The Voice of the Creative Industry

Browse the latest news, blogs and thoughts from across the creative sector.

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Spotlight - Colette Alexandros - Illustrator

- View Colette's Creativepool profile "Always carry your artwork with you. Whether it is a business card or even your artwork on your phone, as you never know who you might bump into." How long have you been a Freelancer for? 2 years. Describe...

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5 minutes with... Ben Winter - Sapient

How did you get started in the industry? Started at an integrated agency, in South Africa, as an Art Director, after completing a degree in Fine Art. What would you be doing if you weren't doing that? Making Movies What's your current favourite...

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Spotlight - Chris Hannah - Art Director

- View Chris's Creativepool profile ‘Network, but don't be pushy. You're more likely to find work through people you know' How long have you been a Freelancer for? Around three years. Describe your work in one sentence. Freelance Art...

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5 minutes with... Steve Boswell - Lowe & Partners

How did you get started in the industry? Foundation Art, Graphics Degree, followed by much trudging around London with another Steve and a black portfolio, hearing ‘Come back with some more ideas next week' which eventually led to a 1st Job at...

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Spotlight - Gary Carr - Front-End Web Developer

- View Gary's Creativepool profile ‘Always make a plan, starting with a pencil and paper no matter what you're working on you need a starting point' Describe your work in one sentence. A freelance front end developer with a passion for new...

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5 Minutes with... Jon Humphreys - The Neighbourhood

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Creative Director and Co-founder of Neighbourhood. How did you get started in the industry? Degree in architecture, decided I didn't want to go into that industry, free-lanced as a graphic...

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Getting found on Creativepool

The 'Profile Search Criteria' you set up for your profile is a great way to get your Creativepool profile found and stand out from the crowd! The main purpose of the profile search criteria is to provide the website with key information which is...

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Spotlight - Mike Watkins - Freelance Graphic Designer

- View Mike's Creativepool profile ‘Don't just hold out for the cool ad or design agencies - there are thousands of other companies out there that have marketing/design departments' Describe your work in one sentence. Creative pixel...

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5 Minutes with... Ivanka Majic - Canonical

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I am Creative Strategy Lead at Canonical. What does that involve? Taking technical cleverness and making it into consumable cleverness. Oh, and changing the world. I also get to help people...

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Spotlight - Mario Veltri - Motion Designer

‘Art needs love, dedication and constance' Describe your work in one sentence. I transform ideas in images and projects in Art. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of work? -Team working. With a group that believes in...

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5 minutes with... Dave Dye - DHM

Dave Dye is the Commissioning Editor for DHM, a new fangled multi-disciplinary-designy-advertisingy-digitaly-stunty-strategicy-communications shop, hence the pretentious title. They've produced tv ads, t-shirts, social networking solutions, logos,...

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5 minutes with... Ben Walker - Beattie McGuinness Bungay

Ben Walker worked on some of Wieden & Kennedy's most awarded campaigns including Honda "Cog", which he created in 2003, before controvercially moving to BMB in 2010 whilst heading up Wieden's Nokia business. His roster of clients have also included...

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Spotlight - Rod Hunt - Illustrator

‘I was originally intending to go into biochemistry & horticulture' Describe your work in one sentence. Retro tinged illustration & detailed character filled landscapes. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of...

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Spotlight - Marco Rotoli - Art Director

‘Fail, Fail again, Fail better' Describe your work in one sentence. My work is liquid; it sheds skin and adapts depending on the project. It will be different tomorrow. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of...

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Spotlight - Jodie Cox - Illustrator

"Perseverance is a must! Don't give up at the first hurdle....." Describe your work in one sentence. Bold, colourful, fun images that hopefully make you think a bit. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of work? Have...

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5 minutes with... Neil Harvey - Group Brand

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Executive Creative Director at Group Brand What does that involve? A mixed bag really. We work with clients large and small to help solve business, marketing and communication challenges. I'd...

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Spotlight - The Hidden Dingbat Collective

"Two heads are better than one." Describe your work in one sentence. Phil Howell: We try to be current, playful and bold. Lauren Baker: I'd say it was quite playful and lighthearted. It's also rather brave in a sense. What's the most important...

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5 minutes with... James Temple - R/GA

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I'm the Executive Creative Director at R/GA in London. With the team, I create digital experiences. What does that involve? Leading, Learning, Understanding, Inspiring and Executing. I'm...

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5 minutes with... Simon Learman - McCann London

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? ECD of McCann London What does that involve? Shepherding, motivating, inspiring, selling. How did you get started in the industry? Saatchi and Saatchi. It was a brutal but an invaluable...

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5 minutes with... Mick Mahoney - Havas Worldwide

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I'm the ECD for Havas Worldwide London (formerly EuroRSCG). What does that involve? Building an agency that people feel great about working for and with. How did you get started in the...

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Spotlight - Tom Hughes - Illustrator

Work just as hard on promoting yourself as you do drawing pictures. If no one knows you exist, no one can commission you. Describe your work in one sentence. Bright, humorous character illustration What's the most important thing you've learnt in...

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Spotlight - Iain Cox - Illustrator

I don't feel quite right when I haven't got a pen in my hand, my life feels strangely absent of any purpose. Describe your work in one sentence. My Illustrations are multi-coloured, squiggly scribbles shaped into recognisable objects on a piece of...

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5 minutes with... Stephen Royle - The Chase

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Creative Director at The Chase. What does that involve? In its simplest form it's problem solving. We help companies communicate more effectively, whether its a large international business or...

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Spotlight - Mark Gamble - Designer

The key thing is to believe in yourself and your work, and not too lose hope. Most of all, network, network, network! Describe your work in one sentence. It's usually quite clean, fun and colourful. What's the most important thing you've learnt in...

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5 minutes with... Silas Amos - JKR

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I think, often in pictures, for JKR, coming up with a slice of the creative content and strategy for our FMCG packaging work. Clients like Unilever, Mars, Diageo. What does that involve? The...

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Spotlight - Karl Maddix - 3D Artist

Inspiration comes from everywhere, films, music. I'm a science geek too so I try to put that to some use. Describe your work in one sentence. The desire to create is too strong for me to resist and if I didn't possess the artistic skills necessary...

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Is London the best place for Design Graduates

This is the first article to be written by Creativepool's writing competition winner, Alan Offord. Over the next few months he'll be looking at various topics including issues like the practice of free-pitching, ways designers stay motivated and more...

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

Written by Toby Thwaites, Director, Purple Consultancy - Specialists in creative recruitment Toby Thwaites and Paul Wood founded Purple in June 2000. Purple provides recruitment consultancy to advertising, design, integrated marketing, publishing,...

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5 minutes with... Steve Vranakis & Darren Bailes - VCCP

"Don't take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway." - Vranakis & Bailes Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Joint Creative Directors at VCCP. What does that involve? We're toy manufacturers. We make stuff that people...

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Spotlight - David Chaudoir - Motion Designer

Don't know it all - ask questions. Describe your work in one sentence. Design in motion. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of work? Everything is temporary, style, fashion, who's hot and who's not. Get paid for...

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Spotlight - Team Hitchcock

Describe your work in one sentence. Two maverick idea ninjas change the world one brief at a time. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of work? That you never stop learning. Even when you're a ninja. What attracted you to...

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The Power of Convergence

This month’s article looks at the positive steps you can take to make sure you stay secure in your current role. Jonathan Lindon, Director of Source, gives us the lowdown on how to impress your boss and keep your job. Mobile, digital,...

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