The Voice of the Creative Industry

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

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What Account Service Looks For In A Creative

In Advertising, it often feels like Account Service vs Creative. But can't we all just get along? Today, we get the Account Service perspective on what makes a good creative to help us better facilitate and foster that relationship.

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Making creative choices at the start of your career

Reflecting on some mentoring I've done in the past with digital, creative and marketing people at the start of their careers (as part of the Direct Marketing Association's mentoring scheme) and it is very clear to see that many feel overwhelmed by...

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How to Network in Person. Valuable Tools in a Digital World.

Make no mistake, personal networks are a powerful thing. They are a source of inspiration and learning. Will provide support through the good times and the bad. Keep you innovative and provide a sounding board for key decisions. Help you get things...

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Ten principles for creativity.

For the last fifteen years, we’ve been helping brands use creativity to change things for the better. When it comes to our creative ethos, we keep it simple. Just four beliefs drive our work: Make things that are beautiful. Make things that are...

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Tips For A Creative Interview

For creative advertising newcomers: Are you applying for an Art Director or Copywriter internship or job? Here is my perspective on how to be successful in a creative interview. Best of luck. Hope you get the gig!

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Every Creative Process needs feedback.

When you are working in a creative process and wants to reassure that you are heading in the right direction, asking for feedback is one of the fastest ways to know that you’re on to something. But asking for input can come at a high price unless...

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What Makes A Good Intern?

Advertising internships can be intimidating. But they don't have to be. Today, we sit down with some amazingly talented colleagues of mine who turned their internships into jobs. They have some great advice that will hopefully ease your mind as you...

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The Art Director Dictionary

For those freshly entering the industry, this video dictionary will help you speak the Art Director/Designer lingo necessary to sound like a pro on day one. This isn't your overly-exciting, conceptual and creative video but it is pertinent...

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Here Are 5 Freelancing Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well

If you are considering starting out as a freelancer, then you probably want the career path where you can earn the most money. However, getting paid well also depends on your quality of work, skill level and experience. Knowing what kind of jobs and...

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Discover your creative career

Escape Studios has been at the forefront of creative education since 2002, offering courses in VFX, Games, Animation and Motion Graphics. They work hand in hand with industry experts from top post production studios including DNeg, The Mill, MPC and...

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Creative Coffee Break: Make it with Adobe Stock.

With Adobe Stock, you’ll always find the perfect asset to make something amazing. Built directly into your favourite Creative Cloud apps, it gives you instant access millions of inspiring images, vectors, videos, templates and 3D assets. Plus,...

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Building Culture: 8 things to look out for

Barely a day goes by without the word 'culture' featuring heavily in my conversations. It’s become a sort of catch-all phrase and having a ‘great’ one is something lots of agencies can be fiercely proud and protective of - and rightly so. It's...

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The Journey - Nick Kidd, Junior Art Director

This week I interviewed Associate Art Director, Nick Kidd, to see how he got into advertising. If you are an aspiring creative looking to break into the game, check it out. I hope it provides you with some perspective and value. Thanks!

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What makes a good creative portfolio?

Are you an aspiring Art Director or Copywriter looking to get into advertising? The portfolio is your ticket in. I hope that this video can help you form your creative portfolio to get you that internship or job. If you would like me to critique...

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Why I moved from agency to freelancing

Becoming a freelance designer (or any kind of freelance) is not an easy decision to make. It’s pretty tough actually. You give up on things like having a fixed salary, paid vacations and stability in your financial life that some people love. But...

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The Most Important Soft Skills Freelancers Need to Develop

You’re an expert in your respective field and you’re confident that a stellar freelance career lies ahead of you. I know the feeling because I’ve been there. Freelancing gives you a lot of freedom and hope in the very beginning. While this is...

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Avoiding Creative Burnout

You’ve heard of writer’s block. This is something that happens to most writers at one time or another. They just run out of ideas, and they need to find ways to deal with writer’s block. The same thing happens to designers. Often,...

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Portfolios: The Basics.

So you’ve got your kick-ass CV in front of someone, they love it, now what? In our industry, it’s work samples. Ultimately these are what’ll get you sat in front of someone for an interview. Lots of designers have their own websites, that’s...

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To attend or not attend the awards is the question…

As we start to enter the awards season we often find people and businesses are torn as to whether they should enter, attend or do neither. You only have to cast you mind back to early summer when Arthur Sadoun, the new CEO for the Publicis Group...

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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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