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

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Advice

Job Description: The Copywriter

Do you want to write for a living? In advertising, a copywriter is one of the most valued members of the team. They are the voice of the brand. I've put a quick video together on the qualifications needed if you're interested in becoming one. Thanks...

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Features

A Conversation with… Klarna’s Dan Spencer

Klarna is transforming how we pay. The Swedish bank, founded in 2005, provides game-changing flexible payment solutions for customers and merchants allowing consumers to pay for their shopping days, weeks or even months after the purchase. With...

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Features

Mobile World Congress 2019: A virgin's view

As someone who hasn’t set foot inside an exhibition hall since my dad took me to the London Motor Show in Earls Court in 1995, I was intrigued to see what my visit to this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the Fira de Barcelona would...

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Careers

Q&A: Should Your Portfolio Show Your Process?

How important is it to show your process in your portfolio? How long into your first job did it take to feel comfortable? How often should you update your book? These questions and more are all answered in this month's Q&A. If you have any questions...

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Advertising

International Women’s Day 2019: News brief

Wunderman launches Fund Female initiative Wunderman UK is launching a new initiative called Fund Female, encouraging its employees to consciously support female-owned businesses. Starting today and running for a week, staff will take up the...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Changing perceptions of Race for Life

Race for Life returns in 2019 with a message to encourage everyone to join the charity event and help beat cancer through a campaign by Anomaly. Matt Roach, one of the creative directors on the project, talks about what went into making the work and...

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Features

Platform for success: A history of video game art

If you're a fan of video game art, then you're in the right place. Today’s innovations and improvements in game art design and development have been shaped by the first steps that were taken in the past. Today, video games are considered more...

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Advice

Portfolio Critique: Things Are About To Get Awk

Today we critique one of the most well executed student books I've seen in a long time. It belongs to an aspiring Art Director named Ryan Bailey. I'm super impressed and think you will be as well. Check it. If you want your portfolio reviewed, send...

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Careers

Mentor Sessions: Amy Hammond

One of the reasons why the Creative Mentor Network (CMN) was set up five years ago was to teach young people about the various roles that exist in the creative industries. Schools don’t necessarily offer information on all the ways creative...

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Features

Michael Scantlebury: Independents on the up

Asked for his thoughts on the current state of the advertising industry, Michael Scantlebury, founder and director at independent agency Impero, says he feels we’re on the cusp of a recession. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, as the...

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Events

Global creative calendar: March 2019

This time of year, inspiration hits a feverish pace at some of the world's top hot spots. In London alone, the high-profile annual festivities include Marketing Week Live, Advertising Week Europe and Design Thinking and Innovation Week. Music and...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: When Harry's met Harry Kane

Last weekend saw the return of Tottenham and England star Harry Kane after a month out of football through injury. Scoring a goal in typical fashion, he has since made headlines by appearing in a great new campaign for Harry’s razors which...

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Awards

Creativepool Annual 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Creativepool Annual has been announced featuring a diverse mix of individuals, creative companies and brands in 2019. The Creativepool Annual brings a fresh approach to awards by offering entrants a unique...

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Advertising

Crazy new Nike ad celebrates women in sport

Nike has launched a new ad celebrating women in sport featuring and narrated by tennis star Serena Williams along with a host of other talent, through agency Wieden+Kennedy. The 90-second spot looks back on iconic moments when women were either...

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Advice

Create a Sizzle Video

Sizzles are videos that give you an overview of the key features surrounding a new product at launch. Here is a sneak peak into my design process.

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Features

Oscars 2019: Who will win big at Sunday's Academy Awards?

Every year, Digital Cinema Media (DCM) launches a Fantasy Film League for the media and advertising industry, asking for predictions on who will win big at the Oscars which will be held this Sunday (24 February) in 2019. As the deadline to enter is...

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Technology

Dealing with deepfake technology in a post-truth era

We've moved from having little to no concern about our personal privacy to a state of questioning everything when it comes to submitting our details to corporations and platforms. Facebook data breaches and the vulnerability of its systems to...

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Technology

How WeChat and TikTok are making China unmissable

China is booming. The growing economy, advanced technology and investment from outside of the country mean content consumption is on the up and the opportunities for brands is endless. At Creativepool’s Connect: London festival, digital...

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Impero chief urges gender pay action

The founder and director of independent creative agency Impero has urged the industry to fix its gender pay gap problem by saying there are no excuses for inequality. Michael Scantlebury said it’s all well and good for agencies to publish...

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Advertising

10 nutty Snickers ads to satisfy your day

Snickers has always had a reputation for being the chocolate bar that conquers hunger fast and its oddball advertising through the BBDO network has backed up that claim in entertaining fashion. The brand has been a serial advertiser at the Super...

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Design

8 designers on their Oscar movie poster remakes

Ahead of Sunday's Oscars ceremony, eight in-house designers at Shutterstock have given this year's Best Picture nominees the pop art treatment using content from the creative platform. Shutterstock runs its Oscar Pop! poster series every February...

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Design

10 principles of good design from Dieter Rams

In this scene from Rams, Gary Hustwit's recent documentary about Dieter Rams, the legendary designer offers his 10 key principles of good design. Watch as he explains how he reflected on his body of work and the fundamentals of his design philosophy...

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Careers

Mentor Sessions: Toby Snowdon

The Creative Mentor Network (CMN) is a London-based charity working to make the creative industries more diverse and inclusive through mentoring. The programme sees a host of talent from some of world’s top agencies link up with young mentees...

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Careers

Portfolio Critique: Hear The Whole Picture

From communicating with Lauren Leaver, a member of this little creative community of ours, it is evident how passionate she is about what she's doing. It shows in her work. Let's review and critique that work.... ummm.... right now! I think we can...

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Inspiration

18 eye-catching record covers from illustrator Mikey Brain

London-based abstract painter and illustrator Mikey Brain’s work is bursting with colour and unique characters, inspired by his deep passion for timeless themes. His commissioned pieces for record label Hot Creations are particularly pleasing...

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Technology

How neurocreativity is changing the way content is made

Images in advertising have a bigger impact on our emotions than we may realise. But when brands set a brief for a photographer to make something look ‘premium’ or ‘powerful’, how is that achieved? Chris Christodolou, CEO at...

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Trends

WTF is happening? 5 consumer trends for 2020

What does the future look like? Change is happening at a faster rate than ever before and we've become one global community meaning we witness even more evolving consumer habits. At Connect: London, Hollie Lubbock, interactive design lead at Fjord,...

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Technology

Vype launches new vaping tech at the top of the Gherkin

British American Tobacco (BAT)’s e-cigarette brand Vype unveiled two new products at a launch event held at the top of London's Gherkin building last night. The Vype iSwitch and Vype iSwitch Maxx devices are aimed at smokers who are yet to...

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Advertising

Engagement better than eyeballs for brands

Content which engages the right consumers rather than attracting an endless stream of clicks from irrelevant customers is what brands should be aiming for. A panel at Creativepool’s Connect: London festival agreed that it is better for content...

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Awards

Annual 2019 judges revealed

Creativepool has announced the full line-up of judges for this year’s Annual 2019, which is currently open for submissions from individuals, agencies and brands across 31 different categories. Key names from a host of top international...

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Advertising

Ryan Giggs’ brother Rhodri signs for Paddy Power

Rhodri Giggs has been unveiled as the face of Paddy Power’s new ‘loyalty’ campaign via an ad which mocks his ex-pro footballer brother Ryan and the affair which shocked the UK. In the tongue-in-cheek spot, Rhodri pokes fun at...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Coca-Cola x Premier League

Coca-Cola launched a campaign to mark a new strategic partnership with the Premier League last week positioning the beverage and sport as things that bring people together. Alec Mellor, marketing manager at the brand, offers insight into the...