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The creative industry’s connection to inspirational, educational and thought-provoking content.

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Features

Retail in the near future

Since the Government published its Coronavirus recovery strategy, we have been moving quickly through the relaxation of lockdown in ‘steps’ and are now celebrating the large milestone at which non-essential businesses are permitted to...

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Workshop

Fighting the Rise in LGBTQ Abuse with The Gate London

Not all the consequences of COVID-19 make the headlines. A simple sentence, enough to have us focus in on one of the unspoken issues of the pandemic. LGBTQ abuse has risen tremendously during lockdown, and social distancing has pulled off the plug...

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Inspiration

Phillip Powdrill's Love for Learning

Luck is an important factor at any given time in life. There is always a certain degree of planning ahead, but you would be surprised by the amount of sheer luck that is needed to actually break through. Now, you could argue that opportunities don't...

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Leaders

Influencer marketing success comes with a multi-platform approach

It is tempting to adopt a siloed approach to marketing and brand communications, especially when dealing with an audience you don't interact with daily. In a way, social media platforms are like boxes, containers of the audience segment your brand...

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Workshop

Leaving the Comfort Zone

The importance of bravery, boundaries and beliefs in the performance arts “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours” Richard Bach, ‘Illusions’ , Arrow Books, 1988 The book ‘Illusions’ by...

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Inspiration

The Heartwarming Illustrations of Izabela Ciesinska

It's always surprising to realise how much you can learn about a creative by just looking at their work. When we look at Izabela Ciesinska's illustrations, we see warmth, passion, affection and love for art and family. We see an interest in...

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Inspiration

The Creative Energy, Teamwork and Motivation of SMACK Agency

It is unusual to hear someone say that they always start working near the end of a deadline, because they are far more productive under pressure. Though one may think that this is the easiest way to mess up, SMACK agency and its co-founder Lubna...

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Workshop

Driving the Mental Health Conversation with Movember and Matta

One can only imagine which wonders a global pandemic has made to those who suffer from mental health issues. If engaging in conversations about mental health was harsh before being locked up at home for months, it's discouraging to think what has...

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Inspiration

Teresa Chan's Fragrant Creativity in Isolation

You can often hear that artists and creatives tend to feel lonely much more easily. Be it for an enhanced kind of sensitivity or a particular disposition of character, being a professional creative can be isolating and a global pandemic isn't...

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Leaders

How to design with empathy and inclusion

Inclusive design. We double-dare you to find a more relevant term or concept today. With a globalised world and countless opportunities to reach all kinds of niches and communities around the planet, designing for your own needs is just another...

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Workshop

What Should You Major In To Be An Art Director?

What educational requirements do you need to become an art director in the advertising industry? What should you major in? What are you expected to have upon graduation? What if you don't have the means to go to college? In this video, we explore...

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Features

The Anamorphic Artistry of Stephen Berry

It's impossible to not fall in love with Stephen Berry's photography as soon as you lay your eyes on them. His love for cinema shines through each and every shot, and it's not by chance that he loves recreating his favourite film shots with his toys...

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Industry

Announced the Winners of the Creative Circle 2020 Awards

Here at Creativepool we're always proud to support creative awards that strive to make a difference. While we all eagerly wait for the deadline of our prestigious Annual 2020 awards, our partners at Creative Circle have forged ahead with their own...

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Inspiration

Side projects are not a waste of time

I’ve heard a lot of talk, especially during the current climate, around whether or not graphic designers should consider creating their own side projects. Opinions tend to vary quite widely on the subject - some designers see them as somehow a...

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Leaders

4 marketing trends emerging during the pandemic

No sector will come out of COVID-19 unscathed. From production to freelance design, every creative in the industry has likely been forced to reinvent during the pandemic. This includes marketing. Whether it is a larger focus on upskilling and...

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Inspiration

The Art of Change with Jabeen Qadri

We hear it all the time - art can change people. Creativity in itself can change people, but we did not know to which extent until we've had a chance to speak with freelance illustrator Jabeen Qadri. Jabeen was stuck in a field of study which made...

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The Creative Ambition of Alpaca Communications

We wouldn't expect a PR agency called Alpaca Communications to be boring, nor devoid of countless stories to tell. The team led by Peter Elms in East London is one that doesn't enjoy being stiff and serious all the time, and their admirable sense of...

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Leaders

Marketers, please don't take advantage of the pandemic

There is a fine line separating sympathy and blunt exploitation, which means it takes as little as a misinterpreted image to fall on the wrong side of a conversation. COVID-19 is proving to be an ‘unprecedented time’ and a...

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Features

The value of simplicity with Nescafé and Publicis Italy

We've spent months hearing about a deadly virus bending the world to its will. It is no surprise people may be looking for more positivity after months of heavy mental stress. With their latest campaign, Nescafé and Publicis Italy are doing...

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Inspiration

Pleasure in Small Things with Dmitry Pushkarev

Dmitry's story is one of jaw-drops, twists, turns and dreams. Born a soldier, grown a policeman, turned carpenter and then 3D modeller, we are fascinated by the range of experiences Dmitry has lived in his life and we are impatient to share them with...

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Inspiration

Learning the Unexpected with Philip Giancola

You never know when the muse of creativity is going to engulf you in one of its legendary and life-changing moments of epiphany. Filmmaker Philip Giancola has dropped out of high school in his teenage years, only to then fall in love with movies...

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Leaders

Life post-COVID might be worse than we expect

Well that was quick, wasn’t it? A few months stuck at home, non-stop doomscast for a couple of weeks, then at some point the industry got used to it (or got bored enough) and started to cope, one way or another. We’ve heard of both...

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Inspiration

Alexandra Wong's Dreams of Pastel and Watercolour

Far too often you can hear of unsupportive parents, friends or tutors who don't believe in the same dreams as you do. Sometimes it's enough to hear the wrong sentence from the right person, and one might end up on a path they're bound to regret...

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Leaders

Will coronavirus revolutionise live experience?

Coronavirus has brought the live event industry on its knees. Festivals and awards have been cancelled, meetings have moved online, and it's not like the strain on the events industry is relaxing any time soon. But who says this is all negative? If...

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Inspiration

The Overwhelming Team Motivation of Yolo Films

Sven Lehmann first approached the wonders technology with a PC with a 45-megabytes hard drive. He used to play DuckTales on it. Now Sven and his company, yolo films, are shooting films from remote, without the need for the crew to be physically...

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Inspiration

The Symphony of Brice Cagan

We rarely do feature musicians around these parts, but there are so many incredible composers and sound artists in the community and we are thrilled every time we find some new talent here and there. Brice Cagan is everything our editor will never...

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Leaders

Outing Adland's Homophobia

First, let’s address the pink elephant in the room and say: yes, things have obviously come a long way since Stonewall, and no, in an ideal world, being an LGBT+ BOGOF creative team wouldn’t be noteworthy. But this isn’t an ideal...

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Inspiration

Learning Creativity with Muneebah Waheed

You could get lost in the sheer amount of skills Muneebah Waheed has cultivated over time. Starting with nothing but the dream of becoming a creative, Muneebah set out on a journey of constant learning and fascination, from graphic design to...

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Leaders

When it comes to creativity, is it Game Over for Humans?

My fingers feel the smooth plastic on the keyboard as I type this sentence. I hear the rhythmic clatter of the keys. I know I am human. But how do you know? The words you’re reading right now could have been generated by a machine....

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Leaders

The overnight shift towards E-Everything. Do you feel exposed?

The more time we spend in lockdown, the more people are starting to realise that COVID-19 was not a cataclysm for the business world - it was a catalyst of change, an occasion to adapt or die and accelerate innovation for those ready to embrace...

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Leaders

The road to Marketing Hell is paved with good predictions

To say that 2020 hasn’t turned out exactly as predicted for advertisers and marketers would be an understatement. So, if the experts can’t get it right - why do we as humans still need predictions in times that are seemingly...