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Features

Behind the Idea: Giving the gift of reading this Christmas

Last month, Penguin Random House collaborated with London-based studio Anyways Creative to create the ‘Books Make Us Better’ campaign to promote the joy of reading by gifting books at Christmas. The campaign aims to appeal to readers of...

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Inspiration

She Became An Art Director In Less Than A Year

Today, I take a drive with my amazing girlfriend, Sierra Eidson, who became an Art Director in less than a year. Her story is that of a career change and searching for where you belong, moving from Account Service to Strategy and ending up as a...

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Leaders

Shooting Prince Andrew

So it's 6.30 pm and I'm sitting feet up on the sofa with the telly on when my phone goes. 'Mark Harrison? You've been recommended - are you free for a shoot tomorrow?' "Who is it?" I reply with a harrumph. I ponder as I have a dishwasher being...

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Inspiration

Agency Spotlight: The eclectic passions of the Deep

Deep is a design agency focused on branding, design for print and digital communications. The agency has existed since the turn of the century and has spent the last 20 years carving out a niche for itself on London’s fashionable Union Street....

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Leaders

Red vs Blue - Colouring Corbyn and Branding Bojo

Politics and marketing have never been so closely entwined in an age of 24-hour news and false facts. But after three years of Brexit burnout, the marketing teams behind the parties fighting in today’s historic general election have never had a...

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Inspiration

Behind the Idea: The secret AR cocktail menu 

Augmented reality is still something of an outlier when it comes to the marketing space. There have been many brands that have dipped their toes into the technology, of course, but to the layman, it’s still perceived as a gimmick that’s...

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Inspiration

I Suck

As creatives, we are so damn hard on ourselves. Every Art Director or Copywriter has felt like they suck or that they're an imposter at some point in their career. I know I've definitely dealt with my fair share of self doubt in my creative...

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Leaders

Is an Internet Without Advertising Possible?

What does your digital utopia look like? Can the internet be governed? Or do we have to fundamentally change how it works? I believe that the internet would benefit greatly from having all advertising removed. It feels weird to think about that....

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Inspiration

Behind the Idea: Grey unleashes the Hunger Hammer on hungry gamers

Last week, Pringles unveiled a rather unique gaming headset that doubles as an automatic Pringles dispenser. Whilst it might sound on the surface like some form of particularly creative torture, this bizarre invention was actually dreamt up by Grey...

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Leaders

The unique creative culture of Royal Tunbridge Wells

As the agency prepares to turn 50 next year, Southpaw's MD Tom Poynter highlights the creative culture of one of England's best-loved spa towns. Situated in the heart of ‘The Garden of England’, this spa town takes its name from the...

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Leaders

Vodafone discover that connection is key to unlocking creativity

Half of all small businesses in the creative industry say that technology levels the creative playing field in a fiercely competitive industry according to new findings launched this week by Vodafone. The research, which surveyed 500 creative...

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Workshop

Tons Of Tips For New Art Directors and Copywriters

What advice would you give Art Directors and Copywriters trying to get into the advertising industry? This compilation video holds the answers to that question from over 15 Advertising Creatives. The advice varies from entry-level pros to seasoned...

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Leaders

Is Son-Heung-min the biggest brand in South Korea?

Son-Heung-min is more than just a footballer in South Korea and a new short documentary-style film for Bleacher Report Football proves it. The forward, who currently plays for north London club Tottenham Hotspur, has been in England since 2015, but...

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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Managing your finances

Okay, so this is a tough one for most people to be honest, but as a freelancer, this is very important. You don’t know when your next paycheque is coming in and have to do your own accounts. When you set up as a freelancer, you have three...

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Leaders

Almost Famous: Shining the spotlight on celebrity relations

Just how far does the apple fall from the tree? Does Sibling rivalry multiply in the face of fame? Barnaby Slater interviews family members of famous figures in new podcast series Almost Famous. You probably haven’t heard of Barnaby Slater....

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Leaders

How ad agencies can tackle sexual harassment

One in 10 advertising industry employees have suffered sexual harassment at work in the last 12 months, a recent report by think tank Credos revealed. These shocking findings came despite previous steps taken by the industry to stamp out such...

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Inspiration

How M&S brought the virtual world of Christmas ads to life

Every year, the highly anticipated Christmas advertisements mark the start of the festive season. As in previous years, the Christmas ads in 2019 follow the same generic theme of an emotionally-driven story where the public falls in love with the...

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Workshop

How ads are born

One of the most frequent questions I get from students is: "What are the steps a project goes through in an advertising agency?" Today, I'll take you through the process of an ad's lifecycle from the initial briefing to the final execution. This is...

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Inspiration

Does advertising lack originality?

They say Christmas is a time for giving. But first it’s a time for watching all the big brand ads so we can decide what to give and where to spend our money. And with the bulk of this year’s spots now released, what do they say about the...

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Leaders

The trouble with buzzwords in branding

I can’t help but sigh when I hear someone talking about buzzwords. Or using them. Or… you get the idea. The problem is the advertising and marketing industries love a buzzword but they don’t always use them responsibly. So - get...

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Leaders

Saatchi & Saatchi creates Fake Views for Operation Black Vote

Operation Black Vote (OBV) has launched a campaign that uses real quotes from politicians to encourage Britain's youth, particularly Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, to register to vote. Created by Saatchi & Saatchi London, a hard-hitting...

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Industry

Global Creative Calendar: December 2019

While most of this decade is history, I hope you are ready, willing and able to celebrate the best days yet to come. Are you focused on sharpening your skills for the new year ahead? If so, some of the world's most elite organisers are preparing to...