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Features

Getting to know... Grey's Diego Medvedocky

Diego Medvedocky was recently promoted to president of Grey Latin America, a role he holds in addition to being chief creative officer of the region and president of Grey Argentina. Medvedocky joined the agency as ECD in 2013 and it has made a major...

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Careers

How to become an art director in a year

If you're starting from scratch with high hopes of becoming an art director in the ad industry and are willing to bust your ass for the next year to make it happen, this video is for you. I go month by month, curriculum style, in hope of providing a...

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Features

The importance of gamefulness to experience design

In working through a large, complicated project for an automotive client, my team at Critical Mass faced an experience design challenge that only a gamer could solve. The features we came up with were well-received by client stakeholders, but one...

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Features

Why we need to be braver with creativity

Working in the creative sector allows you to experiment, be adventurous and most importantly get excited about the work you’re delivering. But it’s about time we got braver. We need to be proactive, stand out and help our clients step out...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Reel talk with director Noemi Hatala

Self-shooting director Noemi Hatala’s film, Where the Women Run the Nightlife, introduces the female club owners who manage four of the five major venues in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. It shows how they are encouraging self-expression and...

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Features

Gender stereotyping: No smoke without fire

This month in advertising has been dominated by a cream cheese bagel-scoffing dad abandoning his baby to a conveyor belt, a pram-pushing mum and moon-walking men. The first bans the ASA has handed down since its gender stereotyping legislation came...

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Events

Global creative calendar: September 2019

According to research conducted by The EXPERIENCE Institute, there are three main reasons people attend events: education, destination and networking. Your focus may be on advancing knowledge and skills, visiting locations exotic or nearby, or...

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Trends

5 things we learned at Gamescom 2019

The team at in-game advertising platform Bidstack spent last week in Cologne for Europe’s biggest gaming event - Gamescom. Here, its CMO, Simon Gosling, offers a comprehensive look at some of the key things they took away from this year’s...

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Trends

Top 10 six-second ads of 2019 revealed

YouTube has revealed the top 10 six-second ads of 2019 as part of its annual Bumper Ads Leaderboard with food and confectionery brands stealing the show. FMCG brands including Doritos, Papa John’s and Cadbury all make a play for first place...

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Features

Why flexible working is good for creative business

Letting creativity reign in the workplace is key to establishing an engaged and innovative workforce, and it’s an even more important behaviour that needs to thrive in the creative industry. The challenge for companies is to figure out how they...

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Features

The dos and dont's of marketing to students

Library Red Bull-infused all-nighters. Sticky campus clubs and £1 apple sour shots. Waking up at midday hungover, only to repeat the cycle again. There’s an endless supply of student stereotypes to choose from, propelled from both cultural...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Bringing boys to men with Gillette

South Africa celebrated Women’s Day earlier this month and to coincide with the event, men’s grooming brand Gillette paid tribute to the women who are raising a new generation of men in the country. Created by Grey Africa, a video shares...

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Advice

The secret to amazing design mock ups

Creating mock ups to elevate your design has never been easier. Let's jump into a couple of quick resources to put your artwork into environment to better display your work on your portfolio or in presentations. Thanks for watching and I hope it...

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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: Juice in full flow

For the past few years, Warsaw-based visual effects firm Juice has produced a constant stream of content that has earned its stripes by being Spotlighted on Creativepool. The projects usually have a sci-fi feel as the company aims to use its...

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Features

Creative director Jodine Bell on Principals and design

Jodine Bell is creative director at Australia- and New Zealand-based strategic/creative agency Principals. Her career has gone from strength to strength since her early days at design studio Switch as she develops a team and culture at in the...

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Advertising

Would you buy a car from a vending machine?

Remember playing with Matchbox toys as a toddler? Well, Auto Trader has made the car-in-a-box dream come true for adults by parking the world’s first automotive vending machine in East London. The interesting installation offers motorists a...

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Features

D&AD on the declining interest in higher education

Exam results season is in full swing and while students up and down the UK come to terms with how they did in their all-important papers, they'll soon need to decide what's next on the horizon. A recent report revealed that the number of students...

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Features

Conscious consumerism (part II): What will we buy into in 2030?

Welcome to part II of our exploration of the conscious consumer. In part I, we tracked the roots of this demanding new mindset, one that is forcing brands to show us they care about the planet and demonstrate it single-mindedly. We asked: “In...

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Features

10 reasons why these Chanel ads should never have been made

Check out the above and below ads created for French fashion and perfume brand Chanel. Here's a list of 10 reasons why they should never have been made... 1. The product doesn't look premium. 2. There is no human insight. 3. There is no customer...

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Features

Turn up the volume on your brand identity

It’s obvious when you think about it. Your brand speaks to your audience. It occupies ‘mental space’ in the minds of your most loyal consumers. You NEED to know how it sounds to your customers. But you probably won’t find...

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Design

UEFA Super Cup branding bridges east and west

It’s been almost a week since Liverpool Football Club's brand received a significant boost when the team beat Premier League rivals Chelsea on penalties to lift the UEFA Super Cup. But what about the event’s own image? Having taken the...

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Features

Getting to know... We Are Social's Lore Oxford

Socially-led creative agency We Are Social recently appointed Lore Oxford as its first global head of culture and insights. In the newly created role, she will help the agency to more effectively respond to questions around society and culture while...

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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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Trends

UKTV's ghost sign celebrates Dad's Army special

UKTV has commissioned a giant ghost mural in London calling on viewers to ‘join Dad’s Army’ for a three-day TV special for the classic comedy. Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes will see three remade parts from the show's second...

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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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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...