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The 10 Coolest Google Doodles

Since their arrival many blue moons ago, the customised Google logos (or 'Google Doodles' to give them their correct adopted name) have become a staple part of using the search engine. From retro arcade games to famous figureheads in science and...

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How cool is your office?

It's a well known fact that some agencies spend huge chunks of their hard earned money turning lifeless commercial spaces into bastions of creativity. These interiors provide insight as to the breadth and depth of their thinking and creative...

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Features

Who's killing copywriting?

Recent months have seen a swathe of articles predicting the end of the traditional, journalistic newspaper. Indeed, I have commented on the topic on Creativepool. But, as far as I'm aware, there has been no suggestion that the art of copywriting may...

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SheSays the world's only creative platform for women.

I don't have to tell you that it's tough out there at the moment. It's there each time you turn on the news. Inflation this, growth index blah. But it would seem that us ladies are getting a tougher ride than the gents. A recent unemployment report...

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Advice

Ten of the best font sites

The number of fonts available for easy download has reached an enormous quantity. Similarly, the number of font 'search and download' sites has also taken off massively. With each font site incorporating its own unique features and novelties there is...

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Advice

How to... Create an employee brand that people believe in.

In almost every business the attraction and retention of staff is a key requirement and often burning issue that management teams spend hours debating and a great deal of money trying to get right. In this article we look at creating a brand that...

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Features

Turning litter into literature

Over the last few weeks 26 writers have been charged with the task of writing short stories based on various scraps of paper found somewhere between Waterloo and Clerkenwell. The rain-swept, wind-strewn, handwritten scraps had been collected by Andy...

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Advice

How to... Write a winning CV.

There are hundreds of techniques and ideas that people have about how to write the perfect CV. Writing a winning CV for work in the creative industries is different from most industries. If you are a creative then quite often a great portfolio will...

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The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

Turner Prize-winning artist and craftsman Grayson Perry is one of the most recognisable figures on today's art scene. Perhaps due to gaps in my knowledge and certain preconceptions (or misconceptions), I had never really taken to him before dressing...

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Features

5 minutes with... Paul Knott - Creative Director at AMV BBDO

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Creative Director at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO. What does that involve? Walking across Regents Park each morning into an inspiring, grown up agency. Alongside my creative partner, Tim Vance,...

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Features

M&S and the eradication of Frankie Cocozza

I chuffing hate X-Factor. I hate the contestants, the judges, the constant over-dramatisation always to the soundtrack of a Snow Patrol or Coldplay and most of all I hate the fact that it's all people seem to be talking about. So with all that in...

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Ten of the best HTML editors

From needing to make a few simple HTML tweaks to a full website overhaul, there is a huge range of HTML editors available to download today. Ranging from the simple to the complex, and from the free to the costly, here are ten editors which stand out...

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What a [lovely] load of rubbish

Question: if a piece of art can literally be mistaken for rubbish, does that make it rubbish? No, not necessarily '“ but it does raise an interesting and valid question about whether art can ever be called 'bad' (or 'good') and whether it...

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Features

On the ridiculous ...

As things currently stand, wealthy business men are far more likely to face a mob brandishing flaming torches than the accolade 'national treasure'. Even Alan Sugar is, at best, a rather grouchy figure of fun. But if there's one glaring exception,...

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Richard Avedon fashion's greatest photographer

If there is one iconic image which sums up all that is glamour and stardom within the realms of fashion and Hollywood then it has to be that over-exposed, stark image of Audrey Hepburn’s eyes, eyebrows and lips from the 1957 musical Funny...

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Advice

CV Tips For Graphic Designers

1. Keep to an A4 size This is pretty obvious. Who is going to print out an A3 CV for their records anyway? Provide your potential employers the convenience as they are really busy people. It's politeness. They will need to print out your CV for...

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Features

Tintin and the adventures of performance capture

Any regular movie-goer will be familiar with the use of CGI effects in sci-fi, fantasy and other animated movies. They can be as or even more visually stunning than a 'real' film because the only limit is the imagination of the director and the...

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Features

Damien Hirst and plagiarism

Today we live in a copy and paste world where it's acceptable to take someone else's idea and use it for our own benefit. Some say it's not plagiarism, it's a homage, a way of paying respect to the greats who came before. Others say it's just lazy....

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Features

Hard pressed.

How much do you imagine a quarter page, black and white advertisement in the London edition of Metro (the free commuter newspaper) costs? A few hundred quid? A bit more? The answer is £6,636. Perhaps I'm terribly naive or getting a bit old, but...

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Li Wei

Li Wei is a Beijing-based performance artist who has been wowing viewers with his gravity-defying images for the past 11 years. His latest series 'The Lightness of Being' is currently being displayed at the Lucca Photo Fest in Italy, a festival he is...

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Advice

Ten of the best image editors

The range of image manipulation software available has grown significantly. Whether you're looking to create a digital art masterpiece or just want to quickly take the red reflections out your friend's eyes or crop them out the shot entirely, there...

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Illustration and Digital Illustration

From our 25th October Newsletter comes a grest selection of Creativepool freelancers. Krishna Malla Illustrator, Animation Artist, Creative Artworker "I am a strong, motivated, creative director and illustrator who currently lives in...

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The art of the comic book

Comics have been a large part of popular culture for generations. Today, this genre continuously churns out amazing artwork from some extremely talented artists. Of course, comic books are close to many designers' hearts because often they are their...

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Features

How ethical is your wardrobe?

You can hardly move in an inch in a shop these days without being confronted with fair trade this and that and an ending array of ethical options for your every consumer need. Once an option for dreadlocked hippies and mother earth types, ethical...

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The top ten evolutions of the Rubik's Cube

The humble Rubik's Cube has come a long way since it's inception in 1974. The original version of the cube still remains cool in its simplicity but in the last 37 years we have seen its reincarnation and influence in everything from awesome...

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Features

4D Cinema

So you've seen Avatar in 3D and marvelled at the special effects. Let's leave aside that the story itself was banal nonsense for the moment and just agree that, visually, it was pretty impressive. But while anyone over the age of 30 is still...

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Features

Paperback for good.

I've always been a huge admirer of The Big Issue. Not only is it a thumping good read, its purpose is both uplifting and completely unique. It strikes me that handouts, while obviously helpful in the very short term, rarely address the problems which...

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News

Versace for H&M

As you might have already heard repeatedly from every eager fashionista out there, there are just five weeks left until H&M reveals it's latest in a long line of designer collaborations Versace for H&M on November 19th for the forthcoming winter...

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3D and animation

From our October Newsletter comes a grest selection of Creativepool freelancers. Steve Jenkinson 3d animations, illustration, and video "I produce 3d animations, illustration, and video for a wide variety of clients. I am Mac based and use...

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News

Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011

"There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. 'I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.' And we've always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very beginning. And we always will." This morning, a bouquet and an apple with...

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Features

QR Codes

Little monochrome squares are everywhere now. They are pretty ugly and clunky and it has to be asked how many people are willing to get their smartphone out whilst waiting for the tube or the bus and scan in the nearest advert or poster, I can't say...

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Advice

Where's The Talent?

by Simon Harle, Dynamaic New Alliances. No matter where you look at the moment in the industry, there is a severe shortage of true talent! For the last 18/24 months the lack of digital PM's, AM's, SAM's and AD's has been discussed, questioned and...

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Inspiration

Vinnie Chieco. The freelance copywriter who named the iPod.

The year is 2001. Vinnie Chieco, a freelance copywriter from San Francisco is sitting in the offices of Apple Inc. He and a small group of other freelance writers are here to name a rather interesting new product Apple is launching. Before the...

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News

Postmodernism at the V&A

Hello dear blog readers. Apologies for posting this so late in the day but I have been out at the V&A Museum all afternoon trying to get my head around just what exactly Postmodernism is. Stupid though this may sound I managed to complete my art...

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The top ten USB gadgets

The USB ports in our computers have facilitated a wide range of different product and marketing opportunities. From guitars that can be plugged straight into our computers to nifty branded storage freebies that get handed out like sweets at IT...

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