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Features

Live the dream

I was introduced to a big-shot client the other day as being a ‘creative type’. It’s not the worst thing I’ve been called over the years. But it was the look the client gave me that stopped me in my tracks. It had me wondering...

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Inspiration

5 minutes with... Shaun Clarkson

Shaun Clarkson is best known for his eclectic interior designs for the likes of Vince Power, Oliver Peyton, Harvey Nichols and Pernod Ricard. Since crashing onto the London hospitality scene in the late eighties (his first outing for Vince Power had...

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News

The naked truth. American Apparel versus the ASA.

Brace yourself, I have some shocking news. An advertiser has used sexually provocative imagery to sell their goods. I know, it seems incredible, but I think you deserve the facts. Don't panic though. Fortunately the moral might of the Advertising...

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Advice

My month of being digitally outcast

From time to time intrepid reporters and bloggers voluntarily cut themselves off from society (phone and internet) and write about their experiences surviving in a tweet and text free world where no soul knows what pub they are drinking in, what kind...

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Events

Fresh Awards introduce a free category for in-house design teams

What do Apple, Starbucks, Facebook and Innocent Drinks have in common? They all have an in-house design team that has been an integral part of their business success. This NEW award category is an opportunity to show design agencies that the design...

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Features

Spotify is waxing lyrical

I'll be the first to admit it: from time to time, my blog posts can border on the vitriolic. But I flatter myself that, when I do let loose and turn the air puce, I'm only saying what quite a lot of people are already thinking. Such was the case a...

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Inspiration

Could you help this copywriter find work in Chicago?

The Creativepool network spreads far and wide and maybe you could help a fellow creative in need of help. Damien James is a US copywriter who has spent the last three years with his wife and children working in Krakow, Poland. Last week the time...

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News

The launch of #CreateBritain

28 March 2013 was a big day for the British creative industries. It was the day that saw the birth of an important new national initiative - Create Britain - to promote and celebrate homegrown creative talent in all its original and talented...

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News

Rufus Leonard picks up Depression Alliance brief

Depression Alliance, the UK’s leading charity for people living with depression, has appointed creative engagement agency, Rufus Leonard, to lead the design and development of its peer-to-peer community platform ‘Friends in Need’....

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Inspiration

End of the roll - Rebecca Ward's amazing ways with cello-tape

Who say's that jaw-dropping art has to be complicated in terms of it's materials? Rebecca Ward is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based artist with a love of tape, yards and yards of it in all it's multicoloured glory, spun all over columns, walls and floors...

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News

Is creativity a dirty word to Government?

by Magnus Shaw As the coalition continues to press citizens to find jobs, while simultaneously conspiring to reduce the opportunities available, jobseekers face further indignity. In recent weeks I've heard many opinion formers and politicians...

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Inspiration

Building reputations.

I don't know how you feel about old science-fiction b-movies, but I positively love them. Perhaps it's those predictable, repeated tropes that make them so reliably comfortable and comforting. The unconvincing, plastic creature always carries the...

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Advice

Why faked shabby chic does my head in.

Converse have just launched a new line which they have labelled as their 'Well Worn Collection'. Before you start conjuring images of cheesy smells and athletes foot contagions please bear in mind that these trainers have been artificially worn in...

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Spotlight: Serge Sarkisoff - Photographer & Retoucher

Serge Sarkisoff Fashion Photographer and Retoucher creativepool.com/sergesarkisoff sergesarkisoff.com facebook.com/ssarkisov twitter.com/sergesarkisoff saatchionline.com/sergesarkisoff See more of Serge's projects About you: Serge Sarkisoff...

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Advice

Bad accounting habits to give up for the new tax year

The end of the tax year is approaching, which means it’s time to think about making a few resolutions to make your business better over the next 12 months. So if you’re considering making a fresh start during the new tax year, are there...

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Inspiration

Where the heart is. Is 'working from home' a dying art?

You may have noticed Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo!, kicking up some dust last month, when she announced a complete ban on working from home. This, she claimed, was to encourage collaborative working and collective thinking. However, there was a...

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News

Rufus Leonard wins gold at Transform Awards

Last night, we were celebrating after winning a Gold Award at Communicate magazine’s Transform Awards. We picked up a lovely gold butterfly trophy for our rebranding work with Bank of Scotland. After the initial decoupling from Halifax which...

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Advice

How to Beat Bullying at Work

According to a 2010 TUC survey, one third of safety representatives reported bullying at work as a problem. In addition, the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development reports that bullying, harassment and victimisation are ongoing issues in UK...

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Advice

Tips for Negotiating Your Salary and Accepting a Job Offer

Congratulations you have a job interview! However, have you given much thought to negotiating your salary compensation package if you get a job offer? Are you honing your negotiation skills, in readiness for a job offer? Don’t fall down at the...

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Features

Technology makes me boring

By Ashley Morrison Considering that words and the effective use of them takes up pretty much my whole working life, I don’t read enough of them. No, cancel that - I do read enough of them, just not the right ones. Last night, I found a largely...

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Inspiration

A lesson from Abraham Zapruder

The most viewed film of all time is Abraham Zapruder’s footage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It lasts just 28 seconds and it’s full of technical errors. There are camera shakes, the framing is poor, and the hand held footage is...

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2013 Designs Of The Year

Today sees the opening of the 6th annual Designs Of The Year exhibition and awards at London's Design Museum. Following in the footsteps of previous winners such as Barber Oserby's Olympic Torch and Shepard Fairie's Obama painting, 90 nominees have...

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News

ASDA's comms guy says websites are dead. Is he right?

At yesterday's Social Media World Forum, Dominic Burch - Head of Communications and Social Media for ASDA - said “Stop thinking about websites - they’re dead - just think about the content and getting that right for mobile. As reported...

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Advice

And the punch line is…

by Ashley Morrison. I love comedy. I love the craft of it. I love how a skilled performer can take you one way, only to throw you in a completely opposite direction - which is the one that gets the bigger laugh. Being a successful stand-up comedian...

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Features

Spotlight: Oliver Wetter, Illustration

Oliver Wetter, Illustrator & Art Director creativepool.com/fantasio twitter.com/fantasiox facebook.com/FantasioFineArts Company Fantasio fine Arts / Fantabulous Visions* About you: Fantasio Fine Arts emerged to turn ideas into working...

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News

#CreateBritain makes waves

Create Britain is a national initiative, spearheaded by Creativepool, to celebrate and champion the creative industries and the £100 billion+ value they help to generate for the UK economy each year. Create Britain has already received...

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Features

Feel the Hepburn. Why the new Galaxy ad is just plain lazy.

We like Galaxy chocolate bars, I think we're all agreed on that. Lovely, creamy, sugary sledges of tooth rotting gorgeousness, all bundled in delightfully gold foil - wonderful stuff. Mind you, we shouldn't be surprised we think this way, because for...

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Inspiration

Guns to guitars – an introduction to the work of Pedro Reyes.

You may think creative studios are combatitive places - loaded with friction and fierce opnion - but comparatively speaking, they're rather tranquil. Which sadly, is more than can be said for Mexico. With a rampant drug trade, corruption in high...

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Features

Myke Hamilton - #NaughtyToBeNoticed

Campaigns to get you noticed Social media has the power to connect people quickly. It’s also a fantastic leveller, creating communities and interactions that aren’t dependent on creatives’ experiences or geographical...

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Advice

How to Manage People if you Haven’t Done it Before

Not many of us set out to be managers. We work hard at our career, work our way up the ladder and get rewarded with the daunting task of managing other people! Many managers report feeling ill-equipped to manage others, so you’re not alone. In...