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Do you feel more creative in isolation? You're not alone

Other writers will know it well - there is nothing like locking yourself up in your own room, getting lost in the sound of clacking keys and just letting your imagination flow. The COVID-19 lockdown has injected a range of unpleasant thoughts into...

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The Anamorphic Artistry of Stephen Berry

It's impossible to not fall in love with Stephen Berry's photography as soon as you lay your eyes on them. His love for cinema shines through each and every shot, and it's not by chance that he loves recreating his favourite film shots with his toys...

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Side projects are not a waste of time

I’ve heard a lot of talk, especially during the current climate, around whether or not graphic designers should consider creating their own side projects. Opinions tend to vary quite widely on the subject - some designers see them as somehow a...

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4 marketing trends emerging during the pandemic

No sector will come out of COVID-19 unscathed. From production to freelance design, every creative in the industry has likely been forced to reinvent during the pandemic. This includes marketing. Whether it is a larger focus on upskilling and...

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Marketers, please don't take advantage of the pandemic

There is a fine line separating sympathy and blunt exploitation, which means it takes as little as a misinterpreted image to fall on the wrong side of a conversation. COVID-19 is proving to be an ‘unprecedented time’ and a...

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The value of simplicity with Nescafé and Publicis Italy

We've spent months hearing about a deadly virus bending the world to its will. It is no surprise people may be looking for more positivity after months of heavy mental stress. With their latest campaign, Nescafé and Publicis Italy are doing...

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Life post-COVID might be worse than we expect

Well that was quick, wasn’t it? A few months stuck at home, non-stop doomscast for a couple of weeks, then at some point the industry got used to it (or got bored enough) and started to cope, one way or another. We’ve heard of both...

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Will coronavirus revolutionise live experience?

Coronavirus has brought the live event industry on its knees. Festivals and awards have been cancelled, meetings have moved online, and it's not like the strain on the events industry is relaxing any time soon. But who says this is all negative? If...

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Outing Adland's Homophobia

First, let’s address the pink elephant in the room and say: yes, things have obviously come a long way since Stonewall, and no, in an ideal world, being an LGBT+ BOGOF creative team wouldn’t be noteworthy. But this isn’t an ideal...

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When it comes to creativity, is it Game Over for Humans?

My fingers feel the smooth plastic on the keyboard as I type this sentence. I hear the rhythmic clatter of the keys. I know I am human. But how do you know? The words you’re reading right now could have been generated by a machine....

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The overnight shift towards E-Everything. Do you feel exposed?

The more time we spend in lockdown, the more people are starting to realise that COVID-19 was not a cataclysm for the business world - it was a catalyst of change, an occasion to adapt or die and accelerate innovation for those ready to embrace...

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The road to Marketing Hell is paved with good predictions

To say that 2020 hasn’t turned out exactly as predicted for advertisers and marketers would be an understatement. So, if the experts can’t get it right - why do we as humans still need predictions in times that are seemingly...

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6 ways brands are getting Gen-Z wrong

Nineties or millennials, noughties or baby boomers, it is no secret that all generations have their myths and prejudices and marketers have to overcome these to make sure they're tailoring their offer appropriately. We've had the chance to learn...

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Member Spotlight: Toby Tinsley's Natural Creativity

There are countless merits in growing up with technological advancement. One of them is having the skills to carry out complex tasks in hours, rather than days. But it also means that sometimes you lose touch with nature. Toby Tinsley loves nature...

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Member Spotlight: The Dreams of Ashley Gray

Ashley Gray has a dream. That we start respecting the creative industries as much as they respect and include all of us, nurturing our ambitions and making us grow as human beings. Ashley is an excellent 3D artist with his own, cryptic and somewhat...

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Company Spotlight: Finding Inspiration with Vivid Flow Studio

Inspiration can come from a variety of different sources. For Marcin Roszkowski and his small company, Vivid Flow Studio, inspiration comes from looking at the world. Marcin wishes for a better world, one in which we start respecting our planet as...

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Behind the Idea: Snarling Neon with We Hunt Together and UKTV

Some underestimate the impact of title sequences on viewers, but the truth is these sequences can largely contribute to strengthen a solid tv show's brand. From Game of Thrones to Penny Dreadful, from Breaking Bad to Westworld, having memorable...

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What does the pandemic mean for the production sector?

Some will remember a very specific time in the history of cinema, a time when certain crews were reduced to a bare minimum and all that mattered was the artistic expression, the idea behind film itself. I am certainly too young to remember a time...

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Member Spotlight: Love of People in Adam Shaw's Photography

One would guess the pandemic is hurting extroverts way more than the other end of the spectrum, but freelance photographer Adam Shaw is the living proof that that is really not the case. Though he declares himself an introvert by nature, Adam loves...

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Member Spotlight: the Surgical Horror in Andrzej Kuziola's Art

Reading this interview with 3D illustrator Andrzej Kuziola and looking at his stunning works of art, we would almost be tempted to steer clear of any artist coming from a medical background. Andrzej's imagination can be triggered by anything - be it...

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Overcoming Creative Constraints

There’s not enough time. We don’t have enough budget. There’s no way I’d be able to do that. If you’re a creative person then you’ll know that limitations are everywhere. Sometimes the boundaries are illusory...

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A Copywriter’s Guide to Communicating with AI

How often do you open Google to look up a synonym with your Thesaurus of choice? A writer's life is quite challenging as it is, and doing that as a job means that sometimes your brain just won't collaborate. Luckily, researchers all around the world...

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Brave New Office: the Future of Work sounds... scary

'Keep safe, mate.' I think I’ve heard this more in the past few months than in all the years I spent in London. It feels like a new salute, something you are compelled to say in our email sign-offs or opening lines. I’ve even seen a topic...

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Member Spotlight: The Indisputable Rules of Art with Laszlo Ary

Laszlo Ary believes that rules are there for a reason, and all of his art exists to show as much. Careful composition, attention to the principles of art and crazy regard for details are all features of Laszlo's work, who moved from a simple passion...

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6 ways to tackle your remote team's mental health challenges

Can you smell the flowers blooming, the trees turning green? Can you feel the gentle touch of a summery breeze grazing your cheeks from a window draught? See the sun, calling you from the green park just around the corner? I’m not doing this...

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What will happen to Consumer Trust in a post-COVID world?

Remember the Cambridge Analytica breach in 2018? Also known as the greatest scandal in Facebook's history, loud enough to send dear Mark straight to the Supreme Court. It doesn't matter that he was confronted by people who clearly didn't know how...

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Member Spotlight: The Flexible Simplicity of Brigitta Nagypal

Brigitta Nagypal is a multi-faceted creative with countless passions and a long list of skills under her belt. From marketing to UI/UX design and painting, Brigitta's passions range from digital to analogue and embrace the fields of marketing,...

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Member Spotlight: the Cool Ambition of Frankie Caradonna

Frankie Caradonna. A born-Italian filmmaker, too much of a free spirit to spend most of his life stuck in an office. Frankie is an ambitious creative, and one can just glimpse at his works to realise that his ambition is channeled through his...

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Don't believe your Impostor Syndrome

We are creatives. We create, we imagine, we envision, we develop, we inspire. We also have a ton of problems, and most of them are because of our self-esteem. Too much, too little, it doesn't really matter - being creative is a life contract, as we...