The Voice of the Creative Industry

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Features

Ten reasons to quit your job.

by Ashley Morrison. There are many reasons why, according to a recent poll by Forbes, 74% of people would consider changing jobs. One would like to think that this is just because they want to move onwards and upwards in pursuit of an ever-more...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... The artist who inspired Madonna.

by John Fountain. "Among a hundred paintings, you could recognize mine, my goal was: Do not copy. Create a new style,...colors light and bright, return to elegance in my models." Tamara de Lempicka was not only a brilliant artist, she was also the...

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Features

Ella Universe

I was looking not only for a blog name but for a brand name for my vision. I wanted to embrace all what I love in this alter persona, immerse myself in its world, and invite others to join if they liked. I created this muse, Ella, the timeless alter...

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Events

Speakers Corner 3 - Excuse me Sir, your pitch machine is broken.

By Nick Bennett more from him on twitter @NickoBennett Disclaimer: No real Clients or Agencies where harmed in the making of this speech. Creative direction: The following speech is to be performed by a single individual with a split personality...

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In search of the 10%. Is Sturgeon's Law the alarming truth?

by Magnus Shaw. Theodore Sturgeon was an American science fiction writer. A popular author, he is more widely known for his 'revelation' or law. It's a simple proposition which Sturgeon devised after spending years defending science fiction...

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Why creative jobs aren't always a bowl of cherries.

by Magnus Shaw. I work as a copywriter and blogger. I also do something I call consultancy - advising people on their writing, marketing or branding, really. Sometimes, I produce or present radio programmes too. These are all very enjoyable and...

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Features

"Brad Pitt" - that's rhyming slang for...

by Ashley Morrison. ..the new Chanel No.5 advert. It is the most pretentious, pointless, self-indulgent load of nonsensical advertising I've seen in years. In case you're yet to join me in the rapidly growing involuntary projectile vomiting clan,...

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News

Lovie Awards Winners Announced

SoundCloud, VICE, StumbleUpon, Akestam Holst awarded alongside Special Achievement Honourees Stephen Fry and Professor Heinz Gerhäuser & Team, creators of the MP3 file format. On the 16th October the International Academy of Digital Arts and...

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Features

Erase and rewind - Is TV advertising a broken model?

Watching the ridiculously good 'Homeland' last week, I was struck by how absorbed and tense I was - transfixed as Carrie ducked and hid to avoid her pursuers in the alleyways of Beirut. The aroma of exotic spices, heat and sandy dust almost filled my...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... The strangely moving web art of Dain Fagerholm

by Magnus Shaw. Animated GIFs - the curse of the internet. In spite of the myriad possibilities of HTML5 and the rise of some truly brilliant digital designers, there's still a tendency for the keen amateur website builder to become very excited...

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Features

From Up North

As a designer I spent heaps of time on the Internet, searching for inspiration for whichever project I was involved in. I created a folder structure on my harddrive where I stored the most inspiring pieces in various categories. Day by day the image...

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Features

Spotlight: Alex Donne-Johnson

Alex Donne-Johnson is a multidisciplinary creative living and working in London. His work has been featured in numerous magazines and books. Computer Arts magazine named him a 'Leading creative' and he's been hired directly by clients such as adidas,...

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Features

Thinking outside the corporate box.

by Ashley Morrison. As a copywriter, a major part of the job revolves around using the right words to convey the right message in the most effective and persuasive way possible. If you're selling a product, you want the customer to read the copy and...

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Features

Have Obama supporters created the most insulting ad of all time?

by John Fountain. Reading the comments, it seems that quite a few people think the Obama ad that repeats the line 'Wake the Fuck Up' is pretty funny. Many are saying that for the first time someone has made a political ad that they get, and like,...

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Features

Is it possible to be too creative?

by Magnus Shaw. Do you remember Kiss? Of course you do. Ludicrous American band - wore loads of black and white make-up. Well, they're back. Sort of. The new campaign for Costa Coffee features their track 'I Was Made For Loving You. The song...

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News

Who really won at the Olympics? Nike vs Adidas

Nike may not have been a headline sponsor, but insight from Socialbakers’ CheerMeter tool today revealed that Nike was top of the podium for sporting social engagement during the London Olympics. From the 27th of July to the 2nd of August,...

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News

UK Mobile Advertising grows and grows

Mobile advertising has grown 132% in the first half of the year. The progression in the popularity of smartphones has led to mobile advertising revenues almost hitting £500 million in 2012. In the first 6 months of this year mobile advertising...

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Features

#Trends. Love to hate Damien Hirst.

by Jessica Hazel. Damien Hirst is one of Britain's richest people. In 1992 his pickled shark entitled 'The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living' was commissioned by Charles Saatchi for £50,000 and then sold in 2005 for...

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Features

Road to ruin. The resignation letter that should worry us all.

by Magnus Shaw. This week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer proposed a scheme whereby employees will be invited to give up some of their employment rights in exchange for company shares. You may think this is a tremendous idea or the most cynical...

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Features

Speakers Corner: Alan Long - Proud to be Digital.

Welcome to the CP Soapbox! Speaker's Corner is an opportunity for indutry boffins to take centre-stage and put the (creative) world to rights. But we don't want to stop there! We want comments from 'the floor' so if you've got something you want to...

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Features

My favourite adverts are currently...

by Ashley Morrison. ..by Volkswagen. I've always been a fan of their ad campaigns and many of them rank pretty highly on my personal "I wish I'd thought of that" list. They work because they seem so 'of the moment'“ and yet, looking back to...

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Features

How to... Write a great radio ad

by John Fountain. Tony Hertz is an award winning radio producer. Over the past 40 years there have only been two D&AD Black Pencils for radio and Tony has won both of them. Today he runs Hertz Radio, but many years ago he ran a company called The...

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Advice

Opinions - Making a drama out of a crisis.

by Magnus Shaw There is much to like about charity advertising. Freed from the constraints of pack-shots and multi-buys, agencies have the chance to show off their creative chops and tell real human stories - often quite brilliantly. One only has to...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... How Anthony Gerace uses a Playboy.

by Jessica Hazel On first glance, these chromatic collages from Anthony Gerace appear to be quite simple compositions but what they actually represent is hours and hours of trawling through vintage magazines such as Life, Playboy and Popular...

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Advice

Opinions - Kindling. What do eBooks mean for writers?

by Magnus Shaw If you read my columns with any regularity, you'll have noticed a little ad in the footer inviting you to buy "ADVICE" - a collection of my writing on advertising (it's very good, by the way). Those kind enough to have clicked through...

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Advice

Opinions - Who cares what you think, Mr. Freelancer?

by Ashley Morrison There are a great many perks to being a freelancer (if you’re regularly employed, obviously). A lot of variety, regular change of scene if you work on site for multiple clients, working days to suit your personal schedule,...

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News

Kellogg's first Tweet Shop

Kellogg's has opened what it is calling the "World's First Tweet Shop". This fantastic idea by Kellogg's is opening in London today to launch the new range of Special K Cracker Crisps. Wonderfully simple, tweet with the hashtag #TweetShop and get...

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Advice

Opinions - Tweeting for crisps.

by Magnus Shaw Special K eternally pitched as a "healthy" food, it's now at the centre of an "eat this and wear smaller jeans" campaign. It must be going well, because a line of Special K snacks has been launched named "Cracker Crisps." It's no...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... What we saw at the London Design Festival (2012)

by Jessica Hazel Last Thursday we wandered around the Brompton district of London Design Festival 2012, sampling beers, cheese and pretzels and an array of up and coming and established designers newest ideas. Here are a few of our...

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Features

Speakers Corner: Phil Dearson - Advertising is a Tax.

Welcome to the CP Soapbox! Speaker's Corner is an opportunity for industry boffins to take centre-stage and put the (creative) world to rights. But we don't want to stop there! We want comments from 'the floor' so if you've got something you want...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Google's amazing new HQ

by Ashley Morrison OK, let's pretend that you haven't read the title of this blog (or looked at the first picture) and see if you can guess what sort of building this describes: "It's all about human beings and that's it! Think sunken snugs,...

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Inspiration

CP Loves...Gerry Anderson. The movie director that never was.

by John Fountain When I was a young lad one of my greatest joys was screened on ITV on Saturday mornings. It was an action-packed TV production with high-octane plots, daring dos and heroics that young boys, raised on a diet of Bobby Moore, Scooby...

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