The Voice of the Creative Industry

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Advice

Opinions - Carr trouble. Why bad news needn't be taxing.

by Magnus Shaw Jimmy Carr is recording an episode of the sweary panel show 'Eight Out Of Ten Cats' tonight. A week ago, that news would be no more intriguing than discovering your train has a filthy lavatory. But a week is a long time in a troubled...

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Inspiration

How Creativepool helped me achieve a dream - Jo Clarke

By Jo Clarke. ABOUT JO CLARKE Jo is a candidate on Creativepool. With the help she found on the site, and one of our bloggers Magnus Shaw, she has achieved her dream of becoming a copywriter. Here she recounts her journey... "I am a...

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Advice

Opinions - Unlikely Celebrity Endorsements

by Jessica Hazel Just two months ago Rihanna tweeted a picture of herself on a medical drip, pumping herself full of vitamins after suffering from exhaustion and dehydration following a hectic tour schedule combined with wild partying. Now she is...

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Advice

Opinions - Come on, mums, pull your finger out!

by Ashley Morrison Look, love, just get back in the kitchen where you belong. What on earth are you doing, straying away from the cooker? Leash too long? Oh, mind you, with the leash off, you might as well do the vacuuming when you've finished...

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Inspiration

Trailblazers: Celebrities that look like mattresses

by Jessica Hazel As any Englishman will tell you, life in London is no bed of roses. Virgin tourists stepping off the plane for the Olympics will soon discover that the streets are not lined with gold but in fact, old smelly mattresses. Second only...

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Advice

Opinions - Should designers write? Should writers design?

by John Fountain The part of the job I've always enjoyed the most is the bit when I sit down with a designer and try and crack the idea. Call me unhinged if you want, but I quite like it when it gets difficult. When the deadline is looming, when the...

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Inspiration

#Trends. Why Twitter shall remain nameless

by John Fountain On Tuesday this week, as Her Majesty The Queen waved her hankie at the soggy hoards along The Mall, Twitter announced a new logo. Yes, as Her Majesty finally kicked off her overly softened shoes and dunked her chocolate bourbon...

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Advice

Opinions - A quick guide to being made redundant.

by Magnus Shaw Throughout this increasingly insane financial crisis I have worked as a freelance. Disadvantage: I have to find my own work and therefore income. Advantage: I can't be made redundant. However, I have faced the redundancy...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Easy Rider. The Raleigh Chopper

by Ashley Morrison The year is 1967 and Alan Oakley, head designer at Raleigh, is on a plane over the Atlantic. He's been sent by Raleigh to the USA for inspiration to help restore the company's fortunes. It was a good move. If anyone knows about...

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Advice

Opinions - The specialist versus the generalist

by John Fountain Not so long ago creative folk were employed to work across all areas of business communications. It was said that if you were any good you'd be able to turn your hand to almost anything. And if you had any weak spots or showed any...

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Advice

Opinions - What's your day rate?

by John Fountain Ever wondered if you're being paid the market rate for all the long hours you work? Well if you are working every hour God sends then maybe it's time you put your prices up. Today I'm going to have a look at typical day rates for...

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Inspiration

Trailblazers

Natalie Nicklin Illustrator, Digital Illustrator, Creative "Natalie Nicklin is a London based illustrator and artist who utilizes a wide range of processes within her work; from found images and photography to modern digital techniques and...

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Advice

Opinions - Good old...hibu?

by Ashley Morrison Good old Yellow Pages. There was something rather comforting about those adverts, about the fact that good old Yellow Pages is not just there for that leaky roof. Or for the warm and fluffy things in life: the boy who bought his...

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Advice

CV + TLC = Job

by Jinx Jeffery, Dynamic New Alliances. I know a great deal of you reading this will probably have read something similar before, so please forgive me if some of this comes across in a wave of deja vu. But the information is clearly not sinking in -...

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Advice

Opinions - Online Logo Contests, the pros and cons.

by Jessica Hazel Online Logo Contests have been popping up all over the internet for quite some time now. They allow businesses and individuals to offer a set fee, or prize, for what they consider to be the best logo design. Hundreds of amazing...

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Features

Spotlight: Rory McLeish

Rory McLeish is a 3D artist and concept designer from Glasgow, now based and working in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. A couple of years ago Rory moved back to the UK after spending 5 years in Los Angeles working in the visual effects industry, and is...

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Advice

How to...Don't just stand there, make your own Olympic Torch

by John Fountain Now that the Olympic flame is finally arriving on these shores and they've tracked down a mutton handed individual in Cornwall to keep the frigging thing alight, our thoughts turn to the proud British torchbearers and wonder how we,...

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Advice

Opinions - Dead heat. Why The Exclusives is unfair on us all.

by Magnus Shaw Perhaps we shouldn't expect anything more from ITV2 - after all, this is the home of Celebrity Juice, Life On Murrs and The Only Way Is Essex. But while those shows may grate and irritate, they manage to avoid devaluing and...

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Advice

Opinions - Do you have to be nuts to be a creative genius?

by John Fountain A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was employed as a junior copywriter. Salary 4.5K. 1-month holiday a year. 1½ hours for lunch. I was not the only junior in the creative dept mind. There were three others and...

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Advice

Opinions - All in the name

by Ashley Morrison In the past, we bloggers at Creativepool have given our opinions, advice and guidance, whether you asked for it or not! Hey, that's blogging for you. The internet is a free-for-all where anyone can purport to be an "expert", but...

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