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How has Jane Doe changed in the last few months?

What you should know about your customer and how to create digital CX in the post-pandemic world. There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a transformational year. While Covid-19’s impact at the macro level (across global politics, economics...

Posted by: Sophia Charters
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Leaders

B2B buying is changing and you're probably not ready for it

If there is one thing this pandemic has accelerated, it is the rate at which businesses have realised they are in deep pits of dung. Outdated systems, experiences and pipelines have come to the open following the outbreak and it looks like the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Letting Our Demons Run with Leo Uehara

Sure, commercial work is great, but have you tried unplugging with some personal projects? It's too easy to get caught up in your daily life and in a loop of constant work for others, but freelance motion designer Leo Uehara believes it is important...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Grounded Realism of Samantha Edwards

Meditation, curiosity, empathy - these the key ingredients that make the life of freelance illustrator Samantha Edwards so varied, interesting and inspiring. Sam's career really started in fashion design, but you can tell she would much rather chase...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Creativity and Adaptation in Mihaly Sipos

Is there a magic formula to remain inspired and motivated? Every once in a while you do get that random bunch of online gurus trying to sell you the ULTIMATE SOLUTION TO REMAIN ENDLESSLY INSPIRED™, but creativity simply doesn't work that way....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Creating the Planet's Great Reset with Iris

Picture the blank page, staring at you right before a new drawing, story or project. Scary, isn't it? The big blank page can be daunting. It is up to creatives to fill it with all the amazing ideas we are known and paid for, driving change with our...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Deirdre Waldron on passionate leadership

TBWA\Dublin chief executive officer Deirdre 'Dee' Waldron was not born a CEO. And this made her an even more passionate and empathetic leader. Born a computer programmer, Dee learned from coding a set of transferable skills she still employs to this...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Toby Willsmer

The details in Toby Willsmer's beautiful illustrations are as fascinating as the countless career paths he's ventured into. From web design to being a scuba diving instructor, from illustration to running a music label, we have collected some of the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

David Feldman's Series of Fortunate Events

How do you fight Holocaust denial to deliver the truth to young people? How do you crack a fantastic campaign for Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events? And just how do you keep your mind fresh and open to an endless stream of new...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Happiness in Design with Izzy Lloyd-Jones

It was only yesterday that we told you about the story of Anthony Birland, a 3D modeller who is still happy about his life choices today. Anthony is spending time doing what he loves, following his vocation and his inner voice. A much similar thing...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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 Bold Creativity of Anthony Birland

You know you've really found your place when you can't imagine doing anything else in life. It is the case of freelance multimedia artist Anthony Birland, who was bold enough to step into a design agency whilst still studying and ask what kind of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Freelance Collaborative Spirit of Adrian Ciobanu

Freelance graphic designer Adrian Ciobanu has been a professional in the industry for over 10 years. There's a lot of things you can learn in 10 years, but some others you can never forget. For Adrian, one of these is certainly the power and beauty...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Making better worlds together, with UNICEF and VaynerMedia

On World Refugee Day (20th June) UNICEF launched a campaign to encourage people to think differently about refugee and migrant children, to focus on what the adoptive communities gain. Created by VaynerMedia, its team of senior art director Lianne...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Brands, it's time to address the UK's widening inequality gap

The UK's inequality gap is widening. With COVID-19 bringing upon us one of the worst financial crises in centuries, a country which already had a problematic inequality gap was only able to get worse. It is just normal that, in these circumstances,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Art Direction in Isolation with Great State

Who said you need a full crew and exotic locations to make a successful social campaign? What started as a bet with Great State's MD quickly turned into one of the funniest and most creative projects we've seen during lockdown. Using nothing but...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Structured Tempo of Enoch Kolo

On a surface level, two contrasting natures collide in senior designer Enoch Kolo: the structured rigour of architecture and the flowing creativity of music composition. But look closer and you'll find that Enoch has much more in store for the right...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Dreams of Diversity with Emma Robson

Ingenuity head of events Emma Robson loves travel, food and football. While she dreams of a way in which she can blend all of these passions together, Emma also dreams of a more diverse advertising industry, one in which brands are not afraid to test...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

There is a crisis of creativity in advertising

There is a crisis of creativity in advertising. You have probably heard these very words or a variation in the past few years. Campaigns striving to touch on the same key points, unoriginal tropes used over and over again - things are starting to...

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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Workshop

The Intense Strength of Teamwork with TBWA\ANG

Teamwork is at the essence of many jobs well done. Having been the DISRUPTION® company for decades, TBWA has a long record of amazing storytelling, disruptive design and a close, caring eye on social and community needs. But really, all of this...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

What if holding a candy bar could get you killed?

Implicit racial bias is deadly. "A black person is three times more likely to be killed by the police in America, too often when armed with nothing more than a candy bar." It sadly comes to the surprise of no one that there is an implicit bias in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

The Scarring #Wombstories by Chelsea Pictures, Bodyform & AMVBBDO

When we first looked at #Wombstories and how many incredible names went into creating it, we instantly thought: "damn, this is good. Like, Award-good." Having a male magazine editor doesn't help with saying this, so we'll borrow a few words from the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Learning from Failures with Oliver Fuselier

Few people make their way in your heart like Great Guns USA managing director Oliver Fuselier does. Reading him as he tells stories of his remote and recent past is heartwarming and enough to paint a beautiful, comprehensive picture of an ambitious...

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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Inspiration

Portfolio Critique: Mighty Morphin Portfolio Ranger

Zach Abraham loves Power Rangers, cheesy design, and sneakers but we won't judge him for that (especially sneakers... I freakin' love sneakers...). But this aspiring art director has come to the channel to get his creative portfolio critiqued, so...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

The Relentless Free Spirit of Clare Reeves

We don't often feature voice artists around these parts - but when we do, we make sure they are among the most inspiring creatives out there. There are a lot of misconceptions about performing arts, and freelance voice artist Clare Reeves knows them...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Don't Mind the Gap

If I were to ask you what the determining factor will be in your success or failure as a creator, there’s a good chance you’d say 'the quality of your ideas.' Without a good idea you have nothing. Yet there’s something else even...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Leaders

Don't leave design to designers: we're all in the design team

We are all designers. This is the sentence you will see at the end of this piece, a consideration that many teams fail to realise. Making creative projects requires going through a process. This process can be more or less specialised across the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Determination of Emma Clayton

They say there is no conventional path into the industry. This was precisely the case of graphic designer Emma Clayton. Emma did not exactly know what she wanted to do when she left school, but creativity was on top of her mind as a plausible...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Annual 2020: who will see your work this year?

We are exactly one week away from the Annual 2020 final submissions deadline. As you are starting to put the finishing touches on your entries, you might be wondering who will actually see the work you submit. Aside from being scored by our esteemed...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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

Annual 2020 FAQ: 7 'Most' Asked Questions About the Annual Awards

We’re little more than one week away from the final submissions deadline for the creative industry's 'most' award, and as the last round of entries starts to flow in, we are also getting a lot of questions on how Annual 2020 works. There are...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The systematic lenses of Gasper De Souza

Some creatives fear process. This is not the case of videographer, editor and writer Gasper De Souza. Born in Mumbai and now living in Goa, India, Gasper's creative process is structured and organised, filled with little tricks and tips that make...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Learning to take constructive feedback with Sinelab

Every work of art is like a child to its author. If you're creating a game, writing a book or spending time on an illustration, it is natural to feel attached to it. But how are you going to learn if you don't stay detached from your works? Digital...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

The brilliant self-campaign of London Advertising

Turns out advertising agencies are not the best folks when it comes to following their own advice. Constantly helping brands cut through with some witty voice or compelling storytelling, they tend to forget to do the same about...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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