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Features

Industry Influencers: Adam Kerj

Adam Kerj is chief creative officer and MD at Accenture Interactive, Nordics. Having had a long and successful career at global agency level, he's experienced the ups and downs of doing day-to-day client work and believes it's currently the most...

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Features

Brand simplicity – a trend or natural evolution?

In early January, Mastercard dropped its name from its logo, and a number of industry commentators picked up their pens to discuss the meaning of the move. The financial brand cited the removal of the wordmark as a move towards greater digital...

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Features

SXSW 2019: Virtual overload

Tim Leary famously referred to virtual reality (VR) as "LSD for the 90s". And after my recent trip to the Virtual Cinema at SXSW, it became obvious why. Up until now, VR for me, had been a pretty shallow experience, rather like a ride on Space...

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Features

In defence of side hustles

Creative at Revolt, co-founder of social enterprise CRACK + CIDER and D&AD judge for Side Hustle, Scarlett Montanaro has a penchant for purpose. Exploring the deeply personal and complex relationship she has with her passion project, she writes about...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Javier Suso

Javier Suso, CEO of VCCP Spain, talks about increased competition for ad agencies and what his company is doing to combat that threat in this industry influencer interview. He also outlines the importance of company culture, how his former bosses...

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Advertising

McDonald's points the finger back at obesity claims

Fast food chain McDonald's has launched a new campaign advertising its annual Monopoly promotion, just days after MP Tom Watson said it was a danger to public health. The new work, created by Leo Burnett London, taps into the idea that people...

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Advertising

Sir John Hegarty airs concern over Brexit

Advertising icon Sir John Hegarty has expressed his feelings over Brexit by saying Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) is “without question probably the most stupid thing the country has ever done.” Hegarty, the...

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Awards

Creativepool Annual 2019 launch ceremony

There's not long to go before a room full of industry luminaries gather at London’s Banking Hall to celebrate this year’s Creativepool Annual 2019 winners. You've entered the competition, seen the shortlist and shared the news which...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Amelia Torode

In a new series of interviews with some of the people who made Creativepool's top 100 industry influencers shortlist for the Annual 2019, they offer insight on their business strategies, company culture and vision for the future. First up, Amelia...

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Features

BleepBleeps' Tom Evans: 4 inspiring side hustles

The industry is increasingly recognising and valuing the side hustle. Side hustles are finally gaining the recognition they deserve. People are waking up to the fact that they are a fantastic way to foster a spirit of entrepreneurialism and help...

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Advice

Job Description: The Copywriter

Do you want to write for a living? In advertising, a copywriter is one of the most valued members of the team. They are the voice of the brand. I've put a quick video together on the qualifications needed if you're interested in becoming one. Thanks...

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Features

A Conversation with… Klarna’s Dan Spencer

Klarna is transforming how we pay. The Swedish bank, founded in 2005, provides game-changing flexible payment solutions for customers and merchants allowing consumers to pay for their shopping days, weeks or even months after the purchase. With...

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Features

Mobile World Congress 2019: A virgin's view

As someone who hasn’t set foot inside an exhibition hall since my dad took me to the London Motor Show in Earls Court in 1995, I was intrigued to see what my visit to this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the Fira de Barcelona would...

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Advertising

International Women’s Day 2019: News brief

Wunderman launches Fund Female initiative Wunderman UK is launching a new initiative called Fund Female, encouraging its employees to consciously support female-owned businesses. Starting today and running for a week, staff will take up the...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Changing perceptions of Race for Life

Race for Life returns in 2019 with a message to encourage everyone to join the charity event and help beat cancer through a campaign by Anomaly. Matt Roach, one of the creative directors on the project, talks about what went into making the work and...

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Features

Platform for success: A history of video game art

If you're a fan of video game art, then you're in the right place. Today’s innovations and improvements in game art design and development have been shaped by the first steps that were taken in the past. Today, video games are considered more...

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Advice

Portfolio Critique: Things Are About To Get Awk

Today we critique one of the most well executed student books I've seen in a long time. It belongs to an aspiring Art Director named Ryan Bailey. I'm super impressed and think you will be as well. Check it. If you want your portfolio reviewed, send...

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Careers

Mentor Sessions: Amy Hammond

One of the reasons why the Creative Mentor Network (CMN) was set up five years ago was to teach young people about the various roles that exist in the creative industries. Schools don’t necessarily offer information on all the ways creative...

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Features

Michael Scantlebury: Independents on the up

Asked for his thoughts on the current state of the advertising industry, Michael Scantlebury, founder and director at independent agency Impero, says he feels we’re on the cusp of a recession. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, as the...

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Events

Global creative calendar: March 2019

This time of year, inspiration hits a feverish pace at some of the world's top hot spots. In London alone, the high-profile annual festivities include Marketing Week Live, Advertising Week Europe and Design Thinking and Innovation Week. Music and...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: When Harry's met Harry Kane

Last weekend saw the return of Tottenham and England star Harry Kane after a month out of football through injury. Scoring a goal in typical fashion, he has since made headlines by appearing in a great new campaign for Harry’s razors which...

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Awards

Creativepool Annual 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Creativepool Annual has been announced featuring a diverse mix of individuals, creative companies and brands in 2019. The Creativepool Annual brings a fresh approach to awards by offering entrants a unique...

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Advertising

Crazy new Nike ad celebrates women in sport

Nike has launched a new ad celebrating women in sport featuring and narrated by tennis star Serena Williams along with a host of other talent, through agency Wieden+Kennedy. The 90-second spot looks back on iconic moments when women were either...

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Advice

Create a Sizzle Video

Sizzles are videos that give you an overview of the key features surrounding a new product at launch. Here is a sneak peak into my design process.

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Features

Oscars 2019: Who will win big at Sunday's Academy Awards?

Every year, Digital Cinema Media (DCM) launches a Fantasy Film League for the media and advertising industry, asking for predictions on who will win big at the Oscars which will be held this Sunday (24 February) in 2019. As the deadline to enter is...

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Technology

Dealing with deepfake technology in a post-truth era

We've moved from having little to no concern about our personal privacy to a state of questioning everything when it comes to submitting our details to corporations and platforms. Facebook data breaches and the vulnerability of its systems to...

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Technology

How WeChat and TikTok are making China unmissable

China is booming. The growing economy, advanced technology and investment from outside of the country mean content consumption is on the up and the opportunities for brands is endless. At Creativepool’s Connect: London festival, digital...

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Impero chief urges gender pay action

The founder and director of independent creative agency Impero has urged the industry to fix its gender pay gap problem by saying there are no excuses for inequality. Michael Scantlebury said it’s all well and good for agencies to publish...

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Advertising

10 nutty Snickers ads to satisfy your day

Snickers has always had a reputation for being the chocolate bar that conquers hunger fast and its oddball advertising through the BBDO network has backed up that claim in entertaining fashion. The brand has been a serial advertiser at the Super...

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Design

8 designers on their Oscar movie poster remakes

Ahead of Sunday's Oscars ceremony, eight in-house designers at Shutterstock have given this year's Best Picture nominees the pop art treatment using content from the creative platform. Shutterstock runs its Oscar Pop! poster series every February...

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Design

10 principles of good design from Dieter Rams

In this scene from Rams, Gary Hustwit's recent documentary about Dieter Rams, the legendary designer offers his 10 key principles of good design. Watch as he explains how he reflected on his body of work and the fundamentals of his design philosophy...

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Careers

Mentor Sessions: Toby Snowdon

The Creative Mentor Network (CMN) is a London-based charity working to make the creative industries more diverse and inclusive through mentoring. The programme sees a host of talent from some of world’s top agencies link up with young mentees...