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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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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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