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80% of creative organisations are not hiring right now

Being one of the world's largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand how the creative industry is struggling in self-isolation for the Coronavirus lockdown. We had the power to make a difference by asking about...

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The rise of multi-CMS and WordPress in the enterprise

Building an engaging digital presence has never been more important. Nearly every business is moving as quickly as possible to get digital or go virtual if it isn’t already. But what do you have to do once you’ve got that digital...

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Will the pandemic mark the end of retail?

I'm yet to find someone who hasn't worked in retail at least once. Which means we all know the issues and problems of retail experiences, especially in the most recent of times. Retail is an old industry. We can arguably all agree with that. Stuck...

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Behind the Idea: Wear and Share support with Perq Studio

The team at Perq Studio is not one to stay put while the world is in danger. Designers and creatives are not key workers, and for the strongest spirits out there, it must be suffocating to be forced to stay home with no way to make a difference....

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Member Spotlight: the unbridled creativity of Cory Barrett

It was no longer than a few months ago that we first got in touch with CBGC founder Cory Barrett, and it was enough to look at his website to find an unbridled creative spirit with plenty of artistic energy. After being "rejected" by the creative...

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Experience Will Drive the New Normal Post-COVID-19

With all the stress over COVID-19, my daughter and I had a conversation last night regarding what the world will look like when things go “back to normal.” The bigger question being what the "new normal” will look like. What...

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Inspiration

On Circles, Blocks and the Art of the Pitch

If you’re a professional creative then you’ll know that having a great idea is, unfortunately, only part of the process. If you want to see your idea made real then you have to be able to sell it. And yet, very often, almost all of...

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Inspiration

The Top 10 most exciting illustrators

Taking inspiration from the abstract, the surreal, the bold, the colourful and the iconic, this collection of the best illustrators around should provide some much-needed inspiration for those of you struggling with self-isolation. Who are the top...

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Member Spotlight: Loving Art with Ken Eakins

Freelance video editor Ken Eakins isn't someone who would dabble in formalities and beat around the bush. Born a journalist, grown in film and television, Ken has worked with clients in the likes of BBC, while also cultivating a passion for art in...

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Leaders

Why now’s not the time for your brand to go quiet

Recent history has shown that in times of crisis it’s the brands that stay in touch with their customers and offer genuine care and value that come out of tough times stronger and better for it. By applying the lessons of 2008 to today, we can...

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Leaders

Indigo Design Award Announces 2020 Shortlisted Design Winners

Indigo Design Award is thrilled to announce our shortlisted 2020 design winners in all areas from Best Graphic Design to Games and Discovery of the Year. We spent the past year scouring the globe for the best in visual design from jaw-dropping...

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Behind the Idea: AI-powered fun from Avantgarde's Motivator

Aside from post-apocalyptic thoughts related to Skynet and the Matrix, the rise of AI anticipates a future of big data, digital and progress. Countless are the already available uses of AI, from the most primordial forms in game programming to...

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Industry

Global creative calendar: May 2020

If you are shocked and awed by the massive disruption to life as you have known it, you are not alone. Back in March, this forecast of upcoming events became irrelevant almost overnight. Looking to the future, hours and hours have been spent...

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Five Essential COVID-19 Adaptive Marcom Tips, Week of 27 April

Image Source: From IABC’s COVID-19 Resources, https://www.iabc.com/covid-19-resources/ Being an excellent communications consultant is highly demanding. On top of all the other diligence and expertise, sustaining professional development is...

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Three tips on how to write through the crisis

In a crisis, good communication matters more than ever. From supermarkets to airlines, brands are having to find the right words to set out their position and help customers make sense of the world right now. As a copywriter, I know how quickly...

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Member Spotlight: the dreamlike representations of Scott Balmer

Scott Balmer dreams of a day in which creative platforms will come back under the spotlight. Scott Balmer dreams of a day in which creatives will once again meet like-minded individuals online and share inspiration. To an extent, Scott Balmer dreams...

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How to stick to a creative routine during the lockdown

It's not uncommon for us writers to hear advice along the lines of "you should build your daily writing routine" or "make sure to write N amount of words per day". Writing is like a muscle - it needs exercise to stay sharp and fit at all times. The...

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Here's 5 of the best creative works made for Earth Day 2020

Here we are, one home, one planet. Caring is no longer enough, as Earth Day’s 2020 halt urges people around the world to think about the planet through art and make active steps for the environment. While fish in the ocean can finally spend...

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Inspiration

Great Ideas & Where to Find Them

If those four walls are getting a little overfamiliar how about a blast of creative refreshment? Two FREE places to any creative professional who's lost their job since the lockdown began. Special discount of 25% for Creative Poolers with the code...

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Behind the Idea: finding simplicity in Guinness Night Football

Expanding the reach of a brand to a new segment of audience can be a tricky challenge to overcome, as it is arguably easy to make false steps and set yourself off to an unpleasant start. It is also just as easy to overshoot and aim for too much...

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How brands can find meaning from tougher times

When Boris referred to our current situation as ‘the biggest peacetime challenge’ it instantly made me wonder what brands did to ‘do their bit’ during World War II and other less peaceful economic times. While tastes and...

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Inspiration

How to Cope with a Creative Calamity

It’s Summer 2012. The hot Spanish sun is unforgiving as it beats down on the quiet streets of Borja, a medieval town a few hours north east of Madrid. Cecilia Giménez, an elderly resident, pictured below, takes shelter from the heat in...

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50% of creative freelancers won't survive more than 3 months

Being one of the world's largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand how the creative industry is struggling in self-isolation for the Coronavirus lockdown. We had the power to make a difference by asking about...

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90% of the creative industry is working from home

Being one of the world's largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand how the creative industry is struggling in self-isolation for the Coronavirus lockdown. We had the power to make a difference by asking about...

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Report – How is the creative industry coping with Coronavirus?

Being one of the world's largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand how the creative industry is struggling in self-isolation for the Coronavirus lockdown. We had the power to make a difference by asking about...

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Taking on Tomorrow

The ever-evolving digital landscape, and consumers’ increasingly high expectations from brands to deliver connected digital experiences, have forever changed the way businesses present themselves and communicate with audiences. With...

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Member Spotlight: the frail beauty in Begoña True's illustration

It's easy to tell those who have an ardent passion for what they're doing from those who don't. And it is enough to glimpse at one of Begoña True's illustrations to tell which of the two groups she naturally belongs to. We caught up with one of...

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Company Spotlight: Staying Innovative with Flipbook Studio

If you were to ask Andrew Lord how he came about to found an agency, he would probably answer that the distance between the oil industry and an animation studio is not so large as one may think. We caught up with Andrew, one of the co-founders of...

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Inspiration

Advertising & Creativity in a Time of a Crisis

Pandemic. Lockdown. Quarantine. All concepts which most of us could have reasonably hoped we would never experience. And yet here we are entering another week of Zoom calls, home schooling, and … is it too early to have a glass of wine...

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Member Spotlight: the delicate balance in Geoff Sence's style

There is both an art and science to freelancing, and graphic designer Geoff Sence has certainly got them right. Overflowing with dreams and aspirations, Geoff has developed a style blending vintage with modern, able to maintain that delicate balance...

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Why we should get ready to embrace change after the lockdown

If anything, COVID-19 will leave us with plenty to learn. In the past few weeks, the creative industry has worked hard to prove its non-stoppable resilience. From spots shot entirely from home to beautiful art made in isolation, creatives all around...