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Drawing the line on creative tinkering

There’s an inbuilt need in all good creatives to strive for perfection. It’s a blessing that can help great design but it can also be a curse. Our house number plaque was always irritatingly tilted. It poked my obsessive brain every time I saw it winking at me in defiance of the existence of spirit levels. It’s fixed now… and furthermore, I moved it to line up with the surrounding brick pattern. The trouble is that fixing this imperfection simply opened up the top slot to the next irritation, holes from old, long gone doorbells… poke, poke, poke… and so the strive for perfection continues. OK, so I am a little on the obsessive side. How do you draw the line on forever creatively tinkering in the never-ending strive for perfection? After all, we all have deadlines to hit. In our studio, we have a super simple process that allows us to tinker with the worst offenders, tick them off the list and move on. We simply ask… “What’s the worst thing you can see?” * Any piece of creative could be amazing but there’s always something at the top of the “worst thing” list. This simple question forces us to spot and sort out the worst offender. That said, the fix might have knock-on effects but these simply get added to the list. Rinse and repeat and bit by bit we get closer to a fully rounded, cohesive concept with diminishing issues. * It's important to note that spotting the worst offenders is a skill that comes with training, and passion and only gets more refined with experience.

Posted by: Andy Gregory
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Industry

Drawing a hard line under sexual harassment | #CannesLions2022

Sexual harassment is the kind of thing that, by all rights, should have been weeded out of existence decades ago. As a species, I’d like to think we’ve evolved enough socially since the “boys club” days of the 1960s to be able...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on product designer Rajeev Karemane

How did you first get into the industry? I was born in small village in western ghats of Karnataka India. When I was 10 years old, I used to create collages by cutting out people's photos from newspapers and magazines, mixing and matching them in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

How to hire a Technical Illustrator

In the realm of engineering and technical documentation, the role of a skilled technical illustrator is not merely important-it is crucial. Whether you're involved in engineering, manufacturing, publishing, or any industry sector that necessitates...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

GameStop shakes up the gaming scene with candy controllers #BehindTheBrand

GameStop is set to revolutionise the gaming controller market with the launch of CANDY CON, an innovative range of customisable controllers in vibrant colours and patterns. Global branding agency WMH&I, together with its parent company BRANDED,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

In debitage to ya!

Indebted to the lovely Radio4 people again, for bringing me to a form of the debtWord I’d never had come across (unearthed, perhaps. It is the preserve {lol} after all, of Archeologists.) Words this useful don’t come along too often, as debitage...

Posted by: Richard
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Inspiration

#GettingToKnow Reckitt’s Ainhoa Robles

Tell us a bit about your role! Is there a “typical” day? You know, before I jumped ship to the corporate side, a former colleague of mine who'd moved between the studio and corporate worlds gave me a heads-up: it'd be quite a shock. And...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Should Creative Directors be on the Board?

Creativity is typically viewed as a softer skill. Consequently, it’s rarely valued in business as much as it ought to be. When budgets are planned and operations strategised, finance and technology are favoured, with creative roles habitually...

Posted by: Dawn Creative
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Features

Creative Freedom vs Cultural Sensitivity: The England Kit Controversy

As creatives, we’re always treading a fine line between letting our creative souls run free and pleasing not only our clients but our audiences. Never is this more apparent than when a piece of creative stirs controversy and we’re forced...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Industry

How to hire an Interior Designer

Whether you’re seeking to transform a house, office, or retail space, selecting the right interior designer is crucial. They play a pivotal role in achieving the desired aesthetics and functionality for your environment. Amidst numerous...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Rejecting the unconventional with Dave Anderson #MemberSpotlight

Dave Anderson is an animator, illustrator and storyboard artist born in Wales, and currently based in Barcelona, who has for over a decade has been helping even the most uptight organisation find their funny. In recent years he’s directed...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on illustrator and designer Andy Carolan

How did you get into the industry? It was actually by accident! Many years ago I was diagnosed with ME/CFS and found that I went from being an energetic person to one who was effectively ‘marooned’ at home. As I had always been artistic...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Sorting our Limes from our Lemons #CompanySpotlight

Lime Creative is a boutique communication agency offering large agency experience, specialising in the luxury lifestyle, with offices in London and Beijing and partners around the world. With a team made up of designers, writers, developers and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Fellow creatives, here are five ways to start the year right

We’re three weeks into 2024, which means you have probably settled nicely into the new year and are making good progress with creative endeavours. Whether you’re busy with client work or broadening your horizons with personal projects, It’s...

Posted by: Novagram
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Leaders

#MemberSpotlight on Creative Director John-Louis West

With a background in print design and advertising, John-Louis West has over 20 years of experience as a design consultant, which places him at the intersection of business, digital, graphic design, and motion graphics. We caught up with him this week...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Using AI to support your marketing

Sarah Evans, Head of Digital at PR agency, Energy PR, offers her advice on using AI to assist with your marketing work, freeing your team up to focus on the areas where you can add the most value. AI is not new. However, the launch of platforms like...

Posted by: Energy PR
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on filmmaker Frederic Tschepp

How did you get into the industry? I started making films when I was quite young, maybe 10 or 11 years old. A neighbour worked at an adult education centre in Peckham and could borrow a VHS camera they had there for me and a few other kids on the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Colgate redefines oral care for parents and children #BehindTheBrand

Colgate, the world’s most used oral care brand, has launched its new brand system to transform dental hygiene for children and parents. Thanks to an integrated approach by brand acceleration agency bluemarlin, Colgate is now ready to revitalise...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Oxfam’s ambitious first TV campaign in almost a decade #BehindTheIdea

Oxfam has launched its latest legacy campaign, as it encourages activists to “stay in the fight” and continue to fight for causes important to them. Shot on location in London, UK and Nairobi, Kenya, the inspiring film brings to life a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on Graphic Designer Callum Rowney

How did you get into the industry? After graduating from University in 2015, I faced several challenges in finding employment. Like many of my peers, naively I was under the impression that I would be able to secure a job immediately. However, I...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on children’s artist and illustrator Floris Eloff

How did you get into the industry? After completing my Art & Design studies at the Durban University of Technology, I dived with youthful enthusiasm into my first attempt at illustrating a children’s book, written (dutifully) by my mother back...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on UX/UI Designer & Art Director Emilio Cid

How did you get into the industry? My journey into this exciting industry began as a freelance Storyboard artist for an advertising agency. Armed with a degree in Advertising and Marketing, I was eager to make my mark. Back in 1996, online...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on Graphic Novelists Ritwick Roy & Riddhi Trivedi

How did you get into the industry? As children, we used to watch animated shows and read a series of comics that fascinated us. Our inclination towards art and ideation developed over time and became our passion, which we then turned into our...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The World’s First Augmented Performance Agency #CompanySpotlight

It’s one of those ideas that you’re amazed nobody had before. Will Scougal, however, was the one to finally give it wings as the Founder and MD at Make My Day. The idea in question was using augmented reality to bring brands into...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Why are Rebrands all Starting to Look the Same?

Ever since branding made its mark in the commercial world, rebranding has been a constant companion, keeping the edges fresh and reimagining brands for multiple generations. From 1950s post-war mergers to today's more elaborate digital reinventions,...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on freelance graphic designer Harriet Hamilton-Jones

How did you get into the industry? I knew from when I was around 14 I wanted to be a graphic designer, someone came into my school and did a graphic design class, based on drawing in perspective, after that class I knew that’s what I wanted to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

#GettingToKnow Bader Rutter CCO Ned Brown

Tell us a bit about your role! Is there a “typical” day? I oversee creative output across the agency for our 20 clients and for a group of roughly 65 talented, brilliant, fascinating people. This group represents design, art direction,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Icons as part of a visual identity

The other day we were discussing the use of iconography with one of our clients as part of their organisation’s rebrand. After completing an audit of their marketing materials we pointed out that although they used a range of icons within their...

Posted by: Lark

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