For Leaders and Learners

The creative industry’s connection to inspirational, educational and thought-provoking content.

*

Careers

My design tournament submission - round 2

Four days to create a logo and three animated Instagram ads for a company named Felix that funds young entrepreneurial clean energy startups in Copenhagen, Denmark. That's what we were up against in round two of 32 designers. Let's break down the...

*

Design

Coca-Cola shows spirit with new mixers range

Coca-Cola Great Britain has launched a new range of mixers called Coca-Cola Signature Mixers, which consists of four specially-crafted drinks designed to be mixed with premium dark spirits. Coca-Cola Signature Mixers builds on the brand’s...

*

Design

New Dirty Beets branding is as fresh as its food

The new brand identity for vegetarian burger company, Dirty Beets, was created by London-based Designhouse and is themed on a hand-drawn tattoo. The powerful, contemporary wordmark uses a customised version of Harbour Bold and the visual identity is...

*

Features

Why Helvetica Now is a big deal

You may have heard Helvetica has been updated for the first time in 35 years. In the world of typography, that counts as a very well kerned and perfectly typeset Really Big Deal. But even outside of design studios, where we actively pay attention to...

*

Events

Global creative calendar: May 2019

You may not have heard of US-based security analyst Jim Nitterauer, but if your boss is resisting your request to participate in a business conference, he is here for you. In a 2017 Tripwire article, Mr. Nitterauer listed the most common objections...

*

Awards

Creativepool Annual 2019 winners announced

The winners of the Creativepool Annual 2019 were announced last night at a celebratory event held at East London’s Banking Hall. Global industry figures and key members of the Creativepool network gathered at the exclusive venue to toast the...

*

Events

Young creatives set to crash the stage at Creative Circle 2019

This year’s opening president's address at the Creative Circle Ball will be delivered with a difference as young creatives are given a voice at the event. Ana and Hermeti Balarin, ECDs at Mother London, are inviting students and those in the...

*

Trends

Burger King serves up Impossible Whoppers to the US

Earlier this month, fast food chain Burger King launched a new veggie burger in St Louis in what was initially thought to be an April Fools' prank. However, the trial went so well the option is now being rolled out nationwide. The Impossible Whopper...

*

Advertising

IKEA launches free sustainable ‘product’ range

Swedish furniture brand IKEA has launched a new campaign promoting a range of free ‘product’ ideas encouraging consumers to live more sustainably. From upcycling empty jars to repurposing tins and making your own trellis, The Lagom...

*

Social Media

Use of #ad more than doubles on Instagram

The number of influencers promoting products on Instagram has increased significantly in the past year, with the use of ‘#ad’ more than doubling in that time to +133%. A new influencer marketing trends report from Socialbackers, an...

*

Design

Mike Sharpe's top tips for 3D designers

The demand for skilled 3D designers has increased in the past few years thanks to tighter budgets and shorter delivery times. Technology now plays a significant part in cost-cutting on shoots and computer-generated work is key to delivering a project...

*

Careers

The Journey: Leo Abramovich

Today, we take a drive with a fresh-to-the-game art director named Leo. His path has zig zagged from undergrad to a packaging design job and then from grad school to a career in Art Direction. Come along for the ride as he drops some knowledge about...

*

Advertising

Behind the Idea: Why Foster’s brought back Brad and Dan

Foster’s heroes, Brad and Dan, returned to screens recently in a multi-media campaign that sees them once again playing agony uncles to Brits in need. Created by adam&eveDDB, the work marks the brand’s biggest advertising investment...

*

Entertainment

New Balance to enter London Marathon at dreaded mile 24

Virgin Money London Marathon sponsor New Balance is plotting an on-course activation at this Sunday’s race to help give runners an unexpected boost at the most daunting part. The global athletics brand will have a presence at mile 24, the...

*

Awards

Last chance for Annual 2019 launch party tickets

The launch party for the Creativepool Annual is fast approaching when some of the biggest names in the creative industry will gather to hear who’s won and been published in this year’s book. The Annual will once again present a...

*

Advertising

Uncommon tells the story of television for ITV

UK-based broadcaster ITV has launched a new ad fronted by legendary newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald that shows how stories we see on screen can affect us. The 90-second ad, created by Uncommon Creative Studio and directed by Billy Boyd Cape, features...

*

Careers

How healthy are your freelance business finances?

Working as a freelancer in the creative industry is highly rewarding, but it can also be a daunting process to keep on top of your finances being out on your own. There’s lots to think about including whether the rules of operating as a sole...

*

Features

Why gaming should be taken more seriously

Gaming’s got a strange reputation. It’s not got the respect that film, literature and even television has. However, as an industry its success is staggering. In the UK the gaming market is now worth a record £5.7bn, that’s more...

*

Advice

Elevate your stationary game

In today's episode, we attend a quick workshop where Nick Kidd, associate art director at TracyLocke, takes us through the process of foil stamping, creating envelope liners, and making wax seals. He has an awesome stationary company where he sells...

*

Advertising

Are white male creative directors ruining advertising?

The reason 89% of advertising is forgotten is because white men in London are the ones making the ads, according to Paul Mellor, owner and design director at Mellor&Smith. It’s all well and good for business leaders like Cindy Gallop and Sir...

*

Advertising

7 ads that prove Carlsberg wasn't all bad as new pilsner launches

Danish beer brand Carlsberg recently took the brave decision to launch a new campaign criticising the taste of its own product to promote the launch of a new pilsner. The work has seen social videos emerge featuring employees reading out negative...

*

Features

Reconnecting with our roots: How VR can bring us back to reality

I have always deeply revered nature. Growing up in Cornwall surrounded by the ocean on (almost) all sides has meant I’ve always been aware of the scale of the wild world outside. I am keenly aware of the beauty of nature, but never forget the...

*

Features

Industry Influencers: Michael Scantlebury

Independent ad agency Impero was founded by Michael Scantlebury in 2009 as an innovative, risk-taking challenger to the big networks. The company recently reported a negative pay gap, with women being paid 3% more than men on average, while its...

*

Advertising

Burger King’s flame-grilled glasses are too hot to handle

Fast food chain Burger King has launched a range of flame-grilled glasses in France to promote the intense flavour of its burgers. Independent agency Buzzman is behind the limited-edition product, with more than a million of the glasses created and...

*

Features

Industry Influencers: Pancho González

Pancho González is co-founder and chief creative officer at Inbrax Chile. Despite being one of the region’s top creatives, he only got into advertising because he didn’t get the qualifications needed to study medicine. However, he...

*

Advertising

Behind the Idea: Inside Oreo's cookie kingdom for Game of Thrones

To mark the launch of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones and a new limited-edition range of OREO cookies aligned with the series, New York-based digital agency 360i created a unique title sequence with US cable network HBO. The 50-second...

*

Careers

Building your personal brand

Personal branding is an extremely important tool in order to stand out amongst the competition in the advertising industry. Whether you're trying to attract the attention of ad agencies or you are looking to jumpstart your freelance business, how...

*

Features

Game of Brands: 5 companies that could rule Westeros

With only days to go before the eighth-season of Game of Thrones, we’re having a hard time staying out of a medieval mindset. And since we quickly realised that trying to quell our excitement over the return of all our heroes (and villains)...

*

Advertising

Greenpeace faces up to Nestlé's #PlasticMonster

Environmental group Greenpeace has revived its call for mega corporations to stop polluting the planet with single-use plastic by launching a new video aimed at food and drink brand Nestlé. In the social spot, Nestlé’s 'chief...

*

Features

Industry Influencers: Caroline Foster Kenny

Caroline Foster Kenny is CEO of IPG Mediabrands for Europe, Middle East and Africa. With over 25 years of global client leadership and business experience, she now oversees all of the network's digital and media businesses across the region,...

*

Design

NIKEiD rebrand ticks all the boxes

New York-based creative agency Gretel has created a new look for Nike’s customisation service, formerly known as NIKEiD, now named Nike By You. The service gives consumers and Nike heads the chance to co-create their own sportswear with the...

*

Advertising

Waitrose issues apology over 'racist' Easter packaging

UK reatailer Waitrose has issued an apology after receiving customer complaints about a trio of chocolate ducklings being sold in its stores. The set of ducks included three types of chocolate that were labelled as crispy, fluffy and ugly, with the...

*

Features

Industry Influencers: Chris Hirst

Prior to being named global CEO of Havas Creative, Chris Hirst was CEO and chairman of Havas UK and Europe. As UK CEO, he led 1,800 people across both creative and media disciplines, so he knows a thing or two about management. Recently, he wrote a...

*

Advertising

Behind the Idea: How Gerard Butler hijacked Enterprise

This week, car rental firm Enterprise launched a high-octane campaign featuring Hollywood star Gerard Butler to communicate how the brand helps consumers get things done whether it be a house move or family visit. Below, Joe Stamp and Tom...