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Every Creative Process needs feedback.

When you are working in a creative process and wants to reassure that you are heading in the right direction, asking for feedback is one of the fastest ways to know that you’re on to something. But asking for input can come at a high price unless...

Posted by: Maksimilian Kallhed
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Features

Making assumptions. Is the creative recruitment process broken?

A friend of mine applied for a job last month. He's a talented creative professional with many years' experience in the advertising and media industries. Currently in demand as an independent consultant, he didn't apply out of necessity or...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Finding a new energy: The story of Tag's Chief Creative Officer

Admittedly, Tag Collective Arts had their work cut out for themselves back in August. Reuniting all the companies under the Tag umbrella into Tag Collective Arts was no mean feat, especially in the middle of a global outbreak. The business needed to...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Classy Creativity: a Chat with Cheddar Creative

It takes guts to find the courage to start from scratch. It can go either way. Too many have fallen under the weight of poor planning, but those who have succeeded give us hope that we can do the same. Cheddar Creative is a prime example of that. In...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Breaking your creative patterns

Curiosity brings knowledge. Knowledge brings experience. Experience brings confidence. You are hardly going to make it as a creative if you don't open your mind to new inputs and experiences. We know we babble about that a lot, but the more members...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Opening windows with creative director Dennis Hooftman

When it comes to inspiration, few things are as important as being able to remain open to new inputs. Creativity isn't always about doing something original. Sometimes, looking at work that has already been done can help you come up with new,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

How Creative Director Matt Rooke made it through a recession

There's no doubting that the COVID-19 crisis is affecting several corners of the industry in more or less similar ways. A lot of professionals, even beyond the actual creative industry, are talking about one of the worst recessions of the past 100...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The beastly creative passion of Steve Sellick

It comes from Stephen Sellick's own fingertips that he is as passionate and fired up as he's ever been. Having started out as a freelance illustrator, Steve has now been in the industry for over 25 years, and he's seen plenty of changes in his own...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Why being a queer creative puts me at more mental health risk

Michael Stephens, former creative director, recounts his own struggles with mental health. Ever since I was young, I’ve been outwardly known as a ‘creative’ child. I was artistic, loved dressing up and of course making dens. I knew...

Posted by: Michael Edward Stephens
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The Creative Ambition of Alpaca Communications

We wouldn't expect a PR agency called Alpaca Communications to be boring, nor devoid of countless stories to tell. The team led by Peter Elms in East London is one that doesn't enjoy being stiff and serious all the time, and their admirable sense of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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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Overcoming Creative Constraints

There’s not enough time. We don’t have enough budget. There’s no way I’d be able to do that. If you’re a creative person then you’ll know that limitations are everywhere. Sometimes the boundaries are illusory...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Leaders

Why creative-based socials are invaluable to agency culture

Following an influx of newbies to the creative and design teams we wanted to start a ritual for our people to come together socially. This would be a regular calendar event they would look forward to, input into and that would add an insight into the...

Posted by: Proximity London
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Leaders

Why flexible working is good for creative business

Letting creativity reign in the workplace is key to establishing an engaged and innovative workforce, and it’s an even more important behaviour that needs to thrive in the creative industry. The challenge for companies is to figure out how they...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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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Workshop

Avoiding Creative Burnout

You’ve heard of writer’s block. This is something that happens to most writers at one time or another. They just run out of ideas, and they need to find ways to deal with writer’s block. The same thing happens to designers. Often,...

Posted by: Jane Hurst
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Leaders

Creative Breakdown: Johnny Kelly's five beautiful Apple Health films

Johnny Kelly, a director and animator working for Nexus Productions, has created five beautiful films for Apple Health promoting Apple’s new app released this September. Each film highlights a different aspect of health; eating, sleeping,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Creative Translation teams up with JCDecaux and Creative Review

Our friends at Creative Translation have teamed up with JCDecaux and Creative Review to cast their keen talent-spotting eyes nationwide. You might’ve noticed the campaign already - following the success of the creative showcase at our Pool...

Posted by: Joe Bracken
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Leaders

The creative project's worst enemy? Panic.

The late Douglas Adams wrote one of the smartest, most intriguing and funniest books of the 20th century. It was called 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy'. For the uninitiated, it features an electronic book (before they were real things), also...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

5 Minutes With: Adam Cleaver, Creative Director at Collective London

Collective London create highly effective interactive work through insightful strategy, innovative ideas, and beautifully crafted experiences that people want to share. How did you get into advertising? After finishing university I answered an...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Leaders

Crafts aren't creative – they're, well, erm...

Earlier this month, there was widespread consternation and outrage that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is going to exclude the 'crafts' as a category under the banner of 'creative industries'. Having done some work on a...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

Opinions - Are creative people more likely to lie and cheat?

by John Fountain A few years back a copywriter, who shall remain nameless, took it upon himself to take a piece of my work and put it on his website. He claimed that he had a right to do this because he was involved in the creative process, although...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

5 Sectors to find Creative Jobs after the Pandemic

Clearly, this has been an interesting year for everyone in the creative industry. Whether you are in the music industry, in live events, production or freelancing (aka: trying to hold onto your clients), 2020 has brought a new, unprecedented range...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Industry

1 in 3 creative jobseekers may lose everything within 6 months

Being one of the world’s largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand to what extent the creative industry is recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak. We had the power to make a difference by asking about the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

7 tips to stay creative and inspired in the second lockdown

And how to remain focused at home We’ve seen that coming. With COVID-19 cases spiking all across Europe, it was just a matter of time before most of the continent decided to head towards a second lockdown - to “save Christmas,”...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Here's to you, women in the COVID-hit creative industry

“Thud is the dry blow, from my temples to my toes. The air escaped my lungs and I am overcome by a deafening silence. It is over. Finally.” What is behind a layoff? This pandemic, among other issues, has demonstrated our unpreparedness....

Posted by: Paola Figueroa
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Inspiration

The Creative Energy, Teamwork and Motivation of SMACK Agency

It is unusual to hear someone say that they always start working near the end of a deadline, because they are far more productive under pressure. Though one may think that this is the easiest way to mess up, SMACK agency and its co-founder Lubna...

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

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

50% of creative freelancers won't survive more than 3 months

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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