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Industry

Word to the Winners of Annual 2020 - #AnnualSpotlight

To say 2020 was an eventful start to the decade would be a tremendous understatement. We've seen the industry come together even while apart, as a pandemic brought about one of the biggest social crises in the history of humanity and protests for...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

Exclusive Judges Insight: How to Craft a Perfect Annual 2021 Entry

The Annual 2021 deadline is now little more than a week away. Like every year, entries have been flowing in from all over the industry, and if you are thinking about putting the finishing touches on your entries, you are probably not alone in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Looking back on Annual 2020

Shiny covers have started to flood our social channels, as the trophies for last year’s Annual 2020 reach our winners this week. Looking back on the year that’s just been, it’s hard to say this wasn’t somewhat of an...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Riding on a dream with Anastasia Beltyukova - #AnnualSpotlight

We can't help but love everything that Anastasia Beltyukova (aka Tribambuka) creates for the world to see. With a beautiful dreamlike style and wondrous little creatures populating her art, Anastasia is an incredibly talented illustrator with true...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

The past present and future glories of Shutterstock - #BehindTheBrand

Shutterstock is a name that has slowly but surely become almost as ubiquitous as Google and Wikipedia. The fact it's managed to do so in under 20 years is a testament to not only the flexibility of the platform, but the power of the brand. In our...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Behind the veil of a visionary artist - #MemberSpotlight

Anyone could lose themselves looking at the incredibly visionary and hypnotic work of Silas Toball. What you can see below is but a small fragment of Silas's production, an impressive body of work with explosions of colours, incredible details, and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Take a deep breath - #MemberSpotlight

Mariano Gabriel Vidal is an animation artist. He is also the character designer behind the 2018 International Emmy Kids Awards Nominee show Mini Beat Power Rockers. The best part is that, by his own admission, Mariano also got into the industry by...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Top 20 illustrations to get you inspired today

From digital to 3D, editorial and packaging, a collection of the best and most inspiring illustrations from last year. Nothing like a good year stuck at home to get you inspired. Right? If you’re like me, by now you have realised that being...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The adaptability and reinvention of a talented retoucher - #MemberSpotlight

Determination or not, sometimes it takes just sheer luck to find your path in life. That's pretty much the story of Sasa Mihajlovic, an expert Serbian-born retoucher also working as Artem Retouching. Sasa is a master of setting the mood and tone for...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Slices of Creativity - #MemberSpotlight

Whoever has been in the industry for a long time knows that there is no fixed way to perform tasks or achieve effective results. The story and creative process of Motion Graphics Designer Jonathan Chen demonstrate that quite well. No matter the kind...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Are Immersive Technologies the Future?

If we go back to the heyday of Architecture, the only tool an individual was armed with to create what a building could look like was a pencil and a lot of paper. Now we fast forward in time and these tools have evolved into more convenient computers...

Posted by: mustard viz
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a freelance 3D Artist?

A guide to 3D modelling and illustration rates, with tips and advice from experienced professionals in the industry 3D artists shape reality to build the products, characters and worlds for all of us to dive into. Be it a commercial artist, a...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The value of balancing commercial and personal projects - #MemberSpotlight

All work and no play... well, you know the rest. It is hardly a coincidence that Jack from the Shining was a writer, and thus, a creative professional himself; the importance of balancing commercial and personal projects is much discussed in recent...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Discovering natural softness with Lambi and Great Guns - #BehindTheIdea

Emotions are the key of compelling stories and powerful storytelling. When Hasan & Partners approached director Guy Aslan from Great Guns for a new Lambi spot, they knew the director loves to work with emotions - and it paid off with a fantastical...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Exploring the Art of 3D Realism - #MemberSpotlight

There surely are some stunningly talented artists out there. 3D and VFX Artist Daniel Magyar is without a doubt one of them. A fan of 3D realism and clearly a skilled creative professional, Daniel has been playing around with 3D software since his...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Screens aren’t going anywhere - Hero or Villain?

The explosion of screens into our daily lives, as companions, assistants, and entertainment hubs has been phenomenal. Most estimates even suggest that screens now outnumber humans on planet Earth. The growing societal concern of the dangers of...

Posted by: Rob Bennett
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Inspiration

Exploring the crazy colourful style(s) of Scott Balmer - #MemberSpotlight

Mesmerising. That's the first word that comes to mind when you look at some of Scott Balmer's impressive illustration works. The man is clearly a skilled illustrator and an extremely artistic one at that, which is quite clear when you look at his...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

5 healthy freelance habits to keep even after the pandemic

Freelancers had an interesting year. Alongside events and production, the freelance industry was the most hit and the one that took some of the hardest blows - especially when certain governments started to ignore their needs. With the wave of...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Graphic Design and Synaesthesia – #MemberSpotlight

In the overload of information and noise that is the digital age, there has never been a stronger push to be yourself and promote your own uniqueness to the world. This is especially true of artists and creatives - everyone has their own style,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Global creative calendar: February 2021

The phenomenon known as SXSW was launched in Austin, Texas, USA, back in 1987. Starting on 16 March, the unified 2021 SXSW Conference will introduce what's next in the worlds of film, culture, music and technology, providing rich opportunities for...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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Leaders

How the events industry is adapting to the new normal

With a good portion of the world working from home or in lockdown, one can guess the events industry isn't doing too well right now. But you would be wrong to assume that the industry hasn't been working behind the scenes to envision new solutions,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Behind the Idea: a Trump VS Biden game with a data surprise

The problem of conducting survey is that not all respondents will be entirely honest about their personal preferences, sometimes in an effort to avoid conflict, sometimes to avoid being labelled as the ones with the 'unpopular opinion.' But a game in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Animation Trends to watch out for in 2021

2020 was... interesting. An interesting time for all of us, from artists to writers and everything in between. It was also an interesting year for animation, and who knows what will happen in 2021 with that? With people still stuck at home for the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The most popular Web Design trends for 2021

Anyone following the video games industry has probably seen this coming for a while, but we humans love interaction and most of all, we love games and stories. There’s nothing quite like a good interactive experience with our web browser to...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Best animations of 2020

The top 7 animated campaigns this year. If anything, 2020 has been a wonderful year for animation. With all of us stuck at home for most of the year, animators have had quite some more time on their hands and this was not a weak year for the craft...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Industry

Behind the Idea: That time Blue Zoo embraced all Shapes

The word 'puberty' can evoke quite a varied range of bad memories in the minds of us all. It is a time of change and self-realisation. It is a time in which we become aware of our own selves, bodies and sexual identities. It is also the most...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

5 Sectors to find Creative Jobs after the Pandemic

Clearly, this has been an interesting year for everyone in the creative industry. Whether you are in the music industry, in live events, production or freelancing (aka: trying to hold onto your clients), 2020 has brought a new, unprecedented range...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Designers shouldn’t spend 8 hours a day stuck to a chair

Staying in touch with reality is a powerful drive for your creative inspiration. When we ask those wonderful creatives in our community how they stay inspired, most of them reply that having a walk or looking at the world around is their personal...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

What is a Digital Experience?

The expectations of the average consumer from companies concerning marketing and communication have grown rapidly over the last two decades and a lot of this has to do with the growth in digital technology. We live in times where many retailers only...

Posted by: SMACK Agency

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