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Leaders

The creative industries need #MoreThanWords to ensure real change

We've heard the promises of a hypocritical industry working relentlessly to patch up the holes in representation and diversity. We've seen our own industry fall short of those promises when the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Unstoppable Creative Drive of Sheryl Ellis

Sometimes ambition can only take you so far. It is with passion that you truly shine. Freelance design consultant and director Sheryl Ellis has plenty of passion to spare. Having worked with brands in the likes of MTV and HMV, her stories resonate...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Global creative calendar: August 2020

These days, you may be hard pressed to feel much excitement about building your career and reaching for the stars. For almost everyone, the challenges are staggering. Still, looking at all the ways innovative people and groups are uniting to educate,...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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Leaders

Why being a queer creative puts me at more mental health risk

Michael Stephens, former creative director, recounts his own struggles with mental health. Ever since I was young, I’ve been outwardly known as a ‘creative’ child. I was artistic, loved dressing up and of course making dens. I knew...

Posted by: Michael Edward Stephens
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Industry

Global creative calendar: July 2020

Among all the ways the world is changing before our eyes, the new approaches to presenting events online represent massive learning opportunities, where access is at an all-time high. Simply by registering for online events - many of which are free -...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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Inspiration

The Creative Energy, Teamwork and Motivation of SMACK Agency

It is unusual to hear someone say that they always start working near the end of a deadline, because they are far more productive under pressure. Though one may think that this is the easiest way to mess up, SMACK agency and its co-founder Lubna...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Announced the Winners of the Creative Circle 2020 Awards

Here at Creativepool we're always proud to support creative awards that strive to make a difference. While we all eagerly wait for the deadline of our prestigious Annual 2020 awards, our partners at Creative Circle have forged ahead with their own...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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The Creative Ambition of Alpaca Communications

We wouldn't expect a PR agency called Alpaca Communications to be boring, nor devoid of countless stories to tell. The team led by Peter Elms in East London is one that doesn't enjoy being stiff and serious all the time, and their admirable sense of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

The power of a handwritten letter to inspire a creative department

During lockdown we have all found ourselves with more time on our hands. A few days ago I decided to have a sort out and digging through drawers in the studio I discovered a handwritten note from 2004. Back in 2004 I was an Art Director at an...

Posted by: Fun Agency
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Features

Inertia had stifled creative innovation, COVID-19 has accelerated it

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a host of unimaginable changes into everyone's lives. Things that were ordinary have become temporarily extraordinary, and vice versa in some cases. Some, like retailers, have had to sustain more crippling blows...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Call-A-Creative: Art Director Career Advice

In today's inaugural episode of Call-A-Creative, our questions come to us from Junior Art Director, Cooper Epps, as we discuss feeling like imposters, when you should make your hobby the focus of your career, and striving to improve creatively. This...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Overcoming Creative Constraints

There’s not enough time. We don’t have enough budget. There’s no way I’d be able to do that. If you’re a creative person then you’ll know that limitations are everywhere. Sometimes the boundaries are illusory...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Features

Meet Dreams, a lesson in Creative Communities by Media Molecule

Media Molecule is a smallish game studio with less than 50 employees and a hoard of creative energy. Founded in 2006, the studio has focused on highly creative works of interactive entertainment, including the one game that brought them to a stellar...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

80% of creative organisations are not hiring right now

Being one of the world's largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand how the creative industry is struggling in self-isolation for the Coronavirus lockdown. We had the power to make a difference by asking about...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Getting to Know... Ben Keylock, Creative Director at Golley Slater

It isn't hard to imagine that most creatives struggle with overcoming their imposter syndrome. That feeling of being inadequate and just pretending to be creative bugs most of us, pushing us further down when we probably have all the qualities to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Global creative calendar: May 2020

If you are shocked and awed by the massive disruption to life as you have known it, you are not alone. Back in March, this forecast of upcoming events became irrelevant almost overnight. Looking to the future, hours and hours have been spent...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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Features

How to stick to a creative routine during the lockdown

It's not uncommon for us writers to hear advice along the lines of "you should build your daily writing routine" or "make sure to write N amount of words per day". Writing is like a muscle - it needs exercise to stay sharp and fit at all times. The...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

Here's 5 of the best creative works made for Earth Day 2020

Here we are, one home, one planet. Caring is no longer enough, as Earth Day’s 2020 halt urges people around the world to think about the planet through art and make active steps for the environment. While fish in the ocean can finally spend...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

How to Cope with a Creative Calamity

It’s Summer 2012. The hot Spanish sun is unforgiving as it beats down on the quiet streets of Borja, a medieval town a few hours north east of Madrid. Cecilia Giménez, an elderly resident, pictured below, takes shelter from the heat in...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Features

50% of creative freelancers won't survive more than 3 months

Being one of the world's largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand how the creative industry is struggling in self-isolation for the Coronavirus lockdown. We had the power to make a difference by asking about...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

90% of the creative industry is working from home

Being one of the world's largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand how the creative industry is struggling in self-isolation for the Coronavirus lockdown. We had the power to make a difference by asking about...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Report – How is the creative industry coping with Coronavirus?

Being one of the world's largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand how the creative industry is struggling in self-isolation for the Coronavirus lockdown. We had the power to make a difference by asking about...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Will there ever be a 'normal' for the creative industries again?

If someone told us in February that society would pretty much stop in a month, we’d have called 999 on him. And yet, here we are. Learning new habits every day, revolutionising our rhythms, even taking advantage of this lockdown to either...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Agency insights on how to remain creative during lockdown

Doomsday may not have befallen us yet, but a few of my acquaintances dare to disagree. Being stuck at home with 18-month-olds (and sometimes with 81-year-olds) makes some of us wish we could just step outside and catch that blessed virus once and for...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

How to Help Fight the Pandemic with your Creative Skills

It doesn't matter if you are a designer, a writer, a brand or an agency; the world is coming together to fight the spread of COVID-19, and the creative industries have certainly heard the call. As the whole world prepares to lock down, knowing about...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Industry

Are Creative Awards Useful for Brands?

Let’s be honest, sometimes it can feel as though ‘awards season’ never truly ends. The creative industries are riddled by jaded marketers that regularly bemoan the industry’s tendency to invest far too much time and money on...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Agency Spotlight: Standing apart with PB Creative

A creatively-led independent brand design agency that has had their work featured on Creativepool three times already this year so we thought it was about time we gave them the spotlight treatment. We sat down with PB Creative founder Ben Lambert...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Creativepool Annual 2020 Spotlight: IMAX Creative

As part of our series shining a spotlight on Creativepool Annual winners from last year, we sat down with Andrew Almendras, creative director at IMAX Creative, to discuss the company’s Brand Team of the Year gold award win. Andrew offered up...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Is the future vertical? How portrait formats are changing creative

From landscape to vertical, smartphones and social media have changed the way the world views content. Mobile screens got bigger, Snapchat and Instagram Stories were launched, and vertical content was born. Now, more videos are watched on mobile than...

Posted by: The Flash Pack
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Workshop

Creative insights: Oliver Lyu on a career in stock music 

Shutterstock isn’t just the internet’s go-to repository of stock images, it’s also home to thousands of stock music tracks that offer a more affordable solution for filmmakers who might not have the funds to licence Taylor Swift...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Industry

Global creative calendar: February 2020

SXSW launched 33 years ago in Austin, Texas, USA. Next month, over 150,000 people will convene there once again to redefine the cutting-edge in interactive, film, music and culture, focusing on trends like: AI; Academic Assessment and Accountability;...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency

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