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Advertising

Would you buy a car from a vending machine?

Remember playing with Matchbox toys as a toddler? Well, Auto Trader has made the car-in-a-box dream come true for adults by parking the world’s first automotive vending machine in East London. The interesting installation offers motorists a...

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Features

Conscious consumerism (part II): What will we buy into in 2030?

Welcome to part II of our exploration of the conscious consumer. In part I, we tracked the roots of this demanding new mindset, one that is forcing brands to show us they care about the planet and demonstrate it single-mindedly. We asked: “In...

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Features

10 reasons why these Chanel ads should never have been made

Check out the above and below ads created for French fashion and perfume brand Chanel. Here's a list of 10 reasons why they should never have been made... 1. The product doesn't look premium. 2. There is no human insight. 3. There is no customer...

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Features

Turn up the volume on your brand identity

It’s obvious when you think about it. Your brand speaks to your audience. It occupies ‘mental space’ in the minds of your most loyal consumers. You NEED to know how it sounds to your customers. But you probably won’t find...

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Design

UEFA Super Cup branding bridges east and west

It’s been almost a week since Liverpool Football Club's brand received a significant boost when the team beat Premier League rivals Chelsea on penalties to lift the UEFA Super Cup. But what about the event’s own image? Having taken the...

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Features

Getting to know... We Are Social's Lore Oxford

Socially-led creative agency We Are Social recently appointed Lore Oxford as its first global head of culture and insights. In the newly created role, she will help the agency to more effectively respond to questions around society and culture while...

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Events

D&AD New Blood Shift 2019 deadline extended

D&AD has extended the deadline for applications to its life-changing and career-making free night school, New Blood Shift, to next Monday 26 August. This year also sees the introduction of a new £10,000 travel and accommodation fund for New...

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Trends

UKTV's ghost sign celebrates Dad's Army special

UKTV has commissioned a giant ghost mural in London calling on viewers to ‘join Dad’s Army’ for a three-day TV special for the classic comedy. Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes will see three remade parts from the show's second...

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Careers

Portfolio critique: The farmer art director

Shane Matula reached out to me and asked how he can differentiate himself within his portfolio to stand out and get a job. Our goal? To critique his book and do just that. Let's roll up our sleeves, plant some seeds and try to help this farming...

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Advertising

You'll either love or hate this Marmite sandpaper hack

We don’t like cricket… we love it! So, when the Australian national team’s Cameron Bancroft was caught on TV trying to rough up a ball with sandpaper during a third Test match last year, it made us sad. He was trying to change the...

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Inspiration

A day in design with Dino Franke

Just a kid with typographic exercises like drawing metal band logos and cars, Dino Franke realised he was only tapping the surface and soon would pursue an education in graphic studies to get to the bottom of what the realm of design was all...

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Features

Rewriting the rules of advertising

As a general rule, people don’t like rules. Especially when it’s a rule telling them not to do something. It’s our natural instinct to push the red button and rebel. Could this explain the negative reaction to the new rule against...

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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: The house style of AKQA Casa

“It’s like living in an amazing house with your best friends,” say Diego Machado and Hugo Veiga, executive creative directors at AKQA São Paulo, about what it’s like to work at their studio known as 'AKQA Casa'. The...

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Advertising

McDonald’s taps into hype culture for spicy McNuggets drop

We’ve all seen the cringey ads for millennial fashion brands like boohoo and Jameson Carter, but there's a hot new name in town. McDonald’s has ‘launched’ a fake fashion brand to promote its limited edition Spicy Chicken...

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Trends

Conscious consumerism and what it means for your brand - part I

Remember when we went mad for organic? In 2002 the UK industry was estimated to be worth £1 billion. Galvanised by a pesticide-free product that promised better taste and nutritional value, champions of organic produce threw serious shade on the...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Tattoos do the talking for LYNX

Tattoos play a key role in personal expression and original body art can go a long way in telling an individual's story - especially the ones in a new campaign for LYNX INK shower gel through 72andSunny Amsterdam. Comprising three spots that see...

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Design

New COPA90 range celebrates 20 iconic moments in football

The new Premier League season is underway and while all the fresh replica kits look lovely on the players, they are more expensive than ever. The good news for today’s fashion-conscious football fan is that COPA90 has launched a nostalgic...

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Careers

The art director toolbox

A guy named Jason Murray reached out with a collection of tools that I think would really help everyone out on this channel whether you are new to advertising or a seasoned pro. From inspiration to education and everything in between, this one...

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Advice

How to expertly promote your brand online

Standing out from the crowd online can be a tough challenge, as you will likely be going up against a considerable amount of competition in your industry. If you want your business to become instantly recognizable with your demographic, you’ll...

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Features

3 things that will shape the future of ecommerce

It seems rarely a day goes by without the word 'ecommerce' coming up. The growing ubiquity of ecommerce in the UK (by 2023, it will have a predicted 97% penetration rate) - combined with the much-mooted “death of the high street” - means...

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Features

JSR's Simon Amster on the evolution of content

As creative partner at photographic and illustration management agency JSR, Simon Amster sees a lot of content. With a background in broadcast at the likes of Disney and NBC Universal, he’s observed how the meaning of the word has changed over...

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Events

What would you do with a day of free studio time?

Any young producer will know that hiring a studio space for a shoot is an expensive game. You’ve got your idea, crew and equipment sorted but the location is going to eat into your budget massively. So how about a helping hand? East...

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Trends

Why you should use an inbound marketing agency

You know what inbound marketing is, right? The idea that to attract prospects and convert them to customers, you’ve got to give them something of value first? Which could be that useful blog about the importance of knowing your buyer persona....

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Trends

Don't miss this official fan art for Peaky Blinders season five

To celebrate the return of wildly popular TV show Peaky Blinders in the UK, public broadcaster the BBC launched a hunt for the best fan art to help promote the fifth season. Anyone with a creative mind was invited to submit a one-of-a-kind static...

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Features

Love Island: Time for brands to do the grafting

Just over a week since the Love Island finale aired, attracting an average audience of 3.63 million, this year’s cast has been swept up in the annual whirlwind which follows leaving the villa and re-entering the real world. Love Island...

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Advertising

Paddy Power walks with Brighton Pride

'Come out to play' was the message last weekend as Irish bookmaker Paddy Power put together a team of LGBTQ players and walked alongside a larger than life inflatable dubbed The Game Changer at Pride Brighton. The case video for the stunt (below),...

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Trends

How the Internet of Things is transforming transportation

Technology has become an essential part of modern life. It influences almost every aspect from work to entertainment. Additionally, the gadget you’re using to read this text can not only gather your data but use it to make decisions without...

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Trends

Why personalisation is key for property marketers

“When it comes to video - and pretty much everything else - the more personalised the content, the higher the chances of conversion.” John Rampton, entrepreneur. What is personalised marketing? Personalised marketing is the creation...

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Technology

Smart speakers set to drive the future of e-commerce

Not too long ago, smart speakers such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home were there just as a nice to have in the corner of the room. They’d be great for playing the odd song when guests were over or proving a conversation point mid-argument. But...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Keeping calm with MoneySuperMarket

Earlier this year, creative agency Engine launched a new campaign for MoneySuperMarket signalling a fresh direction for the brand. The work was unveiled alongside a new logo and visual identity and encouraged consumers to ‘get money...