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Advertising

FCB Inferno maps the UK with BMW and artist Ed Fairburn

FCB Inferno was briefed by BMW to supply a concept that would promote the new BMW X1 to their existing customer base, and encourage them to book a test drive. In response to this FCB Inferno teamed with artist Ed Fairburn to create a campaign in...

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Inspiration

Brand Case Studies: A2

The A2 ethos is rooted around two core values; everything is designed and hand-crafted locally and family ties are important. The team is headed up by collaborators - and siblings - Sara Larsson and Anna Larsson. Walton The Swedish design duo...

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There can be only one.

Let the games begin. People's Choice voting for this year's Annual is now open. With four winners per category in the Annual, the judges are currently delegating to determine three of the lucky shortlistees as winners, and the fine members of...

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Technology

Electric Objects: Internet art comes home

We look at hundreds of online images every day, on top of all those nestling within apps on our mobile devices. But it’s rare that we pause to reflect on art originating from the internet, as we would something on display in a museum or...

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Advertising

Entries open for Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase 2016

Ever dreamed of seeing your work up on the big screen in the Palais des Festivals, Cannes? Saatchi & Saatchi has established a reputation for unearthing the new directors of tomorrow with the annual New Directors’ Showcase (NDS) at Cannes Lions...

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Design

​Design Makes The Experience

Where can you find out how Adobe and other leading brands use design to create better customer experiences? It has never been more important to offer your customers a truly exceptional brand experience. In the digital era, where customers make...

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Design

London's first multi-brand furniture and product sample sale

The Sample Sale is an exciting and inspiring new event that will open its doors to discerning and design-conscious shoppers for three days only, from 4 to 6 March 2016. It will be London’s first multi-brand product sample sale, curated by the...

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News

Finding The Best Creative Work: The Annual Shortlist Goes Live!

Buckle up! The shortlist for 2016's Creativepool Annual has just been announced. There's been eight times as many projects entered compared to last year’s Annual, which is staggering. In this year's shortlist we're shown an amazing reflection...

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Technology

The Independent closes its print editions to go online only

For some time, it hasn't been a question of 'if' but 'when' and 'who'. Well, now we know the answer. The Independent (and its Sunday title) is the first national UK newspaper to surrender its print edition and become a digital-only...

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Technology

Berlin Dispatch: transmediale 2016

With technology advancing in new and diverse directions year on year, it can be difficult to take time to consider the wider implications of its growth on our civilisation. Lucky then, that for the last 29 years, Berlin’s transmediale festival...

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Inspiration

The Sweet Spot: Loveable Valentine’s Day Campaigns for 2016

In case you haven’t noticed, Valentine’s Day drops in just two more sleeps. As ever, brands are busy capitalising on all the love in the air to match people to their products. So far we’ve seen a mixed bag of tongue-in-cheek...

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Advertising

The 2016 Cannes Lions campaign is here

The new in-house Cannes Lions campaign by Jack Morton Worldwide promotes the 2016 International Festival of Creativity by revealing how grateful it is for creative ideas. Called simply “Thank You Creativity,” the integrated campaign is...

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Design

Rebrand Roundup: From saving British Hearts to Ballymore

Hato - Pick Me Up Graphic Art festival Pick Me Up is launching a new identity based around a digital tool allowing anyone to create and submit a letterform to be used in the branding. The new identity has been created by Hato, who also developed the...

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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Start Group Mac Macdonald, the President and Partner at Sid Lee Amsterdam, has been appointed the Group CEO at Start Group, the independent global network formerly known as Start JudgeGill. Based in London, he will focus initially on developing...

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Advertising

Account Wins of the Week

Goodstuff - Spotify Goodstuff Communications has won the media planning and buying account for Spotify in the UK as the music-streaming service opts for a number of local agencies instead of using a global shop. The agency is thought to have beaten...

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Advertising

A giant game of Guess Who promotes rock legends Wembley show

Of all the board games from my childhood, few elicit the same pangs of nostalgia as Guess Who? This was less of a game, more of a light detective simulation, and the fact that it also contained some rather hilarious caricatures certainly didn't...

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Advertising

Agency of the Week: VCCP

Encouraging travellers to swap their weekends with The Everyday Man It’s never been easier to cast convention aside and jet off for an unusual weekend away somewhere in Europe. So, in the sprit of spontaneity, easyJet is encouraging people to...

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Design

Design Spotlight: The London Postal Museum

On the surface at least, there's nothing particularly exciting about the mail, and yet without it, many facets of our society simply couldn't function. Granted the internet has cut down significantly on a number of everyday necessities, but sometimes...

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Advertising

Wieden+Kennedy London paint the town yellow for Arla

Arla unveiled a colourful new TV this week ad as part of a new £7 million campaign to launch Arla Best of Both (BOB); the UK’s first fat-free skimmed milk that aims to match the taste of semi-skimmed. BOB is packaged with a distinctive...

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Technology

The NBA and Spox expand Digital German Partnership

The National Basketball Association (known more famously as the NBA) and premium sports website SPOX, have expanded their multiyear partnership to provide season long digital content on NBA.de, the NBA’s official online destination in Germany....

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Advertising

Top 5 Ads of the Week

Crispin Porter + Bogusky – Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines – Fly to Gotham City With the heavily anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set to launch this Spring, many brands will undoubtedly be clambering to get in on the action....

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Economy

Is Shit for Trump great satire or is it just shit?

Like him or loath him, Donald Trump is big news right now. With his extremist right wing views and terrifyingly persuasive rhetoric, the man has carved a path through the American presidential circus with a fire and fury that have even made us Brits...

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Features

Why Valentine's Day is so attractive to malicious hackers

At the moment, there is much debate and argument in politics and elsewhere, regarding the renewal of the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent. But as some wise souls have pointed out, the most significant threat to the country may well not come from...

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Technology

How technology is shaking up the voice-over industry

I guess you know you're an advertising geek when you spend time spotting which actor is currently doing the voice-over on which spot for which brand. At the moment Caroline Quentin and Hugh Dennis seem to be leading the pack in the UK, with at least...

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Features

The Black Cab Interviews: David Jenkinson CD at Elmwood

Creativepool worked in collaboration with friends from Brightmove Media, production support by Ground Control and music by Tin Drum Music for the second series of The Black Cab Interviews in London. In the back of a signature London black cab,...

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Design

The V&A unveils a season of exhibitions built by robots

Whilst the idea of sentient machines is gradually becoming more real and terrifying by the day, for now at least, they are effectively our slaves. To celebrate this fact, whilst also perhaps sharing a little of the creative credit with them, the V&A...

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Advertising

McCann London and Ethos Travel help us prioritize our schedules

Christmas is now little but a fading memory, and with the new year spread out before us in an endless procession of meetings, events and duties, many of us are facing a year long depression head on. Jammed calendars sit on many a desktop, and they...

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Inspiration

Creativepool's 2016 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

If someone’s got you looking so crazy in love right now, then you might be on the hunt for the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re wanting to spoil that ‘special someone’ or just need an excuse to treat...

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Inspiration

Focal Point: Bold colours and cheeky images with Pâté

Pâté's strong, simple images and quick wit have served him well during his thirteen-year career with two of London's largest advertising agencies, earning him numerous industry awards including the coveted D&AD Yellow Pencil. We chatted with the...

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Entertainment

Immersion is Key: 10th anniversary of New Frontier Festival

For the last 10 years, Park City, Utah has been home of New Frontier Festival. A Sundance Institute exhibition of films and new-media art that explores and pushes the boundaries of conventional cinema. New Frontier provides the highest level of...

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Trends

Bauhaus to Google: Starting a Creative Movement

Earlier this year I was approached by Sarah Hill to write a piece on creativity in our agency, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, for a new book called #FuturePRoof and some of the things that we have learnt after launching our first *Global Center of...

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Advertising

Wieden+Kennedy bring The Kennedys to London

The creative accelerator program spearheaded by Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam is expanding to the agency’s London office for the successful program’s sixth year. Operating for the past five years solely in Amsterdam, The Kennedys brings...

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Design

D&AD reveals Next Awards 2016 juries

The Juries for the D&AD Next Awards have been announced, and for the second year running, it’s an impressive line-up of well-known creative leaders. Tasked with selecting this year’s winning entries, the juries will be lead by Laura...