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Features

The most sought after celebs of 2018 and ones to watch next year

2018 was the year when Harry married Meghan, Cardi B went stratospheric, and football brought the world together. Shutterstock has analysed search and download data to determine the past year's most searched for newsworthy names and events around...

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Features

Why the right music is key to cracking Christmas campaigns

By Heather Andrew, UK CEO, Neuro-Insight... With Christmas ad spend set to hit an all-time high, the race is on again to achieve the coveted most memorable ad. Previous years have taught us that the aim of the game with festive spots is emotional...

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Trends

Advertising resources you should know about

From magazines and websites for inspiration to social apps and podcasts to stay in the know, there are many resources out there to help you out when it comes to advertising. The industry moves fast so it's important to keep up with trends and...

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Features

Ad trends 2019: Jeremy Harvey

Brave clients and bold campaigns are on Jeremy Harvey, creative partner at brand strategy and marketing agency Clarity’s wish list in 2019. He gives his predictions for the year ahead. What will be the biggest trends in 2019 in your field? I...

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Inspiration

20 of the best visual puns from illustrator Matt Blease

London-based illustrator Matt Blease has been playing with puns for years but his wisecracking commentary on the world isn't quite delivered in the way you'd expect. The Breed London artist, who counts the likes of Google, The New Yorker, Nike and...

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Careers

Bruce Daisley on fixing your work culture

Besides being Twitter’s VP of EMEA, Bruce Daisley is intent on helping creative companies improve their working cultures and hosts the Eat Sleep Work Repeat podcast on the subject. He’s also written a book called The Joy of Work offering...

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Features

Ad trends 2019: John Treacy

John Treacy, ECD at Proximity London shares his thoughts on the year ahead for advertising and tells us what the best campaign was in 2018. What will be the biggest trend in 2019? Brands going into ‘acquisition mode’ after GDPR has...

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Awards

Why Wickes won an Annual award in 2018

Asked what was unique about Iris’ Annual-winning work for UK home improvement retailer Wickes last year, creative director Simon Mannion says it was its humorous nature which set it apart. “It offered a different way of talking to the...

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Careers

Who do you work with as an art director?

Art directors in the ad industry (especially at your larger shops), communicate with a lot of people to get the job done. Let's go through the list of who they might interact with on a daily basis once they're out from behind the computer. This...

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Trends

Alexa, give me 3 ways to optimise my voice search SEO

There have been some wild predictions made about the seemingly inevitable dominance of voice search within SEO. 30% of searches will be done without a screen by 2020, for example. Or, even more incredibly, 50% of all searches will be voice searches...

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Careers

Top 5 books for creatives

For those looking to expand their creative advertising knowledge past the channel, here are some awesome books you should dive into. It's some real LITerature (I apologise for that). Read up!

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Technology

November's essential reads

In this month's top reads our CEO, Anant Sharma, looks at passwords rendered from brainwaves, the rise of no-frills brands and a national obsession with KitKats... Gosh. What a summer. What great weather. So lovely to see everyone so bloody...

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Events

December 2018: Global Creative Calendar

While most of this year is history, I hope you are ready, willing and able to celebrate the fact that the best is yet to come. Are you focused on sharpening your skills for 2019? If so, some of the world’s most elite organisers are preparing...

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Features

5 minutes with… Monzo’s Gary Dolman

When you think of Monzo, beyond the unmistakable hot coral card the company's meteoric rise springs to mind. The self-professed challenger bank of the future, Monzo aims to make money work for everyone with its innovative model. The firm, originally...

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Design

Top 10 innovations from Dutch Design Week 2018

Dutch Design Week is renowned for future thinking and concept-driven projects, making it one of the top design events of the year. This year’s exhibit revolved around something that’s top of the agenda for everyone from governments to...

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Trends

5 benefits of meditation for writers

Have you ever read Meditations by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius? These were his private reflections on philosophy, happiness, peace, pleasure and the meaning of life as a whole. Why am I mentioning it? If you’re a writer, you’ll...

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Advice

UX prototyping: Test, learn and apply

Neil Sampson, UX designer at Matter Of Form, offers insight into the benefits of prototyping. Did you know that eight out of 10 new initiatives, services or start-ups fail in their first year? Often, this can be explained by a simple lack of or...

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News

Connect: London 2018 - what a week!

Creativepool held its annual Connect: London festival at Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery last week with two days of inspiring talks, workshops and networking events for the creative industry. The packed programme saw the action take place across...

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Advice

Photoshop tutorial: Blending Modes

For all you Adobe Photoshop beginners out there, Blending Modes are the basic effects you'll need to familiarise yourself with to greatly enhance your photos. Multiply, screen and overlay are my favourites but you should play around with them a...

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Features

Will China turn the world of marketing on its head?

Many of us know the story of rapid economic growth in China. In 2006 China's GDP surpassed the UK's, and by 2016 the Chinese economy was more than 6 times larger. As such in the last ten years China has transformed itself in a number of key areas...

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Events

Half For Life at Connect London

Blutui has partnered with Creativepool to offer digital creatives their first three months free and 50% off for life on their accounts. We’re passionate about supporting the creative industry, that’s why we’ve developed the Blutui...

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Features

We all need to prepare for deepfake technology

At Connect: London this week, Stuart Wilson, creative director at McCann Central, will host a session about deepfake technology and look to take the audience on a journey around the subject. Deepfake is an AI-based technology used to produce or...

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Design

Rebrand roundup: Wahaca, Waitrose Free From, Labrador and more

Wahaca by Without Mexican-style street food restaurant Wahaca in the UK has has been given a rebrand by London-based design studio Without with a focus on illustration. The new branding centres around a line-drawn, illustrated logo of a hand...

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Inspiration

The people you surround yourself with are everything

On November 1 2018, I was extremely honoured to be named one of Ad 2 Dallas' 32 Under 32 in the advertising industry. The organisation is an affiliate of AAF Dallas for ad professionals who are 32 or younger. Through networking and educational...

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Advertising

Top hires this week

Arnold steps down at AMV Rosie Arnold (pictured) is to step down from her role as creative partner at AMV BBDO. Arnold was most recently head of art and creative partner but spent 33 years at BBH, where rose to creative director, prior to joining...

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Benk + Bo bring you the Workshop Zone @ Connect: London

Benk + Bo, the multifunctional space for creatives in Spitalfields, London, are bringing their Scandinavian design and aesthetic to the Workshop Zone at Connect: London on November 21 and 22. Join them for a cup of coffee and learn about how the...

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Advertising

Elton John takes it away in John Lewis Christmas ad 2018

This year’s John Lewis Christmas ad has finally arrived and is led by the story of British music legend Sir Elton John who fronts the film. The Boy and His Piano opens on the singer in his living room as he begins to play his classic tune Your...

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Features

Start imagining your impossible problems

Simon Richings, ECD at digital creative agency AnalogFolk, will appear at Creativepool's Connect: London festival next week alongside Miguel Alvarez, director of technology, to offer insight on how artificial intelligence (AI) can be harnessed as a...

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Features

How tech influences the way we view conflict

November 11 2018 marked the 100th Armistice Day since the end of World War I (WWI). It struck me how - despite all being tragic - most wars and conflicts have quite a different ‘feel’ in the public psyche. I think a significant part of...

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Events

Sneak preview of my intro to Connect: London 2018

The turmoil of 2018 is close to being over. Only for a whole new era of uncertainty to seemingly be on the horizon. The internet that was supposed to broaden our worlds and bring us closer together seems to have divided nations and neighbours....

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