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New radio campaign uncovers the haunting sounds of the sea

Marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has launched a new radio campaign shining a light on the damage being done to our oceans despite the fact that 95% of them remain unexplored. Created by M&C Saatchi, and following on from...

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All 20 Premier League clubs say there's No Room for Racism

The English Premier League has released a new video featuring all 20 clubs in the division to clarify its stance on racism and encourage supporters to report abuse. The latest phase of the No Room For Racism campaign will be visible at all Premier...

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Sainsbury’s schedules tweet for wrong day as followers react

A Sainbury's Twitter admin named Daniel published a tweet early on Friday morning that was meant to go out on Saturday causing a barrage of amusing responses from the supermarket chain's followers. "Morning folks! It's Saturday, which for me is fry...

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The Freelancer Grind: Setting your rate

So, this is a tough one and something I've struggled with for years. There are a few different ways of applying a fee for your services. You can set a day rate, which is most common, basically saying how much you want to charge a day, and then times...

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Behind the Idea: Rebranding the Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is in full swing with the quarter finals taking place this weekend and the host nation, Japan, flying. But long before a ball was kicked - five years ago, in fact - a plan to rebrand World Rugby was devised which included a new...

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Behind the Idea: Bringing Honda back up to speed

Valtteri Bottas may have won the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka yesterday but the prize for the coolest ad to promote the event goes to Digitas UK and Honda. The high-octane animation is a collaboration with Mainframe and a sequel to the Powered...

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The Freelancer Grind: Making a clean and simple résumé

This is a tough one, as for the longest time I didn’t believe in having a résumé as a designer. I still kind of believe that, as I think you should only really judge a designers work based on their portfolio. However, as I got more...

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Stop by the Brexit Halloween horror show

The countdown to Brexit is on and while MPs in Parliament continue to dither over the decision to leave the EU, for others the debacle is proving an opportunity to get creative. As the UK hurtles towards 31 October, Boris Johnson’s prospects...

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Volkswagen inspires movie star confidence in new TV idents

Volkswagen has created a series of funny idents to promote its continued sponsorship of ITV Movies in the UK that see people in films gain unrealistic levels of confidence. The entertaining scenes include an American spy eager to show off his fluent...

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Behind the Idea: Why Cadbury is lost for words

Last month, Cadbury launched a campaign with Age UK to raise awareness about the issue of loneliness amongst older people and encourage the nation to get involved by 'donating their words'. This week, the latest stage of the work was unveiled with...

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New Churchill dog divides opinion online

A new ad for insurance company Churchill has been met with mixed emotions from fans on social media as they responded to a makeover of mascot Churchill the Dog. The 30-second spot sees the new version of the iconic canine character riding a...

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10 of the best memes on the internet

'The blinking white guy' is a meme used to express incredulity when responding to social media posts, usually published on Twitter. The gif has become the go-to response for internet users to show they simply cannot believe something and is instantly...

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The Freelancer Grind: Creating an eye-catching portfolio

You need a strong online portfolio to be able to make a good impression on prospective clients. Many designers I meet have weak portfolios and wonder why they don’t find work. Your portfolio showcases you as a designer, your skills and...

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My London Design Festival 2019 highlights

One of the strange truths about working in the creative industry is how easy it is for your focus to narrow and shut out other people’s exciting projects. It’s a trap that leads to people becoming predictable and something I don’t...

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Facekini steals show in RuPaul's Drag Race UK trailer

A gag about a facekini steals the show in the new trailer to promote the arrival of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on BBC3 next week. The minute-long clip sees the cast of the reality show appear in an old American sitcom-style living room before...

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The Freelancer Grind: Understanding your role as a freelancer

I'm Hashmukh and I’ve been a freelancer since 2013. I’m a motion designer and 3D illustrator working in advertising. I’ve had the privilege to work with a range of clients and brands, big and small. Born and bred in east London,...

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Behind the Idea: Rebuilding the world with LEGO

Last week, everyone's favourite building block LEGO launched its first brand campaign in 30 years with an ad which has received 2.5 million views on YouTube and counting. Rebuild the World was thought up by French creative agency BETC Paris and...

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You don't need to know the rules to enjoy the Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup (RWC) kicked off in Japan earlier today with the host nation playing - and beating - Russia in an entertaining opener. To celebrate the start of the competition, Publicis Italy has launched its first global ad to promote the...

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DixonBaxi ushers in new era for AC Milan with bold rebrand

European football giants AC Milan have launched a new club visual identity system, developed and designed by London-based brand agency DixonBaxi. The rebrand, which ties in with the start of the Serie A 2019/20 season marks the beginning of a brave...

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Burger King has Meltdown over plastic toys

Fast food chain Burger King has removed the toys from its King Junior Meals in a bid to raise awareness about the effects of plastic pollution to the environment. The Meltdown initiative, created by Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR), is also calling on...

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Behind the Idea: Unboxing freedom and individuality for Zalando

Fashion and lifestyle platform, Zalando, has launched a new campaign celebrating free thinkers and and self-expression through Grey London. Led by an ad starring well-known personalities Adwoa Aboah, Alice Hurel, Felicity Hayward, Rain Dove and...

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5 great Champions League ads

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost four months since the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Final took place in Madrid but Europe’s biggest club competition is back. All 32 teams are ready to go for the first round of group stage games...

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How Desperados became the most inclusive brand overnight

At London’s newest event space, Magazine, there’s a giant octopus serving drinks, a Human Mirrorball in the middle of the dancefloor and custom-built ‘see the stage boots’ to allow for good views of the DJ. These are just some...

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Join the Losers' Club in London today

Pennywise the clown makes a long-awaited return today as IT Chapter Two is released in cinemas, but excitement is spreading beyond the big screen to the pavements of London. ESI Media’s Evening Standard has partnered with Warner Brothers and...

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Behind the Idea: Taking Tinder to church for Telenor

In a world of esports, influencers and dating apps, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. But all it takes is a little open mindedness to realise the power and potential of technology. A recent spot from Swedish creative company Acne deals with...

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18 authentic fan photos for the NFL kick off

After a long summer away, American football is back! As the NFL gears up for another big season - its 100th - a new ad featuring real fans celebrates the fierce rivalries of the sport across the US. Inspired by this year’s Thursday Night...

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AKQA urges companies to adopt nature Code of Conscience

AKQA has invited the top 10 construction equipment companies of the world to adopt its new open source software to protect nature reserves from destruction. Despite their protective status, one third of the areas are under threat from human...

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Take a trip through the brain with IKEA and Sonos

Fancy an explorative journey through the brain? Then look no further than IKEA and Sonos’ new immersive experience about to land in London. The Sound Affect is a one-of-a-kind event that will allow you to discover how sound impacts your...

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American Express is Right Behind You

Whether it’s your first violin solo at a school recital or your first performance in a sold out concert hall, American Express wants to let you know it's Right Behind You. Prettybird director Max Malkin offers a unique perspective for agency...

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Mixed reality will have as big an impact as iPhone

The founder of immersive production studio REWIND has predicted that mixed reality will have as big an impact on the world as the iPhone did when it was first released in 2007. Sol Rogers, who is behind augmented and virtual reality work for the...

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Indigo Award adds Design for Social Change category

This year, Indigo Award held the honour of hosting its second annual ceremony in the heart of Costa del Sol in Spain. The stunning beach town buzzed with some of the world’s best and brightest in design as the industry’s leading talent...

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Behind the Idea: Bringing boys to men with Gillette

South Africa celebrated Women’s Day earlier this month and to coincide with the event, men’s grooming brand Gillette paid tribute to the women who are raising a new generation of men in the country. Created by Grey Africa, a video shares...

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Would you buy a car from a vending machine?

Remember playing with Matchbox toys as a toddler? Well, Auto Trader has made the car-in-a-box dream come true for adults by parking the world’s first automotive vending machine in East London. The interesting installation offers motorists a...

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UEFA Super Cup branding bridges east and west

It’s been almost a week since Liverpool Football Club's brand received a significant boost when the team beat Premier League rivals Chelsea on penalties to lift the UEFA Super Cup. But what about the event’s own image? Having taken the...

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