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News

Hold onto your lunch - puking is the new Pollock

Millie Brown is a hotly tipped new artist with a very unusual technique. Aged 26 she spent her childhood growing up in a Bohemian family who moved around Spain and the South of France. Unable to grasp the local dialect, Millie befriended local street...

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Features

Pussy galore. What's going on with the Sheba campaign?

Owning a domestic animal is a trade-off. They bring you companionship, fun and a messy carpet - in return, you give them food. Lots of food. Indeed, it can feel as though the only reason they give you all the affection and comfort is because of the...

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Features

The world's smallest movie: A Boy and His Atom

Big is beautiful but small can also be mightily impressive - including when it comes to design, illustration or animation on a tiny scale. And I'm not talking about those people on Brighton Pier who write your name on a grain of rice. No, I'm talking...

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Events

New Designers 2013 Ticket Offer Special

Taking place over two weeks, with eight distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, New Designers is the UK's most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking. The show sees over 3,000 of the most...

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Features

5 mins with... Sacha Barna, Creative Director at Bloom.fm

Bloom.fm is a new music service that puts design first. It combines radios, streaming and music discovery in one lovingly crafted app, for the best mobile music experience yet. Bloom.fm is offering Creativepool members an exclusive special...

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Features

Bidding for freelance work on websites. A mug's game?

For the jobbing freelance there can only be one priority. Ahead of the bookkeeping, email answering, blog updating and business card ordering - there's nothing more important than bringing in the work. And, when the industry is buoyant, it's not too...

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News

Crafts aren't creative – they're, well, erm...

Earlier this month, there was widespread consternation and outrage that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is going to exclude the 'crafts' as a category under the banner of 'creative industries'. Having done some work on a...

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Inspiration

Always pin your ideas to your office wall

When I first started out, I was always encouraged to pin my ideas to my office wall. I used an A3 layout pad and a fat black Pentel marker and just scribbled down whatever came into my head. Once I thought that I had something, I’d draw a...

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Inspiration

What do 'cargo cults' tell us about marketing psychology?

If advertising is about anything, it's about influence and persuasion. So allow me to tell you a tale which perfectly illustrates the strange and mysterious ways in which the human psyche is influenced and persuaded. This is the story of a man who...

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Inspiration

Stranger Visions 
By Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is not only an artist, she is also a DNA biologist and computer programmer extraordinaire who does shocking things with science in the name of art, such as finding a blob of chewing gum on the street and then printing out the...

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News

Can there be too much entertainment?

I don’t know if you caught Joanna Lumley on TV the other night. She was there to talk about a new movie that she’s made with Martin Scorsese which she was understandably thrilled about. Now I’ve always liked Lumley. I like the fact...

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Not 4U? How seventeen people put Channel 4 in OFCOM's bad books.

Channel 4 is in trouble with Ofcom. Not for a programme or an advertisement, but the juxtaposition of the two. The broadcasting regulator says the station broke their code on 26th December 2012 when they ran a commercial which gave the impression it...

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Features

Mayday, May Day! Crack open the Champers!

I didn't wake up this morning thinking, “oooh, today is a significant day.” Nor do I have a beer-fuelled celebration planned for this afternoon in the balmy bank holiday sunshine - or even a rosé-fuelled celebration planned for later...

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News

What the Blip? Is Independent Plus a media platform too far?

Ever get the feeling this whole digital hoopla is just being made up as we go along? Starting to suspect 'boffins' are just slinging out new widgets for a hungry world to scoop up and guzzle down, like mongrel hounds being thrown scotch eggs? Welcome...

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Advice

Interns - don't take the p***

Everybody knows that the creative industry is a hard field to crack into when you are first starting out. Everyone also knows that job offers mostly come about because of who you know, rather than what you know and whatever vast sum your student loan...

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Advice

A guide to handling unpaid invoices and refusenik clients.

Creativepoolers in the fortunate position of holding down a fulltime staff job will be familiar with the warm glow of the monthly payslip. Sure, you'd probably like the net total to be larger, but at least your earnings show up on a predictable...

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Features

Spotlight... Nick White, Digital Designer

"I'm a Middleweight Digital Designer with a specialism in all things mobile; be it apps, sites, ads or tablet stuff. I'm currently getting to grips with the responsive design trend that is taking over the world and am making a concerted effort to...

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Features

Rippln. The biggest thing since email?

That’s right - the most life changing, communication changing, perhaps economy changing, and even world changing thing since email. I’ll be blunt. I’m going to say nothing online can come close to email in any of these stakes. Not...

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Creative outsourcing. Welcome to the on/off creative department

Many creative agencies face a growing dilemma. And as usual the dilemma is about time management and profit. In the current economic scenario, running a creative business is getting tougher by the day. To stay competitive in the market, many agencies...

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News

Add your company and win £50 Amazon vouchers

We're giving our members the chance to win £50 of Amazon vouchers every month - just by setting up their company on Creativepool. It's quick and easy to set up a company on Creativepool. There are hundreds of companies already using...

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News

No More. Are print magazines in crisis?

On Tuesday, More! magazine's latest edition hit the shops. With Beyonce as its cover star, it was a notable issue because it was the very last one. Visit the More! website and you'll be met with a downbeat message: more! is a well-loved brand which,...

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Events

Q&A and Portfolio Review with Shaun Clarkson

View Larger Map If you're a budding interior designer looking for that big break, then you don't want to miss this! Shaun Clarkson, one of the UK's most successful Interior & Architectural Designers, and star of Chanel4's 'Four Rooms' will be...

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Inspiration

Ten brilliant things

Whilst scouting about for juicy fodder for this week's blog I came across so many exciting new things happening in the world of art and design I have decided to dump ten of the best bits onto your screens. It must be the weather, a burst of...

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News

Should celebrities be plugging advertisers in interviews?

The old adage asserts, 'Word of mouth is the best advertising'. And there's a lot of truth in that. When a satisfied customer recommends a product or service to a potential customer, a form of potent and cost-free advertising has taken place and it's...

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Features

Design a Limited Edition Kleenex® Collection Tissue Box

Teaming up with design expert Kelly Hoppen MBE, Kleenex invites artists and designers to create fashionable, unique and innovative box designs for the chance to see them on-shelf as one of three boxes available to buy in the Autumn/Winter design...

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Events

Thatcheristic: Art Below hosts Iron Lady exhibition

Controversial to the last, the funeral of Margaret Thatcher last week continued to divide the nation. Millions of pounds down the drain, or a fitting farewell to one whom many called the greatest Prime Minister since Churchill? Whatever one’s...

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Advice

How to Nail Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews can be a nerve wracking experience. Follow our tips on how to impress at a job interview and get your dream position. As we all know, competition for good jobs is tough. If you’re worked hard enough to land a job interview, you...

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Features

Don’t bother presenting it. Chuck it in an email.

So what is the best way to put your latest spark of creativity in front of a client? In the days before email it was rare to see even a business card design exit the creative floor unaccompanied. But these days we’re not quite so protective....

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Features

Twist and shout. How a town gained a brand from a happy accident.

To create a brand for a new building is to take on one of the most challenging projects in the industry. Once the brick dust has settled and the scaffolding rolled away, there's a need to create an identity and personality for a new development....