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Inspiration

Working overseas

It's hard to believe I know, but the UK is not the be all and end all of creativity. If you're up for trying pastures new there are a few places worth heading for. Sure there's Australia, the US, New Zealand and Canada but frankly everyone goes...

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Advice

Failure to launch: why some brands don't make it.

Perhaps it's the money. Large budgets are often greeted by marketing teams in the same way Keith Richards welcomes a stiff drink. But the fact remains that endless resources are not always guaranteed to produce branding success. Far from it. The...

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Advice

Ryanair - the floating marketplace

Last week a couple of friends and I went to Berlin for a short break on the cheap. Unfortunately for us our tight budgets and last minute booking meant we had to fly with Ryanair, in the past this hasn't been much of a problem but we were unprepared...

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Features

Celebrity endorsements: can they really be that desperate?

There's nothing new about celebrities lending their name to a product in exchange for a fat wad of cash. Or, less frequently, because it's just out-and-out cool. James Bond will forever by synonymous with Aston Martin and Omega watches. There's even...

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Features

26 Seconds

London Design Festival 2010 has been something of a triumph for writers collective 26. Not content with dreaming up one of the more unusual LDF events in 26 Treasures, they've also teamed up with IVCA film makers to create a series of 26 second...

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Features

Motionless pictures - are graphic novels the new movies?

When we were kids (assuming everyone is over 40, because it makes me feel better) we read the comics and grown ups went to the pictures. Sure, we queued for Star Wars and Jaws, but flat images of impossibly ripped blokes and pneumatic ladies in...

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Features

26 Treasures

Great ideas come from anywhere. This is the story of how one great idea was born, how it was cared for and nurtured and how it has grown into one of the highlights of the 2010 London Design Festival. The idea came to Rob Self-Pierson. Rob is a...

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Inspiration

Souled. How religion uses advertising.

On 21st October 2008 a completely original advertising campaign was launched. Positioned on the sides of buses it carried the simple headline: 'There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life. This was the first time a marketing...

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Inspiration

Yarnbombing: how knitting became street.

Knitting has had somewhat of a revival in recent years. Gone are the connotations of ugly Christmas jumpers, lovingly constructed by your great aunt Edna, nowadays its designer hand knits which take the catwalks by storm and models knit and purl...

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Features

Professional development courses: a load of old tosh?

If, like me, you are registered with a number of job sites, you will probably get a weekly or even daily glut of emails telling you that you really ought to think about taking some sort of training course. Be it a course in Dreamweaver, Flash or...

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Features

Meet Matt Phillips

Matt is taking the plunge. He's a digital designer who is turning his back on the security of full time employment and going freelance. He knows this is a high-risk strategy. He knows it could all go pear shaped. But a few weeks in and he's finding...

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Features

Meet Andrew Finan

Andrew Finan is a UK entrepreneur who has worked with games most of his life. In the nineties he ran a series of international chess events in the USA, Russia, Germany, France, the UK and Spain. They culminated in the World Chess Championship Final...

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News

Adam and Jane - why the nation's favourite couple are in trouble.

I decided a few days ago that this week's blog instalment was going to be on the subject of Adam and Jane - the BT ad couple who seem to have captured the nation with the various fictional stages of their relationship over the past five years. As the...

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Features

A lot of Cillit Bang for your buck

Wandering around a supermarket when it's not busy like at 8am on a Saturday morning makes one of life's necessary evils ever so slightly more pleasurable. Not much more, admittedly I'd rather be asleep, for one thing but ever so slightly. One thing...

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Features

5 minutes with... Edward Lloyd-Williams - CScape

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I am the Creative Director of cScape What does that involve? Looking after the creative and UX needs of our clients. Meeting clients and presenting work. How did you get started in the...

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Should designers draw more?

Legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser once said, 'Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.' Now while one or two designers might want to argue that point, is it possible that we rely on the computer too much these days? Are the core...

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Features

Are you special?

I was very pleased to receive a big response to my recent piece on becoming a copywriter but one question really caught my attention. The correspondent asked me to suggest a 'type' of copywriting in which to specialise. This rather threw me, but it...

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Features

Rob Lowe just looked right at me!

For me, going to the cinema is often a slightly nervy business. When I go, I go because I like to see films on big screens with big sound how they're meant to be seen. I certainly don't go for a meal of slimy hot dog, popcorn, Revels and Coke, for...

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Features

Meet James Watt

BrewDog, a brewery with a difference, is the brainchild of 25-year old James Watt and his business partner and best mate Martin Dickie. Today it is Scotland's largest independently owned brewery producing about 120,000 bottles per month. But that...

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Inspiration

Angela Kohler

"When I was small I wanted to be a ballerina, or a painter, or a magician, or a trapeze artist. Now I am a photographer, which is kind of like being all of those things, only you get to fly more and don't have to worry as much about your figure." -...

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Inspiration

Does London Stifle Creativity?

Sunday night often sees me sitting at my laptop trying to rustle up some inspiration for my weekly blog post. Sometimes inspiration comes easily - trying my luck (successfully) at getting an interview with Ben Eine last week was a no-brainer, given...

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Features

Meet Adam and Dan

Dear Creative Director, Adam Lowe and Daniel Needham are a junior creative team looking for full-time employment in a top agency. Hey, it could be yours! These guys won a D&AD New Blood Award last year and were commended by YCN in 2010. I don't...

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Features

Who wants to be in Creative Review?

We all do. Let's face it, that's the honest answer. We're all creatives, therefore we're all big, blinking show-offs, therefore we want our work splashed across a ruddy great DPS in the next available issue of CR. And don't say you don't, because you...

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Features

Meet Richard Selbourne

Richard has won awards at D&AD, Creative Circle, British Television, Campaign Press, the Clios, Australian Award, the Aerials, UK Radio and Cannes. Today he is Head of Creative at HPS Group in Marlow, Bucks. Hi Richard, for an out of town agency...

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Features

What is the last taboo in advertising?

Pedro Simko, General Manager of Saatchi & Saatchi in Switzerland says: ‘I compare the advertising message to a conversation between friends. Everything that is said between friends can, in my opinion, be said in advertising.'

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Features

Dr Who theme standing the test of time(lords)...

I can name three things which sent me running for cover behind the sofa when I was a child. The film Jaws especially with the entry of John Williams' iconic two-note blood-chilling theme; another Jaws, but this time from James Bond, bearing his...

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Features

Shouldn't banks just stop advertising?

When you're as reviled as the Black Death, figuring out a productive advertising strategy is quite a challenge. Indeed, some might suggest shutting your fat gob and staying well off the radar might be a good call. But when you're a megalomaniacal...

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Inspiration

Nostalgic Advertising- why fix it if it aint broke?

When it comes to trends, what goes around comes around. Trends will invariably repeat themselves once enough time has passed for them to become 'In Vogue'again. This is true across the board, from fashion and interiors to music and lifestyle choices....

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Inspiration

Whatever happened to Creative Independents?

Back in the 1990's we had a big recession in the UK. It was bad times. Lots of agencies were hit and many people lost their jobs. As usual with this industry, quite a few talented creative folk found themselves out of work. But out of adversity...

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Inspiration

What makes a bad logo bad (and a good logo good)?

Unlike Naomi Klein, I like logos. In fact, I think everyone should have one. Not just every company every single person. We could do away with those boring, old fashioned signatures and photos and just stick our personalised logo on things like...

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Features

Do you have a client from hell?

We all know the overused retail mantra 'the customer is always right'. It's been rammed into our consciousness since we got our first Saturday shops as grumpy teenagers and began having to deal with The Great British Moron. In my experience, the...

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Features

Remember the SodaStream? Get busy with the fizzy again!

Do you remember the SodaStream? If you were a child back in the '80s, you were either the envy of your friends if you had one or else you were looking longingly at it in your friend's house and pestering your parents for one. Well, it's back...

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Advice

How creative is your brief?

I bet there are many things your agency can claim to be good at. But is one of them writing a creative brief? I was reading the adliterate blog the other day and there was a post about how clients should go about writing creative briefs. That got me...

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Inspiration

Who designed punk rock?

For those of you too fresh of face and short of tooth to remember, the punk movement spewed into the mainstream from the basements of Soho and shops of the Kings Road during the feverish summer of 1976. For many, it was the most radical and...

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