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Video Games

Fallout 4 launches a pioneering OOH campaign

Yesterday (November 10) Fallout 4 was released to its adoring public and my social life for the next fortnight took a tragic blow. Personally I'm only a few hours in thus far, but I can already quite say it offers everything the series' fans have...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Social Media

The Phones And The Fallout. What we should learn from the hacking trial.

Following a lengthy process and an awful lot of money, we now know Andy Coulson is guilty of conspiring to intercept voice-mail messages; he is also to be retried on the remaining charges. Rebekah Brooks has been acquitted though - and this is not...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Video Games

Visions in VR: What has E3 2017 told us about the future of VR gaming?

Considering what a big year it had last year, VR was remarkably thin on the ground at E3 2017. Yes, VR has been largely absent from the show floor, save for a few niche booths and afterthoughts. Now that the three main gaming headsets are out in the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

Visions in VR: Is the VR boom over before it started?

It would, perhaps, be unfair to say that the VR bubble has burst, because from where I'm sitting, it looks as though the bubble has barely left the niche market that spawned it. Yet, with so many headsets now sat gathering dust in closets and display...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

The Latest Highlights & Trends in Tech

First Flower blooms in outer space! The orange zinnia plant, which is part of NASA's plant growth system on board the International Space Station, is finally flowering! The experiment began on November 16, 2015, when the zinnia's “Rooting...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Tomb Raider fans left to dangle from a billboard by McCann

Just when you thought video game inspired out of home advertising activations couldn't get more inventive (see my earlier post on Fallout 4's OOH activity HERE), McCann London only go and strap 8 maniacs to a billboard to promote a Tomb Raider game....

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

The Week in Tech: E3 2015 Special

Every June, the gaming industry converges on the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, affectionately known to gamers worldwide as E3. The expo has, in parallel to the industry itself, grown from humble beginnings to...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Sexualised shaving ad banned by ASA

In these supposedly enlightened times, it's rare for an ad to provoke a significant moral outcry, at least to the extent that it gets pulled from existence. It happened earlier this year, of course, with the woeful ad that saw Kendall Jenner solve a...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

m/SIX m/SIX has hired Alistair MacCallum, former CEO at Omnicom’s M2M, as its UK Chief Executive, allowing Jess Burley to focus on her role as Global CEO. m/SIX, which is a joint venture between The&Partnership and GroupM, experienced strong...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Economy

Creative Discussions: The verdict on Trump from Droga5, Cheil & more...

It's been 2 weeks now since D-Day (Donald Day) and our divided world has grown even more so in the ensuing noise, chaos and horror. The creative industries, however, prove ever resilient, and whilst my previous piece from last week regarding the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Social Media

DigitasLBi tells us which brands are most contagious on social media

Social media itself is pretty contagious. Indeed, try glancing over at a fellow commuter on your way to work tomorrow, seeing them on Facebook or Twitter, and NOT reaching into your own pocket to have a quick glance yourself. Seriously, it’s...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Entertainment

X-Factor's Stevi Ritchie has a lesson for us all. What could it be?

If you're in the habit of staying in and watching ITV on a Saturday and Sunday night, you'll probably be familiar with Stevi Ritchie. If not, then I just need to tell you he's this year's comedy offering on the X-Factor. You know, the one who can't...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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It's Armageddon! Also known as "Facebook is down"...

by Ashley Morrison If, like me, you have moved or are thinking of moving to the country, you’re taking a perilous risk. It doesn’t matter if you’re pretty much bang on one of the main corridors into London or not (the Cambridge -...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

What did you just call me? The tricky art of naming brands.

By Magnus Shaw Have you used your Tripod today? How about your Mobi? There's a very good chance you have, but you knew it as your iPhone. It seems the obvious name for Apple's mobile handset doesn't it? After all, they already the iPod and its...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - A quick guide to being made redundant.

by Magnus Shaw Throughout this increasingly insane financial crisis I have worked as a freelance. Disadvantage: I have to find my own work and therefore income. Advantage: I can't be made redundant. However, I have faced the redundancy...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Technology

UK banning sale of petrol and diesel cars in 2040

The UK is looking set to join France in banning the sale of all diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040. The ban forms part of the UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations, the government's £3 billion vision for improving the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Technology

WPP invests in VR/AR company Within Unlimited

WPP has made a strategic investment in Within Unlimited, the US-based virtual reality/augmented reality entertainment and technology company led by renowned film maker and music video director Chris Milk and technologist Aaron Koblin. Within creates...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Design

Artfelt fills Sheffield Children’s Hospital with colour

Sheffield Children’s Hospital has been brightened up once again with illustrations created by artists including Jon Burgerman, which aim to “provide distraction” for young patients. The project has been funded by Artfelt, the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Economy

Amazon doubling down on London investment despite Brexit

Amazon is planting deep roots in London soil, with the online retail behemoth recently announcing plans to double its recruitment for research and development roles within the capital as it renews its focus on video and streaming services. The move...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Design

The Olympic medal designed to be shared

These medals designed by Philippe Starck split into four pieces, allowing winning Olympic athletes to share their success with their families, friends or fellow athletes. Having previously designed the Olympic Torch in 1992, Starck was asked to...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Sadiq Khan and celebrity friends declare London open for summer

A stellar line-up of stars from the worlds of sport, music and entertainment today joined the Mayor of London’s campaign to tell the world that London is open for summer. As part of the ongoing #LondonisOpen campaign, a short 50 second video...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Design

Heritage brands - how did they begin?

designjunction is renowned for its unparalleled mix of established brands and newer, cutting-edge labels. This week we celebrate six of our heritage-rich brands who join the 2017 line-up. Often pioneering and always innovative, we’re proud to...

Posted by: designjunction
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Design

The artisanal gin made with actual Harley-Davidson parts

For decades, Uwe Ehinger, founder and namesake of the world’s first Premium Dry Gin to contain Harley-Davidson engine parts, has been searching the most remote places on the planet for antique motorbikes, and saving them for dealing or as core...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

CHI&Partners CHI&Partners has hired Dave Bedwood, creative founder of Lean Mean Fighting Machine, as a Creative Partner – bringing him on board to help build on the agency’s reputation as a leader in integrated, innovative creativity. Starting...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Top 10 Account Wins of the Week

Soul - Wightlink Soul has been appointed by the ferry travel company Wightlink, one of the UK’s largest domestic ferry operators, to establish the firm as the preferred choice for trips between the Isle of Wight and the mainland. The agency...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Wunderman launches innovation partnership with Founders Factory

Wunderman, the leading global digital agency and part of WPP, has entered a partnership with Founders Factory - a corporate-backed incubator and accelerator, founded by Brent Hoberman and Henry Lane Fox. The partnership provides Wunderman’s...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Awards

BIMA Awards 2017: Google, Cancer Research and B-Reel shortlisted

The British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) has just announced the shortlist for the BIMA Awards 2017 - celebrating the best work in the UK’s digital industry. Nominated agencies include Google, Karmarama, B-Reel and Cancer Research...

Posted by: BIMA
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Inspiration

Beach Meets: Ryan De La Hoz

We’ve followed the work of San Francisco Native Ryan De La Hoz for a while now - his fine art/collage practice especially - but it was only recently that we put two and two together and realised he also runs one of our best-selling (because...

Posted by: Beach London

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