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The key to great client relationships? Don’t forget your toothbrush

How do you ensure a healthy client-agency relationship? There is no hard and fast rule of course, and different approaches may work for different teams. Some are content with keeping client relationships to just feedback calls and general meetings....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

ifour client Fourex wins Virgin Media Pitch to Rich campaign

Tunbridge Wells based creative design agency ifour are celebrating today as client Fourex reaches the final and wins in the ‘New Things’ category of Richard Branson’s Pitch to Rich 2015 campaign. ifour were appointed by the duo...

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Features

It's over. Is it ever okay to fire a client?

Firing a client is an unusual notion - counterintuitive even. Business norms suggest an enterprise will always welcome the presence of as many paying customers as possible. So why would anyone ever sack a client? Actually, although it would be a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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20 Quirky & Creative Responses to Weird Client Requests

Entitled 'A Creative Catharsis', Ireland's creative community got together to release a lot of pent up anger and sadness through the medium of the A3 poster, all in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital. Ad creatives, designers, animators,...

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Features

No pressure: The designer who has Bowie as a client

By John Fountain With a new album soon to be released, a stripped down remix of 'Sound and Vision' on air for Sony and a must-see exhibition at the V&A, it seems that after 10 years of next-to-nothingness, the enigma that is David Bowie is back. And...

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Workshop

Opinions- Are client amends a daily kick in the teeth?

by John Fountain If there's one thing that creative people and account handlers have in common it is that neither are telepathic, telekinetic or have the power to read minds. Yet it seems many clients think otherwise. Work that has been carefully...

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Workshop

Opinions - Sign here. Introducing the new freelance/client contract.

by Magnus Shaw Freelancing - it's a tough old game, eh? You don't know if you're coming or going half the time. Working in your jim-jams one day, sipping a latte in a la-di-da marketing agency the next. Occasionally you even miss "Cash In The...

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Features

Do you have a client from hell?

We all know the overused retail mantra 'the customer is always right'. It's been rammed into our consciousness since we got our first Saturday shops as grumpy teenagers and began having to deal with The Great British Moron. In my experience, the...

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Inspiration

Diving into Owen Peters' photography

What to do when you can't excel at something but would still like to get involved? Look at it from another perspective. Freelance photographer Owen Peters wasn't "very good" at skating, and so he decided he would rather document his friends'...

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Inspiration

The little big joys of Benedict Bannister

It's hard to meet people who find pleasure in little things, nowadays. Freelance film and motion director Benedict Bannister is one of those. Benedict enjoys gardening, exercising, and most of all, he loves taking inspiration from his children for...

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Leaders

Patola Figueroa on being a woman in the creative industry

There are plenty of words we could write about Isobar Mexico VP, Patola Figueroa. There is plenty of time we could spend trying to capture her essence, her strength, her attitude to leadership and all of her personal backstory. But in truth, there...

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Billy Faithfull on why COVID-19 has actually brought us together

We are physically distant, but emotionally closer. It's no secret that the lockdown and the COVID crisis have had a huge impact on agency work. Some agencies have struggled more than others, but we know that the lockdown was quite a heavy and...

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Inspiration

Firing up the creative brains with Božo Kaurić

We'd pay our own weight in gold coins to have Božo Kaurić's brains. Working daily to juggle his busy life with a little baby and an endless love for design, this talented 3D artist and visualiser has little time to waste in the concept phase, and...

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Inspiration

The evocative photography of Theofilos Koutroumanis

Photographer Theofilos Koutroumanis has done a lot in his life, from owning a bar to working in advertising and publishing. But when someone asked him to take pictures during a party night in his own bar, that was enough of a wake-up call for...

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Inspiration

The independent spirit of Paul Gawman

The beauty of the creative industry is that every professional you meet in the field will be happy to tell you they're making money by doing something they love. Freelance 3D artist Paul Gawman is no different. He's lucky enough to be successful as...

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Leaders

Charlie Smith on paving your own path

Running a design studio is no mean task. As motivated as you or your team may be, there will be challenges and there will be obstacles that require your full set of skills. Add to that the fact that, as founder and CEO of CSD Charlie Smith so...

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Inspiration

Skipping gears with Mark Lacey

The strongest passions often show themselves at a young age. Mark Lacey was introduced to professional illustration when he was a "spotty teenager", but the guy had the boldness to apply for a position at a research laboratory and his career has...

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Workshop

Designing Creatures: Tips and Tricks

When it comes to designing creatures, there are many different ways to approach the task. Everyone I’ve spoken to does it slightly differently and prioritises different aspects, leading to a sense of uniqueness even with two designs which have...

Posted by: Luke Luckhurst
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Inspiration

The joy of unpredictability with Heather Golding from TonyG

You never know what life may have in store for you. Sometimes it's great to just go with the flow and embrace opportunities as they come. Heather Golding has founded a whole career on that. Co-founder of TonyG with, well, Tony, Heather has found...

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Leaders

Ben Scoggins on finding your place

Corporate culture can make a huge difference in your career's success. For some people it can take a while to find the right fit when it comes to working at an agency. Managing director of Organic Ben Scoggins knows this first-hand, after moving...

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Inspiration

Choosing Brands To Work On For Your First Portfolio

When starting off on your journey to become an art director or copywriter, you've got to put together a portfolio of spec work (fake ads for real brands). But how do you go about choosing the right products and services to make ads for? What types of...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

Looking Deeper with Paul Gawman and Ogilvy Health

Have you ever heard of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension? Neither did we, until we read the interview with Paul Gawman below. And that is precisely the problem. According to Paul, who has worked with Ogilvy Health to craft the 3D illustration below,...

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Leaders

Steve Austen-Brown on knocking down walls

It is quite universally recognised and understood that siloed approaches are more harmful than not. On top of that, you may be the greatest architect of them all, knowing all about your theory and with a perfect understanding of the craft - but if...

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Features

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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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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