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Inspiration

Stranger Visions 
By Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is not only an artist, she is also a DNA biologist and computer programmer extraordinaire who does shocking things with science in the name of art, such as finding a blob of chewing gum on the street and then printing out the...

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News

Can there be too much entertainment?

I don’t know if you caught Joanna Lumley on TV the other night. She was there to talk about a new movie that she’s made with Martin Scorsese which she was understandably thrilled about. Now I’ve always liked Lumley. I like the fact...

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Not 4U? How seventeen people put Channel 4 in OFCOM's bad books.

Channel 4 is in trouble with Ofcom. Not for a programme or an advertisement, but the juxtaposition of the two. The broadcasting regulator says the station broke their code on 26th December 2012 when they ran a commercial which gave the impression it...

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Features

Mayday, May Day! Crack open the Champers!

I didn't wake up this morning thinking, “oooh, today is a significant day.” Nor do I have a beer-fuelled celebration planned for this afternoon in the balmy bank holiday sunshine - or even a rosé-fuelled celebration planned for later...

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What the Blip? Is Independent Plus a media platform too far?

Ever get the feeling this whole digital hoopla is just being made up as we go along? Starting to suspect 'boffins' are just slinging out new widgets for a hungry world to scoop up and guzzle down, like mongrel hounds being thrown scotch eggs? Welcome...

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Advice

Interns - don't take the p***

Everybody knows that the creative industry is a hard field to crack into when you are first starting out. Everyone also knows that job offers mostly come about because of who you know, rather than what you know and whatever vast sum your student loan...

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Advice

A guide to handling unpaid invoices and refusenik clients.

Creativepoolers in the fortunate position of holding down a fulltime staff job will be familiar with the warm glow of the monthly payslip. Sure, you'd probably like the net total to be larger, but at least your earnings show up on a predictable...

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Features

Spotlight... Nick White, Digital Designer

"I'm a Middleweight Digital Designer with a specialism in all things mobile; be it apps, sites, ads or tablet stuff. I'm currently getting to grips with the responsive design trend that is taking over the world and am making a concerted effort to...

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Features

Rippln. The biggest thing since email?

That’s right - the most life changing, communication changing, perhaps economy changing, and even world changing thing since email. I’ll be blunt. I’m going to say nothing online can come close to email in any of these stakes. Not...

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Creative outsourcing. Welcome to the on/off creative department

Many creative agencies face a growing dilemma. And as usual the dilemma is about time management and profit. In the current economic scenario, running a creative business is getting tougher by the day. To stay competitive in the market, many agencies...

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Add your company and win £50 Amazon vouchers

We're giving our members the chance to win £50 of Amazon vouchers every month - just by setting up their company on Creativepool. It's quick and easy to set up a company on Creativepool. There are hundreds of companies already using...

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No More. Are print magazines in crisis?

On Tuesday, More! magazine's latest edition hit the shops. With Beyonce as its cover star, it was a notable issue because it was the very last one. Visit the More! website and you'll be met with a downbeat message: more! is a well-loved brand which,...

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Events

Q&A and Portfolio Review with Shaun Clarkson

View Larger Map If you're a budding interior designer looking for that big break, then you don't want to miss this! Shaun Clarkson, one of the UK's most successful Interior & Architectural Designers, and star of Chanel4's 'Four Rooms' will be...

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Inspiration

Ten brilliant things

Whilst scouting about for juicy fodder for this week's blog I came across so many exciting new things happening in the world of art and design I have decided to dump ten of the best bits onto your screens. It must be the weather, a burst of...

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News

Should celebrities be plugging advertisers in interviews?

The old adage asserts, 'Word of mouth is the best advertising'. And there's a lot of truth in that. When a satisfied customer recommends a product or service to a potential customer, a form of potent and cost-free advertising has taken place and it's...

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Features

Design a Limited Edition Kleenex® Collection Tissue Box

Teaming up with design expert Kelly Hoppen MBE, Kleenex invites artists and designers to create fashionable, unique and innovative box designs for the chance to see them on-shelf as one of three boxes available to buy in the Autumn/Winter design...

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Events

Thatcheristic: Art Below hosts Iron Lady exhibition

Controversial to the last, the funeral of Margaret Thatcher last week continued to divide the nation. Millions of pounds down the drain, or a fitting farewell to one whom many called the greatest Prime Minister since Churchill? Whatever one’s...

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Advice

How to Nail Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews can be a nerve wracking experience. Follow our tips on how to impress at a job interview and get your dream position. As we all know, competition for good jobs is tough. If you’re worked hard enough to land a job interview, you...

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Features

Don’t bother presenting it. Chuck it in an email.

So what is the best way to put your latest spark of creativity in front of a client? In the days before email it was rare to see even a business card design exit the creative floor unaccompanied. But these days we’re not quite so protective....

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Twist and shout. How a town gained a brand from a happy accident.

To create a brand for a new building is to take on one of the most challenging projects in the industry. Once the brick dust has settled and the scaffolding rolled away, there's a need to create an identity and personality for a new development....

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5 (Evil) Minutes with... Fede Alvarez

You can’t find an industry more creative than the movie industry; from the hundreds of people on set and the thousands involved in post-production, to the scores responsible for the amazing marketing and immersive digital and online experiences...

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Inspiration

150 years of London Underground posters

This year sees the 150th anniversary of London Underground, and the exhibition at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden celebrates the event in all its glory with a fantastic poster exhibition. With an archive of over 3,000, 150 have been...

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Advice

The Importance of Building a Relationship with your Recruiter

Build a relationship with your recruiter to ensure that you are well placed to take advantage of the job opportunities they find. We explain why it’s important for us to have a good working partnership with our candidates and how our candidates...

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Inspiration

Should creatives ever work for free?

Have you been to a supermarket recently? If you have, did you ask the till operator whether you could take the contents of your trolley for nothing? Of course you didn’t. The very suggestion you might be entitled to free groceries would be...

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Features

Spotlight... Rob Pratt, Senior Designer & Art Director

Company Brand & Deliver Job title Design Director Social media Creativepool.com/robpratt Twitter: @prattrob Website: robprattdesign.co.uk Tell us a bit about what it is that you do I’ve worked across iOS apps, websites and digital...

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Features

Live the dream

I was introduced to a big-shot client the other day as being a ‘creative type’. It’s not the worst thing I’ve been called over the years. But it was the look the client gave me that stopped me in my tracks. It had me wondering...

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Inspiration

5 minutes with... Shaun Clarkson

Shaun Clarkson is best known for his eclectic interior designs for the likes of Vince Power, Oliver Peyton, Harvey Nichols and Pernod Ricard. Since crashing onto the London hospitality scene in the late eighties (his first outing for Vince Power had...

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News

The naked truth. American Apparel versus the ASA.

Brace yourself, I have some shocking news. An advertiser has used sexually provocative imagery to sell their goods. I know, it seems incredible, but I think you deserve the facts. Don't panic though. Fortunately the moral might of the Advertising...

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Advice

My month of being digitally outcast

From time to time intrepid reporters and bloggers voluntarily cut themselves off from society (phone and internet) and write about their experiences surviving in a tweet and text free world where no soul knows what pub they are drinking in, what kind...

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Events

Fresh Awards introduce a free category for in-house design teams

What do Apple, Starbucks, Facebook and Innocent Drinks have in common? They all have an in-house design team that has been an integral part of their business success. This NEW award category is an opportunity to show design agencies that the design...

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Features

Spotify is waxing lyrical

I'll be the first to admit it: from time to time, my blog posts can border on the vitriolic. But I flatter myself that, when I do let loose and turn the air puce, I'm only saying what quite a lot of people are already thinking. Such was the case a...

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Inspiration

Could you help this copywriter find work in Chicago?

The Creativepool network spreads far and wide and maybe you could help a fellow creative in need of help. Damien James is a US copywriter who has spent the last three years with his wife and children working in Krakow, Poland. Last week the time...

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News

The launch of #CreateBritain

28 March 2013 was a big day for the British creative industries. It was the day that saw the birth of an important new national initiative - Create Britain - to promote and celebrate homegrown creative talent in all its original and talented...

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Rufus Leonard picks up Depression Alliance brief

Depression Alliance, the UK’s leading charity for people living with depression, has appointed creative engagement agency, Rufus Leonard, to lead the design and development of its peer-to-peer community platform ‘Friends in Need’....

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Inspiration

End of the roll - Rebecca Ward's amazing ways with cello-tape

Who say's that jaw-dropping art has to be complicated in terms of it's materials? Rebecca Ward is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based artist with a love of tape, yards and yards of it in all it's multicoloured glory, spun all over columns, walls and floors...

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