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Macro photography of individual snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov

Russian based photographer Alexey Kljatov takes us on an incredible magical journey to discover the true beauty and uniqueness of every snowflakes. Capturing individual snowflakes on a glass surface or woollen fabrics and then lighting them by an...

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Space for silicon

Anyone who works around the Silicon Roundabout is familiar with the noise of building work. It’s happening all around and the amount of old buildings coming down and new ones rising up is accelerating fast. One of the reasons for the surge in...

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Drowned rat? No, just portraits of bathing dogs by Sophie Gamand

Entitled "Wet Dogs", this series of photographs by Sophie Gamand of Striking Paws shows dogs mid-bath soaking wet and soapy. Her series of dog photos tell stories and capture the personalities of canines interlaced with humor and fun. This one in...

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Foodscapes. Incredible food art by Carl Warner

It may look as computer-graphics-perfect as a frame from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, but this image of the London skyline made of food is an actual photograph designed and taken by the masterful Carl Warner. Don't believe it? This is how it...

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Bat Wings: 60 years of the BBC ident

"All branding is about setting yourself apart and trying to be clear to your audience or customers that you stand for this set of values.” Absolutely spot on…and so it should be, because those words of wisdom come from Martin Lambie-Nairn...

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Christmas Borebles

Creative agency Sane & Able have designed a set of Christmas Cards to keep in the Festive spirit. And what better way than paying homage to those lovely celebrities thats wit and passion for life will add a little festive cheer to anyone’s...

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Internships. A great idea gone bad.

Had it not been for an internship, I wouldn't be a copywriter. Once I'd completed my training, my tutor arranged for a series of placements at various agencies. It was called 'work experience' then, and each placement lasted a few days. It was a...

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Men’s Fashion

To help guys make better fashion choices, designer Jessica Saia created a handy photo guide. Titled ‘The Dos, The Don’ts, and the Oh God, Please Don’ts of Men’s Fashion’, it humorously illustrates the clothes and...

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Histagram: If famous historical figures had Instagram.

The creative team behind the Histagram Tumblr shows us what famous historical figures would post if they had Instagram accounts. Histagrams: History depicted as Instagrams. his·to·ry (noun) : the study of past events, particularly in...

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The Ultimate Selfie by Ryan Burke

I love a selfie, I am actually a shocker when it comes to taking a selfie, but this is on a whole other level! New York-based photographer Ryan Burke spends three to eight hours creating a stunning look for himself and then uploads these selfies to...

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The not-so-beautiful game: the sickly world of beauty pageants

These days, we’re by no means strangers to the phenomenon that is reality TV. It permeates every channel, every genre and every demographic. We laugh at the modern Victorian freak show that is X Factor, with their hopelessly deluded, fragile...

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Auto Aerobics by Chris LaBrooy

We love finding talent. And we love it more when it comes from our own backyard! Enter... Chris LaBrooy. He is a whizz at 3D, as well as Illustration, Typography and Design. We love this series called 'Auto Aerobics". Do yourself a favour and check...

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Famous Notorious Baldies

Brazilian designer and illustrator Fernando Perottoni created this cool series featuring some of the most famous bald heads in pop culture. Have a look at these and see if you can name them all!

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Lovie Awards 2013 - Meet Hailo and Last.fm

The Lovie Awards took place in London's Old Street for it's third year, celebrating incredible tech pioneers from across Europe. Creativepool was there to celebrate with the winners, thoroughly enjoying acceptance speeches from the likes of...

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Meet the Design Director, Robin Fisher of Nerv

What's the story behind you joining Nerv? I’ve been part of Nerv since the very early days (10 years now). I first met Cynan (Nerv’s founder) when we were both working for a UK based PC manufacturer back in the early 2000s. We were both...

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Ink photographs by Alberto Seveso

Alberto Seveso is an illustrator and graphic designer from Italy. In his latest series A Due Colori, Seveso photographs plumes of ink underwater. The textures, detail and organic shapes are absolutely breathtaking.

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Exploding Lightbulbs by John Smith

As part of an ongoing exploration of high speed photography, Jon Smith has been filling standard incandescent light bulbs with various objects, liquids and other substances before causing them to explode in front of his camera. In some of his more...

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Minimal Ads at their finest.

Minimal ads are some of the most clever print designs around. By implementing an intentional simple approach, the designer conveys the ad’s message and must find the least-complex signs and words to communicate the concept to the...

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Confessions of a designer

Design. For those who work in this competitive and difficult industry know it is full of people who just don't understand how much work you put in. Anneke Short feels this and has designed these quotes, most of which you all would have said at some...

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Angry Bird Brands

Yakushev Grigory is an artist and graphic designer based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Grigory re-invents famous logos as different angry birds from a popular game for the parody series entitled Angry Brands. I'd be more inclined to buy these brands...

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Popcorn puzzles. The strange structure of movie posters.

I'm no statistician, but I can be fairly sure fewer people are watching movies at the cinema with every passing month. Netflix, Sky Movies, Film 4, downloads and DVDs are all conspiring to keep film buffs glued to the sofa and away from the big...

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Vintage Politically Incorrect Advertisements

If TV and newspapers tell us anything, it’s that working in advertising back in the 60′s and 70′s was fun, booze-fueled and that everyone smoked lots and had buxom secretaries. Perhaps bearing this in mind it’s no surprise...

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15 Famous Glasses.

Since movies began, we’ve recognised distinctive people and characters from Hollywood and the entertainment scene. We automatically associate certain styles and looks with specific people. One of the most obvious examples of style is the...

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The five letters I dread seeing in a brief.

As a kid, I was very fond of the word 'wacky' - largely because it featured in the title of my favourite TV shows 'Wacky Races' (if you're too young to remember it - find it on the web, you'll be glad you did). As an adult, I'm less keen. It has some...

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Freakishly amazing LEGO art

We've all played with lego. I love lego, but the extent of my designs are block houses and block cars... anything block really. However, artist Nathan Sawaya, also known as “Brick Artist" has taken LEGO art to a whole new level! His recent...

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Chaotic storage. Inside Amazon's warehouse.

If you're the worlds largest online retailer, you take hoarding to a whole new level! Especially when you have over 137 million customers per week and a GDP larger than half of the countries in the world. If you need that last minute gift or a new...

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Hey, sugar. Is John Lewis' Christmas ad too treacly?

Could they have been the most expensive two minutes in advertising history? Well, if they weren’t, they certainly weren’t far off. Last Saturday during X Factor - and therefore requiring the sign-off from pop mogul Simon Cowell himself -...

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Meet the Creative Director, Dominic Williams of Fat Media

Tell us a bit about you Dom... I’m a Liverpool lad who studied Fine Art at Uni, but then got interested in digital in the process. Straight from graduating in 1998 I joined an ISP which gave me my foundation in all things internet, then went...

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Adobe Illustrator Freebie - Vector Cupcakes

Every month Layerform.com tries its best to give back to the design community, whether that be through a .PSD, .PDF Tutorial or in this case, a set of FREE Vector Cupcakes made in Adobe Illustrator. With plenty of detail these illustrations would...

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Star Wars invades paintings of Thomas Kinkade

I love Star Wars. I love art. I love when Star wars and art clash! Like this genius work by Jeff Bennett entitled “Wars on Kinkade". Bennett uses the art of Thomas Kinkade who,at the time of his death in 2012, was the most collected living...

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Back to advertising.

I'm always impressed by people who plan their career. Or rather people who plan their career and realise those plans. Planning stuff is easy, making it happen is something else - particularly in this business. Let's say, on your first day in the ad...

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Apple Gift Catalogue 1983

I always thought Apple was an electronic company. According to 1983 however, it was more! Apple actually still sell branded merchandise from their own company store. But before Steve Jobs returned you could by any old item from their own mail order...

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Minions as other famous characters

I am a little behind the wagon. I only saw the Despicable Me 2 movie the other day. It’s a great movie, right? And I am definitely sure you fell in love with the minions! Who would not love them? Those big round eyes and body. Plus their cute...