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How AI Will Transform Marketing in 2024 and Beyond #MarketingMonth

If the recent Willy Wonka spectacle taught us anything it’s that relying too heavily on AI for anything at this point is a fool’s errand. However, while there are significant drawbacks to using too much AI in a creative capacity, when it...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

#GettingToKnow Joanne Lucy, Managing Director @ Major Players

Tell us a bit about your role! Is there a “typical” day? In one word: Hectic! I’m the Managing Director for Majar Group - a talent solutions business in the creative, digital, and tech space, formed from the merger of Major Players...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

When AI Marketing Goes Wrong: The Willa Wonky Washout #MarketingMonth

For over a year now we’ve been waxing lyrical on this site about the creative potential of AI, but we’ve also never shied away from highlighting the potential pitfalls. One of those pitfalls was underlines quite spectacularly this week...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Global creative calendar: March 2024

Warning: Featured happenings in this edition of our global creative calendar are closer than they appear. Over the past several years, these updates have presented thousands of opportunities to advance knowledge, sharpen skills, immerse within...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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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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Features

A Brief History of Diversity in Advertising #DiversityMonth

Adland has not always been known as the bastion of diversity and inclusion it is today… mostly. Indeed, we only have to cast our minds back to the halcyon days of the Mad Men and the regrettable ads that now seem as outdated as blackface and...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Workshop

Drawing the line on creative tinkering

There’s an inbuilt need in all good creatives to strive for perfection. It’s a blessing that can help great design but it can also be a curse. Our house number plaque was always irritatingly tilted. It poked my obsessive brain every time I saw it winking at me in defiance of the existence of spirit levels. It’s fixed now… and furthermore, I moved it to line up with the surrounding brick pattern. The trouble is that fixing this imperfection simply opened up the top slot to the next irritation, holes from old, long gone doorbells… poke, poke, poke… and so the strive for perfection continues. OK, so I am a little on the obsessive side. How do you draw the line on forever creatively tinkering in the never-ending strive for perfection? After all, we all have deadlines to hit. In our studio, we have a super simple process that allows us to tinker with the worst offenders, tick them off the list and move on. We simply ask… “What’s the worst thing you can see?” * Any piece of creative could be amazing but there’s always something at the top of the “worst thing” list. This simple question forces us to spot and sort out the worst offender. That said, the fix might have knock-on effects but these simply get added to the list. Rinse and repeat and bit by bit we get closer to a fully rounded, cohesive concept with diminishing issues. * It's important to note that spotting the worst offenders is a skill that comes with training, and passion and only gets more refined with experience.

Posted by: Andy Gregory
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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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Leaders

Making a creative leap with Lauren Maynard #GettingToKnow

FutureBrand - the brand-led business transformation company that has helped transform household names such as American Airlines, Sanofi, McDonald’s, NatWest and Barilla - has appointed Lauren Maynard as its new Global Chief Growth Officer. In...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The agency founder who became her own client #BehindTheBrand

Sister Mary, a new strategic design agency founded by Leigh Chandler, has unveiled the design for a limited-edition run of intricately designed votive candles. The client? Leigh herself. Leigh, whose 20 year career has seen her design for major...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

#MemberSpotlight on commercial director and filmmaker Martin Edwards

How did you get into the industry? I was living the dream of being an indie filmmaker in New York-in other words, struggling to pay the rent and eating a lot of iffy cheeseburgers-when a friend hooked me up with a gig at a SoHo ad agency....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Beyond Radio

Throughout my career as a sound designer, I've witnessed rapid changes in the audio landscape. As I reflect on this, I realise that there has never been a better time to work in audio. Radio listenership is currently at an all-time high, podcasts...

Posted by: Chris Turner
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Leaders

Whisking up a storm with Amy Still #GettingToKnow

Amy Still is Founder & CEO at Whisk. With over 15 years of experience in digital and social-first advertising, she’s witnessed the shift from mass broadcast platforms to niche community-driven spaces, where people seek more authentic and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Building a greener future for London with TfL #BehindTheIdea

Transport for London (TfL) with the help of agency of record VCCP London and Wavemaker UK, launched an awareness campaign last year for the huge range of improvements TfL is continuing to make across its network. Some of the many improvements that...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

What is diversity washing and how can you avoid it? #DiversityMonth

To an extent, the creative industries have always dealt in smoke and mirrors. Obfuscation is, after all, part of what makes the whole thing so exciting. We live, however, in a world that increasingly values transparency, particularly given the age of...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Diversity isn’t just good for PR: It’s good business #DiversityMonth

Diversity is so much more than a trend-it's a strategic imperative. For agencies, the challenge is no longer just about being politically correct or ticking boxes for corporate social responsibility; it's about building a more diverse and socially...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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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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Workshop

What does it take to refresh a 64-year-old heritage brand? #BehindTheBrand

IMG is a global company heralded with founding sports marketing as we know it - founded by pioneering marketer and agent Mark McCormack, it all began with a handshake in 1960 and the world of sports changed forever. Last month, the company unveiled...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

What the second rise of Trumpism could mean for creatives

As we all know, the creative industries thrive on the principles of diversity, open expression, and global collaboration. These are not principles even the most ardent supporter of former president Donald Trump would ever align him with and with the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

#MemberSpotlight on illustrator and designer Andy Carolan

How did you get into the industry? It was actually by accident! Many years ago I was diagnosed with ME/CFS and found that I went from being an energetic person to one who was effectively ‘marooned’ at home. As I had always been artistic...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The importance of representation in advertising #DiversityMonth

The broader societal call for diversity and inclusion is an echo that’s been resounding across adland for a while now and, given the way advertising has always acted as society’s mirror, it’s a call that can no longer be ignored if...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Diversity, Creativity, and the Assistive AI Revolution #DiversityMonth

With Artificial intelligence (AI) and its effect on the creative industries at the forefront of current debates, this article aims to take a step back to approach this complex but increasingly pertinent relationship from an angle that hasn’t...

Posted by: SphereTrax
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Features

Do Brands Still Believe in Love? #ValentinesDay

Valentine’s Day is a holiday beloved by few. For many of us, it’s little more than a cynical stopping gap between Christmas and Easter to claw at our pockets. There appears to be a disconnect, however, between how much we care about...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

The Transmedia Opportunity for Games

Written by the Strategy team at Waste Creative. Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Barbie, Lego… we watch their movies and shows, read their comics, collect their merch and in many cases, play their video games. They’re the epitome of something called...

Posted by: Teodora Miscov
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Leaders

#GettingToKnow Nataly Kelly, CMO of Zappi

Tell us a bit about your role! Is there a “typical” day? I’m based in Boston, and I generally start my workday rather early, by checking in with our Zappi teams in Europe. We begin each day with a daily virtual stand-up in our...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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