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Features

How neuroscience can save Christmas for brands

Yes, it's September, and you're not the only one wondering where the year went right now. Excuse the 'C' word, but Christmas is around the corner, at least for consumers. Brands will already have most of their planning ready for this year, and they...

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Inspiration

New stories needed for a new normal

Our societies are built on stories. These stories - of our past, present and future - shape how we think. In turn, the images we see, and the stories they convey to us, shape how we view the world around us. Faced with the new realities of COVID-19,...

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Inspiration

Diving into Owen Peters' photography

What to do when you can't excel at something but would still like to get involved? Look at it from another perspective. Freelance photographer Owen Peters wasn't "very good" at skating, and so he decided he would rather document his friends'...

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Leaders

Abi Pearl on overcoming the impostor syndrome

We tend to forget how important it is to take care of ourselves, especially during a world-wide pandemic that makes us busier than ever. The story of giffgaff head of advertising Abi Pearl is as inspiring as it gets. If there is one thing you should...

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Inspiration

The little big joys of Benedict Bannister

It's hard to meet people who find pleasure in little things, nowadays. Freelance film and motion director Benedict Bannister is one of those. Benedict enjoys gardening, exercising, and most of all, he loves taking inspiration from his children for...

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Leaders

Nick Lawton on running a family business

Low-skill roles can teach you a lot and leave you with tons of insights. One key takeout is definitely how to hate low-skill roles with a passion. Nick Lawton was lucky enough to do some cold-calling in London some time after uni, and that made him...

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Inspiration

Motivation and challenges with Ruslan Zhukovskyi

One day, Ruslan Zhukovskyi's father made the mistake to tell him that Blender 3D would be too difficult for him. Now Ruslan is a successful 3D designer and visualiser, working freelance with clients from around the globe. Ruslan's response to his...

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Inspiration

The pastel discipline of Maureen Fletcher

Maureen Fletcher is the kind of artist who would close an interview with a quote by Paulo Coelho. And that alone should capture the beauty and delicacy of her essence. An introvert by nature, with an HSP trait too, Maureen has spent almost two...

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Leaders

Patola Figueroa on being a woman in the creative industry

There are plenty of words we could write about Isobar Mexico VP, Patola Figueroa. There is plenty of time we could spend trying to capture her essence, her strength, her attitude to leadership and all of her personal backstory. But in truth, there...

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Workshop

How to job hunt during the pandemic

It's no secret that the industry has seen several mass redundancies being made in the past six months. Add that to a delicate balance made of fresh graduates looking for a job, which reach the order of tens of thousands every year, and you have the...

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Features

What 'copy, then design' gets wrong

Most everyone has heard of Simon & Garfunkel, Penn & Teller and Dolce & Gabbana, even though they are in such different industries. At the heart of what brought these distinctively different duos such fame is how well they play to each other’s...

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Leaders

Billy Faithfull on why COVID-19 has actually brought us together

We are physically distant, but emotionally closer. It's no secret that the lockdown and the COVID crisis have had a huge impact on agency work. Some agencies have struggled more than others, but we know that the lockdown was quite a heavy and...

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Leaders

Gayle Carpenter on collaboration and diversity

Starting your own business can feel like quite a big and daunting task. How do you abandon the relative security of a paid job to tackle such a huge challenge? Founder of Sparkloop Gayle Carpenter made that choice a long time ago, and hasn't looked...

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Industry

UK Inside Out Awards 2020 – Shortlist Announced

The Inside Out Awards™ recognise and honour the very best in-house creative talent from across the UK. Highly regarded within the creative industry, the Awards identify and acknowledge stand out work, in-house talent and rising stars within a...

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Inspiration

Adrian Penu's quest for purpose

Inevitably, you have to try your hand at different things before you find your true vocation. It was the case of artist Adrian Penu, who spent some time with photography, film and various crafts before landing in fine art and painting. Since then,...

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Inspiration

Matt Newman's flair for flicks

Friends, huh? Sometimes they're all you need to get to the right place. The right push in the right direction, and off we go - sometimes on what can be a life-changing experience. It was the case of film editor Matt Newman, who was asked by someone...

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Leaders

Emma Sexton on running your business in COVID times

Who would have thought, one year ago, that success in 2020 would be measured by the capacity to survive a pandemic? We know Emma Sexton as the CEO and founder of creative agency MYWW, founder of the Inside Out Awards, creative expert in residence at...

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Leaders

It's pandemic day today. How are you?

How are you? A question rarely asked for fear of the answer. It is August 2020 in Mexico City. My spouse and I recently bought our first home and it is in a woody area. Its name translates into the Desert of the Lions, a name befitting my family; my...

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Leaders

Katie Lee on leading from the centre of a circle

What makes a great leader? Some believe leadership is about having the best ideas, but we've already busted that myth. CEO of Lucky Generals Katie Lee believes the best leaders guide a team from the centre of a circle, learning just as much from...

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Workshop

Finding your way into the design industry during the COVID crisis

Finding a job - particularly your first, permanent one in your desired field - is an intimidating task at the best of times, especially for aspiring design graduates in an already competitive job market. And now, the economic effect of the pandemic...

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Inspiration

The future of customer interaction is with progressive web apps

You may have never heard of Progressive Web Apps before, but we're one-hundred-percent sure you've used one without even noticing. Adopted around the Internet by websites such as AliExpress, Forbes, Amazon, Debenhams and retailer George, progressive...

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Features

Everywhere, nowhere: the future of the workplace

With the UK about to ban social gatherings again on Monday, the rest of the world is increasingly aware that tight lockdown measures will have to come back into effect soon. Work from home is here to stay, and this will shape the future of the...

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Inspiration

The warmth and inclusivity of Being Agency

If the founder of Being Agency could change one thing about the industry, it would be the perception that you need to go big or go home. Looking at the pictures of the team below, and reading words by the founder herself, Being Agency sounds like an...

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Inspiration

Firing up the creative brains with Božo Kaurić

We'd pay our own weight in gold coins to have Božo Kaurić's brains. Working daily to juggle his busy life with a little baby and an endless love for design, this talented 3D artist and visualiser has little time to waste in the concept phase, and...

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Inspiration

The evocative photography of Theofilos Koutroumanis

Photographer Theofilos Koutroumanis has done a lot in his life, from owning a bar to working in advertising and publishing. But when someone asked him to take pictures during a party night in his own bar, that was enough of a wake-up call for...

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Inspiration

The motion aptitude of Giuseppe Forestieri

Most of the creative professionals we speak with prefer going with the flow when working on a brief. Not Giuseppe Forestieri. Giuseppe is a freelance motion designer and has been one for almost 2 years, after half a decade working full time in...

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Inspiration

The relentless passion of Simona De Leo

Despite having to find her way into a competitive industry, Simona kept going. Despite breaking three fingers in her dominant hand, Simona kept going. Despite not having a publisher, Simona kept going and made a successful Kickstarter campaign to...

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Inspiration

The independent spirit of Paul Gawman

The beauty of the creative industry is that every professional you meet in the field will be happy to tell you they're making money by doing something they love. Freelance 3D artist Paul Gawman is no different. He's lucky enough to be successful as...

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Leaders

Charlie Smith on paving your own path

Running a design studio is no mean task. As motivated as you or your team may be, there will be challenges and there will be obstacles that require your full set of skills. Add to that the fact that, as founder and CEO of CSD Charlie Smith so...

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Workshop

What makes a good leader?

We all have that one person in mind who exemplifies the concepts of ‘leader’ and ‘leadership’ in our eyes. As I write this very sentence, I think of a few people in my past that have been fundamental to my understanding of...

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Inspiration

Design saved my life. Again.

On April 12th, I was one of those unlucky souls. I woke up feeling pretty rough, and initially put what came next during those 24 hours as being due to sun stroke (despite it being 19 degrees that day in London) - I was boiling hot, had a pounding...

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Workshop

Embracing improvisation with Nike ISPA and Builders Club

Have you heard of Nike's ISPA design philosophy? If we had to summarise it in just two words, we would say 'being different'. ISPA stands for improvise, scavenge, protect and adapt, and it is a philosophy embracing non-conventional experimentation,...

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Features

How brands can develop lifelong consumer friendships

Making friends through loyalty, consistency, honesty, kindness and relevance. Brands are designed to bring in revenue; we get that. But great brands, the brands that stay with us for life, offer consumers something more. They deliver on brand...

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Inspiration

Skipping gears with Mark Lacey

The strongest passions often show themselves at a young age. Mark Lacey was introduced to professional illustration when he was a "spotty teenager", but the guy had the boldness to apply for a position at a research laboratory and his career has...

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