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Inspiration

The Relentless Free Spirit of Clare Reeves

We don't often feature voice artists around these parts - but when we do, we make sure they are among the most inspiring creatives out there. There are a lot of misconceptions about performing arts, and freelance voice artist Clare Reeves knows them...

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The Determination of Emma Clayton

They say there is no conventional path into the industry. This was precisely the case of graphic designer Emma Clayton. Emma did not exactly know what she wanted to do when she left school, but creativity was on top of her mind as a plausible...

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The systematic lenses of Gasper De Souza

Some creatives fear process. This is not the case of videographer, editor and writer Gasper De Souza. Born in Mumbai and now living in Goa, India, Gasper's creative process is structured and organised, filled with little tricks and tips that make...

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Learning to take constructive feedback with Sinelab

Every work of art is like a child to its author. If you're creating a game, writing a book or spending time on an illustration, it is natural to feel attached to it. But how are you going to learn if you don't stay detached from your works? Digital...

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The unstoppable curiosity of Paul Vosloo

It may sound cliché, but it's hard to dismiss the role of curiosity in the creative process. Senior brand designer at Teamspirit Paul Vosloo can tell quite a few stories about that fact. Intrigued by the prospects of a career in creativity, a...

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Melodies of Storytelling in Jonathan Yates

There is no secret formula to success. But many would say that your biggest achievements will stem from your own creative passion. Passion, Resilience, Determination and Curiosity. These the four magic words freelance composer and musician Johnny...

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Learning the Power of Switching Off with Ryan Brown

You're reading this sentence on a screen. No matter how big or small, that screen is with you for most of your day and keeps you connected at all times. Technology has changed the way we all create and experience creativity, but it is also important...

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The Spark of Creativity in Easy Animal Studio

It took us long enough to finally get through to Easy Animal Studio for our Company Spotlights, but we've been eager to talk about this lovely and crazy bunch for every second of that long wait. The best thing about creativity is that you often...

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The Fluidity of Structure with Gordon Greaves

You'll often hear writers say that structure is important. Structure is what holds a story together. Structure is sometimes what propels a story forward. Structure is loved, but also much hated. But even within the strict rigidity of structure,...

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The Mathematical Artistry of Simone de Gale Architects

They say there is no way you could get a lover of human sciences to enjoy maths. This may lead some people to believe that artists can never be good with numbers, but Simone de Gale's architectural firm is ready to prove the world wrong. With a...

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The Bursting Delicacy of Nayeli Lavanderos

It's hard to find a spot that feels out of place in Nayeli Lavanderos' works. Nayeli's style somehow feels delicate and punchy at the same time, striking that perfect balance between fragility and confidence which makes her art so attractive to the...

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Mark Harfield's Long-Lasting Love for Art

Mark Harfield wants to be like Pierre Soulages, Al Hirshfeld or Jean-Jacques Sempé. He wants to keep loving art for the rest of his life, and work hard enough to keep creating in his twilight years - perhaps as he enjoys some nice travel across...

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The Blind Passion of Augusto Correia

"Don't learn advertising. Learn people." Associate creative director Augusto Correia has an ardent passion for creativity. You can easily get that from his words, and how vehemently he talks about his craft. Born a musician and grown in advertising,...

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Phillip Powdrill's Love for Learning

Luck is an important factor at any given time in life. There is always a certain degree of planning ahead, but you would be surprised by the amount of sheer luck that is needed to actually break through. Now, you could argue that opportunities don't...

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The Heartwarming Illustrations of Izabela Ciesinska

It's always surprising to realise how much you can learn about a creative by just looking at their work. When we look at Izabela Ciesinska's illustrations, we see warmth, passion, affection and love for art and family. We see an interest in...

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The Creative Energy, Teamwork and Motivation of SMACK Agency

It is unusual to hear someone say that they always start working near the end of a deadline, because they are far more productive under pressure. Though one may think that this is the easiest way to mess up, SMACK agency and its co-founder Lubna...

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Teresa Chan's Fragrant Creativity in Isolation

You can often hear that artists and creatives tend to feel lonely much more easily. Be it for an enhanced kind of sensitivity or a particular disposition of character, being a professional creative can be isolating and a global pandemic isn't...

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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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The Art of Change with Jabeen Qadri

We hear it all the time - art can change people. Creativity in itself can change people, but we did not know to which extent until we've had a chance to speak with freelance illustrator Jabeen Qadri. Jabeen was stuck in a field of study which made...

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Pleasure in Small Things with Dmitry Pushkarev

Dmitry's story is one of jaw-drops, twists, turns and dreams. Born a soldier, grown a policeman, turned carpenter and then 3D modeller, we are fascinated by the range of experiences Dmitry has lived in his life and we are impatient to share them with...

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Learning the Unexpected with Philip Giancola

You never know when the muse of creativity is going to engulf you in one of its legendary and life-changing moments of epiphany. Filmmaker Philip Giancola has dropped out of high school in his teenage years, only to then fall in love with movies...

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Alexandra Wong's Dreams of Pastel and Watercolour

Far too often you can hear of unsupportive parents, friends or tutors who don't believe in the same dreams as you do. Sometimes it's enough to hear the wrong sentence from the right person, and one might end up on a path they're bound to regret...

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The Overwhelming Team Motivation of Yolo Films

Sven Lehmann first approached the wonders technology with a PC with a 45-megabytes hard drive. He used to play DuckTales on it. Now Sven and his company, yolo films, are shooting films from remote, without the need for the crew to be physically...

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The Symphony of Brice Cagan

We rarely do feature musicians around these parts, but there are so many incredible composers and sound artists in the community and we are thrilled every time we find some new talent here and there. Brice Cagan is everything our editor will never...

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Learning Creativity with Muneebah Waheed

You could get lost in the sheer amount of skills Muneebah Waheed has cultivated over time. Starting with nothing but the dream of becoming a creative, Muneebah set out on a journey of constant learning and fascination, from graphic design to...

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Member Spotlight: The Determination of Sidney Berthier

Determination can go a long way. Though VCNI junior video editor Sidney Berthier doesn't explicitly say it, he has plenty of determination to spare and his current career path was solely guaranteed by a host of childhood dreams. His path may have...

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Design Grant Opportunity to Tackle the Coronavirus Outbreak

In support of global efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, International Design Awards (IDA) and European Product Design Awards (ePDA) are introducing four special “COVID-19 Design Innovation Grants” worth over $14,000. The two leading...

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Introducing the Inside Out Awards™ 2020 Judging panel

We are delighted to announce this year’s Inside Out Awards™ Judging panel. We have worked hard to select a diverse team of judges with a range of knowledge, experience and skills. Our expert Judges all hold senior positions, are highly...

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On Circles, Blocks and the Art of the Pitch

If you’re a professional creative then you’ll know that having a great idea is, unfortunately, only part of the process. If you want to see your idea made real then you have to be able to sell it. And yet, very often, almost all of...

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The Top 10 most exciting illustrators

Taking inspiration from the abstract, the surreal, the bold, the colourful and the iconic, this collection of the best illustrators around should provide some much-needed inspiration for those of you struggling with self-isolation. Who are the top...

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Indigo Design Award Announces 2020 Shortlisted Design Winners

Indigo Design Award is thrilled to announce our shortlisted 2020 design winners in all areas from Best Graphic Design to Games and Discovery of the Year. We spent the past year scouring the globe for the best in visual design from jaw-dropping...

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Great Ideas & Where to Find Them

If those four walls are getting a little overfamiliar how about a blast of creative refreshment? Two FREE places to any creative professional who's lost their job since the lockdown began. Special discount of 25% for Creative Poolers with the code...

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How to Cope with a Creative Calamity

It’s Summer 2012. The hot Spanish sun is unforgiving as it beats down on the quiet streets of Borja, a medieval town a few hours north east of Madrid. Cecilia Giménez, an elderly resident, pictured below, takes shelter from the heat in...

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Advertising & Creativity in a Time of a Crisis

Pandemic. Lockdown. Quarantine. All concepts which most of us could have reasonably hoped we would never experience. And yet here we are entering another week of Zoom calls, home schooling, and … is it too early to have a glass of wine...

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Green City Solutions: Breathing Air Back into Cities

Air Design were fortunate to have had a studio workshop with Green City Solutions last March to learn how their revolutionary technology, which revitalises and breathes clean air back into our polluted cities, can be effectively incorporated within...

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Behind the Idea: Wunderman Thompson's not-so-beautiful game

We've been trying to downplay and defuse the COVID-19 pandemic in our intros lately. Sadly, there are some related issues we just can't play with. The BBC has reported that domestic abuse calls have gone up 25% since the beginning of the lockdown....