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Inspiration

Talented Geometric Illustrations

Trends are ever so apparent in the current social setting, and there is no doubt it happens specifially within the graphic design field. This year we've seen 'hipster' logos, flat web graphics, simplified shapes and minimalistic to name a few. But...

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News

The only 'Authentic Weather' app you need!

I'm new to London. Having come from the sunny skies of Brisbane, this unpredictable weather has me constantly trying to guess what to wear and whether or not to pack my umbrella. I've tried various weather apps, but are either vastly inaccurate or...

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Inspiration

26 Creative Guerilla Marketing Examples

We are so overwhelmed with advertising everywhere that it becomes hard for creative agencies to make ads that stand out. Guerilla advertising is a great way to make unusual, surrealistic visuals and situations that passers by will remember. As...

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Logos Redesigned Using Comic Sans

Comic Sans, the font we all love to hate. Created by Vincent Connare in 1994, It is classified as a casual, non-connecting script, and was designed to imitate the historical look of comic book lettering, for use in informal documents. It's hard to...

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Mind Blowing Sketches by Bioworkz

I love art, especially illustrations, but I was blown away when I saw BioWorkZ's ornate animals. These are truly mesmerising and awesome. BioWorkZ a.k.a. Ben Kwok is an L.A. based graphic artist and illustrator. "Born in Taiwan, raised in Los...

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Privatised health care? Advertising opportunities galore!

Whether you consider it a good idea or not, thanks to the coalition government, it seems the increased involvement of private companies in the NHS is a racing certainty. And what could possibly go wrong? Just look how affordable and reliable the...

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Humorous Conceptual Illustrations

Nabhan Abdullatif is an illustrator and graphic designer. He studied graphic design in Applied Science University in Jordan where his skills were brought to the next level. Nabhan always loved drawing and with the education he received, he was able...

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The Secret Life of Heroes - Pop Art

We love our classic superheroes, villians and Disney girls, but what do they get up to when they aren't kicking butt and going about their daily requirements? Are they super and perfect in every environment? Or are they just like you and I?...

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News

Hailo, Nowness, SoundCloud among winners of Lovie Awards

International sensation Hailo, lifestyle media provocateur Nowness, and pop culture gem Catleidoscope will be saluted alongside special achievement honourees Candy Crush Saga, “Father of Wi-Fi” Vic Hayes, and Inside Out Project founder JR...

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Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas

Upon first glance at this body of photographs Madrid-based advertising and industrial photographer Miguel Vallinas it’s easy to view it as a typical “animals dressed as people” project. But the closer you look makes you realise...

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Reflections. A Portrait Series Looking At Our Youth

Tom Hussey is an award-winning lifestyle advertising photographer based in Dallas, Texas. In a series entitled Reflections, Hussey shows a series of portraits depicting elderly people looking in a mirror at their younger self. The photographer...

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Features

Writer's "I quit" video goes viral

We’ve all had fantasies about various ways of quitting our jobs. In fact, some of you out there may even have turned freelance because you just couldn’t take the permanent life any more - either because of your boss or the work itself....

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News

Sick? Why pharmaceutical advertising dominates American TV.

If you read my column earlier this week, you'll know I'm in America. If you didn't, I'm in America. In fact, I'm now in America's oldest town, St. Augustine - on Florida's Atlantic coast. And despite the temperature being in the low eighties (which...

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Inspiration

Amazing Photos Taken At The Right Time

An image is brilliant at capturing a specific moment in time. By Internet standards, a perfectly timed photo occurs when the timing, angle or place are achieved. Sometimes it's hard to pick what's real and what has been photoshopped. There are...

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20 Quirky & Creative Responses to Weird Client Requests

Entitled 'A Creative Catharsis', Ireland's creative community got together to release a lot of pent up anger and sadness through the medium of the A3 poster, all in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital. Ad creatives, designers, animators,...

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Inspiration

Sexy Pin-Ups Made With Clothing Entirely From Milk

Originally from Poland, but based in London, Photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz has a background in Fine Arts, degree in Architecture, and a wide array of experience. Being an Architect taught him how to be resourceful and to solve complex...

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Compare and contrast. American advertising's point of difference.

I'm in the USA - in a beautiful city called Charlestown on the Atlantic coast of South Carolina. But I'm travelling, so last night I was in Cherokee which, although it sounds romantic, is actually a rather tacky casino town 300 miles north. The...

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Alternative Gravity Posters

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock must be feeling on top of the world after their space thriller Gravity recorded the strongest October debut in US box office history. Over the weekend, the film scored not only a huge 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes...

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30 Brilliant Creative Resumés

In today’s job market, recruiters are placing more emphasis on job seeker personalities depicted on social media profiles and creative resume enhancers than they are single sheet summary of their careers.The vehicles for the presentation of the...

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Features

Sou Fujimoto's 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

You have just under two weeks to get down to the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens to see this year’s Pavilion, designed by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Over the years, the Serpentine Gallery has...

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Features

Funny business. British comedy writing is in crisis, but why?

Last week, I wrote about the key differences between copywriting and 'writing'. And while I attempted to make the challenges inherent in copywriting clear, I wouldn't say the profession is in crisis. Unlike the art of writing comedy. Quite when the...

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30 Clever Print Ads

In the print advertising world, agencies are constantly working hard to create images that have the public talking. Smart ideas on great visuals attract audience’s attention easily and they become a kind of art in the end. We've looked high...

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Dear Photograph. Pictures From The Past Into The Present

The concept is simple: take a picture of a picture, from the past, in the present. Over the past year, the website received thousands of submissions. In fact, enough for a book, also called Dear Photograph, which was released last year. Taylor...

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News

Thanks to the new Lotto campaign, we all lose.

I was never keen on the National Lottery. On the night it launched, I nipped to the shop for cigarettes and was confronted with a queue which reached out of the door and off down the street. I was concerned the people had been hypnotized and summoned...

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News

It's political correctness gone mental

So, tell me honestly, does that title offend you? It's a serious question - I put it there deliberately. The reason being that, last week, Asda paid £25,000 to mental health charity Mind for advertising what was deemed to be a completely...

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Nothing to fear. Why horror movies matter.

The most successful film in UK cinemas this week is 'Insidious 2'. Having seen the first 'Insidious' instalment just a couple of weeks ago, I don't think I'll bother with chapter two. The best horror movies are akin to long road trips through foreign...

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Inspiration

My Inner Child... Forever Young

The photoshop wizard has struck again, this time producing the Paris-based retoucher Cristian Girotto and photographer Quentin Curtat. They have created these images entitled, 'L’ Enfant Extérieur (The Outer Child),' to bring out the inner...

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Inspiration

I Can't Believe This Is One Photograph.

We all know Photoshop, and we all know that no photo nowadays can be guaranteed to be in its original form. The image below is a perfect example of this. That’s four separate images edited into one right? It’s obviously photoshopped, and...

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Finger Painting Goes To The Next Level On App ArtStudio.

While most of us kill time on our commute by crushing some candy, listening to music or reading a book, one Japanese office worker takes it to a whole new level. Enter Seikou Yamaoka. He uses his iPhone to create incredible finger painting portraits...

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News

The 3rd Annual Lovie Award Finalists Announced!

It's time to VOTE in The People's Lovie Awards The wait is finally over! We are so thrilled to share The 3rd Annual Lovie Finalists. With 350 expert Academy members across Europe, nearly 1,500 works were judged and thousands of reviews were...

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Now And Then. Photography of NYC

Marc Hermann is a professional news photographer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After several years of casually dabbling in video and post-production, Hermann picked up a still camera in 1996, at the age of 14, and has been hooked ever since....

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Six ways in which 'copywriting' differs from 'writing'.

When people ask what I do for a living, I tend to get in a terrible flap. This is largely because I do a variety of things. I pen pieces about music, I blog about advertising and the creative industry (obviously), I present podcasts and radio...