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Inspiration

Briefs and balance with Creanet Design

What makes great design? To some, it's a mixture of technique, craft and talent. Others believe more in the process. According to Jose Moreno, founder and creative director of Creanet Design, the secret to great design is in building solid...

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Inspiration

Exploring the power of sudden inspiration with Adriano Chiarelli

To an Italian and a film lover, the name of Paolo Sorrentino may evoke pleasant memories and feelings of pure admiration. You can imagine how much of an honour it was for our Italian editor to have a chat with videographer Adriano Chiarelli, who had...

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Inspiration

The beastly creative passion of Steve Sellick

It comes from Stephen Sellick's own fingertips that he is as passionate and fired up as he's ever been. Having started out as a freelance illustrator, Steve has now been in the industry for over 25 years, and he's seen plenty of changes in his own...

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Leaders

Melissa Ditson on creating your own role models

"As a creative, I've never had a female to learn from or look up to as an example of what was possible for my career." It's not uncommon to hear such stories from female leaders in the industry, even today. Though we are slowly getting there, we...

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Features

Why don't most agencies self-advertise?

”No donkey chases the carrot forever. He catches on. And quits.” If you remember this line, you either love the advertising industry and have read up on its history, or you are part of a very select demographic, lucky enough to have seen...

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Inspiration

Living vintage with Annual 2020 winner Jamie Ansell

Technology has made us faster, more productive, more efficient. As the most used pieces of software integrate with each other, we have gained a lot in terms of speed, comfort and accuracy. But that comfort comes at a cost. Freelance graphic designer...

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Features

How AR can save the travel industry post-COVID

It is no surprise that the pandemic has had drastic effects on travel across the globe, with thousands having holidays cancelled. While many still have the travel bug and would love to rebook, they remain anxious to leave the country. Travel...

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Inspiration

The long-standing passion of Peter Lourenco

Peter has been hit by COVID. He has been hit like many, being made redundant in this current climate and now forced to look for new opportunities. Luckily, his passion will never fade. Peter's love for graphic design was born when he explored the...

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Leaders

Giving voice to the blind – Why innovation defies accessibility

Have you seen the new iPhone? Beautiful piece of design, almost completely button-less, a joy for the eyes. But what if you can't see all that? As technology progresses and designs become more minimal, one fundamental aspect of accessibility starts...

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Inspiration

Warmth, art and survival in Ben O'Brien's illustrations

Love for nature, capturing the moment and finding the beauty in how things look. This is the drive that guides Ben O'Brien, freelancer in Somerset, former animator and now a hardened 15-year illustrator. Though it may not seem like it, Ben's...

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Inspiration

Here's to you, women in the COVID-hit creative industry

“Thud is the dry blow, from my temples to my toes. The air escaped my lungs and I am overcome by a deafening silence. It is over. Finally.” What is behind a layoff? This pandemic, among other issues, has demonstrated our unpreparedness....

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Leaders

In memory of Murphy Chou, bright star of Leo Burnett Taiwan

“Hope this is helpful.” Few words can condense Murphy Chou’s spirit more efficiently than these, pulled straight from one of our email exchanges with Leo Burnett Taiwan's former chief creative officer. As the industry gathers to...

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Inspiration

Solving problems with creativity at Mako Design + Invent

What to do when no-one seems to be interested in risking with a startup to finance their product ideas? You make it happen yourself. When Mako Design + Invent CEO and founder Kevin Mako wanted to turn his journal of invention ideas into real-life...

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Inspiration

The art of styling food with Lola Faura Praxedes

Few arts are as delicate and delicious as the one of the food stylist. It's hard not to fall in love with Lola Faura's photography. All it takes is one quick glance at one of her projects on her profile and you instantly want to run for the fridge -...

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Inspiration

The formal floral fancies of interior design manager April Sharman

Here at Creativepool, we could never be accused of staying in just one lane when it came to the creative industries. That’s why, today, we’ve chosen to shine our illustrious Member Spotlight on April Sharman, a design manager for Style Library...

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Leaders

Recruiting After the Pandemic In the Design Industry

The pandemic has changed the way we live and work. For the past few months, employees around the world have been working remotely, getting their projects done with video conferences and online project management. It also has definitely changed the...

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Inspiration

Art Director Design Challenge: One For The Mind

What time is it? Design time. Challenge number three coming your way in the form of a more meaningful topic this month, centered around World Mental Health Day. As designers, we put so much time into making things that are either cool, fun, or that...

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Leaders

Conversational ads can unlock the measurable value of creative 

When I first started working in digital advertising 13 years ago and media was still bought over the phone, my manager shared an anecdote with me. It was late in the day at their agency and the team were waiting to receive the creative to go live...

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Leaders

Getting to know the holistic mind of Recursive's David Yates

As the MD of international technology studio Recursive, David Yates has to keep his finger in many pies, often at the same time. Where he really specialises, however, is in taking the disparate principles of audiovisual, IT, acoustics, lighting,...

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Workshop

Preparing for the Post-COVID Jobs Market

“This too shall pass” is a popular saying derived from ancient Persia that reflects rather elegantly and succinctly on the ephemerality of the human condition. It’s a mantra that many of us have undoubtedly been muttering under our...

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Features

Rishi Sunak Strikes Again

If there is one MP that has arguably benefitted from the COVID-19 pandemic (at least as far as political capital is concerned), it’s Rishi Sunak. This is a man who, at the start of the year, was only really known to those of us that watch...

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Inspiration

Talking pen, paper and torment with Severn Agency

Severn describes itself as something more than a simple design consultancy, they see themselves as a “multi-disciplinary studio” that sees great design as much more than decoration. With each new job they set out to understand their...

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Leaders

Dare to be different

Is our desire to be different in freefall? And could Covid be the unexpected cure? The dilemma of originality in advertising has been keeping the industry awake for many-a nights, and the issue never seems to untangle itself. As time passes, things...

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Industry

Creativepool Annual 2020 winners announced

The fifth Creativepool Annual celebrates the best in the industry from 2019 The Annual 2020 winners have been announced, featuring people and companies who have achieved creative excellence in the past year. Now in its fifth running year, the...

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Inspiration

Appreciating the inclusive whimsy of Mason Griffiths

Sometimes, in this increasingly uncertain and conflicted world, all it takes is a little helping hand to get the ball rolling. Such is the case with the Salford-based artist Mason Griffiths, who left University a couple of years ago and found...

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