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Features

Is this how recruiters view your work?

When I first starting out as a junior copywriter I went along to the D&AD workshops that were being held in various London ad agencies. These evenings were great for anyone who wanted to start out as a copywriter or art director because you could...

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News

Saatchi's PR nightmare

Today a court took just 70 seconds to grant Nigella and Charles a Decree Nisi which takes them one step closer to becoming divorced. This follows a month after pictures showing him with his hand around her neck during a row outside Scott's restaurant...

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Meet Lovies judge, Stefanie Hoffmann

Stefanie Hoffmann Founder Loui apps Find Stefanie online: www.gogogabi.com @nanou_ de.linkedin.com/in/stefaniehoffmann/ A bit about you Stefanie is a founding member of the MLOVE advisory board, honorary judge at the Lovie Awards. She...

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New Monopoly: for those with a short attention sp...

by Ashley Morrison It's a wet Sunday afternoon (no, not in summer 2013, obviously; that would be a sweltering Sunday afternoon), and there isn't much to keep the family occupied. Well, apart from the 200-odd TV channels now available. Or a DVD. Or...

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Inspiration

The terminology trap. Is jargon bad for us?

Other than persuading an audience to act, a copywriter's mission is to deliver clear and concise communication. Writers claim this is an underappreciated art, so it's always useful to examine the ways in which language can be used for the opposite...

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Inspiration

Menno Aden's light bulb view

Rooms devoid of humans take on a life of their own under the watchful gaze of Menno Aden's camera, situated in the same position as a lightbulb, casting light and maintaining a unique perspective on a space. Photobooths, shops, bedrooms and lifts...

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News

Unbreakable: the arrival of flexible smartphone screens

Picture it: the first day of our two-week holiday in Italy. My wife pulls out a map from the depths of her bag and inadvertently pulls out her iPhone, which is caught in one of its folds, at the same time. In one of those slo-mo “noooo!”...

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Inspiration

Core blimey. Why is Apple's new ad so flavourless?

Apple used to do great ads. The silhouettes of iPod users, offsetting the machine's white wires, were tremendously vivid, recognisable and memorable - classy and classic brand design. Then there were the dancing, multi-coloured iMacs, animated to...

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Inspiration

When is the best time to Tweet?

The information superhighway is so jam packed full of tweets it makes your brain hurt just trying to comprehend it. So how do you ensure that your business/company is tweeting in an optimum way to ensure it goes out at the right time and in the right...

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Features

Blog of the week: Design Juices

Website: designjuices.co.uk Twitter: @DesignJuices Facebook: facebook.com/designjuices Tumblr: jthompsondesign.tumblr.com/ When did you start out blogging? I started Design Juices back in January of 2010 whilst still at university, it was a...

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Blog of the week: Design Juices

Website: designjuices.co.uk Twitter: @DesignJuices Facebook: facebook.com/designjuices Tumblr: jthompsondesign.tumblr.com/ When did you start out blogging? I started Design Juices back in January of 2010 whilst still at university, it was a...

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Features

5 Minutes with: Geoff Foots, Creative Director at Guerilla

5 minutes with... Geoff Foots - Guerilla... Geoff Foots Creative Director, Guerilla... Website: guerilla.co.uk Twitter: @we_are_guerilla Facebook: Facebook.com/weareguerilla LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/company/guerilla-communications Tell us a bit...

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Features

High anxiety on the high street. What is the future of retail?

References to the 'high-street' in political and sociological debate have been frequent for well over a decade now. Sadly, mentioning a problem frequently doesn't bring solutions. Many towns are plagued by empty retail units on their central...

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Inspiration

The iconic K67 hotdog stands of Belgrade

Greetings from Belgrade where, for once, the soaring temperatures are marginally less soaring than those in London right now. So I can hardly use heat exhaustion as an excuse to write about Jelen - a Serbian stalwart and my favourite ever beer - the...

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News

Would Facebook rather protect its advertisers than its users?

Facebook claims to have cracked its rather awkward 'ads on offensive pages' problem. This week the social network's Director of Policy announced the site has completed the task of 'narrowing down the number of pages where ads will be shown'. Which...

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Features

Why social media is making us lonely.

In 2010, at a cost of $300 million, 800 miles of fibre-optic cable was laid between the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange to shave three milliseconds off trading times. Yet within this world of instant and absolute...

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News

Welcome to the future. 3D printing comes to the high street.

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C Clarke When I was a nipper, I'd watch Star Trek and pretty much take it for granted that I was seeing an accurate portrayal of the future. I'm quite an old bloke now,...

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Would your mum understand that?

Would your mum understand that? It's fair to say that most of us hate bureaucracy. And meaningless, wordy bureaucracy even more. I've lost count of the number of times I've received a massive epistle from Barnet council when all they really want to...

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News

Media will eat itself.

Here's a story so bizarre, so post-modern, that it's hard to believe Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci are not involved. They're not though, because this is something that has actually happened; it involves two major television stations attempting to...

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Inspiration

IKEA does more for the artist than a flatpack desk

In 1943 in a small Swedish village, an industrious, dyslexic teenager who went by the name of Ingvar Kamprad opened his first furniture store after spening his days selling matches, ballpoint pens, flower seeds and Christmas decorations to...

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News

The Loan Arrangers. Is It High Noon For Wonga And Friends?

At some point, perhaps four years ago, doorstep lending ('The Tallyman', as my grandmother would have termed it) suddenly became terribly old fashioned and parochial. Recession and financial misery inflated the market for non-bank lending at a...

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TOMY Internship Prize for Young Designers

TOMY launches Design Challenge initiative to UK students offering Internship at Britains’ Exeter HQ as prize Introduced into the Britain’s Farm portfolio in 2008, the Big Farm pre-school toy range has fast become a company success story....

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News

We're being spied upon. But then, we made it so easy.

The most surprising aspect of the Edward Snowden case and the revelations about GCHQ is that anyone is surprised. Did we really imagine our 'lords and masters' had such respect for our privacy and dignity that they would resist the temptation to...

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The Beeb's new take on Glastonbury

As Glastonbury 2013 gets ready to kick off, those of us who are not there in person will no doubt be tuning into the BBC at some point over this weekend to enjoy their ever-extensive coverage of the event. The BBC have just unveiled their new logo...

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Features

Intrude out. Where now for disruptive advertising?

Disruption has always been key to the advertising model. Very few people opt to be exposed to marketing messages, therefore effective advertising has traditionally intruded into the content the audience has chosen to consume - a TV show, a magazine...

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Inspiration

Sea Organ

I have just got back from a week's holiday in Croatia and wanted to draw your attention to the lovely experience I had on the last night of my holiday in the seaside town of Zadar, courtesy of the architect Nikola Bašić. Post World War II,...

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Features

In defense of advertising.

When it comes to voicing an opinion, I don't tend towards coyness (regular readers may not be surprised to learn this). For instance, I more than happy to reveal that my political views broadly fall into the left-of-centre, liberal camp . Although,...

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News

Yes we Cannes! What's happening at the festival today?

Have you ever been to Cannes? Not on a cycling holiday, but the festival? No, not the movie festival - the creativity festival, The Lions? Ever been to that? Me neither - but I do find myself reading about it every year; largely because the industry...