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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)...

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Features

Toy Story remade

by Jessica Hazel. A long long time ago, when I was about 12 years old, I decided to copy out my favourite book on my typewriter, trace all the illustrations and put it back together in a lever arch file. The book was 'A Teenage Worriers Guide To...

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Features

Why celebrating the demise of HMV is barking.

by Magnus Shaw. First a clarification. One would think from the chatter across news outlets and social media that the HMV retail chain is in the process of locking the doors and boarding up its stores. It's isn't, but the news is not good. The...

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News

Amaze design and build market leading web portal for Coats plc.

Amaze has helped Coats launch an innovative customer-facing web portal for the Industrial Division of Coats plc, the global leader in industrial thread and consumer textile crafts. This follows the earlier appointment of Amaze as lead digital...

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Features

The 'write' idea.

by Ashley Morrison. A few weeks ago, I was approached by a prospective client, who asked whether I'd be interested in doing some work for them. Specifically (or not, as it turned out) they needed me to write a brochure. I assumed they wanted a quote...

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Features

Sorry, you're too creative.

by John Fountain. A few months back I was helping a friend review some CVs for a copywriting position. There was the usual mix of applicants and all of them from different writing backgrounds including b2b, pharmaceutical, PR, blogging, journalism,...

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Inspiration

CP Loves...David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World.

by Magnus Shaw. It doesn't matter if Sky TV project their logo onto the moon for three months. If Tesco book Al Pacino to front their 2013 campaign, it will make no difference. Should Galaxy build a scale model of the Hoover Dam from solid milk...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Jonathan Gabb: 3D painter

by Jessica Hazel. Jonathan Gabb is a South-London based artist who has just opened a new show today showcasing his rather uncanny knack for creating the worlds first 3D paintings. Made from PVA glue and acrylic paint, these fragile constructions...

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Inspiration

CP Loves...The wonderful work of Christopher Boffoli.

by Magnus Shaw. I'm well aware of my tendency to be a grouch. Blame it on old age, blame it on a personality flaw, blame it on the boogie - whatever the reason, I absolute concede the point. When I find something unsatisfactory, foolish or flawed,...

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Features

Are creative people undervalued?

by John Fountain. Welcome to 2013 and to the same old furies. Have you seen the survey on industry salaries published last week in Creative Review? What gets my goat is the findings. Particularly with the question "Are you earning the right...

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News

Grey London brings us The Sun's Big Smile Giveaway

Grey London have worked with WPP's Team News agency to create a multi-channel campaign launching the Sun's Big Smile Giveaway. The campaign consists of promotions, giveaways, fun content, all to help the nation get through the 'depression' of...

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Features

5 minutes with... Stuart Wilson, JWT London

When and why did you join? I joined JWT London in January 2009 after spending the previous six months as a freelancer. My opportunity came about through a digital resource gap within the Shell team. What do you actually do? My time is split 50/50...

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Inspiration

#Trends. Cam-whoring

by Jessica Hazel. According to the Urban Dictionary the term 'Cam-Whoring' can have one of three possible meanings: 1. 'To take pictures of either yourself and/or with your friends excessively'. 2. 'The act of taking pictures of oneself with...

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Features

The challenge facing Facebook in 2013.

by Magnus Shaw. Examine the figures and social media boggles the mind. Facebook boasts over one billion users - a seventh of the entire planet; Twitter has more than 100 million users. Even music-streaming app Spotify, carries 18 million...

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Features

What will happen in advertising in 2013?

by Ashley Morrison. It seems clear to me that adverts are getting cleverer. Gone are the days of naive wonder with small children pondering how Mummy gets the dishes so clean, or young teenagers dancing around in waistcoats while sucking on their...

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Features

Santa Claus - what the science says.

Merry Christmas Creativepoolers everywhere. As this piece arrives on Christmas Day, you'll have seen that Santa has completed his work. But, have you ever wondered what Father Christmas goes through every year? Well, we have. Which is why we set...

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Inspiration

The 12 Days of Christmas. BANNED.

Christmas Eve is finally here and I'm feeling festive. Well, actually, I was feeling festive a while ago because I've been doing an awful lot of carol singing throughout December. Not that I'm bragging but, for the most part, these carol concerts...

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Features

Best of the web

by John Fountain. Looking for a bit of creative inspiration over the festive season? Yep, me too. Never mind, let's make do with some weird, wild, crazy, funny and stupid stuff that I've tracked down on the web. Take a bunch of random comments and...

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Features

A freelance copywriter's letter to Santa.

by Magnus Shaw. Dear Santa, I'm not sure if you're aware, but Christmas is coming. Next week, apparently. With this in mind, I thought I'd better drop you a note to outline some of the stuff I'd like you to provide. I suggest you take the Harley...

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Features

Distracted?

by Jessica Hazel. During the time it took to write this article I have gone to get some garlic bread out of the oven, eaten the garlic bread, let the cat in, chatted to my flatmate twice, opened my advent calendar, located the knife sharpener in the...

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Features

5 minutes with... Simon Attwater, LBi London

When did you join LBi and what encouraged you to? I joined LBi two years ago, with my writer Abi Ellis. Why? We'd have been stupid not to. We love every medium, but LBi's devotion to digital made us weak at the knees. And still does. It has all the...