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Inspiration

Shutterstock Presents: 3 contributors you should know

A new online video series from Shutterstock offers a behind-the-scenes look into the stories of photographers, illustrators, videographers and composers who contribute. Shutterstock Presents showcases how the platform fits into the artists' lives...

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Features

Online vs offline: How valuable is going viral?

‘Going viral’ is often seen as the pinnacle of success for marketing or advertising teams, with the social significance of a brand measured in likes, mentions and re-shared posts. Recently, however, businesses have started to question...

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Careers

Portfolio Critique: A Rabbi and a pen walk into a bar

Today we critique the portfolio of aspiring copywriter, Shaul Wolf. He studied to be a Rabbi for 10 years and now dreams of writing and making movies. The hope is that we can provide him with feedback that helps strengthen his book.

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Features

How diving for data could be the making of creativity

Big data is everywhere. Everywhere we go, companies capture our details, learn how we choose, what we purchase and when we walk away. This flood of information creates vast oceans of data, requiring behemoth computers to filter, analyse and refine it...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Making the sun shine for Nivea

YouGov research shows that as much as a third of people don’t apply sun cream in the UK. Despite spending time in gardens and parks, as soon as the sun comes out, they tend not to take the same care as they do abroad. A recent campaign through...

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Advice

5 ways to go green and save your business money

Transforming a business into a more environmentally sound operation is becoming a prevalent trend across all industries today. Embracing sustainable, renewable energy sources is crucial in helping our planet in the fight against disastrous climate...

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Events

Global creative calendar: June 2019

At least for now, it’s pretty safe to assume that the organisers of major conferences and large-scale events are humans… and as we all know, even their very best-laid plans can go awry. I hope no crossed lines of communications have...

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Spotlight: Art director Stephen ONeill gets high on type

According to Scotland-born and London-raised art director Stephen ONeill aka Type Chap, the two tips he’d give young creatives is to be witty and irreverent with their work. “Always have something in your portfolio that’s got a bit...

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Trends

UX: The power of listening

Last month, Matter of Form’s UX team headed to The School of UX’s UX Conference to hear from speakers on the theme of how designers can help businesses grow through UX and marketing. Products have traditionally been designed with a...

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Careers

7 tips for a healthy and productive office

Have you ever thought about how office design could have a major impact on the productivity of a company? The office is the place where workers spend at least eight hours a day and all the money-making magic takes place, so you need to do your utmost...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Bringing down the house for Lacoste

It’s been a busy week for French clothing brand Lacoste and its creative agency BETC Paris. As well as launching the second instalment of its Save Our Species campaign for Biological Diversity Day, it released a new ad capturing the deep...

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Awards

D&AD Professional Awards 2019 winners and rankings

The 57th D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony took place last night (23 May) at a ceremony in London where six Black Pencils - the highest accolade - were awarded. Droga5 was awarded a Black prize in TV Commercial Campaigns and Furlined also picked up...

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Trends

Desperados set to intoxicate the dance world with Paintworks

Dance music festivalgoers are in for a colourful treat this summer as tequila-flavoured beer brand Desperados launches a new body-painting experience at a series of events in the UK. The Paintworks activation, developed by creative agency Twelve,...

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Features

One year on: Winners, losers and what we've learned from GDPR

This week marks a year since General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect across all 28 member states of the European Union (EU). The privacy laws were enforced to increase and protect the rights people have over their personal data...

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Features

Is your brand stronger than your product?

Ever worked with a brand where you’ve completely drunk the Kool-Aid and, in your mind, that brand’s products are categorically the best? I’m torn about whether that’s a good thing. I’ve always kept a degree of...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: X-Wing marks the spot in James Birks film art

A quick glance at freelance illustrator and graphic designer James Birks' portfolio will tell you he’s a film fan. Some of the pieces inspired by Hollywood movies include iconic imagery from the likes of Star Wars, Robocop and Leon in the form...

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Design

Lacoste replaces logo for Biological Diversity Day

French clothing brand Lacoste has once again removed the classic crocodile logo from its iconic polo shirts to raise awareness for International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May). Save Our Species 2 is taking place today at the brand’s...

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Technology

Beer can QR codes tell stories of songs that were Big in Japan

Rock-themed craft brewery SingleCut Beersmiths has gamified the labels of its latest IPA, Big in Japan, to tell stories of well-known songs that got their big break in the country. The unique can packaging created by Zulu Alpha Kilo honours four...

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Inspiration

Celebrate 15 years of INSA at the D&AD Festival 2019

D&AD and Shutterstock unveiled a colourful mural at the entrance of the D&AD Festival to celebrate 15 years of influential artist INSA’s body of work. File under 'Unresolved' can be found in Ely's Yard on the exterior of the Old Truman Brewery...

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Technology

Tech talent choose the most innovative offices

The key to attracting top tech talent is having an innovative office with the latest devices and equipment, according to a new report from YouGov. British businesses need to invest in the latest tech developments in order to stay competitive and...

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Careers

Top 5 copywriting tips from creative director Max Vinall

As a writer with nearly 30 years’ experience (currently creative director at Jellyfish, and Copywriting, Branding and Tone of Voice trainer), let me tell you one thing: The words matter. Whether you write for the web, social, TV, film, the...

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Awards

Cannes Lions 2019: Essential party guide

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019 is less than a month away and while that may seem like plenty of time to get your calendar in order, it’ll be here before you know it. Planning your rosé sessions in the sun can...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Building (Jeff) Bridges with Amstel

Amstel is the local beer of Amsterdam and recently, its creative agency adam&eveDDB launched an ad that sees Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges appear as a canal bridge to promote togetherness for the brand. The result is an unforgettable piece of work...

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Careers

A quick one on social media marketing

Social Media advertising is still one of the most underpriced and efficient ways to market your brand or business to your customers. Unfortunately, many clients are spending the smallest fraction of ad dollars on it. It's up to us as advertisers to...

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Trends

In an age of mistrust, out-of-home inspires confidence

It’s not news that public trust in the news media has declined in recent times, fueled in no small part by accusations of fake news and data privacy across social media. As a result, public confidence in social media is eroding. According to...

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Advertising

McCafé returns to the ridiculous world of coffee

McDonald’s and Leo Burnett London have launched the latest instalment of their We Could campaign for coffee brand McCafé with the introduction of its new Iced Latte. Last month, creatives Andrew Long and James Millers discussed the...

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Advertising

Dream Pack print ads say Stop the Killing

After a group of Game of Thrones stars recreated a SodaStream ad to raise awareness about the damage being caused by single-use plastic this week, a new print campaign from Ecquador echoes the message. Paradais DDB is the agency behind the work, for...

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Advice

10 reasons why branding is important

Branding is much more than a logo or a single graphic element associated with your organisation. When thinking about your brand, you really want to consider your entire customer experience… everything from your logo, website, social media...

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Advertising

Game of Thrones stars recreate SodaStream ad for sustainability

A trio of stars from HBO hit Game of Thrones have reunited for a remake a 2017 SodaStream ad to raise awareness around single-use plastic. Say Goodbye features actors Thor Bjornsson AKA The Mountain, Hannah Waddingham AKA Septa and Kristian Nairn...

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Design

New Butlin’s swimming pool brings the seaside inside

A new indoor swimming pool at British family holiday resort Butlin’s is based on a beach theme and includes the world’s first helter skelter water slide. The art-deco style pool, designed by brand and retail consultancy FITCH, cost...

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Advertising

Grey Mexico's YouTube tutorials kill two birds with one stone

Latin American hardware store Construrama has launched a new campaign informing consumers about DIY best practices, while at the same time helping to rebuild Puerto Rico following hurricane damage in 2017. Two years ago, the country was hit by the...

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Features

Why ecce.'s running through 5k of mud for mental health

A recent BIMA survey found that tech sector workers are five times more depressed than the general public. Of those, 13% said their daily lives are affected by headaches, anxiety attacks, sleeplessness and continual tiredness. It really is time for...

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Features

4 ways to amplify your brand purpose through film

After speaking at the Brand Film Festival in London recently, I decided to share my approach when using video in a campaign with a cause (capital ‘C’, or otherwise). Film can be an incredibly powerful way of amplifying your brand purpose,...