Show + Tell: 22nd September 09
The waiting is almost over. Show + Tell, part of London Design Festival, takes place in just 2 weeks time.
Our event has something for everyone including free seminars, an exhibition and portfolio workshops. The seminars sold out in less than 24 hours but there's still a few slots left to have your portfolio seen by a professional recruiter so make sure you register for a ticket.
With some of London's top agencies attending throughout the day, you never know who you might bump into so don't let this great opportunity to network with potential employers pass you by.
Register for Show + Tell now
5 minutes with... Patrick Collister
In this month's '5 minutes with...' we talk to Patrick Collister, Author of the Big Won and Founder of Creative Matters.
Patrick started out as a copy trainee at Ogilvy Benson and Mather in 1977. Sixteen years later he went back as creative director by which time Benson had gone missing in action.
Along the way he worked at Y&R, BMP (twice) and owned a chunk of BWBC, the amazing shrinking agency. He won a Gold at Cannes plus most other awards except a D&AD Pencil. This still upsets him.
Read the interview now!
London Design Festival: 19th - 27th September
The LDF is the UK's biggest annual celebration of design and reflects London's status as the world's creative hub.
It is made up of the widest possible range of design disciplines, all of who prosper in the city. These new ideas and activities make each Festival dynamic, different and uniquely London. Supported by government, the design sector, and leading businesses, the Festival offers a platform for the best design talent.
The Festival provides a platform for the creative talent at work and creates a unique opportunity to visit over 200 specific events and activities reflecting the diversity of world-class design talent in the capital.
View what's happening at this year's LDF
CP Career - Signs of Change
Nobody will deny that the past year has been tough. Both sides of the industry have been affected with candidates struggling to find job opportunities and businesses seemingly unable to offer work because of client cutbacks and financial constraints.
However, there are signs of change from within the creative sector which is obviously good news for everybody. In this month's CP Career, Toby Thwaites from Purple talks about who's benefiting from the market recovery and whether it's likely to catch on.
With more and more job seekers considering a move into the freelance space, now could be a good time to make your first tentative steps.
Read the article with Toby
Fresh Awards - 30th September
Creativepool are delighted to announce that we're taking part in this year's Fresh Awards.
The awards take place on 30th September and showcase the best in digital, creative, media and PR work from companies based outside of London. With some of the UK's finest agencies taking part across the 4 categories, competition for the awards will be fierce.
James Hilton of AKQA, Digital Chair of the judges, sums it up quite nicely: "The world has officially gone to shit. Thank the Lord then for the Fresh Awards - that beacon of light shining forth with its promise of shiny things to adorn mantelpieces, or at the very least keep that door open."
Find out more about the Fresh Awards
Skills Advice - Online resources for Freelancing
With less permanent jobs on the market, those considering going freelance are often looking for help and ideas on how to get started.
With that in mind, we asked Mark Bowley, Founder of creativeagencyfreelancing.com, to put together some useful online resources to help you with sorting out things like tax, finding cool tutorials to improve your skills and even some advice on producing business cards.
Mark's got over 14 years experience of working for creative agencies so if you need a few helpful pointers here and there, this article is certainly worth a read.
View Mark's online resources for freelancing
CP Spotlight - Team Hitchcock
The CP Spotlight tends to shine on individuals but this month we've had to buy an extra bulb to cater for creative duo, Team Hitchcock.
Ross Cockrill & David Hitch have worked some great brands from Sony Bravia through to Domestos Bleach! They've worked with some cool agencies and have big plans for the future.
We caught up with the duo to talk about peanut butter, changing the world and Norwich City.
Read the article now
London Digital Week: 21st - 27th September
In an attempt to completely fill up your diaries this month, there's just one final event that you should definitely know about if you're interested or work in the digital space.
London Digital Week is made up of conferences, workshops, meet-ups, presentations, networking, parties and exhibitions bringing together the digital-orientated industries in and around London under one umbrella event.
The events cover digital marketing, interaction design, advertising, planning, strategy, branding, social media, gaming, television, film, post production, motions graphics, mobile, publishing, content, print, illustration, art, music, fashion, interior design, architecture, product design, education, skills and careers.
If you work in any of these industries, would like to, or perhaps have something to say to those people, then you should be getting involved with London Digital Week!
Find out more about London Digital Week
ART & COPY
ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration.
Directed by Doug Pray, it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time - people who've profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry.
Exploding forth from advertising's "creative revolution" of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in ART & COPY were responsible for "Just Do It," "I Love NY," "Where's the Beef?," "Got Milk," "Think Different," and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents.
This fascinating new film isn't out in the UK yet but is sure to be a big hit when it finally arrives.
Find out more about ART & COPY
i-Design is an essential one day conference and showcase for anyone with an interest or passion for interactive design and the digital arts.
The programme aims to inspire, entertain and explore how our digital future looks set to unfold and the central role interactive design will take in our cultural, work and social life. Creativepool's very own Michael Tomes will be taking part in the Portfolio clinic on the day along with some of the UK's biggest design.
There are still a few tickets on sale for iDesign 09 and at £135 (or £75 for students) itï¿½€ï¿½s definitely worth attending.
Find out more about i-Design 09
Blog of the Month - The Style Press
This month's blog of the month is a real corker.
The Style Press is based in Barcelona, London, Seattle, New York, Amsterdam and Oslo. They write about fashion, art, design, architecture and basically anything that is visually attractive. The idea about The Style Press is to provide anyone interested in the mentioned topics with an inspiring visual resource/platform.
There are a lot of sites writing about similar subjects so they aim to narrow it down, using many different resources and provide you with the good stuff.
View the Style Press blog
5 events to check out at London Design Festival
20 leading graphic designers celebrate London on posters using only 2 colours.
Exhibition delivering the best contemporary design, architecture and interiors and now also digital.
Mark Wilkinson Furniture
Some amazing furniture on display here.
Bombay Saphire Glass Design
Bombay Sapphire presents the best martini cocktail glass designs by emerging designers from around the world.
The secret life of a graphic design studio.