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Leaders

What's next for social media marketing?

It's no wonder brands have invested big in the power of social media this year. With the vast majority of consumers stuck at home for long periods of time, online ads and social media were the only touchpoints between them and their target users. We...

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Inspiration

In Memoriam Enzo Mari

When I design an object and people say, ‘Oh, well done!’, I unfailingly ask myself, ‘Where did I go wrong?’ If everybody likes it, it means I have confirmed the existing reality and this is precisely what I don’t...

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Workshop

How freelancers can prepare for Brexit today

And what the self-employed need to know about leaving the EU. That’s right, I used the dreaded ‘B’ word. As you can imagine, Brexit will have a certain impact on freelancers in the UK, and to an extent, to those working from Europe...

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Leaders

Learning self-love with BJL Creative Director Richard Pearson

We are genuinely struck by the humility of Richard Pearson. A caring teacher, a conscious professional, an experienced creative. Richard is the Creative Director of BJL and, even with all his interests and experience, he believes there is no way he...

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Industry

Behind the Idea: how do you build an agency's identity?

Funny enough, it's quite unusual to see creative and branding agencies working on their own brands. It happens - but not as much as one would hope to see. And yet good agency rebrands, when done right, can be a good indicator of the level of...

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Inspiration

Making music in the streaming age – #CompanySpotlight

When the advent of streaming unleashed pretty much what looked like a catastrophe on the music industry, many were forced to adapt or die. Founder of Syncsmith Gavin Mee was placed in an uncomfortable position - but he managed to make that harshness...

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Inspiration

Best animations of 2020

The top 7 animated campaigns this year. If anything, 2020 has been a wonderful year for animation. With all of us stuck at home for most of the year, animators have had quite some more time on their hands and this was not a weak year for the craft...

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Features

Is Covid killing the holding agency model?

In the middle of what some analysts have defined the worst recession since Second World War, this year we have sadly grown accustomed to all the bad news of layoffs, pay cuts, redundancies, furloughed workers and such. It comes to no surprise that,...

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Industry

Behind the Idea: Christmas is this "Very" Moment

We've seen so many Christmas ads that by now we are used to all the unboxing, red-dressed gift-bearers and poignant moments that we so deeply link to Christmas. That's why Very and Grey London wanted to do something different. Something focused on...

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Leaders

Finding a new energy: The story of Tag's Chief Creative Officer

Admittedly, Tag Collective Arts had their work cut out for themselves back in August. Reuniting all the companies under the Tag umbrella into Tag Collective Arts was no mean feat, especially in the middle of a global outbreak. The business needed to...

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Industry

Behind the Idea: That time Blue Zoo embraced all Shapes

The word 'puberty' can evoke quite a varied range of bad memories in the minds of us all. It is a time of change and self-realisation. It is a time in which we become aware of our own selves, bodies and sexual identities. It is also the most...

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Inspiration

Classy Creativity: a Chat with Cheddar Creative

It takes guts to find the courage to start from scratch. It can go either way. Too many have fallen under the weight of poor planning, but those who have succeeded give us hope that we can do the same. Cheddar Creative is a prime example of that. In...

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Workshop

5 Sectors to find Creative Jobs after the Pandemic

Clearly, this has been an interesting year for everyone in the creative industry. Whether you are in the music industry, in live events, production or freelancing (aka: trying to hold onto your clients), 2020 has brought a new, unprecedented range...

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Features

How the music industry is winning Covid

Around this time last year, I was getting pumped up to go to a Nightmare Before Christmas live concert on the night of the 5th of December. Danny Elfman was there. Pretty much the entire cast was there. Tim Burton wasn't, but that's okay. It was one...

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Leaders

How to nail your brand's purpose

Purpose is a buzzword we've heard quite a lot in recent years. To some it's just a nice-to-have, a pleasant addition to the mission of your brand and a good complement for your products. For others, purpose is something else. It is direction,...

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Features

”Will you do that for free?” - The Price of Creativity

Would you do that for visibility? Imagine this: you have the flu (which is really the least worrying thing that can happen to you this year, believe me) and you go to your doctor of choice to have some medications prescribed. You then head to the...

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Inspiration

Designers shouldn’t spend 8 hours a day stuck to a chair

Staying in touch with reality is a powerful drive for your creative inspiration. When we ask those wonderful creatives in our community how they stay inspired, most of them reply that having a walk or looking at the world around is their personal...

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Workshop

Should you leave your job during the pandemic?

You keep looking at the clock waiting for your day to end. The thought of Monday mornings just won’t let you enjoy your weekends. You can’t wait for the next day off - even if you just spent an entire week on leave. We’ve all been...

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Inspiration

The Flexibility of Freelancing

Some days ago we asked our community why they chose to become freelancers. The answers were quite interesting: the thrill of the unknown, the variety, the freedom, the flexibility. In truth, flexibility seems to be quite a common theme for seasoned...

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Features

Being a creative woman in Covid times

To us men, sitting at a desk and sipping hot drinks from our favourite mug, this pandemic sure felt a bit strange. No more taking the Tube to go to work, no more spending huge chunks of our day to commute and so on. So much time saved. Most...

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Leaders

Choose chaos, not stability - With Strategic Planner Manabu Kudo

"Mistakes have always been my best friend." We've talked at length about how stepping out of your comfort zone is one of the best ways to stimulate creativity. Playing safe isn't always the best option, and it is sometimes necessary to take risks in...

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Features

Global creative calendar: December 2020

While 2020 is almost history, I hope you are ready, willing and able to celebrate the best days yet to come. Are you focused on sharpening your skills for the new year ahead? If so, some of the world's most elite organizers are preparing to unleash...

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Inspiration

Freelancing to avoid burnout

The dream of working at a big corporation or agency may soon fade out as you realise that burnout is always around the corner. It's scary. It's frightening. It makes you feel lost. But freelancing is here to make up for that - at least for freelance...

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Industry

Behind the Idea: Where Next for the Glenfiddich stag?

"Personal growth comes from embracing risk" Glenfiddich isn't new to taking risks. Its iconic stag is the symbol of this spirit, the personification of ambition and the will to dare. Space Agency was tasked with bringing all of this to life - and it...

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