For Leaders and Learners

The creative industry’s connection to inspirational, educational and thought-provoking content.

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Inspiration

The pastel discipline of Maureen Fletcher

Maureen Fletcher is the kind of artist who would close an interview with a quote by Paulo Coelho. And that alone should capture the beauty and delicacy of her essence. An introvert by nature, with an HSP trait too, Maureen has spent almost two...

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Workshop

How to job hunt during the pandemic

It's no secret that the industry has seen several mass redundancies being made in the past six months. Add that to a delicate balance made of fresh graduates looking for a job, which reach the order of tens of thousands every year, and you have the...

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Features

What 'copy, then design' gets wrong

Most everyone has heard of Simon & Garfunkel, Penn & Teller and Dolce & Gabbana, even though they are in such different industries. At the heart of what brought these distinctively different duos such fame is how well they play to each other’s...

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Leaders

Gayle Carpenter on collaboration and diversity

Starting your own business can feel like quite a big and daunting task. How do you abandon the relative security of a paid job to tackle such a huge challenge? Founder of Sparkloop Gayle Carpenter made that choice a long time ago, and hasn't looked...

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Industry

UK Inside Out Awards 2020 – Shortlist Announced

The Inside Out Awards™ recognise and honour the very best in-house creative talent from across the UK. Highly regarded within the creative industry, the Awards identify and acknowledge stand out work, in-house talent and rising stars within a...

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Inspiration

Adrian Penu's quest for purpose

Inevitably, you have to try your hand at different things before you find your true vocation. It was the case of artist Adrian Penu, who spent some time with photography, film and various crafts before landing in fine art and painting. Since then,...

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Inspiration

Matt Newman's flair for flicks

Friends, huh? Sometimes they're all you need to get to the right place. The right push in the right direction, and off we go - sometimes on what can be a life-changing experience. It was the case of film editor Matt Newman, who was asked by someone...

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Leaders

Emma Sexton on running your business in COVID times

Who would have thought, one year ago, that success in 2020 would be measured by the capacity to survive a pandemic? We know Emma Sexton as the CEO and founder of creative agency MYWW, founder of the Inside Out Awards, creative expert in residence at...

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Leaders

It's pandemic day today. How are you?

How are you? A question rarely asked for fear of the answer. It is August 2020 in Mexico City. My spouse and I recently bought our first home and it is in a woody area. Its name translates into the Desert of the Lions, a name befitting my family; my...

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Workshop

Finding your way into the design industry during the COVID crisis

Finding a job - particularly your first, permanent one in your desired field - is an intimidating task at the best of times, especially for aspiring design graduates in an already competitive job market. And now, the economic effect of the pandemic...

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Inspiration

The future of customer interaction is with progressive web apps

You may have never heard of Progressive Web Apps before, but we're one-hundred-percent sure you've used one without even noticing. Adopted around the Internet by websites such as AliExpress, Forbes, Amazon, Debenhams and retailer George, progressive...

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Features

Everywhere, nowhere: the future of the workplace

With the UK about to ban social gatherings again on Monday, the rest of the world is increasingly aware that tight lockdown measures will have to come back into effect soon. Work from home is here to stay, and this will shape the future of the...

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Inspiration

The warmth and inclusivity of Being Agency

If the founder of Being Agency could change one thing about the industry, it would be the perception that you need to go big or go home. Looking at the pictures of the team below, and reading words by the founder himself, Being Agency sounds like an...

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Inspiration

Firing up the creative brains with Božo Kaurić

We'd pay our own weight in gold coins to have Božo Kaurić's brains. Working daily to juggle his busy life with a little baby and an endless love for design, this talented 3D artist and visualiser has little time to waste in the concept phase, and...

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Inspiration

The evocative photography of Theofilos Koutroumanis

Photographer Theofilos Koutroumanis has done a lot in his life, from owning a bar to working in advertising and publishing. But when someone asked him to take pictures during a party night in his own bar, that was enough of a wake-up call for...

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Inspiration

The motion aptitude of Giuseppe Forestieri

Most of the creative professionals we speak with prefer going with the flow when working on a brief. Not Giuseppe Forestieri. Giuseppe is a freelance motion designer and has been one for almost 2 years, after half a decade working full time in...

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Inspiration

The relentless passion of Simona De Leo

Despite having to find her way into a competitive industry, Simona kept going. Despite breaking three fingers in her dominant hand, Simona kept going. Despite not having a publisher, Simona kept going and made a successful Kickstarter campaign to...

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Inspiration

The independent spirit of Paul Gawman

The beauty of the creative industry is that every professional you meet in the field will be happy to tell you they're making money by doing something they love. Freelance 3D artist Paul Gawman is no different. He's lucky enough to be successful as...

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Leaders

Charlie Smith on paving your own path

Running a design studio is no mean task. As motivated as you or your team may be, there will be challenges and there will be obstacles that require your full set of skills. Add to that the fact that, as founder and CEO of CSD Charlie Smith so...

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Workshop

What makes a good leader?

We all have that one person in mind who exemplifies the concepts of ‘leader’ and ‘leadership’ in our eyes. As I write this very sentence, I think of a few people in my past that have been fundamental to my understanding of...

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Inspiration

Design saved my life. Again.

On April 12th, I was one of those unlucky souls. I woke up feeling pretty rough, and initially put what came next during those 24 hours as being due to sun stroke (despite it being 19 degrees that day in London) - I was boiling hot, had a pounding...

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Workshop

Embracing improvisation with Nike ISPA and Builders Club

Have you heard of Nike's ISPA design philosophy? If we had to summarise it in just two words, we would say 'being different'. ISPA stands for improvise, scavenge, protect and adapt, and it is a philosophy embracing non-conventional experimentation,...

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Features

How brands can develop lifelong consumer friendships

Making friends through loyalty, consistency, honesty, kindness and relevance. Brands are designed to bring in revenue; we get that. But great brands, the brands that stay with us for life, offer consumers something more. They deliver on brand...

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Inspiration

Skipping gears with Mark Lacey

The strongest passions often show themselves at a young age. Mark Lacey was introduced to professional illustration when he was a "spotty teenager", but the guy had the boldness to apply for a position at a research laboratory and his career has...

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Inspiration

Making and breaking the grid with Ben Statham

Ben Statham loves making plans. We can definitely relate. As his experience taught him, Ben Statham also loves breaking plans. The unexpected always brings along a certain thrill, and no one could know that better than a photographer, constantly...

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Inspiration

The romantic eye of Stefano Broli

Can't help it. Every time our editor comes across a fellow Italian on the platform, it's all "Ciao, bello!" and more stereotypical loud noises. But we know why. There's always a great story behind someone who was bold enough to move abroad and...

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Leaders

Pivoting in the face of the new world

This piece is all about the "P" word. You have been warned. "Pivoting" is a palpable and prevalent protagonist in brand paradigms, purpose and communications, enough to possibly sound repetitive and preposterous to hear. But how do you pivot during...

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Workshop

Designing Creatures: Tips and Tricks

When it comes to designing creatures, there are many different ways to approach the task. Everyone I’ve spoken to does it slightly differently and prioritises different aspects, leading to a sense of uniqueness even with two designs which have...

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Industry

#FreeFortnite: How to stand up to the bully

Fortnite. For many, we wouldn't need to say anything else. Equally regarded as the joy and despair of kids and parents all around the world, Fortnite has risen up the charts in recent years and it looks like it's there to stay - at least until...

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Workshop

Typographic storytelling in the Gay Times campaign

"In the western world we have preconceived notions on what it's like to be queer in certain countries". The story behind Emma and Ryan is particularly interesting in itself. Two creative professionals uniting to change the world with their craft. No...

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Industry

Creativepool Annual 2020 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for this year’s Creativepool Annual has been announced, featuring a diverse pool of talented individuals, creative companies and brands who strived for excellence in 2019. Agencies on this year’s list include AKQA, Iris,...

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Leaders

Why is Primark denying digital?

There is no overstating the impact of the pandemic on the retail industry. We've seen stores close down, other retail giants move to digital only for a bit, and some others (such as Cath Kidston) make a permanent shift to digital - which was a smart...

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Inspiration

The joy of unpredictability with Heather Golding from TonyG

You never know what life may have in store for you. Sometimes it's great to just go with the flow and embrace opportunities as they come. Heather Golding has founded a whole career on that. Co-founder of TonyG with, well, Tony, Heather has found...

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Inspiration

Jay Lall on flattening the learning curve

Can you believe the image above is a 3D render of a converse shoe? Neither could we, until we read the project description by freelance designer Jay Lall. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, you can tell from the interview below that...