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News

Endless Stair

London Design Festival is fully underway this week, with hundreds of events happening around the capital across nine days of aural excellence and networking a go-go. With more events happening than is humanly able to see, it's hard to know where to...

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Inspiration

Amazing Macro Photography Of The Human Eye

When I think of an eye, (which I find to be the most interesting part of the human body), I think of a smooth, flat surface... I am very wrong! Photographer Suren Manvelyan shows us just how textured they can be with this unique series of images....

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Inspiration

Pie in the sky. A memorable campaign from the pre-digital age.

As a technologically advanced species, we've achieved a great deal. After all, you don't see hamsters riding micro-scooters, or otters designing iPhone apps. But we do have a tendency to overcomplicate things. Recent months have seen new versions of...

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Inspiration

Photographer Seamlessly Connects Landscapes and Clothes

British photographer Joseph Ford, has created an excellent series of images that join clothing and aerial landscape photos into one. With the help of art director Stephanie Buisseret and stylists Mario Faundez and Almut Vogel some shots amazingly...

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Why your brand or marketing agency should be using Vine

In the world of the marketing agency, 2013 won't just be the year of the Snake. It'll be the year the number of mobile devices exceeds the human population. I'm knocking at your proverbial door to spread the word of Vine. Have you heard about the...

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Inspiration

Incredible Photography Self Portraits by 14-Year-Old Boy

We are blown away by talent! Especially when it comes from a teenager! Zev from Massachusetts is only 14-years-old and is already taking the photography world by storm with his unique and simply stunning photo manipulations. Going by the nickname...

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News

Spinnaker appointed as digital agency for iNTERTAIN

Following a four stage pitch process Spinnaker has been appointed by iNTERTAIN, one of the UK’s leading high street hospitality companies, operating 35 bars and comedy venues nationwide. Spinnaker will be originating and implementing a new...

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Features

The internet - the staggering truth revealed.

The World Wide Web, it's a wonderful thing to be sure. You've got your social media for endless moaning and pictures of your holidays. You've got your YouTube for Little Mix videos and footage of other people's pets. And you've got your online...

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Features

Working from home: a rod for your own back?

Over the summer, I was working for a client in southeast London. I’ll be honest: the travel was a pain in the butt. We were in that ridiculously hot stretch of the summer where it was hotter in London than in most of Europe. The tube was...

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Advice

Negative vibe. Positive vibe

As a creative person, some people are good for you and some people are not. The good ones are those who enthuse and energise you. They nurture your ideas and help them grow. They are the radiators that give off positive vibes. Then on the other side...

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Inspiration

Just how important is an agency's name?

Sited just off Fleet Street, the very first agency for which I worked was called 'Riley' and it was great. Inevitably though, I eventually moved on (sooner than I should have, actually) and 'Riley' changed too. In a large-scale, late nineties...

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News

Beware, the ad blooper is alive and well.

You're familiar with the notion of 'bloopers', I'm sure. 'It'll Be Alright On The Night' has been cataloguing the trips and slips of TV production for decades, while 'You've Been Framed' records disasters on the home front - usually involving elderly...

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Features

The name's Bont. Jace Bunt.

There can be few things more cringey than a big corporation “trying to be yer mate”. (I'm taking the whole dads-dancing-at-weddings thing as read, obviously.) And yet, time and time again, they try to make out that they value me, you and...

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Inspiration

Famous faces redesigned using illustrator and photoshop.

The famous face is one that is not only highly recognisable, but also one that lends itself to many different forms of art. The world is obsessed with famous people and it's these faces that allow for a plethora of art to be created. Some have been...

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Events

Web experts flock to Gateshead conference

Baltic Mill Centre for Contemporary Arts to host 4th annual DIBI Conference The North East’s biggest web conference returns to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art next month featuring some of the world’s most celebrated design and...

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News

#hashtags

Hashtags are a funny old thing which seem to have sprouted up from nowhere and now run people's jobs, businesses and even lives. I have been pondering this phenomenon on two occasions in the past week - once when my mother asked me what a hashtag was...

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Features

Why internet radio has failed to make a big noise.

Do you listen to the radio via the internet? Quite possibly. Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Live, 6Music, Capital, Smooth - they're all there, streaming away. But, when was the last time you listened to an internet-only radio station? One that's online rather...

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News

HTC: Humongous Tinfoil Catamaran? Hot Tea Catapult?

When the Kevin Bacon EE 4G mobile network commercials first came out at the cinema, the auditoriums (or at least the ones I sat in) were awash with laughter. Tightly scripted, informative and amusing to boot, they were a breath of fresh air and just...

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News

Is 'AdBlock' software unfair to the advertising industry?

You know 'Mozilla', don't you? The people who make the Firefox web browser? Well, it turns out they also make a thing called 'AdBlock Plus'. And, if you're using it, you're getting right up the noses of some advertising big-wigs. For the...

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News

123-piano

Seven pianos. Seven artists. Seven locations. Everyone is allowed to play a tune. From August 14th until September 28th 2013. Live music brings people together and provokes spontaneous interactions that may lead to new cooperations or even to...

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Inspiration

Inspiring packaging designs

Packaging design has arguably become one of the most sophisticated, holistic and powerful examples of the designer’s craft. With around 40,000 packs to choose from in your average supermarket the challenge is to stand out. Packaging on a...

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News

MY Single Band

Following my last post on the ingenious product design of Chris Godfrey, here is something from the other end of the spectrum i.e the absolutely crap end. Welcome to the world of MY Single Band people! For just £6 you can purchase what is...

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Inspiration

Chris Godfrey's amazing product design.

French onion soup with fresh thyme and gruyère cheese; a light coconut crȇpe, wrapped around halibut delicately poached in truffle butter followed by forest foraged ramp risotto topped with prosciutto and dusted with fresh parmesan. For afters...

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Inspiration

Chris Godfrey's amazing product design.

French onion soup with fresh thyme and gruyère cheese; a light coconut crȇpe, wrapped around halibut delicately poached in truffle butter followed by forest foraged ramp risotto topped with prosciutto and dusted with fresh parmesan. For afters...

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Inspiration

Powder power. Ariel's stroke of advertising genius.

Do I moan a bit in my Creativepool columns? Don't answer that. As a fully paid-up, grumpy old copywriter, I know I probably do. But you can relax, because today I'm discussing something I really, really like. And handily, it's an...

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News

3 New Fabulous Faces

Sagittarius Marketing is delighted to have secured a phenomenal increase in new business and has attracted new talent to support their success. Business is thriving and Sagittarius has grown a further 50% in just six months to a full service team of...

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Advice

Touchy feely: when you're a freelance, it's all about THEM

If you’re a freelancer who’s got a steady stream of work coming your way - either from the same loyal clients who know you and trust you, or from referrals from said loyal clients, or you’re very good at selling yourself and you...

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News

Go home. Why the Government's ad vans were such a failure.

Our friends at the ASA have announced they are investigating the Government-backed campaign which saw vans driving through London, calling on 'illegal immigrants' to leave the country or face arrest. This follows 60 complaints and, despite some...

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News

A Doctor Who movie? Don't hold your breath.

Peter Capaldi is to be the new Doctor and I couldn't be more delighted. Apart from the fact I consider 'The Thick Of It' to be a television comedy so accomplished is resembles high art, Capaldi just has the face and demeanour of a Time Lord. Yes, I...

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Inspiration

One Minute Briefs

One Minute Briefs is a concept borne out of the minds of Nick Entwistle and James Clancy who run The Bank Of Creativity. It's designed to change the way people think about advertising, change the way in which creatives work and also provoke a lot of...

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Inspiration

The RA Summer Exhibition: "I could do that - but I've got talent"

You've got a little less than a week to get yourself down to the Royal Academy to marvel at the wonders of the Summer Exhibition. Or do I mean wonder at the marvels? Or neither? Do I mean marvel at the lack of talent - or the extraordinary choices of...