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Careers

Portfolio Critique: OCAD University student vs Hawaii Tourism

From beautiful design on Hawaii Tourism to campaigns supporting nonprofit causes, Elsie Koziej's portfolio is filled with some pretty awesome advertising work. She is looking for outsider feedback, so don't shy away from throwing her some of your...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Kevin Myers' art packs a punch

Some of the characters in Kansas City-based illustrator Kevin Myers’ portfolio include Batman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Wolverine. But there are also lesser-known characters like Hellboy, The Main Man and Dawg and Silver Surfer...

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Careers

The Freelancer Grind: Making a clean and simple résumé

This is a tough one, as for the longest time I didn’t believe in having a résumé as a designer. I still kind of believe that, as I think you should only really judge a designers work based on their portfolio. However, as I got more...

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Design

Stop by the Brexit Halloween horror show

The countdown to Brexit is on and while MPs in Parliament continue to dither over the decision to leave the EU, for others the debacle is proving an opportunity to get creative. As the UK hurtles towards 31 October, Boris Johnson’s prospects...

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Advertising

Volkswagen inspires movie star confidence in new TV idents

Volkswagen has created a series of funny idents to promote its continued sponsorship of ITV Movies in the UK that see people in films gain unrealistic levels of confidence. The entertaining scenes include an American spy eager to show off his fluent...

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Inspiration

She Dynasty - a powerful podcast about 'women who rule'

She Dynasty is a powerful podcast about 'women who rule' - successful entrepreneurs, change-makers, c-suite executives and leaders who are making their dreams a reality. The latest episiode unites Valerie Moizel, The Woo ECD/co-founder and She...

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Features

Getting to Know... VMLY&R's Fred Saldanha

Creative agency VMLY&R New York recently announced the appointment of Fred Saldanha to lead creative for Colgate-Palmolive as global chief creative officer on the account. Joining from Arnold Worldwide, he's racked up almost 30 years of experience...

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Awards

Epica Awards 2019 deadline extended

The Epica Awards, the only global creative awards judged by the press - including Creativepool - has extended its deadline for entries giving you two additional weeks to submit your work. Epica honours the year’s best work in the fields of...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Why Cadbury is lost for words

Last month, Cadbury launched a campaign with Age UK to raise awareness about the issue of loneliness amongst older people and encourage the nation to get involved by 'donating their words'. This week, the latest stage of the work was unveiled with...

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Features

Do influencers have a responsibility to be 100% authentic?

When an eagle-eyed Twitter user noticed an influencer posting images with identical cloud formations, he wasted no time in calling out her ‘spooky’ behaviour. Matt Navarra’s tweet (below) about Martina Saravia got 35k likes....

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Careers

6 ways to get commissioned as an illustrator

Getting your first commission as a creative in any field can be tough, but with self-belief, perseverance and a solid plan of action, you can bag that first client and kick on. Following a recent interview with California-based freelance cartoonist,...

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Trends

Let's Play: Gamifying graphic design

Let's have fun learning and improving on our graphic design skills by utilising some dope online games. Here are links to the games mentioned: What's that colour? The Kerning Game Brand Recognition Pixactly Bezier Type Game Watch, play along...

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Advertising

New Churchill dog divides opinion online

A new ad for insurance company Churchill has been met with mixed emotions from fans on social media as they responded to a makeover of mascot Churchill the Dog. The 30-second spot sees the new version of the iconic canine character riding a...

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Social Media

10 of the best memes on the internet

'The blinking white guy' is a meme used to express incredulity when responding to social media posts, usually published on Twitter. The gif has become the go-to response for internet users to show they simply cannot believe something and is instantly...

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Careers

The Freelancer Grind: Creating an eye-catching portfolio

You need a strong online portfolio to be able to make a good impression on prospective clients. Many designers I meet have weak portfolios and wonder why they don’t find work. Your portfolio showcases you as a designer, your skills and...

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Design

My London Design Festival 2019 highlights

One of the strange truths about working in the creative industry is how easy it is for your focus to narrow and shut out other people’s exciting projects. It’s a trap that leads to people becoming predictable and something I don’t...

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Features

Getting to Know... FF LA's Nicolas Berthier

French creative agency Fred & Farid Paris recently named Nicolas Berthier as creative director at its West Coast studio FF LA in the US. Having spent the last year as associate creative director for the company in Paris, Berthier has made the move...

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Features

The rise of sports fans that don’t care about sports

From Cristiano Ronaldo’s own fashion line CR7 to David Beckham’s now iconic partnership with Calvin Klein, athletes have long occupied a central position in the cultural zeitgeist. The combination of athletic prowess and celebrity status...

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Features

What I learned at at Advertising Week New York

The week after the advertising industry got behind global climate change protests, it felt appropriate that Advertising Week NYC shared Manhattan with the UN’s 74th General Assembly gathering. It certainly added a sense of gravitas to my first...

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Features

Getting to Know... New Land's Trine Pillay

Scandi production company New Land opened in London recently with former Smuggler exec producer Trine Pillay at the helm. New Land launched in 2014 and has since become Scandinavia’s most awarded production company with offices in Stockholm...

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Events

Global creative calendar: October 2019

Every year, Cannes Lions scores the global branded communications and marketing industry on Reach, Communication, Craft, Experience, Innovation, Impact, Good, Health and Entertainment. This latest creative calendar edition is designed to ensure you...

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Trends

Key themes from Circles Design Conference 2019

On 19-20 September 2019, I attended the Circles Design Conference right in my backyard of Richardson, Texas. It was a great mix of inspiration, design highlights and learnings. This video covers a general synopsis of the 12 speakers and their...

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Entertainment

Facekini steals show in RuPaul's Drag Race UK trailer

A gag about a facekini steals the show in the new trailer to promote the arrival of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on BBC3 next week. The minute-long clip sees the cast of the reality show appear in an old American sitcom-style living room before...

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Features

4 steps to becoming a sustainable brand

The pressure on businesses to become sustainable is on. Global trends such as digitalisation and the climate crisis have led to an increased awareness of social and environmental issues. Legislation is being strengthened on both national and global...

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Careers

The Freelancer Grind: Understanding your role as a freelancer

I'm Hashmukh and I’ve been a freelancer since 2013. I’m a motion designer and 3D illustrator working in advertising. I’ve had the privilege to work with a range of clients and brands, big and small. Born and bred in east London,...

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Features

What PR lessons can we learn from Brexit?

Brexit: the PR disaster that simply won’t go away. Heads have rolled, reputations have been severely tarnished, promises have been made and broken, and all the while the UK public has been left scratching its proverbial head trying to work out...

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Careers

Fishing for Account Based Marketing

ABM writing is nice work if you can get it. And you can. For an industry where clear language is meant to be currency, the world of copywriting doesn’t half love those acronyms. B2B or B2C? What’s the expected ROMI? How are you...

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Features

Getting to Know... Elmwood's Ian Schofield

Brand design consultancy Elmwood recently appointed Ian Schofield as non-executive director to advise clients on sustainability. As the former own label manager of Iceland Foods and an expert on packaging reuse and recycling, he led the charge of...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Rebuilding the world with LEGO

Last week, everyone's favourite building block LEGO launched its first brand campaign in 30 years with an ad which has received 2.5 million views on YouTube and counting. Rebuild the World was thought up by French creative agency BETC Paris and...

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Features

A moment with The Visual Agency

Indigo Award had the pleasure of meeting not one, but three extraordinary talents behind The Visual Agency-a multifaceted design company that has been taking the world by storm since 2011. The faces behind the enterprise are Giacomo Bettiol as...

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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: Maximising Studio Output

Ove the last 12 months, London-based design company Studio Output has shifted its focus with an increased emphasis on digital work. “Believing that brands are defined by their digital experiences, we’ve evolved from a generalist design...