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Will Designers Dream of Electric Sheep?

I’m baking bread. You should too. It’s fun. Creative. Somehow messy. I personally don’t follow a recipe; it’s a pretty straight-forward process. Below is a standard recipe:(1) Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl. Add the sugar, 1...

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Think Big, Go Small: Why influencer marketing isn't about reach

Despite what many marketers and PR agencies still believe, influencer marketing is not a popularity contest. Whilst it’s clear that the use of influencer campaigns continues to rise, with 87% of marketers using them in their strategies, there is...

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6 reasons why AI is so hot right now

Haven’t you heard? Artificial intelligence (AI) is so in at the moment. Forget about jobs in architecture or social media. Everyone wants to know about AI research scientists and machine learning roles. AI is all the rage. What once was seen...

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Autism & Creativity

It may seem unlikely, but people on the autistic spectrum have been an integral part of the creative industry for decades, without the industry necessary knowing that. Thinking differently is not only a mantra but also a characteristic that is valued...

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The Best Booths in London

At The Flash Pack, we obviously love photo booths! There's something really nostalgic about cramming into a booth with your friends; getting snapped and receiving a print. All around The Flash Pack studio, you can see booth prints taped to screens,...

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Why is Facebook building a neuroscience centre?

Facebook has long been one of the world’s most recognised innovators. The social media giant is now taking its research to the next level, having announced investment in a dedicated neuroscience centre. However, Facebook’s new initiative is...

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Do we still need Cannes?

Last night I was invited along to the Cannes Lions Official Launch at the rather swanky Mondrian London at Sea Containers. The room was filled with about 50 key members of the press from the usual suspects and a broadcast was streamed to about 500...

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Jack of All Trades: Why the classic agency model needs fixing

The traditional agency model used to work. An agency builds a team of trained and dedicated full-time 'creatives.' A client brief lands, a team of in-house talent is assembled, and tasks are assigned. The work is delivered and the time billed - all...

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Will virtual reality change how we use social media?

Opinion by Sol Rogers, CEO & Founder of REWIND A common criticism of VR is that it is isolating. While VR will always separate you from the real world, it can and will bring people together to communicate, experience, and play in a truly memorable...

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Personalisation is the future of marketing

Recently in marketing, there has been a lot of talk about approaches that had fallen out of favour, such as podcasts and direct mailers, making a resurgence. Is it nostalgia that is turning agencies heads backwards? The changing economic and...

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Creative Foundations for VR

Opinion by Tom Fenwick-Smith, Creative Director, REWIND Back when I began my journey in advertising, digital advertising was pretty niche - above-the-line was still king; Facebook and Twitter were the new kids on the block. We knew they were going...

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Coloro: The story so far with Thorsten Traugott

The global b2b media company Ascential, home to WGSN and Cannes Lions, has launched a revolutionary new product set to contemporize the global color industry: Coloro - The Color Code. Refined with 20 years of scientific innovation led by CTIC (China...

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Creative Opinions: James Damore's Google Memo

Last week, there was a great deal of smoke being blown surrounding the memo released by Google employee James Damore, which inferred that women were biologically inferior to their male counterparts when it came to computer science and coding. These...

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Brands and the Cult of Celebrity

Greenlight’s Tim Waine on how icons can still breathe new life into brand campaigns. Remember that ad featuring Cheryl Cole and L’Oréal? Times and trends may change, but celebrity brand endorsements remain one of the most powerful...

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Creativity: an ode to joy, not a song to drudgery

Imagine if Ludwig van Beethoven were around today. With so many distractions and crazy growing technology, would he be as musically creative as when he was only surrounded by his imagination, piano keys and silence? The truth is… it’s...

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The Future: Lifestyle Branding

Customers are increasingly pushing for more experiences - viewed as a luxury to share and embrace. Lifestyle brands need to give consumers bigger, better, bolder and more distinct experiences. Lifestyle branding is about: Storytelling and engaging...

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5 Licensed Lions Win at Cannes

With Cannes Lions a distant, sun-soaked memory Greenlight looks back on our favourite Cannes Lion Winning Campaigns and the casting, music and rights clearance needed to make them happen. Adidas “Original is Never Finished" Entertainment for...

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Creative Opinions: The Wunderman/Possible Merger

Mergers are funny old things. More often than not, they're lambasted as job-eating, austerity driven moves that are more about branding than innovation, and result in work that lacks personality and clients feeling like they've been thrown from...

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Consumers don’t want advertising bullsh*t

A view from Jason Foo... WARC’s ‘Lessons from the world’s best campaigns’ session at Cannes Lions was an impressive showcase in how brands ought to focus less on talk, and more on action. Josy Paul, Chairman and Chief...

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How AI can help us be more human again

From Leonardo da Vinci to the writer Zora Neale Hurston, artists throughout the ages have been inspired by muses. Today’s muses come in a very different form, however - like IBM cognitive computing system Watson. “It’s a new...

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Creative Opinion: Brands can no longer afford to ignore diversity

Pam Grossman, Director of Visual Trends at Getty Images, explains how, whilst they have made significant progress, brands still have their work cut out for them if they want to champion true diversity. Pam Grossman​ Technological advances have...

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How our office disco loo boosted business performance

A view from Mike Cullis... I’m a big believer that a workplace should both reflect and inspire the spirit of a business because it has such a fundamental impact on teams of people, quality of work and, ultimately, success and profitability. Soul...

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5 ways to boost your content for foreign markets

Robert Gorby, VP of SMB Business at SDL, examines 5 simple ways in which marketers and advertisers can boost their localisation efforts without spending a fortune. You would have to have been living on a desert island or under a rock to have missed...

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Beyond Billboards: The true potential of OOH

When the vast majority of us hear or read the phrase "out-of-home advertising," we picture exactly the same thing; billboards. Big, beautiful billboards. They still occupy our high streets and motorways despite the incredible shift into the digital...

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Cannes Lions 2017: Artificial Intelligence with Wain Choi

In partnership with 90 Seconds, Creativepool caught up with the Wain Choi, Chief Creative Officer for Cheil Worldwide Seoul, at Havas Cafe in Cannes. Wain explained the importance of representing creative work, and inspiring the creatives of the...

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Cannes Lions 2017: The influence of imagery with Paul Foster

We took a break from the busy, bustling crowds on the Croisette and sat down with Paul Foster, Senior Director, Creative Content at Getty Images to talk about the 20th Year of Young Lions and imagery at Havas Cafe. Paul believes in the power of...

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