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Inspiration

Riding on a dream with Anastasia Beltyukova - #AnnualSpotlight

We can't help but love everything that Anastasia Beltyukova (aka Tribambuka) creates for the world to see. With a beautiful dreamlike style and wondrous little creatures populating her art, Anastasia is an incredibly talented illustrator with true...

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Leaders

How a pandemic changes brand perceptions

There's no denying that the pandemic has changed consumer behaviour worldwide, forcing the whole creative industry to find new ways to adapt to a new normal. What was perfectly reasonable and effective in a world dominated by reason and logic, such...

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Industry

Hard Calls Save Lives - #BehindTheIdea

How would you live knowing that one phone call from you could have saved someone else's life? Doing phone calls to report a knife crime can be hard, but as AMV BBDO's latest campaign for Crimestoppers recites, Hard Calls Save Lives. Following a...

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Leaders

Why big brands need design systems

It is now yesterday's news that the consumer experience has almost entirely shifted online as a result of a global pandemic. With such sudden change in behaviour, consumers have honed their taste in regards to interactive experiences, and they are...

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Features

You don’t need the big budget to embrace purpose

Early last year, Unilever doubled down on brand purpose and argued that investing more in purposeful communications is the smart thing to do for any brand. That was January 2020, and since then, a global pandemic has proven Unilever quite right, with...

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Features

Why you should care about business purpose in your workplace

About exactly 6 years ago, PWC published a study on the importance of purpose in the work environment. The multinational network highlighted the disconnect between claimed business purpose and the way business leaders operate on a human level. The...

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Industry

The Art of Winning: top tips to win an award

No matter how many or few awards you’ve entered, you can never be too certain of your entry and there is always something new to learn from each and every award experience. Winning awards is an art. But like most arts, it only takes a bit of...

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Leaders

Business goals and purpose are not incompatible

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a rise in popularity for brands who are more purpose-driven. The past year has shown us how important it is to have a purpose to which your customers can connect, one key message that can be described in one sentence...

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Leaders

Beauty beware - the B-Corps are coming

The global vegan market is predicted to reach $31.4 billion by 2026. The rise of the plant-based diet has recently generated a whole new wave of consumer awareness in certain sectors, with environmentally conscious consumers looking for greener...

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Features

The role of Adland in the climate crisis

It’s a problem as old as advertising itself, much debated in the industry every time one dares unearth the topic: Adland sells stuff. As such, it is intrinsically in Adland’s nature to be utterly and completely unable to reach true...

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Industry

Global creative calendar: May 2021

A year ago, this forecast of upcoming events became irrelevant, almost overnight. However, since then, we have all adapted - and now, a sense of rejuvenation is on the rise. Compared with pre-COVID life, we may go less often, stay closer to home, and...

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Industry

7 reasons why you should enter Annual 2021

After a year like 2020, the need to celebrate and have some lighthearted fun is now more relevant than ever. With the Annual 2021 submissions deadline now only a month away, we thought we’d let you know of 7 great reasons why you should enter...

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Inspiration

A lens to fulfil all dreams - #AnnualSpotlight

The incredibly talented photographer that is Richard Wadey certainly isn't new to appearing on these virtual pages. However, albeit shortlisted several times in The Annual since its inception, it was not until Annual 2020 that Richard grabbed a...

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Leaders

Design for people, not just the planet

For every person who will take durable jars to refill, there’s thousands who won’t. In the race to reach sustainability and be regarded as the greenest brand in the biz, consumers are often overlooked. This is not to mean that their...

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Job Description: Creative Team

The Creative Team in the advertising, digital or marketing sector is responsible for generating attention-grabbing ideas that will entice the consumer or target audience. Members of the team work together to develop conceptual campaigns designed to...

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Inspiration

Mosaics of creative excellence - #AnnualSpotlight

The first time we laid eyes upon Charis Tsevis's work, we knew we'd found something incredibly special and unique. For some reason that still escapes our best guessing exercises, Charis loves mosaics and has founded a whole, entirely personal style...

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Leaders

How to make your reduced marketing budget work harder

As the coronavirus crisis continues to hit cash flows, force redundancies and cause disruption to normal business operations, thousands of companies across the UK are currently operating on reduced marketing budgets. Though putting marketing...

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Features

What makes IAMS top dog in the pet food game? #BehindTheBrand

When it comes to pet food, there are arguably a handful of brands that sit at the top of the grand pantheon. Whiskers and Pedigree are perhaps the most immediately recognisable to even those who would never dream of letting a furry friend share their...

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