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Advice

Psychology hacks for web design: Barnum effect

In this video I talk about psychology in web design and how to use psychology in business to get more conversions and sales from your website. In particular I look at the barnum effect in web design and how to use it. So if you're looking at the...

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Trends

Bethesda E3: Here’s to games embracing colour again

Something struck me as I watched the Doom Eternal showcase during Bethesda’s E3 conference. For a gritty game about violently blowing up demons, Doom Eternal is incredibly vibrant and bursting with colour. Even compared to the previous Doom...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Amstel opens Arms for Neighbours' Week

Today marks the start of national Neighbours’ Week in the UK, an awareness week set up to encourage more interaction in local communities. To support the cause, beer brand Amstel opened a pop-up pub overlooking London’s Tower Bridge last...

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Careers

Portfolio Critique: Keep it tacky

Today, we have a slightly longer portfolio critique episode but that's because there was just so much awesome student advertising work to get through. Let me introduce you to the book of aspiring art director, Abigail Hogue.

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Features

Cannes Lions 2019: The contenders

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is underway and tonight the first awards ceremony will take place at the Palais des Festivals where the first wave of winners will be announced. Ahead of the five awards shows taking place every...

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Features

Scott Belsky on future-proofing creativity

In an era of technological disruption and breakthroughs like artificial intelligence (AI), creativity is more important than ever before. Not only does creativity ground us in our humanity, it is the human advantage. The largest companies in the...

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Careers

How to get promoted

I was lucky enough to receive a promotion at work and wanted to make a video dissecting what I think got me there. My hope is that some of this info can help someone, even if just a little, make the next step in their career. Best of luck and enjoy...

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Awards

Record number of brands head to Cannes in 2019

More brands than ever are set to participate in the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2019, with the event due to begin in the South of France on Monday. This year, over 100 global brands will speak on the stages at the Palais des...

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Advice

Top 10 tips for new designers

A year or so ago I was invited to do a talk at Shillington. I wasn't sure what to say and wanted to make sure it was actually useful, rather than just showing some pretty pictures. So, I had a think about what would've been useful to me when I first...

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Advertising

Scooter brand Lime slams its riders in new print work

Following rising tension over the reckless riding of electric scooter users in France, leading brand Lime has launched a light-hearted print campaign through Buzzman encouraging better behaviour. As the electric scooter situation in Paris comes to a...

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Technology

Dodge the Bullet app shows effects of gun violence in Toronto

The Coalition for Gun Control has released a new app highlighting how increasing gun violence has had an impact on Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America. Dodge the Bullet, created by local agency Zulu Alpha Kilo, uses geo-location...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: evian drinks in The Baby Bare Necessities

The evian babies are back in a new campaign through BETC Paris that sees more cute characters return to revive its Live Young ethos. In a world of constant swiping, notifications and social media updates, the lead ad (bottom) reminds us of...

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Advice

Top 3 new business tips for agencies

"Don't shoot where it is, son. Shoot where it's going to be." - Gangster Squad Many people who own agencies or small businesses are fully conversant with the product or service they offer, which is great and to be expected. The problem is that just...

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Advertising

5 of the best Women's World Cup ads

The Women's World Cup kicked off in France this week where 24 teams from across the globe will battle it out over the next month for football's ultimate prize. The women's game has been slowly but steadily evolving in recent years with more TV...

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Social Media

Krispy Kreme gets social with Hotlight Hour

Krispy Kreme has become the go-to brand for bosses in the UK keen to reward staff with the sweet treat. But the enjoyment doesn't stop there and the doughnut company has now swung onto social media to promote an incentive that goes way beyond the...

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Technology

Find your friends at a festival with SEAT's app

Spanish car brand SEAT and experiential innovation agency Wildbytes have linked up with Google to create an essential app for festivalgoers that will help them locate lost friends this summer. SEAT Lost&Sound utilises augmented reality (AR)...

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Features

What brands can learn from Love Island

Love Island is back. For the rest of the summer in the UK, our screens will be blessed with the sights of sun-kissed sceneries and troublesome twenty-somethings with enviable physiques. While you can accuse the show of being many things, it’s...

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Advice

A guide to reviewing your brand: 13 key questions

We understand that a full-rebrand is a big deal and requires quite a level of commitment and valuable resources. The strength of your brand gives you an advantage over your competitors, so we recommend re-assessing your branding every so often. This...

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Careers

Q&A: Getting started as a creative

While sifting through a bunch of viewer questions from our little creative community, I started to find a theme I thought we would discuss in this video: starting your career as a creative. From where to learn about designing to what happens in...

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Trends

The new era of conscious consumerism

The insatiable rise of the conscious consumer has taken extraordinary effect in the world of retail. The latest edition of Raconteur, in which Matter of Form (MOF) features, states two in three of us claim to be belief-driven buyers. A social...

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Advertising

KFC goes to Hollywood in new cinema campaign

A recent ad for fast food chicken chain KFC has made it to the big screen and will air before some of this year’s biggest films alongside custom-made clips mimicking the storylines of the blockbusters. Chicken Town (below), created by ad...

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Inspiration

Shutterstock Presents: 3 contributors you should know

A new online video series from Shutterstock offers a behind-the-scenes look into the stories of photographers, illustrators, videographers and composers who contribute. Shutterstock Presents showcases how the platform fits into the artists' lives...

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Features

Online vs offline: How valuable is going viral?

‘Going viral’ is often seen as the pinnacle of success for marketing or advertising teams, with the social significance of a brand measured in likes, mentions and re-shared posts. Recently, however, businesses have started to question...

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Careers

Portfolio Critique: A Rabbi and a pen walk into a bar

Today we critique the portfolio of aspiring copywriter, Shaul Wolf. He studied to be a Rabbi for 10 years and now dreams of writing and making movies. The hope is that we can provide him with feedback that helps strengthen his book.

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Features

How diving for data could be the making of creativity

Big data is everywhere. Everywhere we go, companies capture our details, learn how we choose, what we purchase and when we walk away. This flood of information creates vast oceans of data, requiring behemoth computers to filter, analyse and refine it...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Making the sun shine for Nivea

YouGov research shows that as much as a third of people don’t apply sun cream in the UK. Despite spending time in gardens and parks, as soon as the sun comes out, they tend not to take the same care as they do abroad. A recent campaign through...

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Advice

5 ways to go green and save your business money

Transforming a business into a more environmentally sound operation is becoming a prevalent trend across all industries today. Embracing sustainable, renewable energy sources is crucial in helping our planet in the fight against disastrous climate...

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Events

Global creative calendar: June 2019

At least for now, it’s pretty safe to assume that the organisers of major conferences and large-scale events are humans… and as we all know, even their very best-laid plans can go awry. I hope no crossed lines of communications have...

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Spotlight: Art director Stephen ONeill gets high on type

According to Scotland-born and London-raised art director Stephen ONeill aka Type Chap, the two tips he’d give young creatives is to be witty and irreverent with their work. “Always have something in your portfolio that’s got a bit...

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Trends

UX: The power of listening

Last month, Matter of Form’s UX team headed to The School of UX’s UX Conference to hear from speakers on the theme of how designers can help businesses grow through UX and marketing. Products have traditionally been designed with a...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Bringing down the house for Lacoste

It’s been a busy week for French clothing brand Lacoste and its creative agency BETC Paris. As well as launching the second instalment of its Save Our Species campaign for Biological Diversity Day, it released a new ad capturing the deep...

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Awards

D&AD Professional Awards 2019 winners and rankings

The 57th D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony took place last night (23 May) at a ceremony in London where six Black Pencils - the highest accolade - were awarded. Droga5 was awarded a Black prize in TV Commercial Campaigns and Furlined also picked up...

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Trends

Desperados set to intoxicate the dance world with Paintworks

Dance music festivalgoers are in for a colourful treat this summer as tequila-flavoured beer brand Desperados launches a new body-painting experience at a series of events in the UK. The Paintworks activation, developed by creative agency Twelve,...