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Events

D&AD New Blood Shift 2019 deadline extended

D&AD has extended the deadline for applications to its life-changing and career-making free night school, New Blood Shift, to next Monday 26 August. This year also sees the introduction of a new £10,000 travel and accommodation fund for New...

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Careers

Portfolio critique: The farmer art director

Shane Matula reached out to me and asked how he can differentiate himself within his portfolio to stand out and get a job. Our goal? To critique his book and do just that. Let's roll up our sleeves, plant some seeds and try to help this farming...

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Advertising

You'll either love or hate this Marmite sandpaper hack

We don’t like cricket… we love it! So, when the Australian national team’s Cameron Bancroft was caught on TV trying to rough up a ball with sandpaper during a third Test match last year, it made us sad. He was trying to change the...

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Inspiration

A day in design with Dino Franke

Just a kid with typographic exercises like drawing metal band logos and cars, Dino Franke realised he was only tapping the surface and soon would pursue an education in graphic studies to get to the bottom of what the realm of design was all...

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Features

Rewriting the rules of advertising

As a general rule, people don’t like rules. Especially when it’s a rule telling them not to do something. It’s our natural instinct to push the red button and rebel. Could this explain the negative reaction to the new rule against...

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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: The house style of AKQA Casa

“It’s like living in an amazing house with your best friends,” say Diego Machado and Hugo Veiga, executive creative directors at AKQA São Paulo, about what it’s like to work at their studio known as 'AKQA Casa'. The...

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Advertising

McDonald’s taps into hype culture for spicy McNuggets drop

We’ve all seen the cringey ads for millennial fashion brands like boohoo and Jameson Carter, but there's a hot new name in town. McDonald’s has ‘launched’ a fake fashion brand to promote its limited edition Spicy Chicken...

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Trends

Conscious consumerism and what it means for your brand - part I

Remember when we went mad for organic? In 2002 the UK industry was estimated to be worth £1 billion. Galvanised by a pesticide-free product that promised better taste and nutritional value, champions of organic produce threw serious shade on the...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Tattoos do the talking for LYNX

Tattoos play a key role in personal expression and original body art can go a long way in telling an individual's story - especially the ones in a new campaign for LYNX INK shower gel through 72andSunny Amsterdam. Comprising three spots that see...

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Design

New COPA90 range celebrates 20 iconic moments in football

The new Premier League season is underway and while all the fresh replica kits look lovely on the players, they are more expensive than ever. The good news for today’s fashion-conscious football fan is that COPA90 has launched a nostalgic...

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Careers

The art director toolbox

A guy named Jason Murray reached out with a collection of tools that I think would really help everyone out on this channel whether you are new to advertising or a seasoned pro. From inspiration to education and everything in between, this one...

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Advice

How to expertly promote your brand online

Standing out from the crowd online can be a tough challenge, as you will likely be going up against a considerable amount of competition in your industry. If you want your business to become instantly recognizable with your demographic, you’ll...

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Features

3 things that will shape the future of ecommerce

It seems rarely a day goes by without the word 'ecommerce' coming up. The growing ubiquity of ecommerce in the UK (by 2023, it will have a predicted 97% penetration rate) - combined with the much-mooted “death of the high street” - means...

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Features

JSR's Simon Amster on the evolution of content

As creative partner at photographic and illustration management agency JSR, Simon Amster sees a lot of content. With a background in broadcast at the likes of Disney and NBC Universal, he’s observed how the meaning of the word has changed over...

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Events

What would you do with a day of free studio time?

Any young producer will know that hiring a studio space for a shoot is an expensive game. You’ve got your idea, crew and equipment sorted but the location is going to eat into your budget massively. So how about a helping hand? East...

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Trends

Why you should use an inbound marketing agency

You know what inbound marketing is, right? The idea that to attract prospects and convert them to customers, you’ve got to give them something of value first? Which could be that useful blog about the importance of knowing your buyer persona....

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Trends

Don't miss this official fan art for Peaky Blinders season five

To celebrate the return of wildly popular TV show Peaky Blinders in the UK, public broadcaster the BBC launched a hunt for the best fan art to help promote the fifth season. Anyone with a creative mind was invited to submit a one-of-a-kind static...

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Features

Love Island: Time for brands to do the grafting

Just over a week since the Love Island finale aired, attracting an average audience of 3.63 million, this year’s cast has been swept up in the annual whirlwind which follows leaving the villa and re-entering the real world. Love Island...

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Advertising

Paddy Power walks with Brighton Pride

'Come out to play' was the message last weekend as Irish bookmaker Paddy Power put together a team of LGBTQ players and walked alongside a larger than life inflatable dubbed The Game Changer at Pride Brighton. The case video for the stunt (below),...

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Trends

How the Internet of Things is transforming transportation

Technology has become an essential part of modern life. It influences almost every aspect from work to entertainment. Additionally, the gadget you’re using to read this text can not only gather your data but use it to make decisions without...

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Trends

Why personalisation is key for property marketers

“When it comes to video - and pretty much everything else - the more personalised the content, the higher the chances of conversion.” John Rampton, entrepreneur. What is personalised marketing? Personalised marketing is the creation...

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Technology

Smart speakers set to drive the future of e-commerce

Not too long ago, smart speakers such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home were there just as a nice to have in the corner of the room. They’d be great for playing the odd song when guests were over or proving a conversation point mid-argument. But...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Keeping calm with MoneySuperMarket

Earlier this year, creative agency Engine launched a new campaign for MoneySuperMarket signalling a fresh direction for the brand. The work was unveiled alongside a new logo and visual identity and encouraged consumers to ‘get money...

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Careers

Portfolio critique: A trip to Summer camp

This year, we were fortunate enough to have an awesome intern by the name of Summer Campbell. She was brave enough to let me review her portfolio on the channel so, without further ado, let's get started. Leave any feedback you have for her below...

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Technology

How to write a website brief

You’ve decided your business needs a new website. You’ve agreed a budget (that you WILL stick to!) so what do you do now? Well, appointing a website design (and development) agency is your next step. You’ll need to write a...

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Video Games

Bill Murray & Co return in new Ghostbusters game trailer

Nostalgia has been big for business for the past few years and a new HD Ghostbusters game is set to continue that trend as Bill Murray and his team of trusted scientists return for more adventures. Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered delivers a...

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Features

Finding your way with location marketing in a world of choice

Taking location marketing as the process of delivering visitors to a specific location or set of locations, one of the simplest solutions is to be visible to people who are looking for the service you offer. As a prime driver of discovery and...

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Awards

Indigo Design Award 2019 winners announced in Spain

Every year Indigo Design Award chooses a cutting-edge location to honor an entourage of only the best and brightest in graphic design. The aim is to reward those whose innovative ideas are changing the industry one pixelating proposal at a time- and...

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Trends

The future of luxury marketing

Luxury, it’s big business. In 2018, the top 10 luxury brands were worth a combined £100bn, whilst the aggregate net goods sales of the top 100 luxury brands topped an eye-watering £165bn. Luxury is a long-term growth market....

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Features

New Blood winners predict the future of creativity

As one of the world’s largest student competitions, the D&AD New Blood Awards represent the best emerging creative talent from around the globe. Year on year, the winning work signals a promising, exciting future for our industry, so off the...

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Events

Global creative calendar: August 2019

Of more than 40 momentous events set to play out in the weeks ahead, many are already underway or will commence with August's first dawn. A large number are also new to this publication. Among them are some of the world's most famous cultural and...