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The unmistakable identity of NOW - #CompanySpotlight

Online, you can find Chief Creative Officer Ben da Costa referring to himself as someone with a "big nose" and "big ideas." Now we know which one of the two is true. You must be secretly a genius to name your advertising agency NOW. There's no way...

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Balancing distinction with familiarity - #MemberSpotlight

Have you ever heard of a no-waste designer? Creative Director of Misfit Creative Pete Brady might be a first. Pete believes that everything in design must have a purpose. There is no room for wasted space, no way that any part of a design may be...

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The worst LGBTQ+ campaigns, ads and initiatives

The most uninspired and offensive campaigns ever created for the LGBTQ+ community. It is always great to see a brand showing support towards the LGBTQ+ community. Representation in the creative industry is certainly on the rise, though there are...

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Exploring the Art of 3D Realism - #MemberSpotlight

There surely are some stunningly talented artists out there. 3D and VFX Artist Daniel Magyar is without a doubt one of them. A fan of 3D realism and clearly a skilled creative professional, Daniel has been playing around with 3D software since his...

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Raw simplicity and clarity of design - #MemberSpotlight

It sounds cliché, but one of the most important recommendations a starting designer should heed is to keep things simple. Easier said than done, of course - and yet some designers, such as Jennifer Swales, make of simplicity the founding stone...

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The Electrifying story and faith of Rhapsody - #CompanySpotlight

Many would lose hope in the event of a global pandemic hitting the industry. Matter of fact, many did - at least for a bit. That was not the case of Rhapsody. Starting out as an East End print production company, Rhapsody operates in the retail and...

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How an illustrator chooses her own battles - #MemberSpotlight

Sure, design is a business. But stories like the one of Rebecca Hayter show us daily that it can also be about something else. To put it simply, Rebecca chooses her own battles. She started saying no to jobs with clients involved in animal cruelty...

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Turning failures into successes - #CompanySpotlight

If you need proof that persistence pays off, all you should do is listen to Ampersans's story. Born out of hundreds of agency rejections and some failed internships, Ampersans is the crystalised dream of a creative who wouldn't take 'no' for an...

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Jack of all Trades, Master of One - #MemberSpotlight

They say being a hyper-active and overachiever creative can hurt you in the long run, but nobody ever set how long that run should be. Jimmy Delatour was a jack of all trades once - and only after trying his hand at various internships, opportunities...

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Are You In Your Own Way?

For the last few years I’ve immersed myself in the lives of great artists, writers, performers and musicians. I’ve read memoirs and biographies; listened to radio programmes and podcasts; watched documentaries and biopics. Over time...

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Good design is nothing without research - #CompanySpotlight

No matter the kind of creative project that stands before them, Toshiyuki Hashimoto and his team at aircord will always go through an extensive prototyping and research phase to make sure things are just right. It is an excellent approach to...

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Top 10 LGBT+ campaigns celebrating and championing diversity

On 24 May 1988, the United Kingdom introduced a nasty little clause, stating that a local authority “ shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality.” This was just 30 years...

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The best free apps to boost your creative productivity

I know, I know - it's February already. Where did the first month of the year go? Most likely, in loads of planning for the year to come, and a healthy amount of procrastination too. As usual, the New Year came with its usual amount of hopeful...

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Following the flow of creativity - #MemberSpotlight

If there is one kind of creative professionals out there who could talk endlessly about flow, that is the pros in production. Filmmakers like David Cerqueiro focus entire careers about the beauty of flowing images, and that's what makes their style...

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Graphic Design and Synaesthesia – #MemberSpotlight

In the overload of information and noise that is the digital age, there has never been a stronger push to be yourself and promote your own uniqueness to the world. This is especially true of artists and creatives - everyone has their own style,...

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Be Miles

“It's not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating, they have to be about change.”- Miles Davies. This quote really stuck with me as the credits rolled on the brilliant Netflix documentary- “Miles...

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From maths to Grey London with CCO Laura Jordan Bambach

Try having a quick chat with Grey London Chief Creative Officer Laura Jordan Bambach and you'll be able to spot, in just a few minutes, the very source of her success in the industry. A caring leader, an empathic creative and a driven entrepreneur,...

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Threefold Films' holistic view of production - #CompanySpotlight

When Covid-19 hit, production (even more than most) was brought down to its knees and forced to adapt or die. Be it with a pivot to remote filming or animation, there was a strong push towards new and fresh ways to do production - and companies such...

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From university to freelancing? No problem! - #MemberSpotlight

Clearly, an extensive experience doesn't automatically suggest talent. How many stories have you heard of 'bland' seasoned professionals? On the other hand, you can sometimes get the occasional Harry Whatrup rising from the other end of the...

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The Destiny of a Motion Graphics Designer - #MemberSpotlight

Some things in life, you just know. You know if you want to be a chef or an astronaut. You know if you want to be creative or do anything else. It may sound cheesy, but once creative, always creative is quite a good mantra - if you start creating for...

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Behind the life of a video editing contractor - #MemberSpotlight

If you thought getting into the film industry was a bit challenging, wait until you hear the story of Joshua Teicher. In the mid-'90s, before the era of the Internet took place and at the dawn of the information age, Joshua fell in love with cinema...

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Why better digital branding means a better 2021

2020. Well, that was crap. So look, we know it was a rubbish year, and we know you heard another 1,278 times that it was a rubbish year before that rubbish year was done. So instead of listing out a myriad of reasons why 2020 was a dumpster fire of...

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The Animation Trends to watch out for in 2021

2020 was... interesting. An interesting time for all of us, from artists to writers and everything in between. It was also an interesting year for animation, and who knows what will happen in 2021 with that? With people still stuck at home for the...