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Features

We should do more to champion neurodiversity in the industry

Growing research has established an unbreakable link between neurodiversity and one's propension to creative thinking. The creative industry itself has among the highest rates of neurodiversity representation in the whole business world, from...

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Features

The future of branding is community-born

It was just over the weekend that Discord announced its new brand. A “Blurple” brand, not quite blue, not quite purple, re-envisioning the iconic mascot Clyde to render it more print-friendly and… well, cute. Discord’s new...

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Inspiration

"Don't just copy and paste with your entry" - #JudgeSpotlight

Brand Team of the Year is an interesting category to score. Judges are exposed to a number of brilliant brands and their creative strategies, and like in the case of EVEN Creative Founder Dan Wilkinson, there will always be something amazing to learn...

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Inspiration

Positive Perspectives from Latin America - #AnnualSpotlight

Last year, a communications agency from Latin America surprised us all across the board by being awarded the PR Agency of the Year prize in Annual 2020. One year later, and the energy of Sherlock Communications (also to be rendered as Sherlock Comms...

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Industry

Looking back on Annual 2020

Shiny covers have started to flood our social channels, as the trophies for last year’s Annual 2020 reach our winners this week. Looking back on the year that’s just been, it’s hard to say this wasn’t somewhat of an...

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Leaders

What is digital sustainability, and why should you care?

It's easy to conceive sustainability in its most tangible form - innovative packaging solutions, plastic waste, plant-based products and so on. But what about that email you just sent? What kind of impact does our digital footprint leave on the...

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Can creativity change the world?

How can creatives change the world? We are just about coming out of a society-shattering pandemic, one that brought a cataclysmic series of changes into our daily habits. With the gap between consumers and brands now shrinking by the day, the...

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Features

This new wave of brand purpose isn’t a pandemic fad

We’ve seen brands rise and fall during the last decade, but never as fast as in 2020. A correct approach to brand purpose could make or break a brand in the last year-and-something, and those regarding brand purpose as a shiny checkbox for...

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Inspiration

You are your biggest challenge - #CompanySpotlight

We were quite surprised to read that Studio Noel's biggest challenge to its own development was... Michelle Noel, Creative Director. It takes some guts and definitely self-awareness to recognise your own limits, and Michelle did so quite beautifully...

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Inspiration

Riding on a dream with Anastasia Beltyukova - #AnnualSpotlight

We can't help but love everything that Anastasia Beltyukova (aka Tribambuka) creates for the world to see. With a beautiful dreamlike style and wondrous little creatures populating her art, Anastasia is an incredibly talented illustrator with true...

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Leaders

How a pandemic changes brand perceptions

There's no denying that the pandemic has changed consumer behaviour worldwide, forcing the whole creative industry to find new ways to adapt to a new normal. What was perfectly reasonable and effective in a world dominated by reason and logic, such...

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Industry

Hard Calls Save Lives - #BehindTheIdea

How would you live knowing that one phone call from you could have saved someone else's life? Doing phone calls to report a knife crime can be hard, but as AMV BBDO's latest campaign for Crimestoppers recites, Hard Calls Save Lives. Following a...

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Leaders

Why big brands need design systems

It is now yesterday's news that the consumer experience has almost entirely shifted online as a result of a global pandemic. With such sudden change in behaviour, consumers have honed their taste in regards to interactive experiences, and they are...

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Features

You don’t need the big budget to embrace purpose

Early last year, Unilever doubled down on brand purpose and argued that investing more in purposeful communications is the smart thing to do for any brand. That was January 2020, and since then, a global pandemic has proven Unilever quite right, with...

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Why you should care about business purpose in your workplace

About exactly 6 years ago, PWC published a study on the importance of purpose in the work environment. The multinational network highlighted the disconnect between claimed business purpose and the way business leaders operate on a human level. The...

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Industry

The Art of Winning: top tips to win an award

No matter how many or few awards you’ve entered, you can never be too certain of your entry and there is always something new to learn from each and every award experience. Winning awards is an art. But like most arts, it only takes a bit of...

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Leaders

Business goals and purpose are not incompatible

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a rise in popularity for brands who are more purpose-driven. The past year has shown us how important it is to have a purpose to which your customers can connect, one key message that can be described in one sentence...

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Leaders

Beauty beware - the B-Corps are coming

The global vegan market is predicted to reach $31.4 billion by 2026. The rise of the plant-based diet has recently generated a whole new wave of consumer awareness in certain sectors, with environmentally conscious consumers looking for greener...

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Features

The role of Adland in the climate crisis

It’s a problem as old as advertising itself, much debated in the industry every time one dares unearth the topic: Adland sells stuff. As such, it is intrinsically in Adland’s nature to be utterly and completely unable to reach true...

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Industry

Global creative calendar: May 2021

A year ago, this forecast of upcoming events became irrelevant, almost overnight. However, since then, we have all adapted - and now, a sense of rejuvenation is on the rise. Compared with pre-COVID life, we may go less often, stay closer to home, and...

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Industry

7 reasons why you should enter Annual 2021

After a year like 2020, the need to celebrate and have some lighthearted fun is now more relevant than ever. With the Annual 2021 submissions deadline now only a month away, we thought we’d let you know of 7 great reasons why you should enter...

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Inspiration

A lens to fulfil all dreams - #AnnualSpotlight

The incredibly talented photographer that is Richard Wadey certainly isn't new to appearing on these virtual pages. However, albeit shortlisted several times in The Annual since its inception, it was not until Annual 2020 that Richard grabbed a...

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