iPad 2 is here
|The iPad - the device which says 'i'm so techy and swish', 'i'm so important and busy I need to be looking at my spreadsheets whilst on every mode of transport' and more worryingly 'go on, mug me'.
Just as the buzz from Apple's first £500 etch-a-sketch has died down they have gone and brought out another one haven't they.
This blog is about iPad 2 in all it's splendid glory and how it will change for life forever this time, that is until this time next year when iPad 3 will come along and offer to massage your feet or something...
Read Jessica's Post Here
Calling ALL Designers - The A'Design Awards & Competitions Are Here!
|Furniture designer? Graphic Designer? Motion graphics designer? Then listen up! The A'Design Competitions are just around the corner and they have something for every type of designer.
The A'Design Award and Competitions highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products. The competitions are organized and awarded annually and internationally in a wide range of categories, every month two particular competitions are held.
Call for entries begins on April 1st 2011 for fashion, packaging, graphic designers competitions and more... So click the link below for more information and decide what competition to enter!
For more info, click here!
Know your value and prepare to negotiate!
|The past 18 months or so have seen the creative industries recover from the recent recession at an astonishingly fast pace, at least from our point of view as recruiters it has.
It is still very much a candidate-driven market and agencies are therefore finding that they are often in tough competition with other agencies for the best candidates.
The good news for candidates then is that they are usually in a strong position but many candidates are nervous about, or inexperienced in negotiating.
To read the full article, click here!
The most reproduced image in the history of photography
|Diego Maradona has it tattooed on his right arm. Mike Tyson on his stomach. Johnny Depp, Jay-Z and Carlos Santana have the t-shirt.
Madonna tried to recreate it for an album cover. And right now, someone somewhere in the Middle East is wearing it defiantly.
So what's with the image of Che Guevara and why do so many people feel so close it to. Our own Marxist Revolutionary, John Fountain investigates.
Read John's post here
Blog of the Month - A List Apart
|Starting off as a magazine, the A List Apart website launched in 1988. The site is a great resource and full of articles and discussions regarding design and development. It also covers the "meaning" of web content and has a special focus on web standards and best practices.
Written by the community it serves: designers, developers, architects, producers, project managers, A List Apart has a huge range and depth of articles. In short it is an excellent resource for information, tips or just general web design related ramblings.
Contributing to A List Apart is no small feat but if you consider yourself a bit of an expert in your field or have some info or advice you want to share, get in touch with them to see how they can help!
Click here to view the blog
How Creativepool Can Help You Achieve Your Dreams
|This week we have a guest post from Jo Clarke, a member of Creativepool. We received an email a couple of weeks back from Jo thanking us as well as one of our bloggers, Magnus Shaw. Jo had read a blog written by Magnus, and taking it's advice managed to fulfill her dream of becoming a copywriter after seven long years.
Needless to say, we were chuffed to bits that she got in touch and thought it would be a good idea for Jo to share her experience with everyone. Luckily she agreed! Click the link below and you can read her guest blog detailing her journey to becoming a copywriter and how the content on Creativepool and personal advice from Magnus helped her along the way.
Read the article here
What a drag. In defense of cigarette advertising
|Filthy habit, smoking. Or so they say (I can think of filthier). But the fact remains, it is a filthy habit that is legal and tax-raising and while it remains so, why should the producers of tobacco be denied the same access to advertising enjoyed by makers of other indulgent goodies?
Is it a moral question? A commercial point? Or a moral dilemma? Or all three? Here Magnus Shaw argues that smoking is matter of free choice for consenting adults and it is not for government to dictate which products we are exposed to.
Read Magnus' post here
Have You Heard of Quora?
|We have recently been posting questions on Quora and have received great responses from other users - it's a great tool to get informationon a whole range of topics.
One of the questions we posted was, "What are the most influential design blogs?" which returned over 70 replies from people in the industry, people were promoting their own blogs and but also suggesting great blogs that we were previously unaware of.
We have also created a new question on Quora that we'd like you to get involved in. This time we'd like to hear what is the worst piece of design that has ever been done and why. At the moment the Reliant Robin is on top of the list, can you think of something worse than this?
Click here to get involved in the debate
Leeds Digital Festival to crowdsource 2011 identity
|Would you like to collaborate with design industry professionals to produce a range of designs that will be seen by millions? Well now's your chance, The Leeds Digital Festival is calling for designers to design their brand for the 2011 festival!
On 16th April, designers will be set with a task of coming up with logos, branding and ways of integrating the festival across a whole range of platforms with the winning design ideas being chosen by the public.
The festival, which takes place in November, is now in its fourth year and aims to promote the city's digital practitioners, urban artists, students and other collaborators.
For more information, click here
5 Minutes with... Dave Dye - DHM
|Meet Dave Dye - Creative Director of DHM, although during our quick 5 minutes with Dave we found out that he would rather you call him a Commissioning Editor, "because it sounds cooler".
This nugget of wisdom is just one of many uncovered in our brief interview. Amongst the others, Dave tells us about how he got started in the business, what a normal day in the office involves and what he would be doing if he weren't doing that.
We cover a whole range of topics in this interview from doing the right thing, having persistence, the smell of marker pens and being a key cutter. With all this and more, be sure not to miss out on this interview.
Read the interview here
Ticking the right [equal opportunities] box
|Getting your ideal job (or any job, come to that) can be a real uphill struggle in the current economic climate. But is it any harder if you have a disability?
Equal opportunities statements might well be printed in black and white at the bottom of application forms, but do they really count for anything? In our evermore touchy-feely society, is having a disability any less of a stigma now than it once was?
With his first-hand experience, Ashley discusses where 'equal opportunities' leave him in the competitive job marketplace.
Click here to read Ashley's post
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