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Inspiration

18 eye-catching record cover designs by illustrator Mikey Brain

London-based abstract painter and illustrator Mikey Brain’s work is bursting with colour and unique characters, inspired by his deep passion for timeless themes. His commissioned pieces for record label Hot Creations are particularly pleasing...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Technology

How neurocreativity is changing the way content is made

Images in advertising have a bigger impact on our emotions than we may realise. But when brands set a brief for a photographer to make something look ‘premium’ or ‘powerful’, how is that achieved? Chris Christodolou, CEO at...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Technology

Vype launches new vaping tech at the top of the Gherkin

British American Tobacco (BAT)’s e-cigarette brand Vype unveiled two new products at a launch event held at the top of London's Gherkin building last night. The Vype iSwitch and Vype iSwitch Maxx devices are aimed at smokers who are yet to...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Engagement better than eyeballs for brands

Content which engages the right consumers rather than attracting an endless stream of clicks from irrelevant customers is what brands should be aiming for. A panel at Creativepool’s Connect: London festival agreed that it is better for content...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Awards

Annual 2019 judges revealed

Creativepool has announced the full line-up of judges for this year’s Annual 2019, which is currently open for submissions from individuals, agencies and brands across 31 different categories. Key names from a host of top international...

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Advertising

Ryan Giggs’ brother Rhodri signs for Paddy Power

Rhodri Giggs has been unveiled as the face of Paddy Power’s new ‘loyalty’ campaign via an ad which mocks his ex-pro footballer brother Ryan and the affair which shocked the UK. In the tongue-in-cheek spot, Rhodri pokes fun at...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Coca-Cola x Premier League

Coca-Cola launched a campaign to mark a new strategic partnership with the Premier League last week positioning the beverage and sport as things that bring people together. Alec Mellor, marketing manager at the brand, offers insight into the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Trends

Accelerate your brand evolution with hybrid thinking

Think about the word “hybrid,” and it’s likely to evoke thoughts of eco-friendly cars, new types of plants cultivated by combining those that already exist, human robots in sci-fi novels, or even crossbred dogs. By its very nature,...

Posted by: AdventureLAB
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Advice

Master the art of negotiation

“Every negotiation is different, but the basic elements do not change.” These are the wise words of William Ury, a prominent academic negotiation trainer. Based on history, we know that great negotiators can prevent wars, build...

Posted by: Katrina Cooper
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Advertising

Coca-Cola sends love letter to the Premier League

The director of a new ad from Coca-Cola in the UK has described it as a "love letter to the Premier League" as the drinks brand launches a new partnership with the football division. Where Everyone Plays is helmed by Stacy Wall and created through...

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Technology

How to get the most out of blockchain

There are unlimited opportunities for creatives and companies when it comes to working with blockchain technology, including a fairer and more reliable way of proving facts. Simon Gill, chief experience officer at global digital agency Isobar, said...

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Technology

Why the word 'innovation' is exhausted

The term ‘innovation’ can be interpreted in so many ways which means it gets commonly overused in the creative industry, according to a panel at Connect: London. In a session entitled The Best Way to Kill Innovation is to Sell it, the...

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Features

A Conversation with… The Economist’s Denise Law

More than just a newspaper, The Economist Group is a media company that challenges readers to critically examine the fundamental issues facing our planet. From its inception in 1843, The Economist continues to provide bold ideas, a global...

Posted by: Matter Of Form
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Awards

Annual 2019 deadline extended

Creativepool has extended the entry deadline for its annual awards competition, which means you have two more weeks to submit your work. Annual 2019 brings a fresh approach to awards by offering entrants a unique platform to celebrate their creative...

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Advertising

All the ads of Super Bowl 53: The cars

While Super Bowl 53 served up plenty of ads for food and drinks brands on Sunday, there was also the usual bout of car commercials. Here's a selection of the best to touch down. Toyota - Toni Audi - Cashew Mercedes - Say the Word Kia The Great...

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Inspiration

Creativepool Spotlight: Ben the Illustrator

Having won a silver award in last year's Creativepool Annual for New York City Department of Transport, self-employed artist Ben the Illustrator is the focus of this Spotlight Q&A. Find out about his route into the industry which has led to working...

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Advertising

Linear production 'too long and expensive' - Shutterstock chief

The growth of video on social media has contributed to a need for cheaper, faster branded content, according to a marketing executive at Toronto-based Shutterstock Custom. Paul Cowan, VP of enterprise and SMB marketing, believes the introduction of...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Advice

How to run a successful creative hack

Organising a creative hack can be a great way of getting people to interact with your brand and overcome a problem as part of a team. Non-profit organisation Sightsavers works to protect eyesight and the fight for disability rights and held a...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Technology

How to spot a Twitter bot with Gravity Road

Twitter has rolled-out various functions to reduce the amount of abuse, harassment and unwanted engagement on its platform in the past few years. They have included allowing users to block certain words from replies to their tweets as well as...

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Trends

Retail trends 2019: Ian Scott

Human interaction, the high street and 5G are all areas of focus in Ian Scott's retail trends report for 2019. The Williams Lea Tag shopper marketing and innovation manager sheds light on his predictions for the shopping space and how the point of...

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Awards

Innocent 'energised' by Brand Team Annual win

Smoothie brand Innocent’s Annual Brand Team of the Year win in 2018 energised its whole creative team, according to Katie Rosen, group head of creative. The department has grown by 10 - from 8 to 18 - in her five-year tenure since she joined...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Social Media

Agencies under increasing threat from influencers

The head of social at one of the world’s largest cereal brands believes advertising agencies are under increasing pressure from a new generation of social influencers. Joseph Harper, who looks after social campaigns in the UK & Ireland at the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Technology

Only 4% of brands have succeeded with AI

Of the 50% of brands that have attempted to work with artificial intelligence (AI), only 4% have succeeded according to a creative technology team at London-based agency AnalogFolk. Simon Richings, ECD, and Miguel Alvarez, director of technology,...

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Advice

How to cut down on freelance admin

Sponsored Post As a creative freelancer, you’ll often have more choice over projects and freedom in the way you work compared to people who work full-time for one company. But you’ll also have more paperwork to handle - something that is...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Trends

Life in the living room: Why TV still matters in 2019

- By Rhiannon Murphy, head of TV at the7stars - Television, or at least our relationship with it, has changed. Over the past 20 years we’ve gone from celebrating the launch of a fifth terrestrial channel on our TV screens in the UK to...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Careers

Culture is more important than talent, says Havas CEO

The culture at a company is more important than the talent employed, according to Chris Hirst, European and UK group CEO at Havas. The exec held a session at Creativepool's Connect London festival and shared his thoughts on what makes a great leader...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Technology

What skills do you need to collaborate with AI?

Tim Hole is a high-performance specialist and founder of Breathe Labs, a company providing coaching, training and collaboration systems to the creative industry. As well as implementing systems to help people work better together as humans,...

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Trends

Five social media trends for 2019

Claire Lancaster, head of social media at IF Agency, starts the year with her prediction of the key trends that will define the next 12 months in social media, content and influencer marketing. "I expect reach, dialogue and influencers to all reduce...

Posted by: If Agency
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Awards

How KFC told Suppertime Stories for Annual 2018

Last week, Matthew Barnes, ECD at Ogilvy South Africa explained how he and his agency created an engaging digital campaign for confectionary brand Cadbury to win an Annual in 2018. But they didn’t stop there. For fast food company KFC, the...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Advertising

Why customers are the new competition

Brands need to be authentic and transparent in today’s modern media landscape in order to engage customers and get closer to audiences. As technology continues to disrupt the market, the likes of Spotify, Amazon and Netflix are changing the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advice

Photoshop tutorial: Colourising black and white photos

Colourising black and white photographs can infuse life and a new point of view to the photo that has not been seen before. In today's photoshop tutorial, I will show you some simple tools to add a punch of color to photos from our past.

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Advertising

Advertising is not a craft, it's a business - Sir Martin Sorrell

The former founder of agency network WPP has hit out at creatives in the advertising industry by suggesting that too many are living in the past. Sir Martin Sorrell spent 33 years building WPP into a global powerhouse with the network welcoming the...

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Awards

10 tips on how to win an Annual

The deadline for entries to this year's Creativepool Annual awards is fast approaching and with just over two weeks to submit your work, we've compiled a list of top tips to get you on your way. From telling your story and presenting the results...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Trends

Zine culture tops Shutterstock trends in 2019

Shutterstock has launched its eighth annual Creative Trends Report, which predict major trends in 2019 as well as what will be the rising topics and one to watch in the year ahead. The overbearing theme of the findings is that there will be a...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

YouTube Music ad makes top 10 list for EMEA

YouTube has released its overall 2018 EMEA ads leaderboard, which includes a spot for its music service, YouTube Music, in at number nine on the list. The top spot is taken by German online real estate portal Immowelt, with its epic narrative...

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Trends

Predicting the death of the influencer

One of the biggest YouTuber festivals arrives in the UK next month and ahead of the launch, Jim Louderback, the company's CEO, offers his predictions for the year ahead... There’s a lot happening in the world of online video, social platforms...

Posted by: Industry Updates

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