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A Dirty Secret: Design Doesn't Sell

Can I tell you a secret? As a branding designer and consultant, I've come to realize a truth that might ruffle a few feathers: Design, in and of itself, doesn't sell. Before you sharpen your pitchforks, allow me to elaborate. Design, particularly...

Posted by: Marc Posch
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Inspiration

#CompanySpotlight on progressive design agency Studio Miko

We caught up with Studio Miko Co-Founder and Creative Director Alistair Millen this week to talk the enduring value of design in a “do it yourself” world. How was your company born and where are you based? Both Laurence, co-founder, and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

KOTEX tackle taboo-breaking design in menstrual health #BehindTheBrand

Pearlfisher, the brand design agency, has unveiled its design for The Pack by KOTEX for tween girls at school in South Africa. The kit goes beyond the traditional functionality of fem-care to transform menstrual education into an engaging, empowering...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

The Rise of AI in Design: A seismic shift is happening right now

I just hung up the phone. It was my friend Heather on the other end. Heather is not just any designer; she's an absolute wizard when it comes to navigating the world of AI in design. In fact, she's so good at it that she even teaches classes on the...

Posted by: Marc Posch
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Features

The Future is Now: 5 Design Trends for 2024 #PredictionsMonth

Can you believe it, we’re almost already two weeks into 2024? The passage of time is a strange and cruel thing and I feel almost nervous that it’s taken me this long to break out a true predictive trends piece. Trend forecasting, you...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Workshop

Ridding the world of bad design with Dawn Creative #CompanySpotlight

This week, we speak to David O’Hearns, Managing Director at Dawn Creative, about how a nightmare at an old agency turned into a beautiful dream of a fresh start. A new dawn, if you will… How was your company born and where are you...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on design director Wes Trumble

How did you get into the industry? Ever since I can remember art has always been my passion. Initially I studied a foundation course in Eastbourne which covered a broad range of subjects and then progressed onto a higher level course in Barnet....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Design For Good – feat. Ethical Angel

This is our chat with Alexander Fahie, CEO & Founder at Ethical Angel as part of ‘Design For Good’. Ethical Angel’s technology makes it easy and rewarding to give employees experiences for development and positive impact. The...

Posted by: ADLIB
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Industry

The future of the design industry?

Whether you’re already in the design industry or are a design student, you must have come across the news about government cuts within the arts sector. It’s been rumoured for a while, although right now, as we’re in the midst of it, there’s...

Posted by: Tony Clarkson
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Workshop

Brand identity design: your guide to everything worth knowing

What is a brand identity? Your brand identity can also be referred to as your corporate identity and goes beyond simple logo design or branding services. Instead, it includes any tangible element that lets you differentiate yourself from the...

Posted by: Think Design Manchester Ltd
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on CHK Design head honcho Christian Küsters

How did you get into the industry? I have always been interested in popular culture. Starting with comics, magazines, films, music etc I was good at art in school and started designing (fictional) album covers at an early age at school. In...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Essential Graphic Design Gear for Freelancers

A poor creative never blames his tool but in the same breath, without our tools we probably wouldn’t be of much help to anybody. Having the right tools and equipment is vital when it comes to delivering exceptional work and staying ahead of the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Workshop

A rough guide to accessibility in UX design 

It’s so important to make sure that all UX design is accessible to any users that try and gain access to it, but how do you make sure that your design is as accessible as it can be? Design is only going to be useful if it’s accessible...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Why design matters in bids | #MoneyMonth

The problem Today's market is more competitive than ever, and when teams come together to define their must-win strategy for a project, an essential part of this is often overlooked or left until the last minute when the pressure is on and time is...

Posted by: Wedidit Creative
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Inspiration

How to Incorporate Ideation into Design Thinking

Design thinking is a non-linear, iterative process that teams use to understand users, challenge assumptions, redefine problems and create innovative solutions to prototype and test. Involving five phases- Empathise, Define, Ideate, Prototype and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on Grant Barratt, Brand Design Director @ AlphaSights

How did you get into the industry? I guess all the early signs were pointing towards a career in design, but in hindsight it’s quite shocking just how little thought went into pursuing this path. Art and design were my favourite subjects, and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Adapt and Change: How did the internet change graphic design?

The internet has made a massive difference in the graphic design industry. The marketing landscape has changed a lot, leading to a change in consumer behaviour. And all of this has meant that designers have had to adapt and change to not only keep up...

Posted by: Tony Clarkson
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Industry

How to choose a graphic design company

Graphic design is an essential element in today's digital age, as it can help businesses communicate their brand message and stand out in a crowded market. However, not all businesses have the skills or resources to create high-quality designs...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Celebrating rejection for International Design Day

Design is a crucial part of our lives, particularly for those of us lucky enough to be involved in the creative industries. From the products we use to the spaces we inhabit, design is everywhere and in everything and International Design Day, which...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Industry

Packaging design trends for 2023

This year’s developments in packaging design reflect a world in flux, still evolving from disruption caused by the Covid pandemic, and becoming increasingly aware of its own vulnerability - and responsibility - in the midst of climate...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

The most exciting design trends of 2023

While the world falls apart around us there are still so many creatives fighting the good fight and keeping the furnaces of artistry and design stoked with fresh ideas. But while design might be born from the creative mind, trends are shaped by...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Design is not a craft

Ok, ok, don’t shout at me. But honestly, is design still a craft? The bulk of what design people, outside of the coterie of actual makers, I mean. Stuff that I go into work at least five days a week to do. Design when it’s your job as opposed to...

Posted by: Richard
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Workshop

Art Director Design Challenge: Go Retro!

Hey fellow creatives! Follow along as we take on a brand new art director challenge–one that dissects the graphic styles of decades past to influence our project for today. But we won't just be exploring retro design. We'll also be diving head...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Features

Why design is a core battleground in the largest debates in tech

Design used to feel optional in tech, something to be sprinkled on at the end. Now, leading companies like Apple, Uber and TikTok rely on design and designers to identify new ideas and help users accomplish their goals - whether looking for their...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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