The Voice of the Creative Industry

Browse the latest news, blogs and thoughts from across the creative sector.

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How your small business can grow with the help of iPhone apps?

When you’re running a small business on your own then you need all the help you can get. The powerful apps discussed here will help take your organizational and management skills to the next level. Calendar apps for better self-management and...

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The power of storytelling in a video-first world

According to Mark Zuckerberg, we’re entering a golden age of video, and in five years most of what people consume online will be exactly that - video. By 2019, 80% of the world’s internet traffic will be video. Cisco Study, 2015...

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Time Management Tips for Creative People

If you work in an industry that involves creativity, you are probably used to working at some pretty strange hours. That sort of just seems to come with the territory. But, this can end up backfiring on you when you find yourself working at all hours...

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Challenges ahead for Creative Recruitment in the SW

Our recent Creative Employment Survey revealed an optimistic outlook with 39.5% of respondents sure that growth is ahead. But what are the anticipated challenges that may lie ahead for the creative industries? Although 76.7% of respondents think that...

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Branding Expertise – A Creative skill in demand

We caught up with Michael Smith, Creative Director and co-owner of Clout Branding with a background in brand design. We found out about his career journey so far, asked for a few hints and tips to grow and gain this expertise and we also asked what...

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Life as a junior. Be prepared to work hardest of all.

Starting out in the creative industry can be hard for anyone, and you should be prepared to feel as though you are doing more work than the MD or CEO. The basics are easy, arrive first or go home last (whichever is noticed), and pretty much be...

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A series by Studio Lovelock: This much we know..

Studio Lovelock is a vibrant collective of designers, animators and developers driven by a passion for exploration, problem solving and craft. We pride ourselves on being down to earth souls, who always strive to go above and beyond. We are a...

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Which roll?

So you've just gotten your first 35mm camera and you want to start shooting; Which type of film do you use, is there a difference between them, and what film is still being made? For most first-time film users, it's an easy shout to go the 35mm...

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Having a niche, an area of expertise as a Creative

Within the Creative Recruitment Sector, we notice the importance and advantage of having specific industry or market knowledge more and more. Carving out your own niche, becoming an expert within a specific area or sector (beyond Creative, think...

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Million Dollar Women: Three things that resonate

I’ve been talking about the #Million Dollar Woman Summit a lot! To my tribe, my clients, my mentors and friends. And all this talking happens to coincide with the second year anniversary of me founding Perfect Tribe (thank you all for the...

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How to create ideas collectively

There’s no such thing as “creative genius”. Everyone can be creative with the right tools and methods. As a matter of fact, we are more creative when we are working together with others. I have listed six steps to use when you...

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10 Writing Tools And Apps That Will Make Designing Easier

Graphic design is a complex and ever evolving industry. That means that as a designer, you're always looking to keep up with what's happening. Internet technology has made finding tools that will actually help you stay ahead of the curve easier, too....

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Originality vs. Innovation

Originality is overrated. It's common to think that in order to be cutting-edge, to be at the top of your game and foremost in your field, you need to be original. But in reality, this just isn't true. You can have something completely original and...

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How to decide your idea

*This tool only works if you have a clear focus question and have your ideas pinned down on post-it notes. We often read articles on “how to generate the million dollar idea”, but we rarely talk about how to decide on the idea. The...

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Our Biggest Build to Date: Behind the Scenes of Amy.com

12 months, 79 spreadsheets, 85.6GB worth of page designs, 90 design templates, 682.75 hours of coding, 137 Google Hangouts and four flights across 34,000 kilometers later and Amys.com was born. Find out how we did it here. This post reflects on our...

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What can digital marketers learn from start-ups?

Start-up ventures embrace uncertainty and put the customer first - two skills that digital marketers would do well to mirror. Digital marketing teams and start-ups have more in common than one might think. Both (usually) are understaffed, both need...

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What I look for in a Comic Artist...

I've commissioned a fair amount of art in my time. Some of it comic based, some just one-off pieces in a particular style for a particular brief. I know what I'm looking for and what I expect when I commission a project. In my side career as a comic...

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You need to find time to write…

I have a relatively busy life. Beyond my 9-6 job in London as a Creative Director, I have to spend 2 hours either side commuting to and from work, 5 days a week. I generally stagger in from 8pm, I find I'm pretty exhausted, hungry, creatively drained...

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YES Christmas is the best time to job hunt

Christmas is of course a time to reflect on the past year, meet up with friends, exchange gifts and celebrate, but did you know it is also the perfect time to look for a new job? You will be aware of some businesses are winding down and hiring has...

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5 Steps to becoming a great Web Developer

Cogs work with developers on a daily basis and over the years they have developed a clear understanding of what sets apart the ‘amazing’ and the ‘average’. If you can make sure you are doing all of the below, then you will...

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Harness the Power of "Why" In Your Brand Story

We all remember great stories. It’s what helps us make connections, strengthens our memories and inspires action. So it is no surprise that brands who use storytelling are the ones that get noticed. Storytelling in marketing is not a new...

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9 Golden Rules by The Pop Up Agency

Lessons we’ve learned along the way that has manifested into our guidelines which we today apply in all areas of our work. Goal Define a clear goal and make sure that all actions reflect the goal. Same page Make sure that everyone is on the...

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Does having a specialism make you more employable?

Creatives are getting very mixed messages at the moment. While perfecting one skill makes you an appealing hire, nowadays agencies want multidisciplinary talents who have a variety of skills. We recently took the debate to the people in the know,...

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Why Creative Talks are So Important Part 4: Growth

In the final part of our series on learning how to navigate the world of creative talks and events, and how to make the most of them, we turn our attention to using them for growth - both in terms of your business and personal prospects. If you have...

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Why Creative Talks are So Important - Part 3: Productivity

Having covered how to get yourself out there and conquer networking, and realising the benefits of attending creative talks and events, we now turn our attention to getting going with the work in question. After all, starting at something, no matter...

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Why Creative Talks Are So Important: Making the connection

Following on from our discussion last week on why creative talks are so important for a sense of inspiration, we’re now looking another reason we believe creative talks are vital to the creative world - networking. This article will look at how...

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The Number 2.1 - Let’s Not Live-Stream On Social?

As someone who works in innovation and talks about it a lot, I love new technology and trends. With the rise (and quick fall) of live streaming apps like Meerkat, we tend to get caught up in the hype and noise, thinking live streaming Is the...

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When UX meets the real world with Sarah Prag

Regardless if you are working in house or for an agency, most of you can likely identify with having been part of a project team and being the only expert on hand for your area of expertise. You might be the best at what you do, but sharing your...

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From Freelancer to Business Owner: How do you get there?

We’ve advised and helped many candidates make the switch from a permanent position to freelance when the right thing has come along and vice versa. We’ve previously shared some first hand advice for both, the switch from freelance to...

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Find Talent Faster: Search Update 5.1

We've produced a new guide on the changes we have made to how you can find the best in talent on Creativepool. The Creativepool People Search has gone through the second big update in 6 months. Most of this is behind the scenes giving you more...

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8 Tips on how to prepare for your interview

1. First Impressions Count A good handshake + eye contact is key. You need to sell yourself and the first 30 seconds are when the interviewer subconsciously makes decisions, so make it count. Jessica O’Dell - Principle Consultant - Specialist...

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What makes a good UX designer?

UX in digital continues to be a fast growing area, for which we seem to be recruiting for more and more often. Being in the fortunate position to be reviewing CVs and incredibly talented UX people, it becomes apparent that their career paths vary...

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Going freelance? We wrote the book

Going freelance: being your own boss, working flexibly, and taking charge in an industry you love. For many creative types, successful self-employment is the dream. As companies realise the benefits of outsourcing projects, the opportunity to...

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Power up your creativity with Adobe

Power your creativity with live sessions from inspirational artists. Join Adobe on 21st June through to 23rd June to power up your creativity with live sessions from inspirational artists. You'll also see what's new and cool in your favourite...

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Free online finance guide for freelancers

Unsure what your freelance rate should be? Fed up of pesky late-paying clients? Too scared to take a holiday? You need A Field Guide to Freelancer Finances! Packed with tips, reports, real life stories and much more, our free ebook is all about how...

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