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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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Trailblazers: Scandinavian traditions at NORM Architects

NORM Architects was founded in 2008 by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Ronn. Based in the heart of Copenhagen, this architecture studio works in the fields of industrial design, residential architecture, commercial interiors, products and art...

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Why The Art World Is Ready For Tech Adoption

Museums around the world welcome millions of visitors each year, accounting for a $192 billion dollar industry in the U.S. alone. But with the Millennial generation already surpassing Baby Boomers by the millions, and Gen-Z projected to make up 25%...

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Brand Case Studies: Casper & the new frontiers of sleep

In the last year, Casper have claimed a spot in Time’s Best 25 Inventions of 2015, won a Big Innovation Award, been finalists of a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award, and bagged a spot on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. These aren’t...

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Trailblazers: Finding courage with Studio Mut

Based in South Tyrol, a very curious area of Northern Italy located right next to the country’s border with Austria, where the majority of residents speak German despite their Italian nationality, Studio Mut is used to looking at the world a little...

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Creativepool City Guides: Zürich

Often cited as one of the most expensive cities in the world, Zürich’s creative potential gets a bad reputation. But amongst the hedge-fund millionaires and the more traditional aspects of life in Switzerland’s largest city,...

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Trailblazers: A visit to Estonia with AKU

AKU is a design consultancy based in Tallinn, Estonia, working with clients such as the The Huffington Post and The Estonian Parliament to deliver ambitious solutions across branding, experience, packaging, strategy and websites. Founded in 2012 by...

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Good-Looking: Analysing health food's honest aesthetic

With the exception of Christmas - because it obviously doesn’t count - the post-processed hangover sweats of the past few decades have kicked in and they’ve got us skulking to the nearest raw bar to grab ourselves something cold-pressed....

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TARRA: A platform for women who create

A recent study by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture showed that only 15% of licensed architects around the world are female, despite an even split of male to female students in architecture schools. Likewise, 2011’s A List...

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Brand Case Studies: PAX - "The iPhone of Vaporizers"

In 2007, two Stanford Design Program graduates, James Monsees and Adam Bowen, came together and formed the company Ploom with the aim of innovating the portable vaporization market - an area which they rightly felt “lacked...

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Designing for women in the 21st century

Once there was a girl, and the girl liked pink very much. Everything she owned was pink. Pink and small, and that’s the way she liked it. But gradually the girl (we’ll call her Emily) grew into a sophisticated woman. Sure, she still liked...

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Trailblazers: Pentagon Design's 'Rational Passion'

Pentagon Design is one of the leading Nordic design agencies, creating holistic concepts for user-driven products, packaging, spaces, services and brand experiences from their Helsinki home. They attribute part of their success to ‘rational...

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Brand Case Studies: How Sonos found its voice

When Sonos opened their first retail store in New York’s SoHo this summer, it was a pioneering moment for the brand. Having dominated the wireless speaker market, eclipsing other competition easily and steadily along its 14 year journey, Sonos...

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Creativepool City Guides: Stockholm

Stockholm’s creative energy is dynamite, something evidenced by the sheer amount of agencies and digital pioneers who are expanding from their Stockholm bases to open offices further afield in Europe and even as far as America. Chances are, if...

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Trailblazers: Our type of studio: Klim Type Foundry

Since releasing his first retail typeface, Feijoa, in 2007, Kris Sowersby, Klim Type Foundry’s founder has received numerous awards and accolades including: a Certificate of Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club; being accepted as a...

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Trailblazers Exploring Eindhoven with Raw Color

The work of Raw Color explores materials and colours by mixing the fields of graphic design and photography. Founders, Daniera ter Haar & Christoph Brach, work on both self-initiated as well as commissioned projects in their Eindhoven-based studio....

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Brand Case Studies: Is Within VR the new Netflix?

It was a few short years ago that Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin founded Vrse, their premier platform for Virtual Reality content creation which enables the technologies needed to create the most innovative and immersive forms of human storytelling. At...

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Trailblazers: Branding environments with Bruce Mau Design

Bruce Mau Design is a multidisciplinary design firm specialising in brands and their environments by developing brand systems, visual identities, packaging, digital experiences and physical environments for a roster of clients including Sonos and...

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Are you ready for the rise of the bots?

In a world where our interaction with shop assistance is reduced to an encounter with robotic refrains of ‘unexpected item in bagging area’, is the personal touch of service too much to ask for? Not according to Uber’s Dev...

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Trailblazers: A new kind of creative agency at KEMMLER KEMMLER

Over in Berlin, KEMMLER KEMMLER are breaking down the traditional boundaries between art & design agencies and strategy implementation to deliver high-profile campaigns across the fashion and lifestyle industries. Sebastian Kemmler, one of the...

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Back To School with some of Creativepool's Top 25

The leaves are turning a rusty shade of green and there’s very definitely a chill in the air which can only mean one thing: Autumn’s here. And so, after a summer of veritable freedom, we’re all heading back to our desks, ready to knuckle down...

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Brand Case Studies: Duolingo's language learning revolution

Duolingo has been enabling users to learn languages at the speed of their lives since 2011. Solving dead pockets of time with an addictive app and accompanying website which actively combat necessary but insufficient moments-such as waiting for an...

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Trailblazers: Ultra-vivid colour & print with Studio Heretic

Jon, Therese and Luke are an East London-based trio working within illustration, design and experimental screen printing at Studio Heretic. Their ultra-vivid colour plays take our eyes on magical new journeys in print, here’s what this Holy...

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Brand Case Studies: Breaking menstruation taboos at Thinx

Even in 2016, opening a dialogue that promotes, educates, reworks and sells a product for female menstruation is a bit tricky. Bodyform did a lot to fight the old stereotypes of blue liquids and active, smiling women in this excellent advert four...

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Trailblazers: Getting digital with Topman's Tom Lancaster

London-based creative director and designer, Tom Lancaster, managed brand identity for Orange, EE and the Mayor of London before taking the plunge into digital as Topman’s digital director. We chatted to our Creativepool Top 25-er about his...

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