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CES 2020: Our Top Tech Picks

Let’s talk tech. From parallel reality to living laboratories, we saw some mind-blowing innovation at CES 2020. Scroll down to see what piqued our interest. Quibi present Turnstyle: Vertical Streaming We aren’t the first to admit that...

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Year 2 Recap + I Have Officially Been Spoofed

Year two in the books for this creative advertising channel. I think it's been pretty successful. Lots of love and positivity + we got spoofed haha. Here is a quick 'thank you' video: I appreciate each and every one of you who has made me a part of...

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Shooting Prince Andrew

So it's 6.30 pm and I'm sitting feet up on the sofa with the telly on when my phone goes. 'Mark Harrison? You've been recommended - are you free for a shoot tomorrow?' "Who is it?" I reply with a harrumph. I ponder as I have a dishwasher being...

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Is Son-Heung-min the biggest brand in South Korea?

Son-Heung-min is more than just a footballer in South Korea and a new short documentary-style film for Bleacher Report Football proves it. The forward, who currently plays for north London club Tottenham Hotspur, has been in England since 2015, but...

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The Freelancer Grind: Managing your finances

Okay, so this is a tough one for most people to be honest, but as a freelancer, this is very important. You don’t know when your next paycheque is coming in and have to do your own accounts. When you set up as a freelancer, you have three...

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Almost Famous: Shining the spotlight on celebrity relations

Just how far does the apple fall from the tree? Does Sibling rivalry multiply in the face of fame? Barnaby Slater interviews family members of famous figures in new podcast series Almost Famous. You probably haven’t heard of Barnaby Slater....

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Saatchi & Saatchi creates Fake Views for Operation Black Vote

Operation Black Vote (OBV) has launched a campaign that uses real quotes from politicians to encourage Britain's youth, particularly Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, to register to vote. Created by Saatchi & Saatchi London, a hard-hitting...

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The Freelancer Grind: Networking

Networking is separate to finding clients because it’s not really about getting work, but meeting people. I know personally how hard this can be, being an awkward dude with a shit ton of anxiety. Talking to strangers is tough, but you’ll...

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Behind the Idea: Bringing politics home for the BBC

With the 2019 general election fast approaching in the UK, the BBC has launched a promo for its coverage leading up to 12 December. Created by BBC Creative, the film puts the power in voters’ hands by showing a diverse range of families across...

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Byron marks 12 years in the UK with new brand identity

It’s been 12 years since Byron arrived in the UK and since then a host of American-style diner restaurants have entered the scene including Five Guys, Patty & Bun and Shake Shack. With a successful decade and a bit under its belt, now Byron is...

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Tesco continues time-travelling theme in Christmas campaign

British supermarket Tesco has continued the trend of taking viewers back to past times with its Christmas ad for 2019, while continuing to celebrate its 100-year anniversary. In the ad, created by BBH London and Stink, one of the retailer's delivery...

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Animation meets live action in McDonald’s Christmas spot

Fast food chain McDonald’s has unveiled its Christmas campaign for 2019, which is based on a young girl with a big imagination and tells the story of Archie the Reindeer. Created by Leo Burnett London, Passion Animation and Outsider, the film...

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How to visualise the fear of public speaking

Pritam Biswas, of The Commas, is the artist behind the design of Speechless, a pocket-guide to public speaking and effective communication that was launched last year. If you work in the creative industries and have ever been at a loss for words...

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The Freelancer Grind: Returning clients

80% of your work comes from 20% of your clients. Returning clients are what will keep you in business and constantly working. So, be sure to keep good relationships with the people you have previously worked with so your phone is always...

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John Lewis Christmas spot fuels fire for Waitrose merger

John Lewis has finally launched its Christmas ad for 2019, which tells the story of a little girl and her excitable dragon, Edgar, and unites the brand with partner company Waitrose. The spot, created by adam&eveDDB and directed by Dougal Wilson, is...

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All the ads of Christmas 2019 (continued...)

Following our round-up of the first wave of Christmas ads from all the big UK retailers and others such as Amazon, Macy's and Cineworld, it's time to take a look at the latest seasonal spots doing the rounds this week. Entering the fray are...

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Behind the Idea: Showing can-do spirit for Leonard Cheshire

Health and welfare charity Leonard Cheshire’s film Actually, I Can aims to inspire people to get involved with its volunteering activities through a powerful story about a disabled man called Charlie. Created by 3angrymen Productions, it...

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Renault Clio's love story takes place across three decades

A new spot for the All-New Renault Clio follows a beautiful love story 30 years in the making as the car’s various versions remain an ever present. Created by Publicis-Poke, the spot is set to the iconic Oasis’ track Wonderwall and...

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D Double E voices first UK Christmas ad for IKEA

UK grime act D Double E provides the soundtrack to IKEA’s first ever Christmas ad launching today, as he waxes lyrical about being house proud and silencing the critics. The spot, created by Mother, features a couple who become racked with...

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The Freelancer Grind: Invoicing

Okay, so now the job is done, it’s time to invoice and get that money! Although you might think this is the easy part, sadly it’s not always the case. Staying on top of payments is important in making sure you get paid, on time, and...

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All the ads of Christmas 2019 (so far...)

It's the start of November, which means it's time to put the kettle on, sit back and watch the barrage of Christmas ads already launched by brands this year. In the mix at this point are many of the big supermarkets with celebs such as Mariah Carey...

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Royal Mail puts its stamp on Christmas 2019

British postal service Royal Mail has unveiled its Christmas Special Stamps for 2019 with a new Nativity theme. Created by London studio Charlie Smith Design and paper-cutting artist duo Hari and Deepti, the collection is both contemporary and...

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Design in Motion Festival takes over Amsterdam Centraal Station

The Design in Motion (DEMO) Festival will take over the Netherlands' largest train station, Amsterdam Centraal for 24 hours this week by showcasing some of the best work in the space on 7 November. The city's biggest public transport spot welcomes...

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Publicis Conseil launches Mission to Earth

A robot reminisces about a world it once knew in a new spot from French agency Publicis Conseil. Created for construction materials company Saint-Gobain and directed by Wilfrid Brimo, memories of human life are projected onto a screen to convey the...

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Kia celebrates football fans in new Europa League campaign

European football returns this week and Kia Motors has teamed up with Innocean and Sydney/Seoul-based production company Calltime for a cinematic follow-up to last year’s UEFA Europa League partnership. In a continuation of 2018’s...

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The Force is female in new Cineworld Christmas campaign

Cineworld unleashes The Force in a new campaign to promote its Christmas gifting range while also looking ahead to some of this winter's biggest blockbusters. The ad begins with a spirited game of Charades during a festive family gathering on...

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A chronological timeline of The Conjuring Universe

The Conjuring is one of the most popular horror film franchises ever and is sure to be a go-to choice for Halloween fans again this year. To get in the spirit, we thought we'd take another look at freelance producer and​ writer Tom Jorgensen's...

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What happens when an independent agency is sold?

Zulu Alpha Kilo is raising a glass (of lemonade) to independent agencies in adland with a funny spot that shows what happens after a company sells out to a buyer. The Toronto agency has created videos tackling a variety of well-known industry pain...

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Mexican short delves into Mayan underworld to remember the dead

A new short film for beer brand Victoria shows that Halloween is more than just about scary costumes and explains the culture behind Mexico’s Day of the Dead (2 November). Created by Ogilvy Mexico and MediaMonks, Xibalba tells the story of a...

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The Freelancer Guide: Being on the job

I wasn’t too sure whether to make this an article or not. But, I’ve learnt the importance of having a professional attitude to your work and relationship with your clients. This can be as simple as emails! No slang or abbreviations...

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