The Voice of the Creative Industry

Browse the latest news, blogs and thoughts from across the creative sector.

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Spotlight - Mark Gamble - Designer

The key thing is to believe in yourself and your work, and not too lose hope. Most of all, network, network, network! Describe your work in one sentence. It's usually quite clean, fun and colourful. What's the most important thing you've learnt in...

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5 minutes with... Silas Amos - JKR

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I think, often in pictures, for JKR, coming up with a slice of the creative content and strategy for our FMCG packaging work. Clients like Unilever, Mars, Diageo. What does that involve? The...

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Spotlight - Karl Maddix - 3D Artist

Inspiration comes from everywhere, films, music. I'm a science geek too so I try to put that to some use. Describe your work in one sentence. The desire to create is too strong for me to resist and if I didn't possess the artistic skills necessary...

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Is London the best place for Design Graduates

This is the first article to be written by Creativepool's writing competition winner, Alan Offord. Over the next few months he'll be looking at various topics including issues like the practice of free-pitching, ways designers stay motivated and more...

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

Written by Toby Thwaites, Director, Purple Consultancy - Specialists in creative recruitment Toby Thwaites and Paul Wood founded Purple in June 2000. Purple provides recruitment consultancy to advertising, design, integrated marketing, publishing,...

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5 minutes with... Steve Vranakis & Darren Bailes - VCCP

"Don't take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway." - Vranakis & Bailes Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Joint Creative Directors at VCCP. What does that involve? We're toy manufacturers. We make stuff that people...

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Spotlight - David Chaudoir - Motion Designer

Don't know it all - ask questions. Describe your work in one sentence. Design in motion. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of work? Everything is temporary, style, fashion, who's hot and who's not. Get paid for...

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Spotlight - Team Hitchcock

Describe your work in one sentence. Two maverick idea ninjas change the world one brief at a time. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of work? That you never stop learning. Even when you're a ninja. What attracted you to...

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The Power of Convergence

This month’s article looks at the positive steps you can take to make sure you stay secure in your current role. Jonathan Lindon, Director of Source, gives us the lowdown on how to impress your boss and keep your job. Mobile, digital,...

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Social Networking as a Recruitment tool

Written by Toby Thwaites, Director, Purple Consultancy - Specialists in creative recruitment Toby Thwaites and Paul Wood founded Purple in June 2000. Purple provides recruitment consultancy to advertising, design, integrated marketing, publishing,...

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Spotlight - Zoe Murphy - Designer

Ever since I was a kid I've cared about recycling, I even started a save the planet club at primary school. Young British designer Zoe Murphy, creates imagery inspired by her seaside home town of Margate, and uses it to print on to recycled interior...

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Advice and articles from Designers - Creativepool

--- We speak to designers from the industry to bring you valuable advice from those in the know. If you’d like to contribute, email Owen for more information. Free pitching is a bit like going to the dentist Alan Offord CP Writer How to write...

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Advice and articles from Recruiters - Creativepool

--- We speak to recruitment professionals from the industry to bring you interesting articles and advice every month. If you'd like to contribute, email Chris for more information The creative industries just need to do more to reach out and promote...

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Creative tools of the trade

Shotopop Shotopop is the pebble beach pixel playground of Casper Franken, latte guzzling, medium format film collector and Carin Standford, sun seeking seamstress and mocha manic. It is the memory of an old man and the imagination of a little girl...

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How to... make yourself Recession Proof

Source This month’s CP Career comes from Source - a specialist recruitment business, dedicated to the digital, integrated and traditional creative communications industry. They work to support the needs of advertising, marketing and design...

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How to... Keep your creative skills up to date

Written by Nathan Mayatt, Workstation - Specialist creative and digital recruiters since 1989. Keeping ahead of the game by making sure your skills are up-to-date is essential to protect yourself over the next couple of years. The market has become...

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Spotlight - Henry Stuart - Photographer

I have never received even one hour of training in photography, web design or programming and I make my living out of putting the three together. Creativepool caught up with Henry at Tower Bridge to talk about a lack of training, dodgy ankles and,...

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Humanising the redundancy process

It would be easy in an economic environment like this to lay the blame for all redundancies on the 'credit crunch' but I believe that there are other reasons why some of these redundancies are taking place. In prosperous times creative businesses are...

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Job Description - Broadcast Journalist

What is the work like? Broadcast journalists research and present news items for broadcast on radio, TV and online. Their job is to tell each story in a compelling way - combining the facts with the most apt sounds or pictures. Many journalists...

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Job Description - Broadcasting Engineer

What is the work like? Broadcast engineers use their technical expertise to put shows on the air. They make sure programmes are broadcast at the right times, and at the highest quality level. Engineers are involved in all kinds of production,...

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Job Description - Writer

What is the work like? Writers produce works of fiction and non-fiction. They may work on: novels short stories poetry scripts for radio, TV, film or theatre non-fiction books newspaper and magazine articles, from news and features to opinion...

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Permanent vs Freelance

Perm or freelance? You decide! This month's article will help you decide whether your next move in the industry is focused towards the permanent or freelance side. Jonathan Lindon, MD of Source, will explain the pros and cons of both, leaving it up...

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Market conversations in the web 2.0 world

Kitcatt Nohr & Lazar Dzamic Since December 2007, Lazar Dzamic has lead the digital planning offering at Integrated agency, Kitcatt Nohr. Along with Planning Director, Richard Madden, Lazar leads digital strategy as Digital Planning Director, for...

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Spotlight - Hamish Jordan - Photographer

"Photography allows me to show things from my point of view - I love that." Creativepool manages to grab a cuppa with Hamish Jordan, Photographer, to chat about taking risks, networking and the irresistible power of The Force... Describe your work...

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Spotlight - Naomi Ryder - Textile Designer and Illustrator

--- "I try my hardest to be the best at what I do." Creativepool meets Naomi Ryder, Textile Designer and Illustrator, to talk about innovative designs, beloved sewing machines and standing out from the crowd. How long have you been working as a...

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Spotlight - Vince Fraser - Designer and Art Director

--- "Be one step of everyone else: constantly reinvent yourself." Creativepool pulls up a comfy chair with Vince Fraser, Designer and Art Director for brandcentral, to discuss excellence, identity and wall-crawling super powers. Describe your work...

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Spotlight - Gerard Whelan - Designer and Art Director

--- "I'm attracted by the challenge to create." Creativepool pulls up a comfy chair with Gerard Whelan, Designer and Art Director for brandcentral, to discuss excellence, identity and wall-crawling super powers. How long have you been an Designer...

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Spotlight - Toby Willsmer - Artist and Illustrator

"Style is everything: don't leave home without it." Creativepool grabs five minutes with Toby Willsmer, Artist and Illustrator, to talk creative control, dream projects with Marvel and finding your own style. How long have you been an Artist and...

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Spotlight - Chris Jarvis - Graphic Designer

Chris Jarvis, founder of Jarvdesign, (and one of the contributors at our first Pimm's and Portfolios evening), grabs a coffee with Creativepool to talk aesthetics, iMacs and dream re-brands. Describe the work you do in one sentence. An accessible...

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Skill shortages in the creative and digital markets

Written by Toby Thwaites, Director, Purple Consultancy - Specialists in creative recruitment As recruiters for the creative industries, including the digital industry, we are naturally very aware of the constant need for the sourcing of fresh talent...

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How to... write a design brief & get the design you want

How do you get the design you want? The perfect design you envision in your head?... The design brief is the answer. Whether you are a designer or a client, an effective design brief is the single most critical factor in ensuring that a project is...

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Spotlight - Den Cops - Designer and Photographer

I hate being in front of a camera, hence I'm behind it. Describe your work in one sentence. I'm a Pixelsmith and my work is a collection of digital sculptures telling little phantasmagoric stories. What's the most important thing you've learnt in...

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