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Member Spotlight: Learning to accessorise with Joanna Godbold

Every once in a while, I like to break out of my comfort zone and explore a side of the creative industries that I might not have much (if any) stock in. Fashion is one such avenue. My fashion sense primarily stretches to jeans, t-shirts...

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Trends

CES 2020: the symbiosis of human and machine

“Humans are the reproductive organs of technology.” ― Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants If CES 2020 was anything to go by, humans across the globe have been hard at it, before giving birth to some extraordinary tech (as featured) in...

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Is the future vertical? How portrait formats are changing creative

From landscape to vertical, smartphones and social media have changed the way the world views content. Mobile screens got bigger, Snapchat and Instagram Stories were launched, and vertical content was born. Now, more videos are watched on mobile than...

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Oscar Pop: The 2020 Academy Awards through a Shutterstock lens

With the 2020 Oscars right around the corner, Shutterstock has just officially unveiled its latest Oscar Pop! poster series. A tradition among Shutterstock’s design team, the series combines the vibrant and sometimes playful colours, styles and...

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Three ways retail psychology can help save the high-street

The consumer sales landscape has been in a state of flux for some time with almost weekly news stories of store closures, losses, and the death of the high street becoming the norm. Hopes were riding on strong Black Friday and Christmas sales over...

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Advice

Focus on freelancing: You’ve got the gig, now what?

5 ways to collaborate better with your new client When starting out as a freelancer, it’s not uncommon to think that the hard part will be getting new clients in the door. While that’s certainly no easy feat, making those clients...

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Trends

10 digital marketing trends to watch in 2020

Ten years ago, display advertising was in its infancy and Promoted Tweets were yet to make their debut. Times have changed considerably. Intelligent and automated technologies have increasingly super-charged digital marketing efficiency - so much so...

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Careers

Creative insights: Oliver Lyu on a career in stock music 

Shutterstock isn’t just the internet’s go-to repository of stock images, it’s also home to thousands of stock music tracks that offer a more affordable solution for filmmakers who might not have the funds to licence Taylor Swift...

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Careers

Q&A: Can You Do This Whole Art Director Thing?

In today's Creative Q&A, we jump into questions over self doubting your ideation abilities, what portfolio schools look for in new applicants, and how to prepare to break into niche markets. If you have questions of your own for an upcoming video,...

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Trends

Another Industry to Disrupt

When we started The Pop Up Agency and proposed a different approach to solving briefs, we were met with both love and resistance. Many established companies were skeptical of our agile methods and some people said it would be impossible to solve...

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Careers

Making the jump from Designer to Head of Design

The jump from designer to Head of Design is like that from musician to conductor. A designer is a highly skilled specialist that performs as a part of a larger ensemble. The Head of Design decides how to interpret new works, unifies the performers,...

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Features

Colour - It's Personal (using orange in graphic design)

In my professional life, colour has, of course, played a key part in my work, whether it be graphic design (for professional services, education or publishing); photography; or fine art - colour rules. So, if colour is personal - and it is - how can...

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Careers

Straight Talk: Outing Adland's Homophobia

First, let’s address the pink elephant in the room and say: yes, things have obviously come a long way since Stonewall, and no, in an ideal world, being an LGBT+ BOGOF creative team wouldn’t be noteworthy. But this isn’t an ideal world and...

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Getting to know: The ‘wonky mind’ of Simon Callender

Simon Callender isn’t just Creative Planning Director at Initials, he’s also a keen motorcycle enthusiast with an Amazon series under his belt! But we’re not here to talk to him about that today, we’re here to talk all things...

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Behind the Idea - Fixing a cultural defect

A powerful campaign from TBWA\Helsinki for iconic Finnish media brand Demi features powerful images of young people looking in the mirror and seeing things they think should be improved in their reflection. Problems with self-esteem and...

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Events

Global creative calendar: February 2020

SXSW launched 33 years ago in Austin, Texas, USA. Next month, over 150,000 people will convene there once again to redefine the cutting-edge in interactive, film, music and culture, focusing on trends like: AI; Academic Assessment and Accountability;...

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Design Process Behind A Dodgers Illustration

Here's a quick behind-the-scenes video covering my process designing a Los Angelas Dodgers baseball illustration. Also included are two little mini Adobe Illustrator tutorials over two tools that I use all of the time. So with that said, let's play...

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Technology

CES 2020: Our Top Tech Picks

Let’s talk tech. From parallel reality to living laboratories, we saw some mind-blowing innovation at CES 2020. Scroll down to see what piqued our interest. Quibi present Turnstyle: Vertical Streaming We aren’t the first to admit that...

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Features

Creative Annual 2020 Spotlight: Building the HYPE

Hype is a boutique creative communications agency with a distinctly hands-on approach that has been a valued member of the Creativepool community for many years now The agency’s commitment to collaboration and innovative storytelling was...

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Trends

A 2020 Vision

So, 2020 has started on a positive note: A threat of world war and fires the size of Germany raging over Australia, darkening skies almost 10,000 miles away. And how does the media world respond? Mild annoyance that weight watchers were using the...

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Trends

Why celebrating success can motivate and disrupt a team

With Boris promising to ‘bung a few bob so that Big Ben can bong’, (which is surely the British entry to the Eurovision Tongue Twister contest), I thought it might be interesting to see how celebrating success can motivate or disrupt a...

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