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Trends

Key themes from Circles Design Conference 2019

On 19-20 September 2019, I attended the Circles Design Conference right in my backyard of Richardson, Texas. It was a great mix of inspiration, design highlights and learnings. This video covers a general synopsis of the 12 speakers and their...

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Entertainment

Facekini steals show in RuPaul's Drag Race UK trailer

A gag about a facekini steals the show in the new trailer to promote the arrival of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on BBC3 next week. The minute-long clip sees the cast of the reality show appear in an old American sitcom-style living room before...

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Features

4 steps to becoming a sustainable brand

The pressure on businesses to become sustainable is on. Global trends such as digitalisation and the climate crisis have led to an increased awareness of social and environmental issues. Legislation is being strengthened on both national and global...

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Freelance

The Freelancer Grind: Understanding your role as a freelancer

I'm Hashmukh and I’ve been a freelancer since 2013. I’m a motion designer and 3D illustrator working in advertising. I’ve had the privilege to work with a range of clients and brands, big and small. Born and bred in east London,...

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Features

What PR lessons can we learn from Brexit?

Brexit: the PR disaster that simply won’t go away. Heads have rolled, reputations have been severely tarnished, promises have been made and broken, and all the while the UK public has been left scratching its proverbial head trying to work out...

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Careers

Fishing for Account Based Marketing

ABM writing is nice work if you can get it. And you can. For an industry where clear language is meant to be currency, the world of copywriting doesn’t half love those acronyms. B2B or B2C? What’s the expected ROMI? How are you...

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Features

Getting to Know... Elmwood's Ian Schofield

Brand design consultancy Elmwood recently appointed Ian Schofield as non-executive director to advise clients on sustainability. As the former own label manager of Iceland Foods and an expert on packaging reuse and recycling, he led the charge of...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Rebuilding the world with LEGO

Last week, everyone's favourite building block LEGO launched its first brand campaign in 30 years with an ad which has received 2.5 million views on YouTube and counting. Rebuild the World was thought up by French creative agency BETC Paris and...

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Features

A moment with The Visual Agency

Indigo Award had the pleasure of meeting not one, but three extraordinary talents behind The Visual Agency-a multifaceted design company that has been taking the world by storm since 2011. The faces behind the enterprise are Giacomo Bettiol as...

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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: Maximising Studio Output

Ove the last 12 months, London-based design company Studio Output has shifted its focus with an increased emphasis on digital work. “Believing that brands are defined by their digital experiences, we’ve evolved from a generalist design...

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Features

The power of sport in brand activism

Throughout history, athletes have operated in the sphere of public good. From Mohammad Ali resisting the Vietnam War draft, Billie Jean King playing the now infamous 'Battle of the Sexes' match to promote women’s equality, or Colin Kaepernick...

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Features

Creatives react to commercials: Part 2

We were having too much fun watching some of our favourite and not-so-favourite TV spots and just kept the camera rolling. So... here it is again. Three creatives, on a couch, watching more commercials. And if you missed part one last week, check...

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Advertising

You don't need to know the rules to enjoy the Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup (RWC) kicked off in Japan earlier today with the host nation playing - and beating - Russia in an entertaining opener. To celebrate the start of the competition, Publicis Italy has launched its first global ad to promote the...

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Trends

What is art?

That’s a big question, but two recent exhibition visits have led me to ponder, and think about the essential Duchamp revelation that if you put a urinal in an art gallery, it becomes, art. The Stanley Kubrick exhibition at The Design Museum...

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Careers

Why grad teams should think twice about joining a small agency

Think Small. One of the greatest ad campaigns ever created. But forget cars, I’m talking about small agencies. I know what I would be thinking as a shiny new ad grad reading this, but hear me out fledgeling creatives. When you embark on your...

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Design

DixonBaxi ushers in new era for AC Milan with bold rebrand

European football giants AC Milan have launched a new club visual identity system, developed and designed by London-based brand agency DixonBaxi. The rebrand, which ties in with the start of the Serie A 2019/20 season marks the beginning of a brave...

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Features

World Cleanup Day 2019: Zero waste and plastic-free photography

Can a photo save the world? With World Clean Up Day taking place on the 21 September, explore tips by top Shutterstock photographers on how they empower environmental issues through powerful images. When UK photographer ​Kev Gregory​ made his...

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Advertising

Burger King has Meltdown over plastic toys

Fast food chain Burger King has removed the toys from its King Junior Meals in a bid to raise awareness about the effects of plastic pollution to the environment. The Meltdown initiative, created by Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR), is also calling on...

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Careers

The copywriter’s toolkit - part 1: The secret archives

Building your library of spell books If there was a stereotypical mug for copywriters, it would have a slogan along the lines of ‘You don’t have to be a bibliophile to work here, but it helps!’ Actually, it would probably be...

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Advice

Top 10 reasons to update your website

If you're responsible for the website of your business or organisation, it can sometimes be a case of out of sight, out of mind once it's up and running… you may only look at or amend one or two pages from time to time until someone points...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: The bigger picture with Charis Tsevis

Charis Tsevis’ personality is as complex as his art. Having grown up in Athens, he’s developed a passion and appreciation for different cultures which has influenced the way he works. “I’m a dedicated scholar of gestalt...

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Careers

Reasons why graphic designers should go back into education

Graphic designers - never stop learning I’ve worked as a graphic designer for a long time, graduating from Wrexham Glyndŵr University in 1993 and working in various studios, bringing me to launch The Severn Agency in 2017. You might say that...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Unboxing freedom and individuality for Zalando

Fashion and lifestyle platform, Zalando, has launched a new campaign celebrating free thinkers and and self-expression through Grey London. Led by an ad starring well-known personalities Adwoa Aboah, Alice Hurel, Felicity Hayward, Rain Dove and...

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Advertising

5 great Champions League ads

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost four months since the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Final took place in Madrid but Europe’s biggest club competition is back. All 32 teams are ready to go for the first round of group stage games...

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Features

Creatives react to commercials: Part 1

Today, creatives Nick Kidd and Josh Dumond join me on the couch to watch a few of our favourite and least favourite commercials. Sit down with us and feel free to contribute your opinions on these TV spots as well in the comments below. We'd love...

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Features

Getting to Know... ENGINE's Lisa Parfitt

Lisa Parfitt is MD of ENGINE Sport & Brand Experience, a member of the European Sponsorship Association, and was recently appointed to professional network Women in Football's board. As well as being passionate about her job, Parfitt's love of sport...

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Features

Why you should be investing in your staff

Between 2011 and 2018, employment in the creative industries grew by an astonishing 30.6%, compared to the UK average of 10.1% according to official statistics, making it one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK. However, while this growth may be...

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Inspiration

Travel the world and enjoy Amongst Friends

Most of you know how much I travel every year. I often find it hard to discover genuine and authentic places when I visit a new city. I have spent countless hours browsing through the pages of TripAdvisor and reading outdated recommendations on...

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Features

Why aren't brands doing enough for the environment?

It's no secret that the planet is suffering. Aside from Brexit, it's been the biggest thing affecting the news agenda for the past few years and coverage is only set to increase. But if the decay and gradual demise of our world is so important, why...

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Advice

An insider's guide to the 3D animation pipeline

The process of creating a 3D animation is much more complex than most people think. The number of steps to produce a 3D animated video can vary a great deal, depending on the animation studio involved and the scale of the project itself. But...

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Features

Understanding propaganda in advertising

I’ve always been fascinated with the power of propaganda. Last week marked the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War and, of the many impacts it had on the world, it’s effect on advertising is the one I encounter every...

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Entertainment

How Desperados became the most inclusive brand overnight

At London’s newest event space, Magazine, there’s a giant octopus serving drinks, a Human Mirrorball in the middle of the dancefloor and custom-built ‘see the stage boots’ to allow for good views of the DJ. These are just some...

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Features

The future of retail: lessons from China

A market of extreme competition While America’s top 100 retailers account for approximately 40% of its retail market, China’s equivalent enjoy just 6.4% of total sales of consumer goods. What this means in practice is a market of...