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Inspiration

Are You In Your Own Way?

For the last few years I’ve immersed myself in the lives of great artists, writers, performers and musicians. I’ve read memoirs and biographies; listened to radio programmes and podcasts; watched documentaries and biopics. Over time...

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Features

Favours for favours?

As part of the design community, the question of working for free often comes up. I think in most genres of the creative industry, there’s almost an expectation that we should be expected to take on projects for free, or under the guise of...

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Leaders

How can brands be more honest in the year ahead?

In the aftermath of Covid-19, we already know that only the strongest and most loyal brands will stand. After a year like 2020, it is no wonder that consumers are looking to connect with brands and their ideals, prompting the dawn of a new era for...

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Diversity in the industry is still a problem

So the industry isn’t diverse enough. Big surprise, huh? You’ve heard it a lot in the past year, that we’re still “a long way ahead” of where we should be in terms of inclusion for underrepresented talent. Diversity in...

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Inspiration

Good design is nothing without research - #CompanySpotlight

No matter the kind of creative project that stands before them, Toshiyuki Hashimoto and his team at aircord will always go through an extensive prototyping and research phase to make sure things are just right. It is an excellent approach to...

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Inspiration

Top 10 LGBT+ campaigns celebrating and championing diversity

On 24 May 1988, the United Kingdom introduced a nasty little clause, stating that a local authority “ shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality.” This was just 30 years...

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Inspiration

The best free apps to boost your creative productivity

I know, I know - it's February already. Where did the first month of the year go? Most likely, in loads of planning for the year to come, and a healthy amount of procrastination too. As usual, the New Year came with its usual amount of hopeful...

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Workshop

Can I use George Orwell's legacy in my works?

Every time politics gets into the frame, it is tempting to resort to one of the first world-recognised writers of dystopian fiction, George Orwell, to pay a much heartfelt tribute to such a great master of English literature. Well, as of January...

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Inspiration

Following the flow of creativity - #MemberSpotlight

If there is one kind of creative professionals out there who could talk endlessly about flow, that is the pros in production. Filmmakers like David Cerqueiro focus entire careers about the beauty of flowing images, and that's what makes their style...

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Workshop

5 healthy freelance habits to keep even after the pandemic

Freelancers had an interesting year. Alongside events and production, the freelance industry was the most hit and the one that took some of the hardest blows - especially when certain governments started to ignore their needs. With the wave of...

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Industry

An Ark for the Children - #BehindTheIdea

There is one magical place in Chipping Barnet, England, where caring nurses, doctors and volunteers work relentlessly to make every little moment count for families of children with life-threatening conditions. Even in a year like 2020, Noah's Ark...

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Features

The impact of remote filming on clients and producers

Among the many innovations that the 2020 Covid crisis accelerated, remote filming is certainly the most interesting. If anything, because it was a proper life-saver for an entire sector. Both the events and the production industry have been forced...

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Features

Design in 2021: What will influence creative?

The wonderful thing about design trends is that with a new year comes an opportunity to reset and quite literally breathe new air, colour and technique into our work.We’ve spotlighted three themes which we see dominating the creative direction...

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Industry

Smile Strong Bersama! - #BehindTheIdea

Never before we need to be reminded what a smile looks like. With the world still under global restrictions as the vaccines roll out, people are still wearing masks when moving around and we're still (well, not everybody) observing social distancing...

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Inspiration

Graphic Design and Synaesthesia – #MemberSpotlight

In the overload of information and noise that is the digital age, there has never been a stronger push to be yourself and promote your own uniqueness to the world. This is especially true of artists and creatives - everyone has their own style,...

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Leaders

How can brands handle woke capitalism?

So 2020 was the year in which we saw brands moving increasingly closer to their consumers, in an attempt to show an understanding and humanity in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis. However, this was but the culmination of a long path which global...

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Features

What does the Best Place to Work For look like?

The new year is upon us, January is almost over, and chances are you’ve been spending the past few weeks thinking about the next steps in your career. Or perhaps you would like to know how to make your business the best out there for employee...

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Inspiration

Be Miles

“It's not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating, they have to be about change.”- Miles Davies. This quote really stuck with me as the credits rolled on the brilliant Netflix documentary- “Miles...

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Workshop

How much should I charge as a freelancer?

So you’ve decided you want to go freelance. Congratulations! Choosing the freelance life is a huge decision and I’m sure you didn’t take it lightly. Of course, autonomy and independence comes at a certain price; and that price, you...

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Features

Hybrid experiences will come of age in 2021

2020 was the year that brands were compelled to engage with the world of blended physical and virtual experiences, also known as hybrid experiences. The learning curve was steep for many, with a huge variation in quality and creativity. However, the...

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Industry

Every tear tells a different story - #BehindTheIdea

Back in 2015, Maurice Mikkers made an interesting discovery: different emotions lead to different kinds of tears. A tear of pride has a different composition compared to one of heartbreak, love, sadness and so on. So at some point last year, as the...

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Inspiration

From maths to Grey London with CCO Laura Jordan Bambach

Try having a quick chat with Grey London Chief Creative Officer Laura Jordan Bambach and you'll be able to spot, in just a few minutes, the very source of her success in the industry. A caring leader, an empathic creative and a driven entrepreneur,...

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Inspiration

Threefold Films' holistic view of production - #CompanySpotlight

When Covid-19 hit, production (even more than most) was brought down to its knees and forced to adapt or die. Be it with a pivot to remote filming or animation, there was a strong push towards new and fresh ways to do production - and companies such...

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Features

Global creative calendar: February 2021

The phenomenon known as SXSW was launched in Austin, Texas, USA, back in 1987. Starting on 16 March, the unified 2021 SXSW Conference will introduce what's next in the worlds of film, culture, music and technology, providing rich opportunities for...

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Features

Why I chose to be a creative

There are few things as painful as hearing your own parents laugh (or facepalm) when you say that you want to become a writer for a living. There are few things as painful as other departments in university mocking you and your classmates because...

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