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Features

Blog of the week: Design Juices

Website: designjuices.co.uk Twitter: @DesignJuices Facebook: facebook.com/designjuices Tumblr: jthompsondesign.tumblr.com/ When did you start out blogging? I started Design Juices back in January of 2010 whilst still at university, it was a...

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Features

5 Minutes with: Geoff Foots, Creative Director at Guerilla

5 minutes with... Geoff Foots - Guerilla... Geoff Foots Creative Director, Guerilla... Website: guerilla.co.uk Twitter: @we_are_guerilla Facebook: Facebook.com/weareguerilla LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/company/guerilla-communications Tell us a bit...

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Features

High anxiety on the high street. What is the future of retail?

References to the 'high-street' in political and sociological debate have been frequent for well over a decade now. Sadly, mentioning a problem frequently doesn't bring solutions. Many towns are plagued by empty retail units on their central...

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Inspiration

The iconic K67 hotdog stands of Belgrade

Greetings from Belgrade where, for once, the soaring temperatures are marginally less soaring than those in London right now. So I can hardly use heat exhaustion as an excuse to write about Jelen - a Serbian stalwart and my favourite ever beer - the...

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News

Would Facebook rather protect its advertisers than its users?

Facebook claims to have cracked its rather awkward 'ads on offensive pages' problem. This week the social network's Director of Policy announced the site has completed the task of 'narrowing down the number of pages where ads will be shown'. Which...

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Features

Why social media is making us lonely.

In 2010, at a cost of $300 million, 800 miles of fibre-optic cable was laid between the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange to shave three milliseconds off trading times. Yet within this world of instant and absolute...

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News

Welcome to the future. 3D printing comes to the high street.

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C Clarke When I was a nipper, I'd watch Star Trek and pretty much take it for granted that I was seeing an accurate portrayal of the future. I'm quite an old bloke now,...

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News

Would your mum understand that?

Would your mum understand that? It's fair to say that most of us hate bureaucracy. And meaningless, wordy bureaucracy even more. I've lost count of the number of times I've received a massive epistle from Barnet council when all they really want to...

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News

Media will eat itself.

Here's a story so bizarre, so post-modern, that it's hard to believe Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci are not involved. They're not though, because this is something that has actually happened; it involves two major television stations attempting to...

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Inspiration

IKEA does more for the artist than a flatpack desk

In 1943 in a small Swedish village, an industrious, dyslexic teenager who went by the name of Ingvar Kamprad opened his first furniture store after spening his days selling matches, ballpoint pens, flower seeds and Christmas decorations to...

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News

The Loan Arrangers. Is It High Noon For Wonga And Friends?

At some point, perhaps four years ago, doorstep lending ('The Tallyman', as my grandmother would have termed it) suddenly became terribly old fashioned and parochial. Recession and financial misery inflated the market for non-bank lending at a...

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News

TOMY Internship Prize for Young Designers

TOMY launches Design Challenge initiative to UK students offering Internship at Britains’ Exeter HQ as prize Introduced into the Britain’s Farm portfolio in 2008, the Big Farm pre-school toy range has fast become a company success story....

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News

We're being spied upon. But then, we made it so easy.

The most surprising aspect of the Edward Snowden case and the revelations about GCHQ is that anyone is surprised. Did we really imagine our 'lords and masters' had such respect for our privacy and dignity that they would resist the temptation to...

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News

The Beeb's new take on Glastonbury

As Glastonbury 2013 gets ready to kick off, those of us who are not there in person will no doubt be tuning into the BBC at some point over this weekend to enjoy their ever-extensive coverage of the event. The BBC have just unveiled their new logo...

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Features

Intrude out. Where now for disruptive advertising?

Disruption has always been key to the advertising model. Very few people opt to be exposed to marketing messages, therefore effective advertising has traditionally intruded into the content the audience has chosen to consume - a TV show, a magazine...

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Inspiration

Sea Organ

I have just got back from a week's holiday in Croatia and wanted to draw your attention to the lovely experience I had on the last night of my holiday in the seaside town of Zadar, courtesy of the architect Nikola Bašić. Post World War II,...

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Features

In defense of advertising.

When it comes to voicing an opinion, I don't tend towards coyness (regular readers may not be surprised to learn this). For instance, I more than happy to reveal that my political views broadly fall into the left-of-centre, liberal camp . Although,...

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News

Yes we Cannes! What's happening at the festival today?

Have you ever been to Cannes? Not on a cycling holiday, but the festival? No, not the movie festival - the creativity festival, The Lions? Ever been to that? Me neither - but I do find myself reading about it every year; largely because the industry...

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Advice

When you’re struggling for an idea, do a Nike

Just do it. Yes, that’s one of my top tips for today - or for any day when the creative juices aren’t running maybe quite as freely as you would like them to. Because no matter how creative we are, no matter what gems of genius...

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Features

You're hired! Are brands really taking on celebrities as staff?

When you arrived at work this morning, did you notice a pop star sitting at a flat-screen, typing away? Was there a movie idol in the kitchen fixing some coffees? Or a minor royal handing out the mail? If not, I'm afraid your firm is way behind the...

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Features

Making assumptions. Is the creative recruitment process broken?

A friend of mine applied for a job last month. He's a talented creative professional with many years' experience in the advertising and media industries. Currently in demand as an independent consultant, he didn't apply out of necessity or...

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News

New identity for RMNEF

Design and branding specialist Shine Creative announces the launch of a new identity for the Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation (RMNEF). Established in 1827, the RMNEF is a British national children's educational charity, which provides...

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News

3D technology - Ford creates a design "CAVE"

There’s nothing we like more than a nice bit of 3D and Virtual Reality. That is, if our trips to the cinema are anything to go by. There was a time not so long ago when watching a film in 3D was a bit of a treat. Now the technology is arguably...

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Events

Creative Corner at FESPA 2013

Creative Corner is a free conference for brand owners, creative agencies and designers. It’s alive with ideas for adding impact to your work, whether you’re creating: Retail branding Visual merchandising In-store promotion and...

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News

The Khloe effect. Has internet advertising abandoned creativity?

The Huffington Post reports that Khloe Kardashian (who?) is now being paid as much as $13,000 per tweet. The fee doesn't cover profound wisdom like "Remember sweat is fat crying" - it's for equally useful posts wherein she names brands and includes...

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Features

Whatever happened to proper advertising?

Last week I wrote a piece for Creativepool, suggesting the role of the copywriter had become sidelined to the extent that designers were now the 'creatives'. I also wondered whether this wasn't just an attack of paranoia. Well, it wasn't. The column...

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Design

Alan Fletcher. Work and Play

Alan Fletcher was one of the powerhouses of contemporary British graphic design. He worked for more than 50 years designing everything from corporate identities - logos, literature, advertising, signage, calendars - to toys, books, newspapers and...

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News

Lego Builds Full-Size X-Wing Fighter

When I was young, the most advanced hand-held computer game on offer was probably Space Invaders. A massive, chunky black device about the size of a hardback novel, requiring six AA batteries and with a dodgy red display which made it virtually...

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News

A shot in the dark. Is The Guardian wise to open a cafe?

When it comes to digital media The Guardian is certainly adventurous. Indeed, behind those doors at King's Place there's a policy/philosophy called 'digital first' - essentially a prioritisation of the newspaper's online activity, from podcasts to...

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Travis Perkins appoints Amaze as its lead digital partner

29th May 2013: One of the largest building supplies providers in the UK, Travis Perkins Plc, has appointed Amaze as its lead digital partner. The brief was won following a four-way competitive pitch. As Travis Perkins’ lead digital partner,...

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Inspiration

From the sublime to the ridiculous - Femke Agema

Nothing hits the headlines of the fashion rumour mill like a completely impractical, no-one-is-ever-going-to-wear-that-down-to-Tesco-apart-from-Lady-Gaga type creation from the most haywired of designers brains. Newbie Dutch designer Femke Agema is...