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Features

Simon Shaw - Exposure

What do you actually do? I am the Creative Director of exposure. We sometimes discuss amongst ourselves what it is a modern creative director does. At exposure my job falls into four main sections; idea architect, creative conductor, talent scout...

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Entertainment

Does the UK really need a 'men-only' radio station?

Depending where you reside in the UK, you may be a listener to XFM. The original home of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, its format has largely been studenty, with a playlist dedicated to indie guitar bands, and a presenter roster of music buffs...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advertising

Will the BA fire ruin their Christmas campaign?

With the Autumn hardly upon us, British Airways are set to launch their Christmas travel campaign. It's a digital affair, as you might imagine, and builds on their 'No Place Like Home' concept launched earlier this year. The ads use quirky sayings,...

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Inspiration

Heidi and Hallbery: A unique blend of advertising and print design

We all know the agency Mother. Great client list, lots of awards, reputation for ace campaigns; but nobody really associates them with scarves. Until now, that is. Introducing Heidi Pridham and Nick Hallbery. Nick's a leading creative at Mother and...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Land Rover's misadventure on Instagram

Everything's viral, everything's multi-platform, everything's connected, everything's social. The advertising world isn't happy these days, unless it's combining some social network with some digital device to produce something everybody can stand...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Entertainment

Simon Cowell: The master of marketing

What is Simon Cowell? A TV presenter? A music producer? An pop manager? Well, undeniably all these things; but ultimately he's one of the most accomplished marketeers the UK has ever created. Just look at his greatest achievement. He not only...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Striking cigarette ads from another age

Of course, these days, being a smoker is only slightly less offensive than kitten killing. But it wasn't always that way. Indeed, there was a time when everyone from doctors to movie stars - even prospective presidents - were more than happy to...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Technology

The quick guide to Google 'Alphabet'

'As Sergey and I wrote in the original founders letter 11 years ago, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, we also said that you could expect us to make “smaller bets in areas that...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Design

Never mind the budgets, here's the Sex Pistols credit card

For an old punk like me, these are bemusing times. The Sex Pistols, those standard-bearers of all things noisy and anarchic, are back in the news. Or, to be more accurate, the graphics produced for them by Jamie Reid, have re-appeared. This should be...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Entertainment

What we've learned from the new James Bond: Spectre trailer

You saw it, right? How could you miss it? Even ITV's News At Ten ran the trailer for 'SPECTRE', the next episode in the most successful movie franchise ever - James Bond. Immediately the world took to social media (or at least the section of the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Careers

Meet Phil Danter: The Ad executive who became a music star

Tiring of your glittering career as an advertising executive? All those expense account lunches leaving you unfulfilled? Maybe you should become a music star. It can certainly be done, as one high-flyer has proved by making that exact career move....

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

10 things which have disappeared from creative studios

I kicked off my creative career in an advertising agency on Fleet Street, twenty-odd years ago. Apart from the general excitement of actually being paid to write ads, I drew great inspiration from the very particular pieces of equipment around the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Technology

The BBC versus Apple in the battle for your ears.

For the first time ever, radio and music lovers will be able to download BBC radio programmes in full, to their smartphone or tablet for free, listen to them offline, and keep them for up to 30 days on the BBC iPlayer Radio app. The update, rolling...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advertising

Meet Marcus Haney: The man who breaks into festivals for a living

This modern world has brought us a swathe of unusual job titles. Certainly our grandparents wouldn't have a clue what a Social Media Manager does, much less an SEO Executive. So how about a Professional Fence Jumper? This is how a man called Marcus...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Whipped Woodlouse? Why The Economist is giving away insect ice-cream

A few years ago, I arrived at Stockport station in Cheshire. It was early morning and I was feeling distinctly peckish. Fortunately, as I reached the foot of the stairs from the platform, a well-known retailer of baking goods was holding a promotion,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Online ads are too annoying says Larry Page

There was a sticky period in the evolution of the World Wide Web. This was the time when developers and advertisers seized on pop-up technology, but before any ad-blocker software was available to mitigate it. If memory serves, it lasted about a year...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Technology

Meet the robot that gets smarter when it changes shape.

War is hell, they say. So perhaps it's not surprising the stuff of nightmares is funded by the military. The US military to be precise. Yes, the American Army is putting cash dollars into into a robotic cockroach. What's more, it's an intelligent,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Social Media

How the Google algorithm stole a blogger's domain name.

You may remember, in the early days of the internet, some very smart cookies enriched themselves considerably by buying up the domain names they figured would be in demand, just as soon as major corporations woke up to the new technology. Smart...

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Features

The world's ten oddest magazines

You’ve read your Vogue, you’ve read your GQ, even an old copy of Woman's Own you found on the train. But why so predictable, friend? Expand your horizons, take a chance and live on the wild side - because, for all the talk of a crisis in...

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Features

TV shows about the creative sector? Pah! Who needs 'em?

Antiques Roadshow, Flog It!, Bargain Hunt, Cash in The Attic, Dickinson's Real Deal - there’s no doubt the BBC and ITV recognise the crucial role selling old stuff plays in the cultural fabric of the UK. Indeed, one cannot help but be impressed...

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Features

Six US presidential candidate logos reviewed

In the UK, those standing for parliament always use the branding of their party. During the run-up to the recent general election, you may have noticed Labour candidates' posters were red and yellow with a red rose; Tories were all blue and white...

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Advice

The ten most insightful quotes from start-up experts

2014 was a record-breaking year. In just twelve months 581,173 new UK businesses were registered with Companies House, substantially beating the figures for 2012 and 2013. These days, we're surrounded by start-ups - and perhaps for the first time, a...

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Features

Why agencies get it so wrong when marketing themselves

Many years ago, I worked for an agency which specialised in recruitment and graduate communications. It was pretty successful too, with a host of blue-chip clients and a stack of creative awards. It was American owned, and one day the message came...

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Advertising

The Week In Advertising

Vodafone - Let's Go While I don't object to advertisements suggesting a product or service will enhance a small corner of my life (it could be argued that's what all advertising does), I do find it tiresome when a brand proposes it has unlocked the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

The five most creative magazine covers of all time

Considering the magazine industry is in a pretty wobbly state, it's surprising how tame modern cover designs tend to be. Usually smothered in teaser lines over a bland Photoshop creation, it's increasingly difficult to tell one title from another. It...

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Advertising

The Week In Advertising

Very - Can't Wait For Summer Quite a plush and expensive looking spot for Very, here. And a nice little twist at the end. It's just a shame the whole thing is focused on models with 'perfect' beach bodies, rather than the actual people likely to be...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Five reasons we should be worried about the BBC

The BBC is great, right? Doctor Who, QI, Strictly Come Dancing - what's not to like? Of course, there's much to praise about our national broadcaster - after all, they've provided us with decades of creative highlights. But 2016 will see a crossroads...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advertising

The Week In Advertising

Travelodge - Travelodgical Here's an interesting thing. While Lenny Henry camps out in a railway station in their competitor's campaign, Travelodge pitch in with their guests as Sesame Street puppets. Other than comfort, I'm not entirely sure what...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Yummy! Why are we being spoken to like children?

Although one never expects a bingo company's advertising to be the height of sophisticated creative communication, I am being driven slowly crazy by Gala's new strapline. 'Sing Gala-la-la' it goes. Leaving aside the obvious gaffe they've made by...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advertising

The Week In Advertising

Irn Bru - Train The Irn Bru people have been making a virtue of tasteless ads for a while now. I suppose you'd call them 'cheeky', rather than full-on rude - and here's the latest. If one were to nit-pick, it could be said they are playing a bit...

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Features

Voting. The most creative thing you'll do this year.

Whatever your take on Russell Brand, you'd have to admit he's quite a creative soul. As well as his acting roles (in which he always plays himself) and stand-up gigs, he runs a popular YouTube channel 'The Trews' and writes books. But one thing you...

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Features

The Week In Advertising

The Green Party - Change The Tune Unlike the US position, political parties in the UK aren't permitted to buy up airtime for promotional purposes. They are, however, allocated pre-arranged slots on which to display their wares - and this is the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Technology

Is the Watch posing Apple an insurmountable problem?

If Apple excel at one thing, it's this: convincing us we own the pinnacle in technological achievement, and then replacing it. When we all bought our iPods, we couldn't imagine a day when they'd no longer be desirable, let alone available. Like a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advertising

The Week In Advertising

Arnie And The Meerkat Unless you've been on holiday to Jupiter, you'll have seen the current 'Compare The Market' work, wherein Alexander and Sergei run into trouble with the former Terminator. But what happened behind the scenes? Here's your chance...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw

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