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Small or large business? Where to start your creative career

Starting your career can be one of the most exciting times of your life. Many graduates have their hearts set on making their name in a global company, with Google, Facebook and Apple all ranking in the top companies that young professionals want to...

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Portfolio Critique: OCAD University student vs Hawaii Tourism

From beautiful design on Hawaii Tourism to campaigns supporting nonprofit causes, Elsie Koziej's portfolio is filled with some pretty awesome advertising work. She is looking for outsider feedback, so don't shy away from throwing her some of your...

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6 ways to get commissioned as an illustrator

Getting your first commission as a creative in any field can be tough, but with self-belief, perseverance and a solid plan of action, you can bag that first client and kick on. Following a recent interview with California-based freelance cartoonist,...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Portfolio Critique: Copywriter takes on adidas

Isabella Ciardelli, a current account co-ordinator seeking to become a future copywriter, threw her book my way for a nice and friendly portfolio critique. She took on powerhouse brand adidas and also showed off her bilingual skillset in a campaign...

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Top 5 tips on getting the most from your profile

Header image: Mike Perkins At the time of writing, Creativepool is now home to well over 270,000 creatives, with 20,000 companies using the platform to find talent from across the globe. If you are a member on the platform, standing out among so...

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How to become an art director in a year

If you're starting from scratch with high hopes of becoming an art director in the ad industry and are willing to bust your ass for the next year to make it happen, this video is for you. I go month by month, curriculum style, in hope of providing a...

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The secret to amazing design mock ups

Creating mock ups to elevate your design has never been easier. Let's jump into a couple of quick resources to put your artwork into environment to better display your work on your portfolio or in presentations. Thanks for watching and I hope it...

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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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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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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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Portfolio critique: A trip to Summer camp

This year, we were fortunate enough to have an awesome intern by the name of Summer Campbell. She was brave enough to let me review her portfolio on the channel so, without further ado, let's get started. Leave any feedback you have for her below...

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6 steps for positioning a new brand

We've all heard of the term 'positioning', but people sometimes don’t understand it quite correctly. It's all about striving to find a place for your brand in the minds of your customers. Therefore, it's highly recommended that you start...

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How to become a copywriter in a year

Recently, a viewer reached out with only a year left before graduation and asked what he should do for the next 365 days to become a copywriter. Luckily, I know a guy who did just that. Today, we take a drive with Carter Skeen to see how he became...

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How to be a better entrepreneur

In the digital age, anyone can become an entrepreneur. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good entrepreneur. While there is no single skill that can turn someone into a more successful entrepreneur overnight, there are some essential skills that you...

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How to convince an angel to fund your start-up

Financing a start-up business can often be one of the most challenging tasks in an entrepreneur’s journey. While some people manage to save enough over a number of years and others may choose to take out a business loan, often the preferred...

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How to achieve a work-life balance

Many people nowadays are juggling demanding full-time jobs, family life and other daily commitments, which can make achieving the elusive work-life balance seem impossible. However, maintaining a work-life balance is essential to your overall...

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How not to blow it as an intern

Not too long ago, I gave a quick presentation to the interns at my agency on how not to blow this amazing opportunity that is an internship. With a foot in the door, this is the time to strike and crush being an advertising intern. This video...

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The 10 most popular US states for British workers

Jobseekers in Britain keen on chasing the American dream are most likely to be looking for roles in California, New York and Florida, according to new data released by the world’s largest job site, Indeed. But while UK searches accounted for...

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5 ways to gamify rewards in the workplace

A recent report published by workplace incentives and rewards provider One4all Rewards showed that the majority of UK workers would welcome a gamified approach to rewards. Reacting to the results, below, the company offers five top tips on how you...

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Majority of UK workers want gamified rewards system

New research reveals that most workers in the UK would welcome the introduction of a gamified rewards system in the office. A survey of 1,000 UK workers was carried out by workplace incentives and rewards provider One4all Rewards and published in a...

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Take a drive with a creative director

This week, we take a drive with creative director, Mack McCullough, as he dishes out advice and insight on how to get into the advertising industry. He also ventures through his journey from law student to copy crafter so... yeah... feel free to...

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4 ways co-working spaces can save you money

Whether you own a small business just starting out, are a large one looking to cut costs or a freelancer on a budget, there is one common crucial factor in succeeding or going under - and that’s saving on overhead. This can be an...

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5 tips on how to be happier at work

Four out of five staff admit to feeling burnt out and 73% expect their stress levels to increase in the near future, according to new research from Workfront, a cloud-based modern work management tool for businesses. With these problems having a...

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5 ways to maximise your creativity

Following the release of a new report on when UK office workers feel most creative, innovation funding specialist MPA Group gives a guide to boosting your productivity below. Biophilic design Kevin McIntosh is head of design at Chameleo n Business...

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Peak productivity: When does the UK feel most creative?

New research shows that UK employees feel at their most creative in the morning, with 11:05am being the peak time for productivity. The study, from innovation funding specialist MPA Group, also shows that surprisingly 86% of workers can’t be...

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Why winning new business is difficult, misunderstood and vital

It may surprise some of you to learn that the job of creating new business opportunities within an agency, or any company for that matter, is the most difficult, misunderstood and vital. Here are three reasons why. Winning new business is...

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