The Voice of the Creative Industry

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Advice

How to Survive the January Self Assessment Rush

Everyone knows that preparing and filing your annual Self Assessment return is stressful. Between grappling with HMRC’s rules, putting together your evidence of income and allowances and racing against the 31st January deadline, it can feel like an...

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Advertising

Reports of the death of advertising are false

There has been talk of the death of advertising as a new media landscape continues to evolve but is there any truth in the claiming that creativity’s best days are over? Federico Garcia, ECD at Huge New York, defended its case at Connect:...

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Events

Tech trends from CES 2019

Over a five-day period, I attended one of the largest consumer electronics conferences in the world, CES, to dive into the new tech and innovations that will be changing the advertising landscape in the foreseeable future. If we don't keep up, we'll...

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Advertising

How to survive in the age of creativity

Agencies are going through an unprecedented time of change with technology having a significant impact on business and how they are defined. So how can they survive in this new age of creativity? Laura Jordan Bambach, chief creative officer at Mr...

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Advertising

It's only the beginning for mixed reality

Sol Rogers, founder of immersive production studio REWIND, believes mixed reality is still in its infancy and said we’ve only seen a glimpse of what’s possible in the future for the technology. He took the audience at...

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Features

Ad trends 2019: Sam Walker

Tech and data will try try - and fail - to outshine creativity in 2019 according to Sam Walker. The ECD at London creative studio Uncommon offers his thoughts on the year ahead. What will be the biggest trend in 2019? The trend of talking about...

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Advertising

How to solve advertising's pricing issue

Advertising’s pricing model has become ever more complicated as the industry evolves with clients and agencies seeking the best value for their investment of time, money and people. But how do you put a cost on creativity? Every agency and...

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Careers

Portfolio Critique: Everyone loves a dog campaign

An aspiring Art Director named Tony Chiang emailed me to rip his book apart and that is exactly what we are going to do today. Part of being a creative in this industry is building a tough skin and Tony's willingness to get critiqued mixed with his...

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Design

Five things to avoid when choosing your logo design

By Paul Heaton, owner and creative director at Reform Studio. Logos are signs, marks of identity designed for easy recognition. They are used by every kind of organisation in every part of the world, from international corporations to charities and...

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Awards

Five reasons to enter Annual 2019

There’s less than a month left to enter this year’s Creativepool Annual and as 2019 gets into gear, it's time to start preparing your submissions for this year’s book. Now in it’s sixth edition, the Annual offers a collection...

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Advertising

The truth about our digital dependence

As technology evolves, we continue to become much more dependent on our smartphones. The online world affects almost every aspect of our lives and it’s hard to go a single day without consuming some form of content from the internet. In this...

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Advertising

Brands should give up control to reach Gen Z

Brands should loosen their grip on control to appeal to younger audiences according to a panel at Creativepool’s inaugural Connect: London event. The two-day festival, which took place in November, saw key members of the ad, design and...

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Features

Ad trends 2019: Carl White

Global CEO and co-founder of Nano Interactive, Carl White, talks about a shortage of talent and encourages greater collaboration in his thoughts for the year ahead. What will be the biggest trends in 2019 in your field? I expect to see massive...

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Careers

Year one channel update

As year one of the YouTube channel wraps up, I wanted to take a moment to explain why I started it in the first place. I've been so blessed by the support over the last year and am excited for what creative advertising craziness we can get into over...

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Features

Ad trends 2019: Hugo Drayton

Digital ad tech firm Inskin's CEO Hugo Drayton offers his three big trends for the industry in 2019 as well as explaining how Brexit, Blockchain and GDPR will affect advertising and creativity. What will be the biggest trends in 2019 in your field?...

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Careers

How to get hired as a creative

At the University of Texas' Portfolio Critique, I sat down with creative director turned creative recruiter, Frank Oggeri, to find out what he looks for in candidates and their portfolios. Here, I pick his brain to get the recruitment perspective on...

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Features

10 video marketing trends for 2019

The prospects for video makers and marketers in 2019 are beginning to heat up. The film and video industry is changing rapidly, with new gear, formats, channels, and avenues for advertisements gaining momentum every day. Let’s look at the top...

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Features

Ad trends 2019: Ming Chan

A further blurring of agency lines and overcoming an identity crisis are on the cards in 2019 according to global digital agency The1stMovement's LA-based CEO, Ming Chan. He offers his thoughts on what's ahead and urges companies to be more nimble...

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Events

January 2019 Creative Calendar

In the months ahead, this Global Creative Calendar will once again open exciting new doors of possibility. Entering any one of them is sure to impact your life for the foreseeable future – and also, most likely, in far-reaching ways that you could...

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Features

Ad trends 2019: Ed Preedy

Ed Preedy, MD at computer vision company GumGum, believes there'll be much more visual content on the internet next year and explains how companies can harness the trend. He's also enjoyed the recent spate of retro ads and highights the increased...

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Features

Ad trends 2019: Dan Carter

Don't make Instagram campaigns purely for the sake of it and if you're an agency, have a clear specialism. Dan Carter, ECD at American agency Set Creative outlines what went on in 2018 and offers his thoughts on the year ahead. What will be the...

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Features

The most sought after celebs of 2018 and ones to watch next year

2018 was the year when Harry married Meghan, Cardi B went stratospheric, and football brought the world together. Shutterstock has analysed search and download data to determine the past year's most searched for newsworthy names and events around...

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Features

Why the right music is key to cracking Christmas campaigns

By Heather Andrew, UK CEO, Neuro-Insight... With Christmas ad spend set to hit an all-time high, the race is on again to achieve the coveted most memorable ad. Previous years have taught us that the aim of the game with festive spots is emotional...

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Awards

How Yarza Twins bottled diversity for Annual 2018

Click on Spanish sisters Eva and Marta Yarza’s Creativepool profile and you’ll be met with an avalanche of colour. The creative duo, better known as graphic design studio Yarza Twins, picked up a silver prize in the Annual in 2018 and...

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Trends

Advertising resources you should know about

From magazines and websites for inspiration to social apps and podcasts to stay in the know, there are many resources out there to help you out when it comes to advertising. The industry moves fast so it's important to keep up with trends and...

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Features

Ad trends 2019: Jeremy Harvey

Brave clients and bold campaigns are on Jeremy Harvey, creative partner at brand strategy and marketing agency Clarity’s wish list in 2019. He gives his predictions for the year ahead. What will be the biggest trends in 2019 in your field? I...

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Inspiration

20 of the best visual puns from illustrator Matt Blease

London-based illustrator Matt Blease has been playing with puns for years but his wisecracking commentary on the world isn't quite delivered in the way you'd expect. The Breed London artist, who counts the likes of Google, The New Yorker, Nike and...

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Careers

Bruce Daisley on fixing your work culture

Besides being Twitter’s VP of EMEA, Bruce Daisley is intent on helping creative companies improve their working cultures and hosts the Eat Sleep Work Repeat podcast on the subject. He’s also written a book called The Joy of Work offering...

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Features

Ad trends 2019: John Treacy

John Treacy, ECD at Proximity London shares his thoughts on the year ahead for advertising and tells us what the best campaign was in 2018. What will be the biggest trend in 2019? Brands going into ‘acquisition mode’ after GDPR has...

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Awards

Why Wickes won an Annual award in 2018

Asked what was unique about Iris’ Annual-winning work for UK home improvement retailer Wickes last year, creative director Simon Mannion says it was its humorous nature which set it apart. “It offered a different way of talking to the...

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Awards

Annual 2019 – early bird submissions now open!

‘Tis the season to be jolly as the Creativepool Annual 2019 is now open for early bird entries. The industry’s “most” award has launched for the sixth time and offers agencies, brands, influencers and newcomers the chance to...

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Careers

Who do you work with as an art director?

Art directors in the ad industry (especially at your larger shops), communicate with a lot of people to get the job done. Let's go through the list of who they might interact with on a daily basis once they're out from behind the computer. This...