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#GettingToKnow Mark Izatt, Director of Cream Creative

Tell us a bit about your role! Is there a “typical” day? My role spans most client accounts at Cream, so I’m usually multi-tasking across campaigns - switching my mindset between brands, target audiences, messages, and...

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Features

The Anamorphic Artistry of Stephen Berry

It's impossible to not fall in love with Stephen Berry's photography as soon as you lay your eyes on them. His love for cinema shines through each and every shot, and it's not by chance that he loves recreating his favourite film shots with his toys...

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Spotlight: Art director Stephen ONeill gets high on type

According to Scotland-born and London-raised art director Stephen ONeill aka Type Chap, the two tips he’d give young creatives is to be witty and irreverent with their work. “Always have something in your portfolio that’s got a bit...

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Features

5 minutes with... Stephen Royle - The Chase

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Creative Director at The Chase. What does that involve? In its simplest form it's problem solving. We help companies communicate more effectively, whether its a large international business or...

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Inspiration

Opinions - Stephen Hawking - the man. The brand.

by Magnus Shaw Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe - throughout the modern era, one or two human beings have exceeded their brief to be carbon-based lifeforms, walking around, eating dinner and making other carbon-based lifeforms. For want of...

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Features

5 minutes with... Stephen Hardingham - Channel 4

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Head of Design, Future Media and Technology at Channel 4 Television. What does that involve? I'm responsible for designing the Interface user experience on Channel 4's New Media platforms. I...

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Workshop

Why the pitching process is a broken and expensive drain on creatives

Stephen Izatt, MD at brand consultancy Thinkfarm, looks at why the pitching process is a broken, expensive drain on the creative sector - and makes the call for change. Branding agencies and consultancies like ours constantly face a barrage of...

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Inspiration

Keeping the ball rolling with Continuous #CompanySpotlight

Continuous is a brand agency backed by 25 years of experience from parent company Uniform and it’s on a mission to help clients “adapt, thrive, and create a positive impact in a constantly changing world.” This week, we spoke to MD...

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Inspiration

Creating a more grown-up brand identity for Freepik #BehindTheBrand

This summer, San Francisco-based creative agency Partners in Crime worked with Freepik (previously Freepik Company) to evolve the name, logo, tone of voice, colour palette, typography, iconography for the image bank website. To learn more, we spoke...

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Inspiration

Age and Creativity: Do We Get Less or More Creative as We Get Older?

Without stories what are we really? Storytelling is at the root of so much of our shared culture and it winds its barbs into everything from the stories we ingest actively (be it through books, TV, games or otherwise) to those we ingest passively...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Trust comedians to make comedy: How to (properly) use comedy in ads

Comedians Stevie Martin and Lola-Rose Maxwell discuss how their experience of writing, performing, directing and editing their hit viral sketches influenced their recent success in creating authentic and genuinely funny comedy ads. Stevie (left)...

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Inspiration

The taboo-busting plastic-free period pants | #BehindTheIdea

Sky Media recently revealed WUKA’s advertising campaign as one of the five winners of the Sky Zero Footprint Fund initiative. The taboo-busting ad encourages women to ditch plastic-riddled disposable pads and tampons in favour of its...

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Features

World Cup 26 branding: Own goal or top bins?

With design critique, especially within the passionate world of sports, it’s easy to jump in two footed to disparage any new identity. However, the North American World Cup 2026 logo has the potential to become as memorable as Mexico 1968 or...

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Inspiration

A new age for NESQUIK’s iconic mascot | #BehindTheBrand

NESQUIK has partnered with global brand-led business transformation company FutureBrand to deliver a modern brand identity. At the heart of the work sits NESQUIK’s much-loved iconic mascot, Quicky, who has been reimagined for a digital future....

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Inspiration

Will AI take my job as a Copywriter? #ManvsMachine

In the first of an ongoing series, I’ll be examining the impact generative artificial intelligence is having on our creative jobs. As a copywriter myself I thought it obvious to start there but will be pitching man vs machine on a range of...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

#GettingtoKnow COLLINS Designer Dev Valladares

Tell us a bit about your role! Is there a “typical” day? That’s a tricky one! I am part of both the design and the motion teams at COLLINS. So, one day I’m freely sketching new visual concepts for an R1 presentation; the next...

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Leaders

#GettingToKnow Darren Groucutt, RX Creative Director at VCCP

Tell us a bit about your role! Is there a “typical” day? I am part of the Retail Experience(RX) leadership team at VCCP, alongside Rob Sellers, Steph Thomas and Stephen Renou and am responsible for the creative output, working on clients...

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Features

The rise of the machines: How AI can make creatives more…creative

Artificial Intelligence is changing the way we in the creative industries work at every level. But rather than getting carried away with talk of machines replacing people, we’re finding the technology is taking human creativity to the next...

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Leaders

#GettingToKnow Nader Dehdashti, Head of Creators at Jungle Creations

Tell us a bit about your role! Is there a “typical” day? There’s never a typical day in the world of entertainment! When you work so closely with talent and creators, you’re often reacting to brand new opportunities which...

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Inspiration

Dogs Trust celebrates "Ground Dog Day" | #BehindTheIdea

“Ground Dog Day” aims to reframe Dogs Trust as a charity that supports owners and their dogs through all stages of life. With the charity receiving an alarming 1,000 calls a week from worried owners who feel like they have no choice but...

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Leaders

The sustainable brand is the successful brand

In today's boardrooms, sustainability is increasingly becoming a vital aspect of an organisation's brand strategy. Consumers are becoming more conscious of the environmental and social impacts of the products they buy, and they are looking for brands...

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Leaders

#GettingToKnow Mike Chivers, Creative Director at The PHA Group

Tell us a bit about your role! Is there a “typical” day? ​​Is it cliche to respond by saying that no two days are the same, because that’s true. No two days are the same. Since taking the helm of creative at PHA, the role is...

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Inspiration

10 books that every creative should own

While our lives might be online now, and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon, there is still something quite special about a physical book. When the initial wave of Kindle fever kicked off in the early years of the 21st century, I...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Sending love to the Tin Man this Christmas | #BehindTheIdea

An Post, Ireland’s national postal service, launched a magical new creative campaign this year to demonstrates the importance of sending love to your nearest and dearest this Christmas. Taking inspiration from ‘The Wonderful Wizard of...

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Leaders

Why Innovation is the Key to Success this Black Friday | #HolidayMonth

Black Friday, one of the year's undeniable major retailing occasions, returns on the 25th of November. This occasion encourages businesses to develop new marketing strategies and make better-informed business decisions to remain competitive and deal...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a freelance copy editor?

“To write is human, to edit is divine.” These are the words of Stephen King, arguably one of the most successful novelists of all time and he certainly has a point. The best copy editors, after all, exist to sharpen the edges, make sense...

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Industry

Is brand design based on fickle fads?

The fashion industry runs on the continuous change in taste and aesthetics. A cynical eye could see this as fickle and superficial. Most branding agencies, however (WMH&I included), like to think that they are not subject to any apparent design...

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