The Voice of the Creative Industry

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

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Public sector ads - where we've been and what can we learn?

The closing event in the celebration of 100 years of Advertising - joint Government Communication Services and IPA (England and Scotland) Jan 2018. Chair - James Pais, IPA Scotland Chair & Creative Services Director, Frame Speakers & Panel...

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Women in Photography: Diane Arbus

“My favourite thing, is to go where I’ve never been” Diane Arbus has been called sensational, bizarre, unique. Her distinctive and unusual subjects and gritty techniques make her images instantly recognisable, even amongst the...

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Women in Photography: Dorothea Lange

“That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject, you cannot do it by not being lost yourself.” No other photographer captured the struggles, emotions and consequences of the great depression era than...

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Women in Photography: Gerda Taro

Gerda Taro is a name that many do not know, but perhaps one that they should. Born Gerta Pohorylle to a Jewish family in Stuttgart, Gerda would become one of the first female photojournalists to cover a war from the frontlines, and tragically would...

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What's in a name?

A brand is simply a product with a better name than its competitors. I once ran a training programme and brought this truth to life. The point of the workshop was to show that creativity often involves breaking patterns of behaviour. For instance,...

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Desires of the Gen Z Drinkers

The alcoholic drinking space is changing and changing rapidly. Key cultural shifts that are influencing many 18-35 year-olds today are having a great impact on the social drinking scene. This poses the question, “Should, and can alcohol...

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101 Color Combinations to Inspire Your Next Design

Color is one of the most critical aspects of a design. In this roundup, we compiled 101 brand new color combinations to inspire your next project. Color sets the tone of any visual, engaging viewers while shaping their perceptions. Whether...

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The Power of User Generated Content: Puddle Jump Gone Wrong

Colin Rudicil had no idea when he filmed a friendly bet, it would become an internet sensation. Right before the video starts, Colin, his friend Lakeem, and a few of his other high school buddies were walking to their local Family Dollar store. As...

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Five Minutes with Lisa Hogg, EMEA Marketing Director at TOMS

As part of our "Five Minutes with..." Annual 2018 judges series, meet Lisa Hogg. Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I am a Brand Marketing professional and currently am the EMEA Marketing Director for TOMS, based in Amsterdam. I...

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Five Minutes with Sam Moore, Head of Digital at Carlsberg

As part of our "Five Minutes with..." Annual 2018 judges series, meet Sam Moore. Tell us what you do for a living? Head of Digital at Carlsberg. What does that involve? I manage the digital user experience for both On Trade customers (e.g. Pubs...

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January is International Creativity Month

If you’re ready for a boost to your creativity then you’re in luck, because January is International Creativity Month. Created by Randall Munson, the purpose of International Creativity Month is to find time to explore creative ways to...

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All Eyes On You - Visuals That Work

Brand Licensing Europe 2017, a B2B trade exposition for licensing professionals, recently achieved impressive delegate numbers of over seven thousand, five hundred visitors; an increase in four percent in comparison to 2016, and an eleven percent...

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Seedlip's spirited answer to zero-proof

As we awoke this new year, rubbing the dry grit of 2017 out of our eyes – in search of the last bastion of moisture, on the loofa we used to call "tongue" – we might just have been able to whisper the words "never again" with a little more...

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Ad Trends 2018: An uncertain industry in a state of flux

When looking ahead, it's always important to keep one foot firmly rooted in the past, particularly when examining adland, which has been in a state of flux for years now. With agencies and brands alike shifting their allegiances towards digital with...

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Design Trends 2018: Bold moments, glitches, layers and diversity

I'm not a designer, lacking both the patience and the creative impulse (at least when it comes to images), but design is something I, and almost everyone else on this planet, appreciate on a very primal level. It's the first thing we notice in almost...

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'Tis the season for festive creative

Cover image "Deer Santa" by illustrator Pete Ellis Whether they be a model maker, photographer, filmmaker, agency, agent or designer, it's a pleasure to see the amazing work that's uploaded every day by the Creativepool community. Here is a roundup...

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A nostalgic review of Christmas advertising

To coincide with everyone's 2017 Chrimbo advert reviews, we asked Philip James, our Creative Director to do a round up of the Best Christmas Adverts ever..... not just this year! 'Though I am a sucker for a new technology, new cinematic quality and...

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AI in Voice needs UX - are your UX skills developed enough?

The most exciting projects I’ve ever worked on were ones where challenges were presented through the change and innovation of technology, which ultimately affects social culture, communication and human interaction. We are now experiencing fast...

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Today's colour surge in beauty

Undeniably bold, new and exciting rules for colour are appearing throughout design in diverse sectors. As the new aesthetic Colour Surge takes over, we’re observing a rise in unusual colour pairings in brand identities, brash, bright candy tones in...

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Creative Stranger Things are happening

Next weekend the world will be turned upside down as the 80s return for Halloween in the style of Stranger Things inspired costumes and activations to celebrate the release of Season 2 on October 27th on Netflix. Topshop has teamed up with Netflix...

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Top 13 Inspired Halloween Projects for 2017

Cover photo: National Express by 3 Colours Rule I am always blown away by the variety, quality and quantity of creative work uploaded to Creativepool every single day. I delve into the site and an hour later, not unlike a Wikipedia black hole, I...

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I eat therefore I am - branding today's edible experiences

The food and drink landscape today has many different faces. But, one which continues full steam ahead is its wonderous reflection of people’s desire for experience over things. And now more than ever, how we fuel ourselves makes a statement...

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A study of a new simplicity in design

Each year we are presented with a new wave of minimalism. Our lives are full on, cluttered and constant. As a result we desire a sense of stripped back clarity. As this desire for all things simple continues to grow, we are noticing more elegant and...

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Five Reasons to use Professional Creative Crowdsourcing

Businesses have been using the internet to outsource work to the crowd for over ten years now. Coined “crowdsourcing” by Wired writer Jeff Howe in 2006, brands continue to dabble with the art with varied success. In just the world of...

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Don’t let the obsession kill you

Ever since I remember I was always obsessed with something. The first obsession I remember taking over me was collecting Lego sets at a very young age. It drove my dad insane, because living in post-communist Poland western Lego sets were pretty...

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