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Industry

Annual 2021: who will see your work this year?

Time is ticking! With the standard submissions deadline now out of the way, we are little more than two weeks away from the Annual 2021 final submissions deadline, on Thursday 10th June. The Annual is the Most Distributed creative industry award....

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Leaders

Reframing the role of creativity in sustainability

"There is nothing new under the sun." This ancient expression from the Book of Ecclesiastes made it through to us to this day, and it is especially relevant to the world of creativity: there isn't really anything new and original, just remakes and...

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Features

Purpose isn’t just a shiny tick box to offer your clients

Love the new Conscious products made-in H&M. At least 50% of Conscious products is made from sustainable materials! And the remaining half, well… We don’t care about that, do we? H&M often makes the headlines for all the wrong reasons,...

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Features

Global creative calendar: June 2021

According to BCH Henderson Institute’s Chairman Martin Reeves and Rhodes Scholar Jack Fuller, imagination is crucial for “seizing and creating new opportunities, and finding new paths to growth.” Their forthcoming book “The Imagination...

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Industry

Long Versus Short Term: It's Time To Call A Draw

The short term versus long term argument rumbles on. 2021 is the year where marketers should chase a smart balance of the two for the best outcomes. David Ogilvy famously said, “If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative.” But in...

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Leaders

A crime of mass production – By VMLY&R London CCO Laurent Simon

The advertising clutter is real. According to research from the industry and beyond, consumers are exposed to an average of 8,000 ads every single day and all of these aim to sell products en masse, creating more problems than the ones they claim to...

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Inspiration

Award-winning design all Round - #AnnualSpotlight

Freelance designer and illustrator James Round had never entered The Annual prior to 2020. The moment he did, he grabbed two Bronze prizes and was shortlisted for several others. He is now the #5 ranked Creative in the community, and for some really...

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Inspiration

A pinch of Imagination - #AnnualSpotlight

As our top ranked Experiential Agency, the team at Imagination certainly has some fire in them and they want to make sure the entire creative industry knows about it. As you will read further below, Imagination knows how wonderful it is to be able...

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Inspiration

The very special place that is Taxi Studio - #AnnualSpotlight

As our 2020 People's Choice Independent Agency of the Year, Taxi Studio certainly isn't new to the Annual nor to winning prizes for award-winning work. Being our fourth ranked design agency on Creativepool, Taxi Studio's profile is an explosion of...

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Industry

The Reverse Selfie of Dove and Ogilvy – #BehindTheIdea

Dove has become an incredibly well-known brand for challenging the established standards of "beauty" and promoting natural beauty across all ages. With this campaign by Ogilvy, the brand reached entirely new heights. The video campaign below shows a...

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Leaders

How can we *truly* make a difference for the industry?

A chat with the authors of Sustainable Marketing, published by Bloomsbury Business Some time ago, we worked on a piece about greenwashing and the harm it can do to the industry on the short and longer term. Too many organisations are still making...

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Features

We should do more to champion neurodiversity in the industry

Growing research has established an unbreakable link between neurodiversity and one's propension to creative thinking. The creative industry itself has among the highest rates of neurodiversity representation in the whole business world, from...

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Features

The future of branding is community-born

It was just over the weekend that Discord announced its new brand. A “Blurple” brand, not quite blue, not quite purple, re-envisioning the iconic mascot Clyde to render it more print-friendly and… well, cute. Discord’s new...

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Inspiration

"Don't just copy and paste with your entry" - #JudgeSpotlight

Brand Team of the Year is an interesting category to score. Judges are exposed to a number of brilliant brands and their creative strategies, and like in the case of EVEN Creative Founder Dan Wilkinson, there will always be something amazing to learn...

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Inspiration

Positive Perspectives from Latin America - #AnnualSpotlight

Last year, a communications agency from Latin America surprised us all across the board by being awarded the PR Agency of the Year prize in Annual 2020. One year later, and the energy of Sherlock Communications (also to be rendered as Sherlock Comms...

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Industry

Looking back on Annual 2020

Shiny covers have started to flood our social channels, as the trophies for last year’s Annual 2020 reach our winners this week. Looking back on the year that’s just been, it’s hard to say this wasn’t somewhat of an...

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Leaders

What is digital sustainability, and why should you care?

It's easy to conceive sustainability in its most tangible form - innovative packaging solutions, plastic waste, plant-based products and so on. But what about that email you just sent? What kind of impact does our digital footprint leave on the...

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Features

Can creativity change the world?

How can creatives change the world? We are just about coming out of a society-shattering pandemic, one that brought a cataclysmic series of changes into our daily habits. With the gap between consumers and brands now shrinking by the day, the...

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Features

This new wave of brand purpose isn’t a pandemic fad

We’ve seen brands rise and fall during the last decade, but never as fast as in 2020. A correct approach to brand purpose could make or break a brand in the last year-and-something, and those regarding brand purpose as a shiny checkbox for...

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