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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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Trends

Influencer marketing and programmatic: A marriage of convenience

In the media world, not a week goes by without an article or discussion on the waning appeal of traditional media and the consequent flow of ad money to digital. But let’s set that aside for a minute because the bigger battle right now is between...

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Design

Rebrand roundup: Cocoa Jones, The Big Issue, Azerbaijan and more

Cocoa Jones - Supple Studio​ The new branding for young chocolate product Cocoa Jones has been created by Supple Studio with a colourful theme that brings through the heritage and cultures of its two founders. The luxury confectionary company was...

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Careers

Q&A: Questions For An Art Director

It's time for my second Q&A over some questions around becoming and working as an Art Director. If you have a question you would like answered on an upcoming video, comment on the video! Thanks

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Advertising

Top hires this week

Better boosts senior management team Brand agency Better has appointed two new members to its senior management team, including Simon Preece who joins as associate brand director. Preece will support the agency’s strategic growth, service...

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News

7 talks to see at Connect: London 2018

There's just one week to go until Connect: London, a new creative festival that will see two days of insight, inspiration and thought-provoking conversation take place at Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery. With so much happening on the agenda...

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Features

Is thought leadership the enemy of creativity?

I’m like one of those annoying reformed non-smokers who coughs, passively aggressively, as you spark up a social cigarette. I’m like the vegan who mocks you for eating Quorn, the new mum who tells my childless friends they haven’t...

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Technology

How to take your webinars global

Companies have always struggled with scaling their marketing beyond their own region or country, and in a global marketplace, that means lost revenue. On Tuesday, November 13, at 11am PT, attend Taking Your Webinars Global and learn best practices...

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Advertising

Festive Feels: All the ads of Christmas 2018

Burberry - Close Your Eyes and Think of Christmas Vodafone - Christmas Covered Agency: Ogilvy UK Director: Gary Freedman Production: Independent Films Visa - #KeepItLocalThisChristmas Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Director: Chris...

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Design

Modern heritage – How to reinvent iconic brands

Jonathan Ford, Founding Creative Partner & CEO New generations come with new preferences, new technology and new ways of wanting to connect. Brands - regardless of their age or size - need to adapt to the needs, wants and desires of evolving...

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Events

We’re exhibiting at Connect: London

So - how are your business finances? Do you know how you’re going to make an even greater success of them? Could you be paying less in tax? And what about those bits you just wish someone else could take care of, so you could get back to doing what...

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Careers

The Journey - Sherri Krekeler, Group Creative Director

This week, we take a drive with a true super hero who crushes it inside and outside of work. Sherri Krekeler is a Group Creative Director, an inspiring leader, and an awesome mom of two. It was a real treat to gain her perspective and knowledge on...

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Advertising

Top hires this week

Isobar ups Gill, Sytsma Isobar has elevated Simon Gill (pictured above, front, alongside CEO Steven Moy) to chief experience officer for EMEA and Daniël Sytsma to chief design officer of EMEA with immediate effect. They will be critical in...

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Features

Get to know Eris, the Greek goddess of chaos

Simon Gill was promoted from chief creative officer at Isobar London to chief experience officer for the EMEA region this week. One of his first tasks will be to address delegates at Connect: London in a session on the opportunities surrounding...

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Advertising

Ads of the Week

BBC Sounds - Listen without Limits​ This ad from BBC Creative is directed by Megaforce for the public broadcaster’s personalised music, radio and podcast app for young listeners. It features a slew of stars from the world of music and...