For Leaders and Learners

The creative industry’s connection to inspirational, educational and thought-provoking content.

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Inspiration

Trailblazers: Celebrities that look like mattresses

by Jessica Hazel As any Englishman will tell you, life in London is no bed of roses. Virgin tourists stepping off the plane for the Olympics will soon discover that the streets are not lined with gold but in fact, old smelly mattresses. Second only...

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Advice

Opinions - Should designers write? Should writers design?

by John Fountain The part of the job I've always enjoyed the most is the bit when I sit down with a designer and try and crack the idea. Call me unhinged if you want, but I quite like it when it gets difficult. When the deadline is looming, when the...

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Inspiration

#Trends. Why Twitter shall remain nameless

by John Fountain On Tuesday this week, as Her Majesty The Queen waved her hankie at the soggy hoards along The Mall, Twitter announced a new logo. Yes, as Her Majesty finally kicked off her overly softened shoes and dunked her chocolate bourbon...

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Advice

Opinions - A quick guide to being made redundant.

by Magnus Shaw Throughout this increasingly insane financial crisis I have worked as a freelance. Disadvantage: I have to find my own work and therefore income. Advantage: I can't be made redundant. However, I have faced the redundancy...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Easy Rider. The Raleigh Chopper

by Ashley Morrison The year is 1967 and Alan Oakley, head designer at Raleigh, is on a plane over the Atlantic. He's been sent by Raleigh to the USA for inspiration to help restore the company's fortunes. It was a good move. If anyone knows about...

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Advice

Opinions - The specialist versus the generalist

by John Fountain Not so long ago creative folk were employed to work across all areas of business communications. It was said that if you were any good you'd be able to turn your hand to almost anything. And if you had any weak spots or showed any...

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Advice

Opinions - What's your day rate?

by John Fountain Ever wondered if you're being paid the market rate for all the long hours you work? Well if you are working every hour God sends then maybe it's time you put your prices up. Today I'm going to have a look at typical day rates for...

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Inspiration

Trailblazers

Natalie Nicklin Illustrator, Digital Illustrator, Creative "Natalie Nicklin is a London based illustrator and artist who utilizes a wide range of processes within her work; from found images and photography to modern digital techniques and...

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Advice

Opinions - Good old...hibu?

by Ashley Morrison Good old Yellow Pages. There was something rather comforting about those adverts, about the fact that good old Yellow Pages is not just there for that leaky roof. Or for the warm and fluffy things in life: the boy who bought his...

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Advice

CV + TLC = Job

by Jinx Jeffery, Dynamic New Alliances. I know a great deal of you reading this will probably have read something similar before, so please forgive me if some of this comes across in a wave of deja vu. But the information is clearly not sinking in -...

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Advice

Opinions - Online Logo Contests, the pros and cons.

by Jessica Hazel Online Logo Contests have been popping up all over the internet for quite some time now. They allow businesses and individuals to offer a set fee, or prize, for what they consider to be the best logo design. Hundreds of amazing...

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Features

Spotlight: Rory McLeish

Rory McLeish is a 3D artist and concept designer from Glasgow, now based and working in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. A couple of years ago Rory moved back to the UK after spending 5 years in Los Angeles working in the visual effects industry, and is...

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Advice

How to...Don't just stand there, make your own Olympic Torch

by John Fountain Now that the Olympic flame is finally arriving on these shores and they've tracked down a mutton handed individual in Cornwall to keep the frigging thing alight, our thoughts turn to the proud British torchbearers and wonder how we,...

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Advice

Opinions - Dead heat. Why The Exclusives is unfair on us all.

by Magnus Shaw Perhaps we shouldn't expect anything more from ITV2 - after all, this is the home of Celebrity Juice, Life On Murrs and The Only Way Is Essex. But while those shows may grate and irritate, they manage to avoid devaluing and...

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Advice

Opinions - Do you have to be nuts to be a creative genius?

by John Fountain A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was employed as a junior copywriter. Salary 4.5K. 1-month holiday a year. 1½ hours for lunch. I was not the only junior in the creative dept mind. There were three others and...

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Advice

Opinions - All in the name

by Ashley Morrison In the past, we bloggers at Creativepool have given our opinions, advice and guidance, whether you asked for it or not! Hey, that's blogging for you. The internet is a free-for-all where anyone can purport to be an "expert", but...

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News

Winners and losers – BrewDog vs Diageo

The Emirates Stadium played host to this years Drum Marketing Awards. McCann Manchester and Aldi Stores continued to reap the rewards of their ‘Aldi Likes Brands’ campaign. After winning the Roses Advertising and Design Awards Grand Prix...

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Events

CP Loves... Bauhaus: Art as life

by Jessica Hazel The Barbican has just launched an exhibition about the most influential art school of the twentieth century, the largest to take place in the capital in the last 40 years. That art school is of course Bauhaus - think tubular steel...

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Inspiration

Spraycan copywriting

Here's a true story. Back in the late 70's, right smack in the middle of punk rock, I studied graphic design at Hounslow. Unlike some of the more respectable educational establishments, Hounslow was a bit rough and 'edgy'. The area around the college...

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Features

Ma'amite. A love or hate tribute to Her Majesty

Marmite, that Great British institution which we either love or hate (or love to hate, in some cases) has been given a temporary makeover by makers Unilever. And if I ever meet the person who rebranded it Ma'amite in honour of the Queen's Diamond...

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Features

The Devil's deal. Are agencies really paying to pitch?

I once worked with an Art Director who had just arrived in the UK from a stint at Leo Burnett in Venezuela. As well as alarming tales of armed guards outside his office, he told me this: when pitching, it was usual practice for the agencies involved...

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Inspiration

Is your boss any good? 10 attributes of a top creative director.

I had a go at being a creative director once. It didn't quite work out. All sorts of reasons why but the main one being that I was just 30 years old. Looking back that's probably too young to be in the hot seat. Although I knew how to come up with...