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Inspiration

Spotlight: X-Wing marks the spot in James Birks film art

A quick glance at freelance illustrator and graphic designer James Birks' portfolio will tell you he’s a film fan. Some of the pieces inspired by Hollywood movies include iconic imagery from the likes of Star Wars, Robocop and Leon in the form...

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Design

Lacoste replaces logo for Biological Diversity Day

French clothing brand Lacoste has once again removed the classic crocodile logo from its iconic polo shirts to raise awareness for International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May). Save Our Species 2 is taking place today at the brand’s...

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Technology

Beer can QR codes tell stories of songs that were Big in Japan

Rock-themed craft brewery SingleCut Beersmiths has gamified the labels of its latest IPA, Big in Japan, to tell stories of well-known songs that got their big break in the country. The unique can packaging created by Zulu Alpha Kilo honours four...

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Inspiration

Celebrate 15 years of INSA at the D&AD Festival 2019

D&AD and Shutterstock unveiled a colourful mural at the entrance of the D&AD Festival to celebrate 15 years of influential artist INSA’s body of work. File under 'Unresolved' can be found in Ely's Yard on the exterior of the Old Truman Brewery...

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Technology

Tech talent choose the most innovative offices

The key to attracting top tech talent is having an innovative office with the latest devices and equipment, according to a new report from YouGov. British businesses need to invest in the latest tech developments in order to stay competitive and...

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Careers

Top 5 copywriting tips from creative director Max Vinall

As a writer with nearly 30 years’ experience (currently creative director at Jellyfish, and Copywriting, Branding and Tone of Voice trainer), let me tell you one thing: The words matter. Whether you write for the web, social, TV, film, the...

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Awards

Cannes Lions 2019: Essential party guide

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019 is less than a month away and while that may seem like plenty of time to get your calendar in order, it’ll be here before you know it. Planning your rosé sessions in the sun can...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Building (Jeff) Bridges with Amstel

Amstel is the local beer of Amsterdam and recently, its creative agency adam&eveDDB launched an ad that sees Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges appear as a canal bridge to promote togetherness for the brand. The result is an unforgettable piece of work...

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Careers

A quick one on social media marketing

Social Media advertising is still one of the most underpriced and efficient ways to market your brand or business to your customers. Unfortunately, many clients are spending the smallest fraction of ad dollars on it. It's up to us as advertisers to...

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Trends

In an age of mistrust, out-of-home inspires confidence

It’s not news that public trust in the news media has declined in recent times, fueled in no small part by accusations of fake news and data privacy across social media. As a result, public confidence in social media is eroding. According to...

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Advertising

McCafé returns to the ridiculous world of coffee

McDonald’s and Leo Burnett London have launched the latest instalment of their We Could campaign for coffee brand McCafé with the introduction of its new Iced Latte. Last month, creatives Andrew Long and James Millers discussed the...

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Advertising

Dream Pack print ads say Stop the Killing

After a group of Game of Thrones stars recreated a SodaStream ad to raise awareness about the damage being caused by single-use plastic this week, a new print campaign from Ecquador echoes the message. Paradais DDB is the agency behind the work, for...

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Advice

10 reasons why branding is important

Branding is much more than a logo or a single graphic element associated with your organisation. When thinking about your brand, you really want to consider your entire customer experience… everything from your logo, website, social media...

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Advertising

Game of Thrones stars recreate SodaStream ad for sustainability

A trio of stars from HBO hit Game of Thrones have reunited for a remake a 2017 SodaStream ad to raise awareness around single-use plastic. Say Goodbye features actors Thor Bjornsson AKA The Mountain, Hannah Waddingham AKA Septa and Kristian Nairn...

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Design

New Butlin’s swimming pool brings the seaside inside

A new indoor swimming pool at British family holiday resort Butlin’s is based on a beach theme and includes the world’s first helter skelter water slide. The art-deco style pool, designed by brand and retail consultancy FITCH, cost...

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Advertising

Grey Mexico's YouTube tutorials kill two birds with one stone

Latin American hardware store Construrama has launched a new campaign informing consumers about DIY best practices, while at the same time helping to rebuild Puerto Rico following hurricane damage in 2017. Two years ago, the country was hit by the...

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Features

Why ecce.'s running through 5k of mud for mental health

A recent BIMA survey found that tech sector workers are five times more depressed than the general public. Of those, 13% said their daily lives are affected by headaches, anxiety attacks, sleeplessness and continual tiredness. It really is time for...

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Features

4 ways to amplify your brand purpose through film

After speaking at the Brand Film Festival in London recently, I decided to share my approach when using video in a campaign with a cause (capital ‘C’, or otherwise). Film can be an incredibly powerful way of amplifying your brand purpose,...

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Technology

London’s first ever robotic bartender enters the Barbican

London’s first ever robotic bartender will take up residence at the Barbican this summer as part of the venue’s AI: More than Human exhibition, running from 16 May-26 August 2019. Toni will be installed on Level G offering a variety of...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Restoring Faith for ŠKODA

When it came to launching a new campaign for automotive brand ŠKODA recently, the client pointed to the success of its work with Paloma Faith last year for inspiration as it sent sales through the roof. But the Fallon creative team on the...

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Advertising

Slinky Halifax ad goes beyond the big screen

An ad for UK banking brand Halifax has become the first to utilise a new technology in cinemas, which sees the 60-second film go beyond the big screen. That New Home Feeling is created by adam&eveDDB and follows a slinky toy as it moves around a...

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Careers

Portfolio Critique: Spencer Gabor (again!)

Last year we critiqued the portfolio of Spencer Gabor and in just 6 months he completely revamped his entire book. Now that's hard work and dedication. For us to not review it would just not be... well... right. Come along for round 2 of a super...

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Features

Anatomy of a crowdfunding campaign

Crowdfunding has changed how entrepreneurs bring new products to market. It has allowed thousands of innovating entrepreneurs to raise money, build brand awareness and join a broader conversation with large numbers of potential backers, all while...

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Careers

The evolution of UX

UX as a career is one of the fastest growing, exciting sectors in the interactive industry. The demand for UX talent is at an all-time high, driven by the ever-changing world in which we live and those organisations that hold customer and business...

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Advertising

Short film for Mercedes-Benz encourages you to #PlayByYourRules

A new short film created by Berlin-based agency antoni encourages consumers to remember who they are by channelling their youth alongside the tagline #PlayByYourRules. The five-minute film (below) introduces an adult male with a busy professional...

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Features

Perspective: How brands can make the most of Amazon Advertising

With a market share of 4.2%, Amazon is now the fifth largest retailer in the UK, accounting for £4 in every £100 spent. According to market research company Mintel, a staggering 86% of UK shoppers use Amazon, with under a fifth stating...

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Careers

My design tournament submission - round 2

Four days to create a logo and three animated Instagram ads for a company named Felix that funds young entrepreneurial clean energy startups in Copenhagen, Denmark. That's what we were up against in round two of 32 designers. Let's break down the...

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Design

Coca-Cola shows spirit with new mixers range

Coca-Cola Great Britain has launched a new range of mixers called Coca-Cola Signature Mixers, which consists of four specially-crafted drinks designed to be mixed with premium dark spirits. Coca-Cola Signature Mixers builds on the brand’s...

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Design

New Dirty Beets branding is as fresh as its food

The new brand identity for vegetarian burger company, Dirty Beets, was created by London-based Designhouse and is themed on a hand-drawn tattoo. The powerful, contemporary wordmark uses a customised version of Harbour Bold and the visual identity is...

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Features

Why Helvetica Now is a big deal

You may have heard Helvetica has been updated for the first time in 35 years. In the world of typography, that counts as a very well kerned and perfectly typeset Really Big Deal. But even outside of design studios, where we actively pay attention to...

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Events

Global creative calendar: May 2019

You may not have heard of US-based security analyst Jim Nitterauer, but if your boss is resisting your request to participate in a business conference, he is here for you. In a 2017 Tripwire article, Mr. Nitterauer listed the most common objections...

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Awards

Creativepool Annual 2019 winners announced

The winners of the Creativepool Annual 2019 were announced last night at a celebratory event held at East London’s Banking Hall. Global industry figures and key members of the Creativepool network gathered at the exclusive venue to toast the...

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Events

Young creatives set to crash the stage at Creative Circle 2019

This year’s opening president's address at the Creative Circle Ball will be delivered with a difference as young creatives are given a voice at the event. Ana and Hermeti Balarin, ECDs at Mother London, are inviting students and those in the...

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Trends

Burger King serves up Impossible Whoppers to the US

Earlier this month, fast food chain Burger King launched a new veggie burger in St Louis in what was initially thought to be an April Fools' prank. However, the trial went so well the option is now being rolled out nationwide. The Impossible Whopper...