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Could you fit a city in a suitcase?

In a stunning new animated short from Jelly London's A+C Studios for the travel management organisation Key Travel, an entire city comes to life inside a suitcase. The work, which was created with design communications agency Stream, aims to...

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Macmillan show cancer patients they're not alone

This week, Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a new brand campaign from VCCP, which builds on the charity's message that those suffering from cancer should never need to feel like they're alone. It's a sad fact, but most of us will be affected by...

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David Mitchell & John Hurt save choking babies

In a new film created by BBH, London's St John Ambulance has hired an enviable roll call of comedians and veteran actors to voice characters in an animated short that bears more than a passing resemblance to the classic Disney film, Toy Story. The...

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Features

Happy 100th birthday to Ladybird books

Today, one of the great British brands is celebrating its 100th birthday: Ladybird, publishers of children's books with an instantly recognisable format and feel, and - during the Second World War - absolutely identical in terms of number of...

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Weekend campaign roundup

The year has only just begun, and many brands and agencies are using the fresh start of 2015 to launch new campaigns. Here we'll be looking at a few of the most interesting that caught our attention over the weekend. Confused.com BRIAN the Robot is...

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Morrisons unveils Flexible new store format

Supermarket chain Morrisons is testing out a brand new bespoke store format at its branches in Surrey, Gateshead and Milton Keynes. The “Format Flex” design has been created by the M Worldwide retail brand design consultancy, with help...

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Adidas re-define the Superstar for 45th birthday

Adidas has kicked off a year-long campaign to promote its Originals line in a big way, with a star-studded spot that aims to challenge the very notion of what it means to be a superstar. The renewed marketing push (one of the largest ever for the...

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Leaders

CES 2015 Roundup

Last week saw the great, the good and anyone else even remotely involved in the world of electronics descending upon the Convention Centre in Las Vegas for the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. I already covered a few of the more...

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Top Hires of the Week

TBWA\Chiat\Day New York TBWA\Chiat\Day New York has found its new CEO in the form of Rob Schwartz, who move into the (newly created) position from his previous role as global creative president for TBWA Worldwide. He will take charge of all...

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Business Roundup

Starcom Mediavest Group SMG has been appointed as the media agency partner of du, the Dubai-based integrated telecommunications service provider. The win came after an intensive eight-month, multi-agency pitch, with Starcom coming out on top against...

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Richmond International take to the seas in style

The Richmond International design consultancy has created the interior designs for the gigantic P&O cruise ship Britannia, marking the first time one consultancy has taken care of every single interior design duty for a cruise ship, from the cabins...

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Virtual Reality evolves at CES 2015

Virtual Reality. The term itself might cause dreaded flashbacks to the early 90's, when many developers were convinced it was the future of home entertainment. With its vague, wonky textures, gigantic, ugly headsets that would give even Hulk Hogan...

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Inspiration

The Week In Advertising.

Warner Brothers - 'American Sniper' All too often, ads for movies contain too much information and far too much of the movie itself. In short, they're a bit desperate. But this is much more like it. Lean, intriguing but giving little of the story...

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Beautiful design innovations at CES 2015

Classically beautiful curved TV from Samsung Samsung's CES 2015 Keynote Speech Samsung chose CES 2015 as the platform from which to unveil their new curved TV designed by the Fuseproject consultancy, which is headed up by famed Swiss designer Yves...

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CES 2015: The 60 second phone charger and more

The 60 second phone charger Storedot Flash Battery As convenient and powerful as smartphones have become, recharging them can be a monumental hassle. Indeed, there are few smartphones currently on the market that can make it through a day without...

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Domino's take a slice out of Hollyoaks

It was announced yesterday that the global pizza chain Domino's will be sponsoring the popular Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks beginning Monday the 21st of January, taking over from the show's current sponsor VO5. The multimillion pound, two-year deal, will...

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Leaders

Social media keeps the flame of free speech alive

Nobody was prepared for the abhorrent series of events that befell the staff members of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo yesterday in Paris. The vicious attack, brought on (once again) by nothing but harmless religious satire, shook the...

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The Brave Brands of 2014

The brand spanking new year gives us a chance to look back at our Brave Brands of 2014. Exclusive and prestigious, Brave Brand status is given to the brands that successfully break through the white noise to make a statement. It’s about stepping...

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Behind the scenes with jelly illustrator Mimi Leung

Ever wondered what inspires the jelly talent? What drives them? What a typical day is like? Well here at jelly London we went behind the scenes with illustrator Mimi Leung to find out just how she creates her crazy and colourful work. 1. Tell us how...

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Grey takes home the bling

After a comprehensive, integrated review that also included Young & Rubicam and JWT, Grey New York, the global advertising network's flagship agency, announced yesterday that it has been selected as the advertising agency-of-record for Pandora, the...

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The best of Press Day at CES 2015

The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas only opened to the public today, but it held a special day for the press yesterday (January 6) where many exciting products and developments were announced. Here I'll be examining some of the most...

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WPP pencil in a big year

WPP certainly appear to be stepping into 2015 with both feet forward! Firstly, it's been suggested that WPP might be considering a £2 billion purchase of Tesco's Dunnhumby data division. This would mark yet another major technology purchase for...

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When Stop Motion met 3D Printing

Whilst 3D printing technology is a relatively modern concept, stop motion animation has been around for decades. Who would have thought then, that the two would fit together so effortlessly? Of course, when you look at it logistically, it's obvious...

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Tough truths for advertising in 2015.

Ah! There you are. I trust the festivities were kind to you? But now, here's 2015 in all its fresh-faced glory. Swollen with potential and pitfalls, what will this new year bring? Frankly, I have no idea - but I do know there are a few troublesome...

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Aston Kutcher dumps pizza for gum

Two and a Half Men star and stoner icon, Ashton Kutcher, appears in a new advertising campaign from CLM BBDO & Energy BBDO for Extra, the UK's most popular brand of chewing gum. The £15 million marketing campaign will run throughout 2015,...

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Get royally minted this year

To celebrate the dawning of a new year, the Royal Mint has unveiled three brand new coin designs. The new designs are for the £2 and 50p coins, and commemorate the First and Second World Wars and the signing of the Magna Carta, which took place...

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Monday love is contagious at Reed

The UK's largest commercial job board, Reed.co.uk, recently launched its latest advertising campaign, once again based on the character of James Reed, played by comedian and actor, Rufus Jones. The campaign, which officially launched over the weekend...

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Twitter join the video streaming revolution

It was only a matter of time before Twitter decided to throw it's hat in the ring alongside YouTube, Vine and the like, but it would appear that the social networking behemoth's plans are a little more ambitious than would have perhaps been presumed....

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Workshop

Top five to-do items for the freelance 2015 list

Hello and happy new diet to you. No? Happy new gym membership, maybe. Not that either? Happy new I’m-only-drinking-alcohol-at-the-weekend. Getting warmer? Or perhaps the number one aim in the Land of You is get a happy new job. If so, good...

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Fisher-Price make a wish for 2015's newborns

Fisher-Price, the children's toy manufacturer, has started 2015 with an ad that aims to tug at the heartstrings of mothers and fathers across the world. The 90 second clip, which debuted over the weekend, shows some of the first babies to be born in...

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McDonald's reinvent the love

McDonald's are starting 2015 with a complete “Brand transformation” based around the immortal “I'm lovin it” strategy. The transformation hopes to stem haemorrhaging sales for the fast food brand, and instil a more upbeat and...

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Will 2015 be the year of the Smartwatch?

At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, which is due to take place in Las Vegas this week, it would appear a fair amount of the unveiled technology will be taking a more intimate route than in years past. We're referring, of course, to smartwatches,...

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The gamers nightmare before (and after) Christmas

If you unwrapped and unboxed a brand spanking new Playstation 4 or Xbox One console on Christmas morning, only to be met with a barrage of error messages and broken dreams, you were certainly not the only one. Indeed, both Sony's Playstation Network...

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Top Hires of the Week

WPP WPP has appointed Roberto Quarta to its board (starting in January), and are planning to have him step into the role of chairman next summer. The current chairman of Smith & Nephew and IMI will succeed former US ambassador to the UK Philip...