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Features

Two's company. Are we ready for realistic lavatory paper ads?

By Magnus Shaw Well, this should be fun. A column about poo (rather than one made up of it, which isn't unusual). You see, you're already wondering whether you really want to read on - and I don't blame you, who wants to read about that? Exactly....

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Inspiration

#Trends. Jim'll Paint It.

By Jessica Hazel Despite the dodgy Savile parodies, Jim'll Paint It is the most exciting new thing on Tumblr. A couple of weeks ago, Jim came up with a novel way of filling up his lunch breaks, he asked friends for requests for things to draw and...

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News

22 Group Revive Charity Website

22 were asked to reinvigorate and refresh the look and feel for the youth charity Key. Their tired brand identity and website didn’t fully represent them as a charity aimed at young people. Key is an amazing charity that provides housing...

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Events

Clerkenwell Design Week 2013, London (May 21 - May 23)

Clerkenwell Design Week has firmly established itself as the UK's leading independent design festival and one of the most acclaimed trade events on the international design calendar. Clerkenwell takes place in London, EC1 - The heart and home of...

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News

Visual Effects and the Oscars. The biggest losers?

by Ashley Morrison. The last thing anyone wanted to see at the Academy Awards ceremony last night was another Kate Winslet or Halle Berry sobbing through an acceptance speech. At least Adele had the good sense to dash off stage before the leak in...

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News

Digital is not delivering on its promises

By John Fountain In the world of advertising, the concept of doing what you can to piss-off the public is rarely regarded as a good idea. We live in a world where consumers have millions of places to go and billions of messages to ignore or...

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Inspiration

Michael Wolf's Mega Cities

By Jessica Hazel Michael Wolf is a photographer who was born in Munich and now lives in Hong Kong. His life's work is focused on life in mega cities, inspired by the time he has spent in Hong Kong since moving there in 1994. From 1994-2001 Wolf...

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News

Life through Google Glass

By Owen Bailey Google have given us a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the future. It's life through Google's very own lenses. I'm sure that you've by now heard that Google has been developing specs that will enable us to access all of the...

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News

5 Minutes with... Michael Tomes: the all-new Creativepool

by Ashley Morrison Last week was a big week for Creativepool: after months and months in the making, the new Creativepool website went live. So to crown its first full week of existence, we have the first ever interview with Michael Tomes,...

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Advice

Can you hear me at the back? Five tips for better presentations.

Last week I gave a presentation in Lincolnshire. It's been a while since I did this (give a presentation I mean, not visit Lincolnshire) and I realised I might be a little rusty. So the night before, I ran through a few 'golden rules' - just a mental...

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Events

Events: Designersblock at Pitfield (Feb 15 - Mar 21)

The place: Pitfield 31 ‐ 35 Pitfield Street London, N1 6HB Exhibition Dates 15th February - 21st March 2013 Opening hours: 11am to 7pm From the 15th of February Designersblock will be hosting an exhibition at Pitfield store and Cafe in...

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Design

90 days to build the world's tallest building

Construction is planned to begin on the world’s tallest building next month. The building in Changsha, China will be completed in 90 days. To complete such a task in the given time frame, the construction firm Broad Sustainable Building (BSB)...

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News

Coming soon… an interview with Creativepool MD, Michael Tomes

by Ashley Morrison. Cue fanfare! Cue fireworks! Cue lots of awards! For those of you who are longstanding members of the Creativepool network, you’ll notice that the website has been completely reinvented. They flicked the switch earlier this...

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Features

Cor blimey David!

By Jessica Hazel Nothing is going to grab your attention quite like David Beckham tucking his bum cheek back in his boxers during an ad break. Well done H&M for paying whatever amount of money it takes to get the world's most lusted after man to get...

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Advertising

Biggest Adverts of the Super Bowl 2013

Another Budweiser ad has taken the top spot again in this year's Super Bowl. Also up for the top spot were Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz. The winning ad in this year's battle of the Bowl has already been shared over 450,000 times and has been viewed...

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Advertising

Biggest Adverts of the Super Bowl 2013

Another Budweiser ad has taken the top spot again in this year's Super Bowl. Also up for the top spot were Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz. The winning ad in this year's battle of the Bowl has already been shared over 450,000 times and has been viewed...

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Features

Are we selling the benefits of graphic design hard enough?

by John Fountain. Here's something that I read this during the week and it impressed me so much that I thought I'd share it with you. Lord Smith, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pointed out that - with 1% of the world's...

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Features

Crayon Creatures. Realise your children's wildest imaginings in 3D

by Jessica Hazel. Every proud parent's fridge is covered in as many sugar-paper masterpieces as can possibly be blue-tacked onto it. The only problem with this is that they get increasingly dog-eared with each slam of the kitchen door and eventually...

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Features

The hardest word. Has 'sorry' lost all meaning?

by Magnus Shaw. Last weekend the BBC screened an episode of 'Tweenies' on their CBeebies channel and a minor fuss broke out. I should point out I don't watch CBeebies habitually and have never watched a complete 'Tweenies' show in my life - but I...

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News

Creativepool selects Octopus Group for PR brief

With 2013 set to be a big year for Creativepool, we're pleased to announce that we've appointed Octopus Group to provide us with PR and social media support moving forward. Octopus are working with us on the re-launch of our web site and also on a...

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Features

Designers - Do you have the courage to show hand drawn concepts?

by John Fountain. There's an art director that I know who has a pretty impressive portfolio. Plenty of big-name clients, some beautifully designed work and one or two pieces that have appeared in awards annuals. When she shows her work I'm sure that...

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News

Patrick Collister and The Big Won 2012

Patrick Collister has released his annual directory of the world's best communications agencies, campaigns and individuals, covering areas such as advertising, print, digital, as measured by awards won. Patrick Collister’s The Directory Big...

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Advertising

FITCH VOTED DESIGN FIRM OF 2012

'PEOPLE’S CHOICE' AWARDS NAME FITCH AS 2012 DESIGN FIRM OF THE YEAR FITCH is thrilled to have been voted the top 2012 Design Firm of the Year. Announced in the September “Portfolio Awards” issue of leading retail design magazine...

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Features

5 minutes with... Geoff Foots, Guerilla

Tell us a bit about you Hi, my name’s Geoff, I’m 5’ 7” with blue eyes and GSOH, I’m a Capricorn who’s married with three children, one beautiful grandchild (believe me when I say I don’t look old enough)...

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Features

Toy Story remade

by Jessica Hazel. A long long time ago, when I was about 12 years old, I decided to copy out my favourite book on my typewriter, trace all the illustrations and put it back together in a lever arch file. The book was 'A Teenage Worriers Guide To...

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Features

Why celebrating the demise of HMV is barking.

by Magnus Shaw. First a clarification. One would think from the chatter across news outlets and social media that the HMV retail chain is in the process of locking the doors and boarding up its stores. It's isn't, but the news is not good. The...

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News

Amaze design and build market leading web portal for Coats plc.

Amaze has helped Coats launch an innovative customer-facing web portal for the Industrial Division of Coats plc, the global leader in industrial thread and consumer textile crafts. This follows the earlier appointment of Amaze as lead digital...

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Features

The 'write' idea.

by Ashley Morrison. A few weeks ago, I was approached by a prospective client, who asked whether I'd be interested in doing some work for them. Specifically (or not, as it turned out) they needed me to write a brochure. I assumed they wanted a quote...

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Features

Sorry, you're too creative.

by John Fountain. A few months back I was helping a friend review some CVs for a copywriting position. There was the usual mix of applicants and all of them from different writing backgrounds including b2b, pharmaceutical, PR, blogging, journalism,...

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