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Advertising

Are white male creative directors ruining advertising?

The reason 89% of advertising is forgotten is because white men in London are the ones making the ads, according to Paul Mellor, owner and design director at Mellor&Smith. It’s all well and good for business leaders like Cindy Gallop and Sir...

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Advertising

7 ads that prove Carlsberg wasn't all bad as new pilsner launches

Danish beer brand Carlsberg recently took the brave decision to launch a new campaign criticising the taste of its own product to promote the launch of a new pilsner. The work has seen social videos emerge featuring employees reading out negative...

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Features

Reconnecting with our roots: How VR can bring us back to reality

I have always deeply revered nature. Growing up in Cornwall surrounded by the ocean on (almost) all sides has meant I’ve always been aware of the scale of the wild world outside. I am keenly aware of the beauty of nature, but never forget the...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Michael Scantlebury

Independent ad agency Impero was founded by Michael Scantlebury in 2009 as an innovative, risk-taking challenger to the big networks. The company recently reported a negative pay gap, with women being paid 3% more than men on average, while its...

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Advertising

Burger King’s flame-grilled glasses are too hot to handle

Fast food chain Burger King has launched a range of flame-grilled glasses in France to promote the intense flavour of its burgers. Independent agency Buzzman is behind the limited-edition product, with more than a million of the glasses created and...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Pancho González

Pancho González is co-founder and chief creative officer at Inbrax Chile. Despite being one of the region’s top creatives, he only got into advertising because he didn’t get the qualifications needed to study medicine. However, he...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Inside Oreo's cookie kingdom for Game of Thrones

To mark the launch of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones and a new limited-edition range of OREO cookies aligned with the series, New York-based digital agency 360i created a unique title sequence with US cable network HBO. The 50-second...

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Careers

Building your personal brand

Personal branding is an extremely important tool in order to stand out amongst the competition in the advertising industry. Whether you're trying to attract the attention of ad agencies or you are looking to jumpstart your freelance business, how...

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Features

Game of Brands: 5 companies that could rule Westeros

With only days to go before the eighth-season of Game of Thrones, we’re having a hard time staying out of a medieval mindset. And since we quickly realised that trying to quell our excitement over the return of all our heroes (and villains)...

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Advertising

Greenpeace faces up to Nestlé's #PlasticMonster

Environmental group Greenpeace has revived its call for mega corporations to stop polluting the planet with single-use plastic by launching a new video aimed at food and drink brand Nestlé. In the social spot, Nestlé’s 'chief...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Caroline Foster Kenny

Caroline Foster Kenny is CEO of IPG Mediabrands for Europe, Middle East and Africa. With over 25 years of global client leadership and business experience, she now oversees all of the network's digital and media businesses across the region,...

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Design

NIKEiD rebrand ticks all the boxes

New York-based creative agency Gretel has created a new look for Nike’s customisation service, formerly known as NIKEiD, now named Nike By You. The service gives consumers and Nike heads the chance to co-create their own sportswear with the...

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Advertising

Waitrose issues apology over 'racist' Easter packaging

UK reatailer Waitrose has issued an apology after receiving customer complaints about a trio of chocolate ducklings being sold in its stores. The set of ducks included three types of chocolate that were labelled as crispy, fluffy and ugly, with the...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Chris Hirst

Prior to being named global CEO of Havas Creative, Chris Hirst was CEO and chairman of Havas UK and Europe. As UK CEO, he led 1,800 people across both creative and media disciplines, so he knows a thing or two about management. Recently, he wrote a...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: How Gerard Butler hijacked Enterprise

This week, car rental firm Enterprise launched a high-octane campaign featuring Hollywood star Gerard Butler to communicate how the brand helps consumers get things done whether it be a house move or family visit. Below, Joe Stamp and Tom...

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Careers

My design tournament submission

Zimri Mayfield has an amazing design channel where he hosts a competition called Design Chicken Chicken, and I made it into the tournament. Here's my video going through my first round submission; a logo and flyer I had to complete in just three...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Cat Davis

gyro is the first full-service global creative B2B agency. The company employees 700 people across 21 international offices with a shared mission to create ideas that are humanly relevant. Cat Davis, chief marketing officer, is one of those...

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Advertising

New appointments at LEAP support regional and global ad clients

For more than 30 years, LEAP (Loveurope and Partners) have provided integrated advertising production services to agencies, advertisers and marketing departments across a wide range of industry sectors. LEAP is pleased to announce two new...

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Trends

Essential reads in March 2019

Our CEO, Anant Sharma, curates his top five reads of March. From early age retirement homes to CCTV that pre-empts a thief, it was all about the change of pace last month. The pace of change seems to be accelerating across all sectors. The use of AI...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Federico Russi

The Leo Burnett network promotes a core belief called The HumanKind Scale at all its international offices. It’s a value that shifts the focus from advertising, brand propositions and marketing to being more about people and purposes that serve...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: McCafé's take on the ridiculous world of coffee

Coffee is big business in the modern world with consumers drinking copious amounts at a premium price. But sometimes, it can take itself far too seriously. Enter Leo Burnett senior creative team Andrew Long and James Millers, who recently applied a...

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Features

A Conversation with... OHMME’s Louis d’Origny

You’d be forgiven for thinking that yoga is an exclusively female pursuit, judging by the amount of athleisure-clad women you’ll see in most city brunch spots on any day of the week. And yet - more and more men are realising the benefits...

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Advice

Find a partner to make ads with

Make Ads With Me is an amazing resource for those creatives who are looking for partners to create spec work with for their portfolios. So whether you're an Art Director who needs some killer copy or a Copywriter who needs someone to help their...

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Events

Global creative calendar: April 2019

Appraising this month’s slate of alluring extracurricular activities in The Darnell Works Agency global creative calendar, everyone who’s open to new experiences has much to gain. Future and current leaders from vital industry sectors...

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Careers

Where creatives go to find a job

Are you looking to break into advertising and get a creative job as an art director or a copywriter? How and where should you look? Today, we dive into the process of job searching in hopes that you are equipped to find the perfect agency for...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Jason Harris

US-based creative agency Mekanism prides itself on delivering work aligned with the 'Soul & Science' of storytelling, which means the human and data side is considered on every brief. It's an approach that helps the company to deliver meaningful...

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Technology

Apple bites into TV, gaming and news subscription space

Global tech giant Apple has announced further plans for its original video subscription service that will launch later this year along with details of a new gaming platform and news media service. Screen time Apple TV+ will give users access to...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Ete Davies

London-based independent agency AnalogFolk's former head of delivery Ete Davies was promoted to MD of the company in 2016. Having spent time at other digital outfits such as AKQA, Tribal DDB, Modern Media (Digitas) and SixandCo, he has overseen...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Adam Kerj

Adam Kerj is chief creative officer and MD at Accenture Interactive, Nordics. Having had a long and successful career at global agency level, he's experienced the ups and downs of doing day-to-day client work and believes it's currently the most...

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Features

Brand simplicity – a trend or natural evolution?

In early January, Mastercard dropped its name from its logo, and a number of industry commentators picked up their pens to discuss the meaning of the move. The financial brand cited the removal of the wordmark as a move towards greater digital...

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Features

SXSW 2019: Virtual overload

Tim Leary famously referred to virtual reality (VR) as "LSD for the 90s". And after my recent trip to the Virtual Cinema at SXSW, it became obvious why. Up until now, VR for me, had been a pretty shallow experience, rather like a ride on Space...