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Inspiration

2021's most inspiring Graphic Design trends

If you thought 2020 was a chaos, you clearly haven’t seen what graphic design might have in store for 2021. After such an unbelievable year (in good and bad terms), we can all expect designers to bear the marks of 2020 for quite some time,...

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Inspiration

2021: Predictions for an Unpredictable Year

One thing we can predict for the year ahead is that what will have unfolded 12 months from now is most likely unpredictable. Our shift online has undoubtedly accelerated across the board - markedly with older generations who are typically slower in...

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Inspiration

The heroes of a Production Designer - #MemberSpotlight

Ever wondered who makes all those beautiful buildings and sets you see in films, TV shows and on stage? That would be the careful, precise and beautifully creative job of a Production Designer. Hakan Yoruk has been designing sets for six years, and...

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Features

Global creative calendar: January 2021

Presently, hopes for the brand new year are soaring, as each of us takes stock of available opportunities, then takes aim. To see the big picture, you're in the right place. While this schedule of events starts out slowly, its offerings will soon...

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Inspiration

The Best Creative Work of 2020

2020 sucked in so many ways. And yet in spite of all that happened – or maybe in some ways because of all that happened – we saw some great creative work. Here’s my round up of some of the best advertising to come out of one of the most...

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Inspiration

Best Art Directors of 2020

10 of the most talented art directors to look out for in 2021. Being in charge of how things are supposed to look is no mean feat. Imagine having to come up with the full aesthetics of a project in tandem with a copywriter, under heavily strict...

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Inspiration

Best Graphic Designers of 2020

10 of the most exciting and talented graphic designers to keep an eye on in 2021 Good graphic design is easy to spot. But excellent graphic design? You need to have a specific kind of eye, taste and interest to understand what that is all about. The...

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Best Photographers of 2020

10 of the most promising and talented photographers this year. This year has been quite interesting for photographers, forced for the most part to remain stuck at home and without the usual inputs they could get from the outside world. In all...

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Best Brands of 2020

The best and most inspiring brands that made this 2020 more enjoyable. Thinking about the 12 months that just passed, I bet few actually realise how lucky we are to live in the era of brand purpose. With most brands now focused on making a...

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Inspiration

Best Illustrators of 2020

Whether you’re looking for talent or inspiration, take a look at these amazing illustrators to get you on the right track. Nothing like a good 10 months stuck at home to get creative. Right? Well, if you’re like me, by now you realised...

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Best Advertising Campaigns of 2020

10 of the best marketing and advertising campaigns from 2020. A global pandemic wasn’t enough to stop the advertising industry. In fact, I dare argue this was one of the most poignant, engaging and compelling years for advertising ever. We...

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Inspiration

Festive Sustainability: Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving and family celebrations. Yet, it can be a time of excess and over-indulgence - from gifting to greeting cards and glitter - we question if the glamour is worth the garbage. Figures show that the festive season...

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Industry

Behind the Brand: the wild experimentation of Desperados

When looking for examples of boldness in branding, a few names usually come to mind. Heineken, Coca-Cola, Burger King... Desperados. A brand like Desperados has wild experimentation in its very DNA. Born 25 years ago, Desperados thrives in...

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Inside the life of a NBC News Producer – #MemberSpotlight

From Tokyo to London and a career in journalism, you can tell that Simeon Paterson has travelled far and wide. Perhaps that's even where his passion for journalism comes from - and we wouldn't be surprised. Journalism is an art, and it can be a...

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Industry

Behind the Idea: how AMV BBDO celebrates 'Xmess'

We can all relate with the young man in the Merry Xmess Christmas ad. It is the ones we love the most that make the biggest mess at Christmas time. Parents, lovers, siblings, other relatives - but that's exactly what makes Christmas special. We are...

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Industry

Behind the Idea: Santa has a message for the nation

If there's one view we got used to pretty quickly here in the UK, it is a certain PM stepping up to the lectern to give us an important announcement. So naturally it was quite interesting to see none other than Santa take his place for a bit. With...

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Leaders

What's next for social media marketing?

It's no wonder brands have invested big in the power of social media this year. With the vast majority of consumers stuck at home for long periods of time, online ads and social media were the only touchpoints between them and their target users. We...

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Inspiration

In Memoriam Enzo Mari

When I design an object and people say, ‘Oh, well done!’, I unfailingly ask myself, ‘Where did I go wrong?’ If everybody likes it, it means I have confirmed the existing reality and this is precisely what I don’t...

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Workshop

How freelancers can prepare for Brexit today

And what the self-employed need to know about leaving the EU. That’s right, I used the dreaded ‘B’ word. As you can imagine, Brexit will have a certain impact on freelancers in the UK, and to an extent, to those working from Europe...

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Leaders

Learning self-love with BJL Creative Director Richard Pearson

We are genuinely struck by the humility of Richard Pearson. A caring teacher, a conscious professional, an experienced creative. Richard is the Creative Director of BJL and, even with all his interests and experience, he believes there is no way he...

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Industry

Behind the Idea: how do you build an agency's identity?

Funny enough, it's quite unusual to see creative and branding agencies working on their own brands. It happens - but not as much as one would hope to see. And yet good agency rebrands, when done right, can be a good indicator of the level of...

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Making music in the streaming age – #CompanySpotlight

When the advent of streaming unleashed pretty much what looked like a catastrophe on the music industry, many were forced to adapt or die. Founder of Syncsmith Gavin Mee was placed in an uncomfortable position - but he managed to make that harshness...

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Best animations of 2020

The top 7 animated campaigns this year. If anything, 2020 has been a wonderful year for animation. With all of us stuck at home for most of the year, animators have had quite some more time on their hands and this was not a weak year for the craft...

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Features

Is Covid killing the holding agency model?

In the middle of what some analysts have defined the worst recession since Second World War, this year we have sadly grown accustomed to all the bad news of layoffs, pay cuts, redundancies, furloughed workers and such. It comes to no surprise that,...

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Industry

Behind the Idea: Christmas is this "Very" Moment

We've seen so many Christmas ads that by now we are used to all the unboxing, red-dressed gift-bearers and poignant moments that we so deeply link to Christmas. That's why Very and Grey London wanted to do something different. Something focused on...

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Leaders

Finding a new energy: The story of Tag's Chief Creative Officer

Admittedly, Tag Collective Arts had their work cut out for themselves back in August. Reuniting all the companies under the Tag umbrella into Tag Collective Arts was no mean feat, especially in the middle of a global outbreak. The business needed to...

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Industry

Behind the Idea: That time Blue Zoo embraced all Shapes

The word 'puberty' can evoke quite a varied range of bad memories in the minds of us all. It is a time of change and self-realisation. It is a time in which we become aware of our own selves, bodies and sexual identities. It is also the most...