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Are white male creative directors ruining advertising?

The reason 89% of advertising is forgotten is because white men in London are the ones making the ads, according to Paul Mellor, owner and design director at Mellor&Smith. It’s all well and good for business leaders like Cindy Gallop and Sir...

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Burger King’s flame-grilled glasses are too hot to handle

Fast food chain Burger King has launched a range of flame-grilled glasses in France to promote the intense flavour of its burgers. Independent agency Buzzman is behind the limited-edition product, with more than a million of the glasses created and...

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Behind the Idea: Inside Oreo's cookie kingdom for Game of Thrones

To mark the launch of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones and a new limited-edition range of OREO cookies aligned with the series, New York-based digital agency 360i created a unique title sequence with US cable network HBO. The 50-second...

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Greenpeace faces up to Nestlé's #PlasticMonster

Environmental group Greenpeace has revived its call for mega corporations to stop polluting the planet with single-use plastic by launching a new video aimed at food and drink brand Nestlé. In the social spot, Nestlé’s 'chief...

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NIKEiD rebrand ticks all the boxes

New York-based creative agency Gretel has created a new look for Nike’s customisation service, formerly known as NIKEiD, now named Nike By You. The service gives consumers and Nike heads the chance to co-create their own sportswear with the...

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Waitrose issues apology over 'racist' Easter packaging

UK reatailer Waitrose has issued an apology after receiving customer complaints about a trio of chocolate ducklings being sold in its stores. The set of ducks included three types of chocolate that were labelled as crispy, fluffy and ugly, with the...

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Behind the Idea: How Gerard Butler hijacked Enterprise

This week, car rental firm Enterprise launched a high-octane campaign featuring Hollywood star Gerard Butler to communicate how the brand helps consumers get things done whether it be a house move or family visit. Below, Joe Stamp and Tom...

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Apple bites into TV, gaming and news subscription space

Global tech giant Apple has announced further plans for its original video subscription service that will launch later this year along with details of a new gaming platform and news media service. Screen time Apple TV+ will give users access to...

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McDonald's points the finger back at obesity claims

Fast food chain McDonald's has launched a new campaign advertising its annual Monopoly promotion, just days after MP Tom Watson said it was a danger to public health. The new work, created by Leo Burnett London, taps into the idea that people...

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Sir John Hegarty airs concern over Brexit

Advertising icon Sir John Hegarty has expressed his feelings over Brexit by saying Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) is “without question probably the most stupid thing the country has ever done.” Hegarty, the...

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International Women’s Day 2019: News brief

Wunderman launches Fund Female initiative Wunderman UK is launching a new initiative called Fund Female, encouraging its employees to consciously support female-owned businesses. Starting today and running for a week, staff will take up the...

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Behind the Idea: Changing perceptions of Race for Life

Race for Life returns in 2019 with a message to encourage everyone to join the charity event and help beat cancer through a campaign by Anomaly. Matt Roach, one of the creative directors on the project, talks about what went into making the work and...

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Behind the Idea: When Harry's met Harry Kane

Last weekend saw the return of Tottenham and England star Harry Kane after a month out of football through injury. Scoring a goal in typical fashion, he has since made headlines by appearing in a great new campaign for Harry’s razors which...

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Crazy new Nike ad celebrates women in sport

Nike has launched a new ad celebrating women in sport featuring and narrated by tennis star Serena Williams along with a host of other talent, through agency Wieden+Kennedy. The 90-second spot looks back on iconic moments when women were either...

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Dealing with deepfake technology in a post-truth era

We've moved from having little to no concern about our personal privacy to a state of questioning everything when it comes to submitting our details to corporations and platforms. Facebook data breaches and the vulnerability of its systems to...

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How WeChat and TikTok are making China unmissable

China is booming. The growing economy, advanced technology and investment from outside of the country mean content consumption is on the up and the opportunities for brands is endless. At Creativepool’s Connect: London festival, digital...

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10 nutty Snickers ads to satisfy your day

Snickers has always had a reputation for being the chocolate bar that conquers hunger fast and its oddball advertising through the BBDO network has backed up that claim in entertaining fashion. The brand has been a serial advertiser at the Super...

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8 designers on their Oscar movie poster remakes

Ahead of Sunday's Oscars ceremony, eight in-house designers at Shutterstock have given this year's Best Picture nominees the pop art treatment using content from the creative platform. Shutterstock runs its Oscar Pop! poster series every February...

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10 principles of good design from Dieter Rams

In this scene from Rams, Gary Hustwit's recent documentary about Dieter Rams, the legendary designer offers his 10 key principles of good design. Watch as he explains how he reflected on his body of work and the fundamentals of his design philosophy...

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How neurocreativity is changing the way content is made

Images in advertising have a bigger impact on our emotions than we may realise. But when brands set a brief for a photographer to make something look ‘premium’ or ‘powerful’, how is that achieved? Chris Christodolou, CEO at...

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Vype launches new vaping tech at the top of the Gherkin

British American Tobacco (BAT)’s e-cigarette brand Vype unveiled two new products at a launch event held at the top of London's Gherkin building last night. The Vype iSwitch and Vype iSwitch Maxx devices are aimed at smokers who are yet to...

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Engagement better than eyeballs for brands

Content which engages the right consumers rather than attracting an endless stream of clicks from irrelevant customers is what brands should be aiming for. A panel at Creativepool’s Connect: London festival agreed that it is better for content...

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Ryan Giggs’ brother Rhodri signs for Paddy Power

Rhodri Giggs has been unveiled as the face of Paddy Power’s new ‘loyalty’ campaign via an ad which mocks his ex-pro footballer brother Ryan and the affair which shocked the UK. In the tongue-in-cheek spot, Rhodri pokes fun at...

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Behind the Idea: Coca-Cola x Premier League

Coca-Cola launched a campaign to mark a new strategic partnership with the Premier League last week positioning the beverage and sport as things that bring people together. Alec Mellor, marketing manager at the brand, offers insight into the...

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Coca-Cola sends love letter to the Premier League

The director of a new ad from Coca-Cola in the UK has described it as a "love letter to the Premier League" as the drinks brand launches a new partnership with the football division. Where Everyone Plays is helmed by Stacy Wall and created through...

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How to get the most out of blockchain

There are unlimited opportunities for creatives and companies when it comes to working with blockchain technology, including a fairer and more reliable way of proving facts. Simon Gill, chief experience officer at global digital agency Isobar, said...

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Why the word 'innovation' is exhausted

The term ‘innovation’ can be interpreted in so many ways which means it gets commonly overused in the creative industry, according to a panel at Connect: London. In a session entitled The Best Way to Kill Innovation is to Sell it, the...

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All the ads of Super Bowl 53: The rest

As well as food, automotive and tech-inspired spots, there was an entertaining line-up of ads for a range of other brand categories. Here are the best starting with an action-packed ad for the NFL. NFL - 100-Year Game Pampers - Stinky Booty...

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All the ads of Super Bowl 53: The tech

Tech companies relished the chance to get in on the Super Bowl action once again this year with serial advertisers and first timers entering the fray in 2019. Here are the best ads involving telcos, TV streamers, music companies and more to air on...

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All the ads of Super Bowl 53: The cars

While Super Bowl 53 served up plenty of ads for food and drinks brands on Sunday, there was also the usual bout of car commercials. Here's a selection of the best to touch down. Toyota - Toni Audi - Cashew Mercedes - Say the Word Kia The Great...