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Brand Case Study: Branding marijuana in the 21st century

In 2012 Colorado became the first state to pass laws governing the legalisation, tax and regulation of marijuana. Washington, Alaska and Oregon followed soon after, and overnight the magical herb’s image and perception in American culture was...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Leaders

Brand Case Study: H&M need to #REWORKIT

Back in April, H&M hosted World Recycle Week, an initiative designed to promote sustainability in fashion and to ‘Close The Loop’ on the thousands of items of clothing that are cast aside on landfill every year. But whilst the campaign...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Industry

10 top tips to help you win creative awards

After 11 year's of running The Annual we've picked up a few key pointers on how to craft a winning awards entry. Below is the Top 10 tips from ourselves, previous judges and winners on how to create the perfect submission. 1. Tell A Story An...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Can a scent really make you more creative? #XmasGifts4Creatives

Can you really smell your way to success? Of course not, the very notion is frankly ridiculous. But that doesn’t mean we should overlook the importance of the humble human olfactory system. Smell, after all, plays a critical role in our daily...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

4 top tips for a successful creative job interview

Most people think they have interview preparation perfected, but you’d be surprised by how many people overlook basic elements, and some simple improvements, which can be key to your success. We’ve gathered the top 4 tips to make your...

Posted by: Hanover
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Industry

Just Two Steps to Creative Greatness

Entering your work into The Annual could not be simpler. There really is just 2 super-simple steps. Step 1. Add your work to your profile Uploading your case study/project to your profile. Just follow this link. Step 2. Enter! To complete your...

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Features

Global creative calendar: April 2022

Across this month’s full slate of alluring extracurricular activities, everyone open to new experiences has worlds to gain. Current and future leaders spanning all industries are going all in: Curtains will soon draw back and stages will...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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Workshop

What kind of creative careers are there in esports?

It was 2003 when DOTA (Defence of the Ancients), the first true Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), hit the shelves of PC gaming. Since then, esports have been on a constant and steady rise, leading to widespread popularisation for a new kind of...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

Creative Opinions on Cannes Lions 2018: Big Trends and Big Changes

The big theme for Cannes Lions 2018 is change. Out with the old, bloated, elitist festival of old and in with the more svelte, measured and inclusive festival of new. The major changes Cannes Lions is instituting for 2018 are as follow:- The...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Creative Opinions: James Damore's Google Memo

Last week, there was a great deal of smoke being blown surrounding the memo released by Google employee James Damore, which inferred that women were biologically inferior to their male counterparts when it came to computer science and coding. These...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Creative Opinions: The Snap UK General Election

When Theresa May announced yesterday morning (18 April, 2017) that it was her intention to hold a snap general election in the UK on June 8 (a move that was since validated earlier today by a vote of 522 to 13), the UK media did what it always does....

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Brand Case Studies: Levi's & The 501 Jean

How do you make a brand timeless? It’s the million-dollar question in all branding conundrums. And folks trapped in the middle of the problem could do a lot worse than look to the Levi's 501 Case Study for inspiration. Levi's transition from...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Features

5 Minutes with...David Dalley, Creative Director and Fine Artist

by John Fountain. Following a successful career as an award winning creative director, David is now a successful fine artist. Here he talks about his career, his travels and how things have changed over the years. So how would you describe your day...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Creative Freedom vs Cultural Sensitivity: The England Kit Controversy

As creatives, we’re always treading a fine line between letting our creative souls run free and pleasing not only our clients but our audiences. Never is this more apparent than when a piece of creative stirs controversy and we’re forced...

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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Workshop

Breaking boundaries: Embracing creative problem solving

In a world full of uncertainty with a rapid pace of constant change, businesses must do all they can to keep up. With constant technological, social, and economic shifts, change has become the only constant. Often businesses fall into the trap of...

Posted by: Born Ugly
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Inspiration

#CompanySpotlight on former BBC in-house agency Red Bee Creative

Charlie Mawer, Executive Creative Director at Red Bee, discusses the journey of Red Bee Creative. How was your company born and where are you based? We’re an agency born in TV and we’re based in Broadcast Centre, White City. Red Bee...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Raise Your Digital Creative Game - It’s Not A Gamble #FutureMonth

Josh Partridge, VP & Head of EMEA at Yahoo Advertising explains why advertisers must raise their digital creative game if they’re to attract customers. Internet nostalgia is a funny thing. We talk about digital transformation as if it’s...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

The Rental Crisis: Unravelling the Impact on Creative Lives

It will have escaped nobody that we’re living through a tough time right now in the UK and nobody is suffering more than renters. Yes, those of us lucky enough to have mortgages are being shafted too but for renters, it’s less of an...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Industry

Creative and Production Teams: What’s Your Relationship Style?

No, this isn’t an article for Tinder. It is, however, important to think about whether you’d swipe right on a relationship with your creative or production colleagues. How much time do you dedicate to thinking about your working...

Posted by: We Are Amnet
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Inspiration

How Barbie can inspire brands to get creative with cinema #PurposeMonth

Legendary characters and stories are having a moment in film. Iconic pop culture video game Super Mario Bros. had a box office hit with its animated film amassing $1 billion globally earlier this year, meanwhile, Greta Gerwig’s highly...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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