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Features

It works or we fix it for free. The story of the Zippo lighter.

One evening in 1933, above a garage in Bradford, Pennsylvania, George G. Blaisdell clicked open the first ever Zippo lighter. That was more than 425 million Zippo lighters ago. Today in a world where products are redesigned on impulse rather than...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Careers

5 Steps to becoming a great Web Developer

Cogs work with developers on a daily basis and over the years they have developed a clear understanding of what sets apart the ‘amazing’ and the ‘average’. If you can make sure you are doing all of the below, then you will...

Posted by: Cogs Agency
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Advertising

Why great design needs great copy

Resplendent in a white silk dress and crimson cape, the Queen steps gracefully down from her golden chariot and begins a slow, dignified walk into Westminster Abbey. Accompanied by the ancestral Mistress of the Robes and Archbishop of Canterbury, the...

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Features

What makes a great UGC campaign?

Since its inception more than 10 years ago, user-generated content (UGC) has had a storied career. From a few videos on a then little-known website called YouTube in 2006 to full-blown media campaigns harnessing the power of real people, the...

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Advertising

Adland Responds to the Great Kendall Jenner Pepsi Debacle

When Pepsi dropped their no-doubt incredibly expensive and undeniably ambitious new ad earlier this week, they probably had no idea that, by week's end, the spot would have dominated global headlines, which is particularly impressive, given the...

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Features

Awards Highlights: McCann’s great week, SXSW, & YoungGuns

A roundup of the most important news of the week in the advertising awards world. SXSW After closing the PanelPicker public vote, SXSW has selected the sessions for the 2017 edition of the festival. More than 750 sessions have been announced...

Posted by: TheNextGag
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Advertising

krow and DFS celebrate Great Brits in Team GB brand film

Throughout the upcoming Rio Olympics, DFS will be promoting their official Team GB partnership by celebrating the hard work that goes into getting to the top of your game. The campaign is based around a new brand film, created by krow communications,...

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Advertising

Benefit and ODD create the perfect brow with The Great Browdini

Benefit Cosmetics has partnered with ODD, the creative agency that specialises in helping the world's best-loved fashion and lifestyle brands translate their ambitions into results, to introduce “The Great Browdini.” This fashionable...

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Design

Bar Works transform London's unused phone boxes into micro offices

Co-working seems to be something of a hot topic in London at the moment, and considering the ever-escalating cost of living in the city, that's hardly surprising. Just last week I reported on the Collective Old Oak complex, and now, a New York-based...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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News

Space Explorer: The Great American Desert launches in East London

Thursday 5th May sees the launch of a pioneering new public art initiative in Hackney. Created by the documentary photographer Robin Mellor, Space Explorer is a new, free, art-based app platform intended to encourage people to explore the urban...

Posted by: Space Explorer
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Design

Gwyneth Paltrow works with Gensler on members only Sunset Strip club

Oscar-winning actress and former 'Mrs Coldplay' Gwyneth Paltrow, is working with architecture firm Gensler to develop a branch of the private Arts Club on Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Paltrow and Arts Club chairman Gary Landesberg purchased the...

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Economy

Is Shit for Trump great satire or is it just shit?

Like him or loath him, Donald Trump is big news right now. With his extremist right wing views and terrifyingly persuasive rhetoric, the man has carved a path through the American presidential circus with a fire and fury that have even made us Brits...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Design

Rebrand Roundup: From a Great Green Wall to Google Ventures

Venturethree - United Nations Venturethree has branded an ambitious United Nations project to create a green wall across the breadth of Africa made up entirely of plants and trees. The Great Green Wall campaign launched earlier this week at the UN...

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Technology

Technology, Great Minds and The Natural History Museum

The Director of London's Natural History Museum, Sir Michael Dixon, has spoken out about the importance of the impact technology can have on visitor experience. Speaking in the museum's Darwin Centre as a part of London School of Business and...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advertising

Grey London celebrate the Great British Boozer for Greene King IPA

I've always loved the atmosphere of the good old fashioned British pub. It might have something to do with the fact my father worked for a brewery throughout my formative year, and it's almost certainly been exacerbated by my general indifference...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Is this your great-great-great-grandfather?

The past is a potentially dangerous place in advertising. If you go too far back everything is rife for parody, but if you don’t go back far enough, nostalgia can dilute your message. VCCP Sydney have opened a unique window to the past here,...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Trends

Linda Dong made an animation using only Keynote... and it's great

Think you have skills on your Apple Mac? Think again. UI designer Linda Dong has won. This cool little animation was made on Apple Keynote. Yup. We wish we could put something like this together, but alas we're stuck with are simple fade-to-black...

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Design

The great Sky/Skype debacle

An EU court recently ruled that the Skype and Sky TV logos were so similar that there is a strong likelihood they could be confused with one another, which effectively means that Skype is now unable to register its current logo as a trademark. The...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

First Great Western trains get cuddly!

The First Great Western train company recently launched a website dedicated to toys that have been left behind by children travelling on their train in the South of England. The campaign aims to reunite children with their lost cuddly toys, both...

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8 Great Books for Copywriters

I don't know about you but I've noticed that an increasing amount of people are chucking in their day jobs to embark on a career as a freelance copywriter. I'm not entirely sure why so many fancy their chances. I guess they believe they can write a...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

A Great British Design Classic: the telephone box

Yet another reality show came to an end last week, with Jermain Jackman being crowned king on The Voice. But these public competitions - from singing to cooking to interior designing to baking to skating - are nothing new. Did you know, for instance,...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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News

Internships. A great idea gone bad.

Had it not been for an internship, I wouldn't be a copywriter. Once I'd completed my training, my tutor arranged for a series of placements at various agencies. It was called 'work experience' then, and each placement lasted a few days. It was a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

The great Google betrayal.

Like so many love affairs, our relationship with Google arrived unexpectedly, blossomed fabulously and soured rapidly and bitterly. We've thought fondly of companies before - Cadbury for their caring, socialist roots; Virgin for their casual...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

How to... Write a great radio ad

by John Fountain. Tony Hertz is an award winning radio producer. Over the past 40 years there have only been two D&AD Black Pencils for radio and Tony has won both of them. Today he runs Hertz Radio, but many years ago he ran a company called The...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... On The Skids. One song, two great campaigns.

by Magnus Shaw Even readers of my advanced years may struggle to remember The Skids. Formed in Dunfermline in 1977, the band bridged the final days of punk rock and the birth of new wave pop. They were pretty successful too. Singles 'Masquerade',...

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10 great copywriters' blogs (That avoid the subject of copywriting)

As you are no doubt well aware, copywriters are, of course, some of the brightest, kindest and most imaginative people walking this planet. Indeed, when God was busy spooning out the talent, he took a particular shine to the marketing wordsmith -...

Posted by: Creativepool
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News

Great British Design

As the Olympics and the Jubilee draw closer there is an ever increasing sense of patriotism and British pride emulating from all around. The V&A are marking the event in their own intriguing way by staging a major exhibition entitled 'British Design...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Unmoving Pictures - great movies with terrible posters

Now Hollywood is the territory of bean counters rather than creative visionaries, we should be not at all surprised when Space Chimps 4 fails to live up to its, admittedly limited, promise. However, back in the mists of time, truly great movies were...

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News

4 great ads - all banned

Violent. Rude. Sexist. Dangerous. And harmful to animals. Here's some top TV ads that have fallen foul of the authorities. Suicide Bomber. Volkswagen Here's an idea. How about we show a suicide bomber in an ad designed to show the VW Polo as a...

Posted by: Creativepool

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