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Inspiration

Nice artwork? What about the call to action?

Too often at printed.com we see fabulous flyers, leaflets and stickers with killer design and spot-on messaging, but there's something missing no call to action! To give your printed marketing materials a chance to work, it's so important to include...

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Advice

Compromised. The joy of having your gmail hacked.

When you’re self-employed there’s little that can upset the equilibrium quite as much as someone from Timbuktu taking over your email account. Last week this happened to me and let me tell you, it is damned annoying. In fact in the...

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News

Create11 The right side of London

I know I am always banging on about how great East London is and I'm sure it is highly irritating for those of you who don't live here but maybe my ramblings on are perhaps slightly useful for those of you who do so here is the latest in the I heart...

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News

Royal Wedding Causes Flurry of New Designs on Everyday Items

You are aware, I'm sure, that Prince William, heir to the throne, is to marry Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on 29th April 2011. What you may not be aware of, however, that the national celebration has caused an outbreak of organisations to jump...

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News

Fashion's New Year's honours

The 2013 New Year's honours list has been drawn up and announced. This year it consists of a female-heavy list of special mentions and an ominous absence of big names such as Andy Murray and David Beckham whom were both expected to receive...

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Features

"That ad campaign cost too much." No **** Sherlock.

When I blogged about the John Lewis Christmas ad a few weeks ago - the one featuring the hare and the bear…and the despair of the rather wet Lily Allen cover of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ - a lot of people balked at the...

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Inspiration

Personal best. What 2013 did for me.

For all its trials, hardships, wars and woes, 2013 still managed to inject some wonderful stuff into our busy, pressured lives. So, with 2014 snapping at our heels, this would be an appropriate moment to celebrate the things which enhanced the human...

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Features

Drive Like A Girl: patronising, discriminatory...or clever?

Most people would probably agree that, these days, we are a much more touchy-feely nation than ever before. Or much more “politically correct”, if you want to be more politically correct about the label. But advertising is still one of...

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News

Festive Jumpers Galore

We're in the festive spirit of things and it looks like we're not on our own! Some of our favourite recruiter clients have been enjoying festive moments from Secret Santas, Office Parties to Christmas Jumper Days. Here's some tweets that helped us...

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News

Top 10 Creativepool Companies of 2013

2013 is nearly over, and hasn't it flown! We have had a great year and thought we would take a moment to showcase our Top 10 companies of the year. These are the companies with the most views and follows. Some award winning, talented and awesome...

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Inspiration

Two trends influencing the performance of your brand

The best-laid strategies have to be amenable to change. In the long term, market forces, cultural changes and technological innovation can all shift the foundations you’ve built on. And as Darwin explained: it’s not the strongest that...

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Features

Panic stations: leaving London and moving to t’sticks

As I sit down to write my blog today, I’m a bit anxious. You see, we moved on Saturday. But this was no ordinary move. I’ve left the creative centre of the country (and some would argue of the world) and gone to live in a place where...

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News

It's a wrap. Introducing this year's best Christmas campaign.

Understandably there's been quite some fuss about the John Lewis 'Hare and Bear' Yuletide spot. Not only is it high profile and eye-catching, but the cartoon alone cost somewhere in the region of £7m. With that sort of investment, you 'd hope it...

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News

Pringle all the way

Each year around this time, Pringles hits the US and UK shelves with new, limited-time-only, holiday-themed flavours. The flavours are festive and unexpected. They are flavourful and experimental products that are likely to be disgusting. White...

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Features

Meet the Creative Director, Colin Byrne of VCCP

Tell us a bit about you Colin... I'm a 6ft 3" one-time professional surfer and ex Abercrombie & Fitch model stuck in the body of a 5ft 10" balding Brightonian. Creative Director at VCCP, father of two beautiful daughters and husband to a very...

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Features

YouTube and You: are you doing yourself out of a job?

“That’s the power of social media” - that’s what they keep telling us. Yep, social media can indeed be harnessed and used to great effect by an enormous range of businesses - from sole traders to multinationals. For some of...

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News

Merry Christmas to our Poolers

A short animation to say Merry Christmas and thanks for your support in what has been a big year of changes for us at Creativepool. Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks to Darren Thompson for helping us create our festive greeting.

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News

That other social network. The rise of Google Plus.

So, you think you know your social media? What's the biggest social network in the world, then? Right, Facebook. Even my Auntie Janet knows it's Facebook - and I don't have an Auntie Janet. Okay, which social network is the second biggest? Twitter,...

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Inspiration

Threadless. Making shirts awesome since 2000.

Threadless is a creative community that makes, supports, and buys great art. It has evolved from an online t-shirt design company into an international community-driven design platform featuring merchandise designed by and for its fan base of nearly...

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Inspiration

Favourite Christmas ads of 2013.

Christmas is here again, and the advertising has certainly stepped it up a notch. We are seeing many big brands producing more Christmas related advertising to help with your festive season. Some of which pull the heart strings, such as the John...

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Advice

How to use Madeit

Madeit is a whole new way for you to network, showcase and get exposure for the work that you or your company does. Madeit shows the true interactions that a person, company and client has with each piece of work. Think of it as a visual CV based on...

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Features

Top 10 Worst Christmas Hits

Not that I have anything against festive cheer, but for some reason, this sometimes means that good taste seems to vanish completely, and this could not be more true when it comes to Christmas songs. With videos featuring a load of scouse wigs and...

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News

On the near future of wearables

The current state of wearables is segmented, run (Nike+ Fuelband, Fitbit Force), sleep (Jawbone Up), watches (pebble, Samsung Galaxy Gear, Sony SmartWatch, metawatch)…, some of them like pebble offer a great amount of customisation, yet it...

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News

British Fashion Awards 2013 - the winners and the outfits.

Monday night saw the glitterati of the fashion world descend on the London Coliseum for the annual British Fashion Awards in a lavish ceremony peppered with humour from dashing host Jack Whitehall. The ceremony has become infamous for the highly...

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Inspiration

This is NOT a photo of Morgan Freeman.

The image you see below is not a photograph. It is actually a finger painting by Kyle Lambert using the app Procreate on an iPad Air. Kyle’s incredible painting of Morgan Freeman took over 200 hours of work and an astonishing 285,000...

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Inspiration

Macro photography of individual snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov

Russian based photographer Alexey Kljatov takes us on an incredible magical journey to discover the true beauty and uniqueness of every snowflakes. Capturing individual snowflakes on a glass surface or woollen fabrics and then lighting them by an...

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News

Space for silicon

Anyone who works around the Silicon Roundabout is familiar with the noise of building work. It’s happening all around and the amount of old buildings coming down and new ones rising up is accelerating fast. One of the reasons for the surge in...

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Inspiration

Drowned rat? No, just portraits of bathing dogs by Sophie Gamand

Entitled "Wet Dogs", this series of photographs by Sophie Gamand of Striking Paws shows dogs mid-bath soaking wet and soapy. Her series of dog photos tell stories and capture the personalities of canines interlaced with humor and fun. This one in...

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Features

Foodscapes. Incredible food art by Carl Warner

It may look as computer-graphics-perfect as a frame from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, but this image of the London skyline made of food is an actual photograph designed and taken by the masterful Carl Warner. Don't believe it? This is how it...