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Listening, Pivoting and Adapting with the Ogilvy Sydney CSO

When Ogilvy Australia CEO David Fox approached Toby Harrison, Toby was probably not expecting that he would soon become the one driving a substantial change in Ogilvy Australia's structure. Moving the company from compartments and silos to working...

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The value of collaboration in creative work

How do you establish a collaboration-friendly infrastructure in your team, especially in these corona times? Among the many things the pandemic has done for us, losing team meetings and face-to-face interactions was a hard blow to all of us, and few...

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From Space Monkeys to ITV Creative with ECD Tony Pipes

Surely Executive Creative Director of ITV Creative Tony Pipes knew that someday his Space Monkeys would lead him to love everything and anything creative. What he probably didn't know was that he would become such a successful leadership figure in...

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Learning start-up culture with the Global CCO of BrandOpus

Unconventional, yet remarkably intuitive. This is the philosophy guiding each and every creative strategy, thought and move for BrandOpus, born as a start-up and now boasting offices in London, Melbourne, Chicago and New York. Like many great...

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What's next for social media marketing?

It's no wonder brands have invested big in the power of social media this year. With the vast majority of consumers stuck at home for long periods of time, online ads and social media were the only touchpoints between them and their target users. We...

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Learning self-love with BJL Creative Director Richard Pearson

We are genuinely struck by the humility of Richard Pearson. A caring teacher, a conscious professional, an experienced creative. Richard is the Creative Director of BJL and, even with all his interests and experience, he believes there is no way he...

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Finding a new energy: The story of Tag's Chief Creative Officer

Admittedly, Tag Collective Arts had their work cut out for themselves back in August. Reuniting all the companies under the Tag umbrella into Tag Collective Arts was no mean feat, especially in the middle of a global outbreak. The business needed to...

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How to nail your brand's purpose

Purpose is a buzzword we've heard quite a lot in recent years. To some it's just a nice-to-have, a pleasant addition to the mission of your brand and a good complement for your products. For others, purpose is something else. It is direction,...

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Choose chaos, not stability - With Strategic Planner Manabu Kudo

"Mistakes have always been my best friend." We've talked at length about how stepping out of your comfort zone is one of the best ways to stimulate creativity. Playing safe isn't always the best option, and it is sometimes necessary to take risks in...

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Diversity Drives Creativity – with CCO Owen Lee

If we want more tech wizards, more creativity, more diversity, we need to be exciting and fun again. The creative industry used to be the 'best place to work.' Over time, that fun got diluted and the purpose of the whole industry arguably got...

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Blood, Sweat and Loads of Hamm

Spending ten years in the wrong place can truly wear you down. But it can also help you understand what you really want, and who you really aspire to be. That was the case for Garrick Hamm, Creative Partner at Williams Murray Hamm. Though he claims...

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What is Neurodiversity and why businesses must embrace it

It's impossible to not have at least some notions about diversity and inclusion, in the industry of today. Though we are a long way behind where we should be, the industry is moving active steps forward to help inclusion and this can be applied to...

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Follow the numbers, but don't forget the people

One would think there are enough advertising agencies out there, but the truth is you can never have enough creativity in the world. Data, KPIs and numbers dominate marketing - and sometimes this makes brands forget that people are above technology....

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The importance of prototyping for design teams

From lowering the margin of error and risk to ultimately releasing a more refined, well-rounded product, leading companies in the world today are heavy on prototyping and quite rightly so. Businesses and projects that do not believe in the power of...

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Andrea Lennon on why we should value togetherness while apart

Hearing Critical Mass EVP and managing director Andrea Lennon speak about her team, you would figure it is the most looked after bunch of creatives in the world. And you wouldn't be too far from the truth. Among a number of other awards this year,...

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Al Young on loving the ordinary

There may not be a secret formula to great leadership, but if there were, we'd say that chief creative officer Al Young is on the right path to finding it. Having joined St Luke's as a junior writer all the way back in 1992, Al has "grown into" his...

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Steve Aldridge on the value of empathy, modesty and curiosity

There are few leaders like Steve Aldridge. Endlessly curious, humble and driven by an ardent passion for creativity, Steve feels like a misfit just like the rest of us, and that is precisely what makes him such a successful and empathic...

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Malcolm Poynton on why you should nurture your ambitions

"It’s always incredibly exciting to build creative teams and inspire them to achieve things greater than they ever expected." Malcolm Poynton is a leader many professionals in the industry would envy. Grown up in New Zealand with sports and...

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Melissa Ditson on creating your own role models

"As a creative, I've never had a female to learn from or look up to as an example of what was possible for my career." It's not uncommon to hear such stories from female leaders in the industry, even today. Though we are slowly getting there, we...

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Giving voice to the blind – Why innovation defies accessibility

Have you seen the new iPhone? Beautiful piece of design, almost completely button-less, a joy for the eyes. But what if you can't see all that? As technology progresses and designs become more minimal, one fundamental aspect of accessibility starts...

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In memory of Murphy Chou, bright star of Leo Burnett Taiwan

“Hope this is helpful.” Few words can condense Murphy Chou’s spirit more efficiently than these, pulled straight from one of our email exchanges with Leo Burnett Taiwan's former chief creative officer. As the industry gathers to...

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Recruiting After the Pandemic In the Design Industry

The pandemic has changed the way we live and work. For the past few months, employees around the world have been working remotely, getting their projects done with video conferences and online project management. It also has definitely changed the...

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Conversational ads can unlock the measurable value of creative 

When I first started working in digital advertising 13 years ago and media was still bought over the phone, my manager shared an anecdote with me. It was late in the day at their agency and the team were waiting to receive the creative to go live...

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Getting to know the holistic mind of Recursive's David Yates

As the MD of international technology studio Recursive, David Yates has to keep his finger in many pies, often at the same time. Where he really specialises, however, is in taking the disparate principles of audiovisual, IT, acoustics, lighting,...

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Dare to be different

Is our desire to be different in freefall? And could Covid be the unexpected cure? The dilemma of originality in advertising has been keeping the industry awake for many-a nights, and the issue never seems to untangle itself. As time passes, things...