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Features

Why on earth aren't brands doing enough for the environment?

It's no secret that the planet is suffering. Aside from Brexit, it's been the biggest thing affecting the news agenda for the past few years and coverage is only set to increase. But if the decay and gradual demise of our world is so important, why...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: Why Leo Burnett London is lovin' life

Leo Burnett London has been dining at advertising’s top table with its McDonald’s client for more than three decades and continues to reinvent the brand as the world evolves. In the past year, the agency has cut through the crowded...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Features

Is over specialisation killing creativity?

From influencers to social and audio only, there’s been a proliferation of niche agencies in the last few years. While specialists are always going to be necessary, consumers now have more touchpoints than ever before. So, are brands at risk...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

The importance of gamefulness to experience design

In working through a large, complicated project for an automotive client, my team at Critical Mass faced an experience design challenge that only a gamer could solve. The features we came up with were well-received by client stakeholders, but one...

Posted by: Critical Mass
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Features

Why we need to be braver with creativity

Working in the creative sector allows you to experiment, be adventurous and most importantly get excited about the work you’re delivering. But it’s about time we got braver. We need to be proactive, stand out and help our clients step out...

Posted by: Clarity
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Features

Gender stereotyping: No smoke without fire

This month in advertising has been dominated by a cream cheese bagel-scoffing dad abandoning his baby to a conveyor belt, a pram-pushing mum and moon-walking men. The first bans the ASA has handed down since its gender stereotyping legislation came...

Posted by: Southpaw
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Bringing boys to men with Gillette

South Africa celebrated Women’s Day earlier this month and to coincide with the event, men’s grooming brand Gillette paid tribute to the women who are raising a new generation of men in the country. Created by Grey Africa, a video shares...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Events

D&AD New Blood Shift 2019 deadline extended

D&AD has extended the deadline for applications to its life-changing and career-making free night school, New Blood Shift, to next Monday 26 August. This year also sees the introduction of a new £10,000 travel and accommodation fund for New...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Crushing deadlines for the Financial Conduct Authority

Remember when Hollywood actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had to self-destruct in Terminator 2: Judgement Day? The scene has become so iconic that creative agency M&C Saatchi recently based a whole campaign on it for the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: The house style of AKQA Casa

“It’s like living in an amazing house with your best friends,” say Diego Machado and Hugo Veiga, executive creative directors at AKQA São Paulo, about what it’s like to work at their studio known as 'AKQA Casa'. The...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Tattoos do the talking for LYNX

Tattoos play a key role in personal expression and original body art can go a long way in telling an individual's story - especially the ones in a new campaign for LYNX INK shower gel through 72andSunny Amsterdam. Comprising three spots that see...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

JSR's Simon Amster on the evolution of content

As creative partner at photographic and illustration management agency JSR, Simon Amster sees a lot of content. With a background in broadcast at the likes of Disney and NBC Universal, he’s observed how the meaning of the word has changed over...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Keeping calm with MoneySuperMarket

Earlier this year, creative agency Engine launched a new campaign for MoneySuperMarket signalling a fresh direction for the brand. The work was unveiled alongside a new logo and visual identity and encouraged consumers to ‘get money...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Technology

How to write a website brief

You’ve decided your business needs a new website. You’ve agreed a budget (that you WILL stick to!) so what do you do now? Well, appointing a website design (and development) agency is your next step. You’ll need to write a...

Posted by: Progression Design
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Advertising

How it was done: Going Full Circle with motion control

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Digitas, UNIT9 and Envy Advertising recently created a powerful promo called Full Circle. The ad is centred around the first black female astronaut, Mae Jemison, and promotes The John...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Catching creative stardust for O2

A recent ad for UK telco O2 promotes the brand’s Priority scheme, which offers a variety of exclusive experiences for customers. The spot sees a series of shooting stars travel through the sky before being caught by O2 customers’ phones,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Company Spotlight: Brave moments with DixonBaxi

DixonBaxi’s co-founder Simon Dixon believes designers and other creatives should stop worrying about what others are doing and enjoy the moment. “They can be desperate for the next big thing and fear they are missing out,” he...

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Features

3 trends from New Designers 2019

New trends in design should excite every designer. Is it a passing fad? An evolution of existing methods? Or perhaps a new era entirely. OK, that last one is a bit on the lofty side. Still, I kept the idea of a new era of design in mind when I...

Posted by: Rob Pratt
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Design

Identity for new black creativity exhibition unveiled

Design studio Here Design has created the identity for Get Up, Stand Up Now, a major new exhibition at London’s Somerset House. Running until September, the exhibition celebrates 50 years of black creativity in Britain and beyond, and features...

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Features

Reviewing Cannes Lions 2019: Who won what and why?

Each year, after the Cannes Lions festival, thenetworkone takes a few days to reflect on the events and look for the key themes and patterns which emerge. Here is our take on Cannes 2019. At its heart, Cannes is an awards festival. A little like the...

Posted by: Julian Boulding
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: The Times and Kia show the cost of leaving it unsaid

Kia has launched a new campaign called Journeys That Matter in partnership with News UK and Sky Media to raise awareness of its car portfolio, featuring the Kia ProCeed and Kia's new all-electric e-Niro. News UK’s Bridge Studio developed three...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Awards

Cannes Lions 2019: Future Lions winners announced

Future Lions, the official student ideas competition for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, has announced the winners of this year's run with three schools taking four trophies and Miami Ad School being named School of the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advice

Top 10 tips for new designers

A year or so ago I was invited to do a talk at Shillington. I wasn't sure what to say and wanted to make sure it was actually useful, rather than just showing some pretty pictures. So, I had a think about what would've been useful to me when I first...

Posted by: Mark Richardson
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: evian drinks in The Baby Bare Necessities

The evian babies are back in a new campaign through BETC Paris that sees more cute characters return to revive its Live Young ethos. In a world of constant swiping, notifications and social media updates, the lead ad (bottom) reminds us of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Making the sun shine for Nivea

YouGov research shows that as much as a third of people don’t apply sun cream in the UK. Despite spending time in gardens and parks, as soon as the sun comes out, they tend not to take the same care as they do abroad. A recent campaign through...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Bringing down the house for Lacoste

It’s been a busy week for French clothing brand Lacoste and its creative agency BETC Paris. As well as launching the second instalment of its Save Our Species campaign for Biological Diversity Day, it released a new ad capturing the deep...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

Top 5 copywriting tips from creative director Max Vinall

As a writer with nearly 30 years’ experience (currently creative director at Jellyfish, and Copywriting, Branding and Tone of Voice trainer), let me tell you one thing: The words matter. Whether you write for the web, social, TV, film, the...

Posted by: Max
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Awards

Cannes Lions 2019: Essential party guide

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019 is less than a month away and while that may seem like plenty of time to get your calendar in order, it’ll be here before you know it. Planning your rosé sessions in the sun can...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Building (Jeff) Bridges with Amstel

Amstel is the local beer of Amsterdam and recently, its creative agency adam&eveDDB launched an ad that sees Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges appear as a canal bridge to promote togetherness for the brand. The result is an unforgettable piece of work...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Design

New Butlin’s swimming pool brings the seaside inside

A new indoor swimming pool at British family holiday resort Butlin’s is based on a beach theme and includes the world’s first helter skelter water slide. The art-deco style pool, designed by brand and retail consultancy FITCH, cost...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Restoring Faith for ŠKODA

When it came to launching a new campaign for automotive brand ŠKODA recently, the client pointed to the success of its work with Paloma Faith last year for inspiration as it sent sales through the roof. But the Fallon creative team on the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

The evolution of UX

UX as a career is one of the fastest growing, exciting sectors in the interactive industry. The demand for UX talent is at an all-time high, driven by the ever-changing world in which we live and those organisations that hold customer and business...

Posted by: ADLIB
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Design

Mike Sharpe's top tips for 3D designers

The demand for skilled 3D designers has increased in the past few years thanks to tighter budgets and shorter delivery times. Technology now plays a significant part in cost-cutting on shoots and computer-generated work is key to delivering a project...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Why Foster’s brought back Brad and Dan

Foster’s heroes, Brad and Dan, returned to screens recently in a multi-media campaign that sees them once again playing agony uncles to Brits in need. Created by adam&eveDDB, the work marks the brand’s biggest advertising investment...

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Features

Reconnecting with our roots: How VR can bring us back to reality

I have always deeply revered nature. Growing up in Cornwall surrounded by the ocean on (almost) all sides has meant I’ve always been aware of the scale of the wild world outside. I am keenly aware of the beauty of nature, but never forget the...

Posted by: George P. Johnson
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Inside Oreo's cookie kingdom for Game of Thrones

To mark the launch of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones and a new limited-edition range of OREO cookies aligned with the series, New York-based digital agency 360i created a unique title sequence with US cable network HBO. The 50-second...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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