CP News - How's the recession affecting you?
With all the doom and gloom over the past few months, you'd be forgiven for thinking that 2009 hasn't been much to write home about. Or has it?
At Creativepool, we want to get a better understanding of the current market and see how it's affected all of our candidates. So, whether you're currently employed or actively looking for a new job, we want to hear about it.
We'll automatically enter every candidate that completes the survey into a prize draw to win a 2 day training course worth over £1000!
Click here to take our survey and enter the prize draw
Competition - Could you design the next HUGO bottle?
HUGO Create is a global design contest open to people of all skill levels. Professionals, students or design-enthusiasts: this is your opportunity to show the world your ideas and skills.
So fire up your creative minds and draw, scan, create a digital collage, vectorize... it's up to you.
If your design is selected as a winner, you could be published in an urban design magazine, or potentially used worldwide as part of a HUGO Fragrances advertising campaign.
Enter the HUGO competition here
Design Council Training
The Design Council has just launched a free training and development guide offering practical advice and information to designers at all stages of their careers.
Encouraging designers to develop their business and professional skills will ensure the design industry is ready for the challenges that lay ahead.
Whether you're an old pro or just starting out, it's invaluable advice.
Visit the Design Council website here
CP Spotlight - Henry Stuart
The CP Spotlight has shone on some of the UK's finest creatives over the past 6 months including photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and artists.
This month, we've gone a bit off-piste with our big, sparkly Creativepool Spotlight as we're shining it on virtual tour producer and director, Henry Stuart.
We caught up with him at Tower Bridge to talk about a lack of training, dodgy ankles and, errr, the weather...
Read the interview with Henry here
CP Career - Humanising the redundancy process
Letting people go in uncertain times is never easy, but there's a way of doing things that makes the whole process easier for everyone.
In this month's CP Career, Toby Thwaites from Purple talks about the redundancy process and how companies should approach it when faced with difficult situations.
It's certainly something that a lot of employers need to consider.
Read the article from Purple here
Save 44% on Computer Arts
This month you can save up to 44% on Computer Arts, the world's best-selling magazine for digital artists and designers.
Computer Arts boasts a strong line-up of tutorials every issue, covering everything from manipulating photographs with Photoshop to creating amazing vector illustrations with Illustrator.
You'll also find tonnes of tips and tricks for web design, typography, 3D, animation, motion graphics and multimedia.
Get your reduced subscription now!
How-do Awards 2009
Celebrating the best creative work in the North West, the How-Do Awards take place on the 30th April.
The 12 awards, together with a category for Personality, span the region's rapidly converging media and creative sectors. It reflects the very best that the region - one of Europe's most vibrant - has to offer.
The event also has two outstanding guest speakers in Peter Salmon, the BBC's Director North and Mark Howe, Country Director Google UK.
View the businesses hoping to win this year's awards
Skills Advice - Finding inspiration with Dave Cuzner
Picture the scene; you've got a project deadline approaching and you haven't got a single drop of creative juice left in your head. Panic sets in...
But fear not, because Creativepool has asked the seasoned creative guru Dave Cuzner, writer of Grain Edit, to give us some advice on getting those juices flowing again.
No matter what you're creative background, this article should be bookmarked on your browser!
Read the article with Dave here
Internet World 2009
Internet World is Europe's longest running, best attended and biggest event for digital marketing and online business, attracting over 13,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors.
Now in its 17th year, it is the only free event that brings you everything you need to know about online, from digital marketing to ecommerce, content management to hosting.
Whether you're experienced in digital media or are thinking about online as an area to develop your career, this is definitely the show for you.
Register for Internet World now
Blog of the month - Drawn!
Managed by 10 different illustrators and designers, Drawn! has some of the most diverse pieces of work we've seen.
Drawn! is a multi-author blog devoted to illustration, art, cartooning and drawing. Its purpose is to inspire creativity by sharing links and resources.
Canada has never been so proud...
Visit the Drawn! blog now
Need some creative training? Save 20% with CP!
Book yourself onto any of these training courses with Academy Class and receive 20% off for being a CP member!
Just click on the course that takes your fancy and quote 'Creativepool' when booking.
6-7th Apr, Glasgow, Photoshop Level 2:Advanced
8-9th Apr, London, InDesign Level 1: Introduction
14-17th Apr, London, Illustrator: Zero to Hero
20-21st Apr, Manchester, HTML: Introduction
22-24th Apr, London, Flash Level 2: Actionscript 3
27-29th Apr, Glasgow, Dreamweaver Level 1: Website Development
30-1st May, Manchester, Flash: Level 1 - Rich Content Creation
5 sites to check out
Bear fight studio
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Donate a meal
Important message, great excecution
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