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The greatest logo ever created... In Croydon

Station Road in Croydon is hardly the world’s most glamourous street. A winding row of semi-derelict buildings squashed up against mobile phone repair shops. However, up above a boarded up shop called ‘itters needs’, I spotted the...

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Trailblazers: Powerful portraits with Stanley Chow

Stanley Chow’s bold portraits and illustrations are internationally recognised on the covers of The New York Times and The New Yorker, used for clients including Saatchi & Saatchi, and have even caught the attention of bands such as The White...

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Trailblazers: Finding light at the edges with Brighten the Corners

Named after a 1997 album by indie rock-band Pavement, Brighten the Corners have been enlivening the design industry since they founded their studio back in 1999 (with the aforementioned album presumably playing on the office stereo). In the 17 years...

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What the hell are you doing here? Find out for yourself.

The entire creative industry is talking about purpose. The purpose of a project. Doing work with purpose. ‘Great innovation. World changing idea. #purpose’. But no one’s talking about their own. So, as part of this year's D&AD...

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Creativepool City Guides: Kiev

As a result of two, bloody revolutions, Russian tensions, and a never-ending series of crises, many of us overlook Kiev as a creative destination. But amongst the bloodshed and upheaval, a peaceful, creative core has emerged at the heart of the...

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Trailblazers: Addressing the entire world at what3words

what3words is the simplest way to talk about any location. This London-based startup has given every 3m x 3m square on the planet, a fixed and unique three word address which uses ordinary, everyday vocabulary across 14 languages. By saying...

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Are we being swerved?

In the rush to pin the butterfly of ‘experience’, are over-complex strategy creating their own problems, rather than helping deliver better customer services? It’s my contention that over-complicated ‘road maps’ of...

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Discover the four behaviours impacting your communications

Social media has become central to the way many of us stay connected - not just to our nearest and dearest, but to the global population. But following the recent revelations of fake news, people are seeing the way others share online in a new light;...

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Book Review: The Secret of Successful Advertising?

I must admit to being slightly addicted to books about how people are persuaded to buy things. Yet the very preponderance of such books indicates that there are very many competing opinions and theories of 'How we decide’ (also the title of one...

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Trailblazers: Maximum creative output at Bureau Mirko Borsche

On a mission to spark imagination and educate, Mirko Borsche and his team take part in conferences, panels and seminars, give lectures and workshops at universities, and frequently exhibit in art exhibitions to challenge themselves and others to...

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Inside the Mind of Guilherme Jahara, CCO at F.biz

Guilherme Jahara has been Chief Creative Officer at São Paulo’s F.biz since January 2014, a position he took on with more than 20 years' experience in the industry already under his belt. Guilherme's resume is a rather dazzling affair -...

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Trailblazers: A type of art at Optimo Type Foundry

Optimo was initiated in 1998 as a bachelor project by Gilles Gavillet, Stéphane Delgado and David Rust. It was a way for them to release their own fonts, and Optimo became part of the first wave of digital foundries to emerge in the 1990s as a...

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Trailblazers: Raw talent with Sophie Mayanne

Sophie Mayanne is a 23-year old fashion and portrait photographer based in The Cotswolds. Her style is unmistakable - favouring raw, striking images (often -though not exclusively- of people), which are instantly recognisable. The boldness of...

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Traiblazers: Striking still life photography with Matthew Town

After graduating, Matthew Town’s portrait work was published in the British Journal of Photography, The Guardian and exhibited in Daniel Cooney’s emerging artist exhibition in New York. Impresive. But slowly Matthew's interest was turning...

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Creativepool City Guides: Glasgow

Dubbed the 'hippest place in Britain' by The Times, Glasgow is in the midst of a creative coming-of-age as the de-industrialised cityscape gives way to a subtle but steady innovatory transformation. But whilst it may have been overlooked in...

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Trailblazers: Powerful imagery with David Uzochukwu

David Uzochukwu is a talented, young visual artist living in Brussels. After first picking up a camera at the age of 13 he taught himself how to use it and developed a personal photography style through powerful self-portraiture. His hallmark...

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Trailblazers: Up close and personal with Nastia Cloutier

Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev is a 19 year old portrait, fashion and beauty photographer based in Montreal. Despite her young age, she already has a roster of successful clients and an impressive Instagram following all captivated by her unique, highly...

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Why can't your agency innovate?

Innovation continues to be the hot topic in businesses the world over. Last year I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak at the Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity in Singapore on the subject. The festival is a clear signpost of the growing...

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Speaking South African

It’s no revelation that language defines our lives. Through our interactions and understanding, our laughter, comfort and our survival, language plays a leading role in every little moment. We all know the value of a smart and beautifully...

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Trailblazers: Brutalist aethestics at The Rodina

The Rodina was founded in 2011 by Tereza and Vit Ruller, two Czech-born, Amsterdam-based graphic designers, interested in connections between culture, technology and aesthetic. The Rodina designs events, objects and tools as well as videos,...

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How brands are using: Live video

Lest we forget, video content is king, and live streaming is the shiny pearl on top of the crown. With Facebook Live and Instagram Live’s emergences last year, brands discovered unprecedented, cost effective ways to engage with existing...

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Trailblazers: Giving children the power at Familie van Fonk

Familie van Fonk are a creative agency based in Amsterdam who work with children's open minds and ingenuity to produce digital and physical products which make not only their lives, but also their families and friends lives a little bit better. By...

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Trailblazers: A little bit of magic at Mina Lima

When Miraphora (Mina) and Eduardo (Lima) met on the set of the first Harry Potter film back in 2001, they joined forces to imagine and create the graphic universe that would become the entire Harry Potter film series. After seven years working...

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Design Trends 2017: Upcycling

The concepts of building something out of nothing and finding gold in somebody else's garbage are very much at the heart of a trend that could very well be seen as a euphemism for 2017 as a whole, given the widespread disappointment with the...

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Trailblazers: Breaking the rules with Broken Fingaz Crew

Founded in 2001, multidisciplinary art collective, Broken Fingaz, is regarded as one of the first of its kind to emerge from Haifa, Israel. In over a decade working together the group have become renowned for an eye-catching style inspired by...

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Inside the Mind of Hugo Rodrigues, CEO at Publicis Brasil

What does it take to be the founder of the next best tech company? Or a director at a top agency? Well, an appetite for learning helps, so ‘Inside the Mind’ is a new series of interviews helping you get in the heads of the leaders and...

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Five degrees (or days) for communication over: 360 to 365

Once upon a time there was a briefing with expectations, assets and a budget. The team met, brainstormed, scratched their heads , planned, created and finally the child was born. The presentation to the client was good - the powerpoint presentation...

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The Visualise team look ahead at VR in 2017

How will VR in 2017 play out and what existing and new trends will contribute towards its growth? There’s no denying it, 2016 was a major year for VR. The VR industry has moved so rapidly that VR in 2017 and beyond will only be limited by our...

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Creativepool City Guides: Tokyo

Tokyo is a never-ending magnet for creativity and no wonder - the city is rich with new opportunities at every turn, an infectious ‘anything is possible’ vibe, a huge population, and a steely determination to become Asia’s creative...

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Trailblazers: Live differently with Lim + Lu

Lim + Lu is an inter-disciplinary, architectural design studio founded by Vincent Lim and Elaine Lu. The duo started their practice after graduating from Cornell’s design school and they are currently based in Hong Kong, working internationally...

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How to create the perfect creative space

Whether you’re freelance or full-time, creating the perfect creative space can bring previously unfathomable rewards. Despite this, many people don’t put much thought into their work environment, and - without realising it - they might...

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Trailblazers: Creating a neutral setting with f+f architects

f+f architects are a Parisian architectural firm with a portfolio ranging from interior projects and furniture design, to large scale cultural facilities and urban planning. Their contemporary design approach derives context from physical, cultural,...

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