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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Returning clients

80% of your work comes from 20% of your clients. Returning clients are what will keep you in business and constantly working. So, be sure to keep good relationships with the people you have previously worked with so your phone is always...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

The Freelancer Guide: How to find clients

Finding clients, or ‘new business’ is tough. They are often like buses, you wait ages for one, then all of a sudden two or three arrive at once. This is evident more so for creatives, as we are not very tuned to the business side of...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

To hug or not to hug? The 'right' way to greet colleagues and clients

Who'd have thought that greeting people would become such a 21st century problem? Of course, the protocols for saying 'hello' and 'goodbye' have varied from culture to culture, country to country, for millennia. Indeed, in France (where they're very...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Workshop

A guide to handling unpaid invoices and refusenik clients.

Creativepoolers in the fortunate position of holding down a fulltime staff job will be familiar with the warm glow of the monthly payslip. Sure, you'd probably like the net total to be larger, but at least your earnings show up on a predictable...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Over promise, under deliver. How lazy clients kill campaigns.

by Magnus Shaw. A couple of years ago an ailing roadside restaurant chain called in a radical TV chef to boost their menu and therefore their revenues. They refurbished some tired looking outlets, hired new people and ran a fairly hefty marketing...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

How to... Get bigger clients

by Printed.com. Every small business strives to win bigger and bigger clients who have more money to spend, but if you're going to to do this you need to pitch your services in a way that appeals to them and gives them confidence that you can...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

The Vibrant Fervour in Jonathan Knowles' Shots

Technology has changed much of what we know as the 'creative process', especially in the past few decades. The advent of digital has brought new ways to complete the same tasks and propel our inspiration forward - but there's no denying that the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Heartwarming Illustrations of Izabela Ciesinska

It's always surprising to realise how much you can learn about a creative by just looking at their work. When we look at Izabela Ciesinska's illustrations, we see warmth, passion, affection and love for art and family. We see an interest in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Driving the Mental Health Conversation with Movember and Matta

One can only imagine which wonders a global pandemic has made to those who suffer from mental health issues. If engaging in conversations about mental health was harsh before being locked up at home for months, it's discouraging to think what has...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

The Filmmaker's Guide to Remote Filming, for Agencies and Directors

There is only one shot left to wrap up today’s shooting session. You liaise with the lighting department, the cinematographer and camera operators, you inform the actors and the whole crew is ready to shoot. You talk to the assistant director...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Side projects are not a waste of time

I’ve heard a lot of talk, especially during the current climate, around whether or not graphic designers should consider creating their own side projects. Opinions tend to vary quite widely on the subject - some designers see them as somehow a...

Posted by: SEVERN_
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Inspiration

The Art of Change with Jabeen Qadri

We hear it all the time - art can change people. Creativity in itself can change people, but we did not know to which extent until we've had a chance to speak with freelance illustrator Jabeen Qadri. Jabeen was stuck in a field of study which made...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Pleasure in Small Things with Dmitry Pushkarev

Dmitry's story is one of jaw-drops, twists, turns and dreams. Born a soldier, grown a policeman, turned carpenter and then 3D modeller, we are fascinated by the range of experiences Dmitry has lived in his life and we are impatient to share them with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Life post-COVID might be worse than we expect

Well that was quick, wasn’t it? A few months stuck at home, non-stop doomscast for a couple of weeks, then at some point the industry got used to it (or got bored enough) and started to cope, one way or another. We’ve heard of both...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Alexandra Wong's Dreams of Pastel and Watercolour

Far too often you can hear of unsupportive parents, friends or tutors who don't believe in the same dreams as you do. Sometimes it's enough to hear the wrong sentence from the right person, and one might end up on a path they're bound to regret...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Learning Creativity with Muneebah Waheed

You could get lost in the sheer amount of skills Muneebah Waheed has cultivated over time. Starting with nothing but the dream of becoming a creative, Muneebah set out on a journey of constant learning and fascination, from graphic design to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

The overnight shift towards E-Everything. Do you feel exposed?

The more time we spend in lockdown, the more people are starting to realise that COVID-19 was not a cataclysm for the business world - it was a catalyst of change, an occasion to adapt or die and accelerate innovation for those ready to embrace...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: The Determination of Sidney Berthier

Determination can go a long way. Though VCNI junior video editor Sidney Berthier doesn't explicitly say it, he has plenty of determination to spare and his current career path was solely guaranteed by a host of childhood dreams. His path may have...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Getting to Know... Sam Hawkey, Saatchi & Saatchi London's CEO

It is always inspirational to talk to someone who 'made it'. Saatchi & Saatchi London chief executive officer Sam Hawkey may not want to admit that he belongs to that category, but you can tell from his words that he genuinely loves what he's been...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Member Spotlight: Toby Tinsley's Natural Creativity

There are countless merits in growing up with technological advancement. One of them is having the skills to carry out complex tasks in hours, rather than days. But it also means that sometimes you lose touch with nature. Toby Tinsley loves nature...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

The power of a handwritten letter to inspire a creative department

During lockdown we have all found ourselves with more time on our hands. A few days ago I decided to have a sort out and digging through drawers in the studio I discovered a handwritten note from 2004. Back in 2004 I was an Art Director at an...

Posted by: Fun Agency
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Features

Inertia had stifled creative innovation, COVID-19 has accelerated it

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a host of unimaginable changes into everyone's lives. Things that were ordinary have become temporarily extraordinary, and vice versa in some cases. Some, like retailers, have had to sustain more crippling blows...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Member Spotlight: The Dreams of Ashley Gray

Ashley Gray has a dream. That we start respecting the creative industries as much as they respect and include all of us, nurturing our ambitions and making us grow as human beings. Ashley is an excellent 3D artist with his own, cryptic and somewhat...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Company Spotlight: Finding Inspiration with Vivid Flow Studio

Inspiration can come from a variety of different sources. For Marcin Roszkowski and his small company, Vivid Flow Studio, inspiration comes from looking at the world. Marcin wishes for a better world, one in which we start respecting our planet as...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Member Spotlight: Love of People in Adam Shaw's Photography

One would guess the pandemic is hurting extroverts way more than the other end of the spectrum, but freelance photographer Adam Shaw is the living proof that that is really not the case. Though he declares himself an introvert by nature, Adam loves...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Member Spotlight: The Indisputable Rules of Art with Laszlo Ary

Laszlo Ary believes that rules are there for a reason, and all of his art exists to show as much. Careful composition, attention to the principles of art and crazy regard for details are all features of Laszlo's work, who moved from a simple passion...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Member Spotlight: The Flexible Simplicity of Brigitta Nagypal

Brigitta Nagypal is a multi-faceted creative with countless passions and a long list of skills under her belt. From marketing to UI/UX design and painting, Brigitta's passions range from digital to analogue and embrace the fields of marketing,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Member Spotlight: the Cool Ambition of Frankie Caradonna

Frankie Caradonna. A born-Italian filmmaker, too much of a free spirit to spend most of his life stuck in an office. Frankie is an ambitious creative, and one can just glimpse at his works to realise that his ambition is channeled through his...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Introducing the Inside Out Awards™ 2020 Judging panel

We are delighted to announce this year’s Inside Out Awards™ Judging panel. We have worked hard to select a diverse team of judges with a range of knowledge, experience and skills. Our expert Judges all hold senior positions, are highly...

Posted by: Inside Out Awards™
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Features

Member Spotlight: Jilipollo and the Art of a Visual Storyteller

It just makes sense that Jilipollo (also known as Javier Medellin Puyou) is an excellent storyteller. You can tell that by the answer below: dragged by love in a country that was not his, trying to succeed as an illustrator but still not quite making...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

80% of creative organisations are not hiring right now

Being one of the world's largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand how the creative industry is struggling in self-isolation for the Coronavirus lockdown. We had the power to make a difference by asking about...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Member Spotlight: the unbridled creativity of Cory Barrett

It was no longer than a few months ago that we first got in touch with CBGC founder Cory Barrett, and it was enough to look at his website to find an unbridled creative spirit with plenty of artistic energy. After being "rejected" by the creative...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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