The Voice of the Creative Industry

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

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News

East London Design Show 2012

The East London Design Show returns to Shoreditch Town Hall on 6-9 December, for another year of hassle-free Christmas shopping. The East London Design Show (or ELDS) is an annual event that brings together the best of the UK's independent product,...

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Features

Sailing close to the wind. Did Kayak's ad deserve to be banned?

by Magnus Shaw. Perhaps surprisingly, I've only ever worked on a couple of campaigns which have attracted public complaints. One was a press piece for a now defunct cable TV network. At the time, it was the only service carrying the Disney Channel...

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Features

Top 20 most pointless apps

by Jessica Hazel. The ways in which certain human beings decide to waste their lives away never ceases to amaze and appall me. The age of smart phones and no-so-smart apps for their not-so-smart users has opened up a doorway into a universe of...

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Features

Over promise, under deliver. How lazy clients kill campaigns.

by Magnus Shaw. A couple of years ago an ailing roadside restaurant chain called in a radical TV chef to boost their menu and therefore their revenues. They refurbished some tired looking outlets, hired new people and ran a fairly hefty marketing...

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Advice

Winning website tips

The Lovie Awards provide us with their top tips on creating a website that is better than all of the rest. The Lovie Awards 2012 took place in London, UK and brought together the top talent in website design, development and entrepreneurship from...

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Features

Is necessity really the mother of invention?

by Ashley Morrison. I wouldn't say I'm a gadget freak by any stretch of the imagination, but I do like some techie stuff that usefully enhances my life while being fun to play with. I spent an inordinate amount of time choosing my latest mobile - a...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Odd things you find on the internet.

by John Fountain. Here's some articles, videos and websites worthy of further exploration... Kirby Ferguson. Embracing the remix. Kirby Ferguson is a film-maker from New York. He has a point of view that I guess many of us believe there is some...

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Features

5 mins with... Fiona Proudler of Realise

I head up Realise, one of the top 20 independent digital agencies in the UK with offices in Farringdon and Leith, Edinburgh. Realise is an agency going through amazing transformation and growth. When I joined there were less than 10 in the agency...

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Features

Off and On; The twisting tale of the ITV logo.

by Magnus Shaw. Perhaps surprisingly, there's only been an official ITV logo since 1989. Until then, the network was divided into autonomous regions, each with their own brand. If you're in your thirties or forties you'll remember your own - Thames...

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Features

Dumb Ways To Die Down Under

by Jessica Hazel. Aussies are well known for their cheery dispositions and sunny outlooks on life and this has never been more true since Melbourne Metro's new Public Service Announcement came to light earlier this week. 'Dumb Ways To Die' is a...

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Features

The good book. The problem with a copywriter's portfolio.

by Magnus Shaw. Here's a problem which only came to my attention this week. Actually I think it has been lingering in the back of my mind for a couple of decades, but it only came into focus a couple of days ago. Because I write columns here and...

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Inspiration

#Trends. 4G - Bringing home the [Kevin] Bacon

by Ashley Morrison. You may have heard of something called the three-second rule. In advertising terms, if the person you're trying to sell to doesn't understand your message within three seconds, then your message is too long. But the latest EE...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: Aindri Chakraborty

Website: aindri.com Creativepool: creativepool.com/aindri Facebook: www.facebook.com/aindri "I am an illustrator/designer/animator gathering experience in different sectors since 2006. My creative practice so far has covered education, television...

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Features

5 Minutes with... Sarah McCartney - Copywriter and Perfumer

by John Fountain. Head writer at Lush from 1996 to 2010, Sarah is now Head of Ideas at the writing agency Afia. As an author she has penned 'The Fake Factor', 'Online Marketing in 7 Days (for people who can't avoid it any longer)', and '100 Great...

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Features

Automatic. Can a robot do a creative job?

by Magnus Shaw. The last time I worked on a major print campaign, we employed a piece of software to automate the production process. It was a clever bit of kit. Once the parameters had been set by a designer (ad sizes, logo clearance, calls to...

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Features

The only lovely service station on Earth. Are we there yet?

by Magnus Shaw. There are so many religions, beliefs, creeds and philosophies we can't really be sure what hell would be like. But it's a reasonable assumption a motorway service station would be involved. I don't know what it is about these...

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Features

How to... Get bigger clients

by Printed.com. Every small business strives to win bigger and bigger clients who have more money to spend, but if you're going to to do this you need to pitch your services in a way that appeals to them and gives them confidence that you can...

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Features

skyFAIL - Has Bond gone off-brand?

by Ashley Morrison. James Bond is as much a part of my DNA (or life history) as Wimbledon, walks on Hampstead Heath on Sunday afternoon, and Mars bars. So it pains me a little bit to be mildly disappointed with the new Bond film. Don't worry, this...

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News

Publicis takes control of BBH

Publicis Groupe has taken over complete control of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), ten years after taking a 49% stake in BBH in 2002. This move by the French advertising group ends the independence of one of the most well-recognised agencies in...

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Kellogg's opens the first 'Tweet Shop'

Kellogg's has opened what it is calling the "World's First Tweet Shop". This fantastic idea by Kellogg's is opening in London today to launch the new range of Special K Cracker Crisps. Wonderfully simple, tweet with the hashtag #TweetShop and get...

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Inspiration

#Trends. Furniture design - Even Brad Pitt is having a go.

by Creativepool. Brad Pitt already has a taste for the creative industry with his collaborative architecture work with the likes of Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas. Gehry was enlisted as one of the designers in his Make It Right Foundation, in an...

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Features

5 Minutes with... Marc Bessant, Real World Records

by John Fountain. Marc is the in-house designer and creative director at Real World Records, the label founded by WOMAD and Peter Gabriel. Over the past 12 years he has been responsible for over a hundred CDs, vinyl sleeves, T-shirts, flyers,...

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Inspiration

#Trends. When technology gets creepy.

by Magnus Shaw. I'm going to write about a new piece of technology, but it will involve some intimate body stuff. I'm pre-supposing you guys are broad-minded enough to handle references to sexy-time, but I'm a card-carrying, awkward, repressed...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... "Scrapheap Symphony" by Chris Cairns

by Jessica Hazel. You might think that glitchy dial-up modems and clunky printers are a thing of the past and that their rightful place is rotting away in a landfill somewhere. However the thing is that modern, quieter technology just doesn't cut...

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Features

The 'Welcome To Las Vegas' sign, appreciated.

by Magnus Shaw. If you've always been keen to see the very cornerstone of capitalism; a seething hub of avarice and a perfect mechanism for prising people's hard earned cash from their pockets, Las Vegas is for you. I've just returned from a...

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Features

How to... Work from home effectively

by Ashley Morrison. One of the perks of being a freelancer is the ability to work from home. I love it. No arduous daily commute (and related expenses, obviously), no noisy work colleagues, and seriously good coffee on tap when I want it. But in...

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Features

Clay Marzo. Creativity in a 6ft wall of water.

When it comes to surfing, Clay Marzo is unique. He has revolutionised the sport and taken it to a whole new level. In fact, he has pioneered moves so original and complex, that other surfers simply look on in wonder. The "Marzo Reverse" is one such...

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Features

Out of sight. What became of the virtual office?

by Magnus Shaw. Working in an ad agency in Fleet Street in 1995, I was called into a first-floor office to be shown something very impressive - an email account. Visually it was quite modest, just some browser windows with names and messages in...

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News

Williams F1 picks Rufus Leonard for digital brief

Legendary British Formula One team Williams F1 has appointed digital agency, Rufus Leonard, to lead its online transformation, creating an entirely new user experience across multiple digital channels. The project covers strategy, UX, design and...

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Features

'Action Painting' gets us in a mess.

by Jessica Hazel. It's not just toddlers who get a kick out of using their bodies as paintbrushes, it's a visceral and provocative discipline which has intrigued the art world since the 1950's when it first burst onto the scene via Jackson Pollock's...

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Features

Can copy-writing be taught?

by Magnus Shaw. In the distant past, I trained to be a croupier. A roulette dealer, to be accurate. Roulette is fairly complicated and the dealer must be aware of every aspect of the game in progress - monitoring when the bets go down, who has won,...

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Features

Ten reasons to quit your job.

by Ashley Morrison. There are many reasons why, according to a recent poll by Forbes, 74% of people would consider changing jobs. One would like to think that this is just because they want to move onwards and upwards in pursuit of an ever-more...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... The artist who inspired Madonna.

by John Fountain. "Among a hundred paintings, you could recognize mine, my goal was: Do not copy. Create a new style,...colors light and bright, return to elegance in my models." Tamara de Lempicka was not only a brilliant artist, she was also the...

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Features

Ella Universe

I was looking not only for a blog name but for a brand name for my vision. I wanted to embrace all what I love in this alter persona, immerse myself in its world, and invite others to join if they liked. I created this muse, Ella, the timeless alter...