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Industry

Global creative calendar: August 2020

These days, you may be hard pressed to feel much excitement about building your career and reaching for the stars. For almost everyone, the challenges are staggering. Still, looking at all the ways innovative people and groups are uniting to educate,...

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Inspiration

Portfolio Critique: Mighty Morphin Portfolio Ranger

Zach Abraham loves Power Rangers, cheesy design, and sneakers but we won't judge him for that (especially sneakers... I freakin' love sneakers...). But this aspiring art director has come to the channel to get his creative portfolio critiqued, so...

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Inspiration

The Relentless Free Spirit of Clare Reeves

We don't often feature voice artists around these parts - but when we do, we make sure they are among the most inspiring creatives out there. There are a lot of misconceptions about performing arts, and freelance voice artist Clare Reeves knows them...

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Inspiration

Don't Mind the Gap

If I were to ask you what the determining factor will be in your success or failure as a creator, there’s a good chance you’d say 'the quality of your ideas.' Without a good idea you have nothing. Yet there’s something else even...

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Leaders

Don't leave design to designers: we're all in the design team

We are all designers. This is the sentence you will see at the end of this piece, a consideration that many teams fail to realise. Making creative projects requires going through a process. This process can be more or less specialised across the...

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Inspiration

The Determination of Emma Clayton

They say there is no conventional path into the industry. This was precisely the case of graphic designer Emma Clayton. Emma did not exactly know what she wanted to do when she left school, but creativity was on top of her mind as a plausible...

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Industry

Annual 2020: who will see your work this year?

We are exactly one week away from the Annual 2020 final submissions deadline. As you are starting to put the finishing touches on your entries, you might be wondering who will actually see the work you submit. Aside from being scored by our esteemed...

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Leaders

Why being a queer creative puts me at more mental health risk

Michael Stephens, former creative director, recounts his own struggles with mental health. Ever since I was young, I’ve been outwardly known as a ‘creative’ child. I was artistic, loved dressing up and of course making dens. I knew...

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Inspiration

The systematic lenses of Gasper De Souza

Some creatives fear process. This is not the case of videographer, editor and writer Gasper De Souza. Born in Mumbai and now living in Goa, India, Gasper's creative process is structured and organised, filled with little tricks and tips that make...

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Inspiration

Learning to take constructive feedback with Sinelab

Every work of art is like a child to its author. If you're creating a game, writing a book or spending time on an illustration, it is natural to feel attached to it. But how are you going to learn if you don't stay detached from your works? Digital...

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Workshop

The brilliant self-campaign of London Advertising

Turns out advertising agencies are not the best folks when it comes to following their own advice. Constantly helping brands cut through with some witty voice or compelling storytelling, they tend to forget to do the same about...

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Inspiration

The unstoppable curiosity of Paul Vosloo

It may sound cliché, but it's hard to dismiss the role of curiosity in the creative process. Senior brand designer at Teamspirit Paul Vosloo can tell quite a few stories about that fact. Intrigued by the prospects of a career in creativity, a...

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Leaders

Helen Brain on setting your own challenges

Fiction or reality, the best leaders are the ones who always pursue knowledge. Ambition is but a piece of the puzzle - without passion and determination, you are unlikely to get anywhere without having a really hard time. And having passion and...

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Inspiration

Melodies of Storytelling in Jonathan Yates

There is no secret formula to success. But many would say that your biggest achievements will stem from your own creative passion. Passion, Resilience, Determination and Curiosity. These the four magic words freelance composer and musician Johnny...

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Workshop

Why now is the time to ensure your local label is online

Few are struggling right now like freelancers and independent businesses all around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought small local brands to their knees, even forcing some of them to consider how to temporarily cease operations. The folks...

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Inspiration

Learning the Power of Switching Off with Ryan Brown

You're reading this sentence on a screen. No matter how big or small, that screen is with you for most of your day and keeps you connected at all times. Technology has changed the way we all create and experience creativity, but it is also important...

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Inspiration

The Spark of Creativity in Easy Animal Studio

It took us long enough to finally get through to Easy Animal Studio for our Company Spotlights, but we've been eager to talk about this lovely and crazy bunch for every second of that long wait. The best thing about creativity is that you often...

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Workshop

Gotham Reads... For the smile of a child

"There is something about storytelling that expands the heart and soul of a child." This is how Andrew Geller from 1stAveMachine talks about the heartwarming Gotham Reads initiative, a YouTube channel gathering top celebrities, authors and creatives...

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Leaders

Managing Director Simon Bell on Seizing Opportunities

Not everyone is lucky enough to grow up in a context and environment where creativity is encouraged. Managing director at JustSo Simon Bell went one step further: with his father running a small business, Simon was always curious about the ins and...

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Inspiration

The Fluidity of Structure with Gordon Greaves

You'll often hear writers say that structure is important. Structure is what holds a story together. Structure is sometimes what propels a story forward. Structure is loved, but also much hated. But even within the strict rigidity of structure,...

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Art Director Design Challenge 1: Let's Get Lazy

Whether you are new to art direction or you've been a pretty polished designer for a while now, it's imperative that we don’t become stagnant (especially during this time) and continue to push our abilities forward. I'm throwing down a monthly...

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Leaders

Marketing your way through the COVID crisis

It's easy to imagine how hard small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are struggling during this global pandemic situation. Government programmes may have neglected you or you may have fallen through the cracks of a flawed emergency initiative. Either...

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Leaders

Leaders – Andrew Wilkie on challenging the status quo

There isn't a perfect formula for being an effective leader. But if there were one, we'd believe head of creativity and engagement at touch Andrew Wilkie cracked it a long time ago. A believer in humility, hunger for knowledge and constant...

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Inspiration

The Mathematical Artistry of Simone de Gale Architects

They say there is no way you could get a lover of human sciences to enjoy maths. This may lead some people to believe that artists can never be good with numbers, but Simone de Gale's architectural firm is ready to prove the world wrong. With a...

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Inspiration

The Bursting Delicacy of Nayeli Lavanderos

It's hard to find a spot that feels out of place in Nayeli Lavanderos' works. Nayeli's style somehow feels delicate and punchy at the same time, striking that perfect balance between fragility and confidence which makes her art so attractive to the...

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Workshop

Let's bring some "Happimess" with Regina Blitz and Five by Five

How do you pull off a social campaign with a few pennies and tons of creative energy? Independent agency Five by Five certainly has something to say about that. Despite having a limited campaign budget, the agency has crafted a campaign for Regina...

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Inspiration

Mark Harfield's Long-Lasting Love for Art

Mark Harfield wants to be like Pierre Soulages, Al Hirshfeld or Jean-Jacques Sempé. He wants to keep loving art for the rest of his life, and work hard enough to keep creating in his twilight years - perhaps as he enjoys some nice travel across...

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Workshop

5-step guide to creating a realistic 3D display model

We, humans, are visual creatures and tend to be attracted to "nice things". That is a well known fact and can be noticed in almost every part of our lives, no matter if it is cars, furniture or even a nice bottle of wine. We react to nice design and...

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Inspiration

The Blind Passion of Augusto Correia

"Don't learn advertising. Learn people." Associate creative director Augusto Correia has an ardent passion for creativity. You can easily get that from his words, and how vehemently he talks about his craft. Born a musician and grown in advertising,...

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Leaders

From condoms to cannabis: how to market your taboo product

The conversation around controversial and taboo sectors is changing. Topics that used to be hard to tackle even ten years ago are now out and in the open, which opens up a whole new world of possibilities for marketers and brands. It does, of course,...

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Features

LGBTQ+ representation deserves more than a yearly nudge

Stonewall’s legacy lives on today. Peaceful marches of Gay Pride movements all around the world, from Europe to the US and beyond, echo the days of riots and violence which erupted at the dawn of the Seventies. The LGBTQ+ community has come a...

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The Vibrant Fervour in Jonathan Knowles' Shots

Technology has changed much of what we know as the 'creative process', especially in the past few decades. The advent of digital has brought new ways to complete the same tasks and propel our inspiration forward - but there's no denying that the...

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Industry

Global creative calendar: July 2020

Among all the ways the world is changing before our eyes, the new approaches to presenting events online represent massive learning opportunities, where access is at an all-time high. Simply by registering for online events - many of which are free -...

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Features

Retail in the near future

Since the Government published its Coronavirus recovery strategy, we have been moving quickly through the relaxation of lockdown in ‘steps’ and are now celebrating the large milestone at which non-essential businesses are permitted to...