For Leaders and Learners

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Inspiration

#Trends. Where OCD meets art - Ursus Wehrli

By Jessica Hazel Ursus Wehrli has an insatiable desire to tidy. Nothing is safe. Given half the chance Ursus will compartmentalise and order everything from a park full of sunbathers to the sky at night. Luckily the art world has a lot of time for...

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Features

Creating social barriers - Why do it to yourself?

by Andrew Greenhalgh. In an article (Marketing, March 6th 2013) about the latest Andrex campaign which asks whether or not the nation “scrunches or folds” their loo roll, a rather prudsih Nigel Roberts writes, "Who honestly thought that...

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Features

What did you just call me? The tricky art of naming brands.

By Magnus Shaw Have you used your Tripod today? How about your Mobi? There's a very good chance you have, but you knew it as your iPhone. It seems the obvious name for Apple's mobile handset doesn't it? After all, they already the iPod and its...

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Events

Exclusive 50% discount to Who Needs Copywriters?

Copywriting has never been more important. The success of digital media still depends on persuasive writing. Traditional media such as print, DM, or radio, cry out for great writers. But where do copywriters go for inspiration? Who Needs...

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Features

Something for nothing

by Ashley Morrison. I never thought I’d say it, but I have some sympathy with guests on the Jeremy Kyle Show. Not that I sit around watching daytime TV all day, of course. Well, apart from a triple-bill of Frasier to get me going in the...

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Features

A Day in the Life...Michelle Martin, Head of Production

Michelle Martin Head of Production Lola Post Production LTD Visit Lola Post on IMDB 9am - Grab a coffee, switch the computer on, wait for a zillion emails to appear on my outlook, open the schedule and take a deep breathe before the day...

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Inspiration

The design agency boss that went back to design school

By John Fountain Here’s a widely sweeping statement but in the main I think it’s true: Creative people are not so fond of training. Think about it. I bet most designers, illustrators and art workers are self-taught on the Mac. In fact...

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Features

Two's company. Are we ready for realistic lavatory paper ads?

By Magnus Shaw Well, this should be fun. A column about poo (rather than one made up of it, which isn't unusual). You see, you're already wondering whether you really want to read on - and I don't blame you, who wants to read about that? Exactly....

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Inspiration

#Trends. Jim'll Paint It.

By Jessica Hazel Despite the dodgy Savile parodies, Jim'll Paint It is the most exciting new thing on Tumblr. A couple of weeks ago, Jim came up with a novel way of filling up his lunch breaks, he asked friends for requests for things to draw and...

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News

22 Group Revive Charity Website

22 were asked to reinvigorate and refresh the look and feel for the youth charity Key. Their tired brand identity and website didn’t fully represent them as a charity aimed at young people. Key is an amazing charity that provides housing...

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Events

Clerkenwell Design Week 2013, London (May 21 - May 23)

Clerkenwell Design Week has firmly established itself as the UK's leading independent design festival and one of the most acclaimed trade events on the international design calendar. Clerkenwell takes place in London, EC1 - The heart and home of...

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News

Visual Effects and the Oscars. The biggest losers?

by Ashley Morrison. The last thing anyone wanted to see at the Academy Awards ceremony last night was another Kate Winslet or Halle Berry sobbing through an acceptance speech. At least Adele had the good sense to dash off stage before the leak in...

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News

Digital is not delivering on its promises

By John Fountain In the world of advertising, the concept of doing what you can to piss-off the public is rarely regarded as a good idea. We live in a world where consumers have millions of places to go and billions of messages to ignore or...

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Inspiration

Michael Wolf's Mega Cities

By Jessica Hazel Michael Wolf is a photographer who was born in Munich and now lives in Hong Kong. His life's work is focused on life in mega cities, inspired by the time he has spent in Hong Kong since moving there in 1994. From 1994-2001 Wolf...

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News

Life through Google Glass

By Owen Bailey Google have given us a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the future. It's life through Google's very own lenses. I'm sure that you've by now heard that Google has been developing specs that will enable us to access all of the...

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News

5 Minutes with... Michael Tomes: the all-new Creativepool

by Ashley Morrison Last week was a big week for Creativepool: after months and months in the making, the new Creativepool website went live. So to crown its first full week of existence, we have the first ever interview with Michael Tomes,...

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Advice

Can you hear me at the back? Five tips for better presentations.

Last week I gave a presentation in Lincolnshire. It's been a while since I did this (give a presentation I mean, not visit Lincolnshire) and I realised I might be a little rusty. So the night before, I ran through a few 'golden rules' - just a mental...

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Events

Events: Designersblock at Pitfield (Feb 15 - Mar 21)

The place: Pitfield 31 ‐ 35 Pitfield Street London, N1 6HB Exhibition Dates 15th February - 21st March 2013 Opening hours: 11am to 7pm From the 15th of February Designersblock will be hosting an exhibition at Pitfield store and Cafe in...

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Design

90 days to build the world's tallest building

Construction is planned to begin on the world’s tallest building next month. The building in Changsha, China will be completed in 90 days. To complete such a task in the given time frame, the construction firm Broad Sustainable Building (BSB)...

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News

Coming soon… an interview with Creativepool MD, Michael Tomes

by Ashley Morrison. Cue fanfare! Cue fireworks! Cue lots of awards! For those of you who are longstanding members of the Creativepool network, you’ll notice that the website has been completely reinvented. They flicked the switch earlier this...

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Features

Cor blimey David!

By Jessica Hazel Nothing is going to grab your attention quite like David Beckham tucking his bum cheek back in his boxers during an ad break. Well done H&M for paying whatever amount of money it takes to get the world's most lusted after man to get...

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Advertising

Biggest Adverts of the Super Bowl 2013

Another Budweiser ad has taken the top spot again in this year's Super Bowl. Also up for the top spot were Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz. The winning ad in this year's battle of the Bowl has already been shared over 450,000 times and has been viewed...

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Advertising

Biggest Adverts of the Super Bowl 2013

Another Budweiser ad has taken the top spot again in this year's Super Bowl. Also up for the top spot were Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz. The winning ad in this year's battle of the Bowl has already been shared over 450,000 times and has been viewed...

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Features

Are we selling the benefits of graphic design hard enough?

by John Fountain. Here's something that I read this during the week and it impressed me so much that I thought I'd share it with you. Lord Smith, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pointed out that - with 1% of the world's...

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Features

Crayon Creatures. Realise your children's wildest imaginings in 3D

by Jessica Hazel. Every proud parent's fridge is covered in as many sugar-paper masterpieces as can possibly be blue-tacked onto it. The only problem with this is that they get increasingly dog-eared with each slam of the kitchen door and eventually...

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Features

The hardest word. Has 'sorry' lost all meaning?

by Magnus Shaw. Last weekend the BBC screened an episode of 'Tweenies' on their CBeebies channel and a minor fuss broke out. I should point out I don't watch CBeebies habitually and have never watched a complete 'Tweenies' show in my life - but I...

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News

Creativepool selects Octopus Group for PR brief

With 2013 set to be a big year for Creativepool, we're pleased to announce that we've appointed Octopus Group to provide us with PR and social media support moving forward. Octopus are working with us on the re-launch of our web site and also on a...

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Features

Designers - Do you have the courage to show hand drawn concepts?

by John Fountain. There's an art director that I know who has a pretty impressive portfolio. Plenty of big-name clients, some beautifully designed work and one or two pieces that have appeared in awards annuals. When she shows her work I'm sure that...

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News

Patrick Collister and The Big Won 2012

Patrick Collister has released his annual directory of the world's best communications agencies, campaigns and individuals, covering areas such as advertising, print, digital, as measured by awards won. Patrick Collister’s The Directory Big...

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Advertising

FITCH VOTED DESIGN FIRM OF 2012

'PEOPLE’S CHOICE' AWARDS NAME FITCH AS 2012 DESIGN FIRM OF THE YEAR FITCH is thrilled to have been voted the top 2012 Design Firm of the Year. Announced in the September “Portfolio Awards” issue of leading retail design magazine...

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Features

5 minutes with... Geoff Foots, Guerilla

Tell us a bit about you Hi, my name’s Geoff, I’m 5’ 7” with blue eyes and GSOH, I’m a Capricorn who’s married with three children, one beautiful grandchild (believe me when I say I don’t look old enough)...