lot growing up, or perhaps it was the...

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Take My Advice: Don’t give unwanted advice

My topic this week was going to be “how to write an ebook”, for no other good reason than I’ve been asked to write two in the space of a few weeks. Although I know what I’m doing, I thought it might be interesting to pop onto...

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Is social media ruining your career prospects?

'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all' - or so the saying goes. Of course, in the age of social media, the chances of anyone saying nothing at all is very slim indeed. One only has to scan the average street for...

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The New Year's list to end all lists

I don’t know about you but my inbox seems to be full to bursting with messages from every Tom, Dick and Hubert offering me advice about how to kick-start my super-productive 2016. It’s only 4th January and I’m bored of it all...

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