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Features

Company Spotlight: Picture Farm at your service

When asked how he’d like integrated production company Picture Farm to be perceived, Todd Stewart, partner and creative executive, says the aim is to be known as a “helpful” multi-disciplined collaborator first and...

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Technology

Desperados doubles the size of a room to extend the party

Tequila-flavoured beer brand Desperados has created another experience around its ongoing house party theme, this time tackling the problem that most Spanish apartments are too small to host guests. The idea for the latest social experiment was...

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Entertainment

Final straw: Oval Space and The Pickle Factory go plastic-free

Two of London’s most popular music and events spaces are set to be the first multi-purpose venues to eradicate the use of single-use plastic. Oval Space and The Pickle Factory are taking the action, dubbed Oval Green, in a first step towards...

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Careers

6 steps for positioning a new brand

We've all heard of the term 'positioning', but people sometimes don’t understand it quite correctly. It's all about striving to find a place for your brand in the minds of your customers. Therefore, it's highly recommended that you start...

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Advertising

How it was done: Going Full Circle with motion control

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Digitas, UNIT9 and Envy Advertising recently created a powerful promo called Full Circle. The ad is centred around the first black female astronaut, Mae Jemison, and promotes The John...

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Trends

Adapt or die: 5 design principles for today's luxury brands

The world is changing fast, and luxury consumers are changing with it. So, what should luxury brands do to adapt, and how can design help? As a generation, we’re far better off than our parents. Millions can now afford things that were once...

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Trends

Get to know the 12 brand archetypes

Think about your favourite stories. Did you ever notice that the characters within them fall into broad categories? The hard-drinking detective fuelled by cheap liquor... The femme fatale who always has a perfect put down to hand... The naïve...

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Careers

How to become a copywriter in a year

Recently, a viewer reached out with only a year left before graduation and asked what he should do for the next 365 days to become a copywriter. Luckily, I know a guy who did just that. Today, we take a drive with Carter Skeen to see how he became...

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Trends

5 questions for the agency of tomorrow

The relationships between agencies and their clients are under increasing scrutiny. Brands are being pushed to reduce marketing costs while delivering more personalised content tailored to the needs of multiple channels with less time permitted to...

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Advice

How to be a better entrepreneur

In the digital age, anyone can become an entrepreneur. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good entrepreneur. While there is no single skill that can turn someone into a more successful entrepreneur overnight, there are some essential skills that you...

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Entertainment

Would you disappear for a Diesel jumpsuit?

Clothing brand Diesel is giving away a limited number of original jumpsuits from hit Netflix series Money Heist, while challenging fans to disconnect from social media. In contrast to other brand strategies to try and achieve as much online...

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Advertising

Match.com makes commitment cool and desirable in these ads

A new campaign created by French agency Marcel and Meetic based on quotes from seven ex-singles presents seven reasons why commitment leads to real relationships for dating site Match.com. The work suggests that moving in together, sharing a...

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Technology

Blueclaw urges agencies to use FaceApp for good

Leeds-based digital agency Blueclaw has changed its name to 'GreyClaw' and is challenging other companies to do the same to raise money for Age UK. The SEO specialist has replaced its staff photos on its Meet the Team page (below) with elderly...

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Careers

How to boost productivity with an office refurb

As an entrepreneur, making your employees feel happy and content should be one of the top priorities on your list. This can lead to an increase in productivity which, in turn, makes your business continually grow and further progress. This, of...

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Advertising

Stranger Things star leads team of trailblazers in new Samsung ad

Samsung has launched a digital ad via We Are Social Australia fronted by four well-known personalities including Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. The spot sees the actor and creator appear alongside Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Steve...

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Advice

How to convince an angel to fund your start-up

Financing a start-up business can often be one of the most challenging tasks in an entrepreneur’s journey. While some people manage to save enough over a number of years and others may choose to take out a business loan, often the preferred...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: The digital dark art of Tom Exton

One look at illustrator and graphic designer Tom Exton’s book would never give away the fact he started out designing car number plates. But that’s exactly where his venture into digital dark art began. “I got my start working as a...

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Careers

How to achieve a work-life balance

Many people nowadays are juggling demanding full-time jobs, family life and other daily commitments, which can make achieving the elusive work-life balance seem impossible. However, maintaining a work-life balance is essential to your overall...

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Design

Emojis get redesigned for the visually impaired

To coincide with World Emoji Day (17 July), the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has announced an initiative to make emojis more accessible to the blind and partially sighted. Working with globally socially led creative agency We Are...

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Social Media

Why World Emoji Day happens on 17 July

World Emoji Day is being celebrated across the world today on social media and beyond with a host of fan comments, online discussion and articles about the universal language. Emojis have become an entertaining form of expression cutting out the...

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Design

Paddy Power puts 'modern twist' on shirt sponsorships

UK bookmaker Paddy Power has unveiled the designs of its first football club shirt sponsorship - for Huddersfield Town FC - with its name presented in an oversized sash. In what the brand is calling a “modern twist” on traditional shirt...

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Advertising

Subway set disrupted in ad to promote new menu

Subway and Above+Beyond have launched a new campaign promoting the wide selection of choice available at the sandwich maker with an ad that sees the set get ruined. The spot begins by presenting appetising shots of the ingredients available on...

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Technology

Why your small business must invest in cyber security

You'd be forgiven for thinking that, since the internet has been around for such a long time and is used for everything including (and perhaps especially) business, that it's safe to use. And maybe this is why some business owners don’t invest...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Catching creative stardust for O2

A recent ad for UK telco O2 promotes the brand’s Priority scheme, which offers a variety of exclusive experiences for customers. The spot sees a series of shooting stars travel through the sky before being caught by O2 customers’ phones,...

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Features

Company Spotlight: Brave moments with DixonBaxi

DixonBaxi’s co-founder Simon Dixon believes designers and other creatives should stop worrying about what others are doing and enjoy the moment. “They can be desperate for the next big thing and fear they are missing out,” he...

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Inspiration

The stylus is mightier than the sword

In an image-saturated advertising world, it can seem like an impossible task to defend your brand from invisibility. When it comes to finding a direction for your brand, rebrand or campaign, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Your instinct may be...

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Features

What do you do as an art director?

What do you do as an art director? It's a tricky question because each day is so different from the one before. So, without showing agency work and having to be extremely general, I sat down every day after work and answered the question: "What did...

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Technology

Get Unlikely Business Lessons from Mailchimp

Email marketing platform Mailchimp has launched a new original video series charting the success and failures of three very different entrepreneurs. Introduced through the company’s new business entertainment platform Mailchimp Presents and...

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Advertising

adam&eveDDB shows what happens when you win the lottery

Anyone can win the lottery, but most people don’t believe they’re lucky enough to experience that life-changing moment. A new ad from creative agency adam&eveDDB visualises the ecstasy as winners try to put into words what they intend to...

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Video Games

How it was done: Choreographing Warframe through iMessage

Great Guns director Dan Trachtenberg is a big fan of free-to-play video game Warframe, so when the opportunity came up to helm a promo for the title he was beyond excited. The result is an amazing six-minute CG film full of action including...

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Awards

D&AD New Blood winners 2019

D&AD announced the latest winners of its annual student competition New Blood Awards, whcih represent the best emerging young talent from around the globe, at a ceremony in London last night. Take on the Future was the overarching theme for 2019,...