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The industry’s mental health is in bad shape, but there's hope

With the COVID-19 outbreak showing no signs of giving up, more and more professionals in the creative industry have been struggling with mental health, with 67% of people feeling now more anxious than ever, according to Anxiety UK. The mental health...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

Emma Sexton on running your business in COVID times

Who would have thought, one year ago, that success in 2020 would be measured by the capacity to survive a pandemic? We know Emma Sexton as the CEO and founder of creative agency MYWW, founder of the Inside Out Awards, creative expert in residence at...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The relentless passion of Simona De Leo

Despite having to find her way into a competitive industry, Simona kept going. Despite breaking three fingers in her dominant hand, Simona kept going. Despite not having a publisher, Simona kept going and made a successful Kickstarter campaign to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Skipping gears with Mark Lacey

The strongest passions often show themselves at a young age. Mark Lacey was introduced to professional illustration when he was a "spotty teenager", but the guy had the boldness to apply for a position at a research laboratory and his career has...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Creativepool Annual 2020 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for this year’s Creativepool Annual has been announced, featuring a diverse pool of talented individuals, creative companies and brands who strived for excellence in 2019. Agencies on this year’s list include AKQA, Iris,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Dashing Digitally with BT and Wunderman Thompson UK

You may agree to disagree, but digital skills have never been more relevant than they are today. The COVID pandemic has shown us all how important it is to stay up to date with modern technologies, cultivating digital skills that we all can use...

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Leaders

B2B buying is changing and you're probably not ready for it

If there is one thing this pandemic has accelerated, it is the rate at which businesses have realised they are in deep pits of dung. Outdated systems, experiences and pipelines have come to the open following the outbreak and it looks like the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Creating the Planet's Great Reset with Iris

Picture the blank page, staring at you right before a new drawing, story or project. Scary, isn't it? The big blank page can be daunting. It is up to creatives to fill it with all the amazing ideas we are known and paid for, driving change with our...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

David Feldman's Series of Fortunate Events

How do you fight Holocaust denial to deliver the truth to young people? How do you crack a fantastic campaign for Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events? And just how do you keep your mind fresh and open to an endless stream of new...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Don't Mind the Gap

If I were to ask you what the determining factor will be in your success or failure as a creator, there’s a good chance you’d say 'the quality of your ideas.' Without a good idea you have nothing. Yet there’s something else even...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Industry

Annual 2020: who will see your work this year?

We are exactly one week away from the Annual 2020 final submissions deadline. As you are starting to put the finishing touches on your entries, you might be wondering who will actually see the work you submit. Aside from being scored by our esteemed...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Managing Director Simon Bell on Seizing Opportunities

Not everyone is lucky enough to grow up in a context and environment where creativity is encouraged. Managing director at JustSo Simon Bell went one step further: with his father running a small business, Simon was always curious about the ins and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Marketing your way through the COVID crisis

It's easy to imagine how hard small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are struggling during this global pandemic situation. Government programmes may have neglected you or you may have fallen through the cracks of a flawed emergency initiative. Either...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Leaders – Andrew Wilkie on challenging the status quo

There isn't a perfect formula for being an effective leader. But if there were one, we'd believe head of creativity and engagement at touch Andrew Wilkie cracked it a long time ago. A believer in humility, hunger for knowledge and constant...

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Workshop

Let's bring some "Happimess" with Regina Blitz and Five by Five

How do you pull off a social campaign with a few pennies and tons of creative energy? Independent agency Five by Five certainly has something to say about that. Despite having a limited campaign budget, the agency has crafted a campaign for Regina...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Influencer marketing success comes with a multi-platform approach

It is tempting to adopt a siloed approach to marketing and brand communications, especially when dealing with an audience you don't interact with daily. In a way, social media platforms are like boxes, containers of the audience segment your brand...

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Workshop

Leaving the Comfort Zone

The importance of bravery, boundaries and beliefs in the performance arts “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours” Richard Bach, ‘Illusions’ , Arrow Books, 1988 The book ‘Illusions’ by...

Posted by: James Sampson
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Leaders

How to design with empathy and inclusion

Inclusive design. We double-dare you to find a more relevant term or concept today. With a globalised world and countless opportunities to reach all kinds of niches and communities around the planet, designing for your own needs is just another...

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

Learning the Unexpected with Philip Giancola

You never know when the muse of creativity is going to engulf you in one of its legendary and life-changing moments of epiphany. Filmmaker Philip Giancola has dropped out of high school in his teenage years, only to then fall in love with movies...

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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...

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Workshop

Talking To Women: Communicate With Individuals, Not Stereotypes.

Women are the world’s most powerful consumers. They drive 85% of all consumer purchasing and their impact on the economy is growing every year. So how can brands successfully sell to the world’s greatest emerging market? Learn how to...

Posted by: Nicola Thompson
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Inspiration

The Symphony of Brice Cagan

We rarely do feature musicians around these parts, but there are so many incredible composers and sound artists in the community and we are thrilled every time we find some new talent here and there. Brice Cagan is everything our editor will never...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Behind the Idea: How to Seize the Awkward with Droga5 and the Ad Council

We've just wrapped up Mental Health Awareness Month and we've seen some incredible works from all across the creative industry to fight the stigma of talking about your mental health, whoever you are and wherever you are from. With suicide as the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

6 ways brands are getting Gen-Z wrong

Nineties or millennials, noughties or baby boomers, it is no secret that all generations have their myths and prejudices and marketers have to overcome these to make sure they're tailoring their offer appropriately. We've had the chance to learn...

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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...

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Features

Member Spotlight: the Surgical Horror in Andrzej Kuziola's Art

Reading this interview with 3D illustrator Andrzej Kuziola and looking at his stunning works of art, we would almost be tempted to steer clear of any artist coming from a medical background. Andrzej's imagination can be triggered by anything - be it...

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Features

A Copywriter’s Guide to Communicating with AI

How often do you open Google to look up a synonym with your Thesaurus of choice? A writer's life is quite challenging as it is, and doing that as a job means that sometimes your brain just won't collaborate. Luckily, researchers all around the world...

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Features

What will happen to Consumer Trust in a post-COVID world?

Remember the Cambridge Analytica breach in 2018? Also known as the greatest scandal in Facebook's history, loud enough to send dear Mark straight to the Supreme Court. It doesn't matter that he was confronted by people who clearly didn't know how...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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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

The rise of multi-CMS and WordPress in the enterprise

Building an engaging digital presence has never been more important. Nearly every business is moving as quickly as possible to get digital or go virtual if it isn’t already. But what do you have to do once you’ve got that digital...

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Leaders

Five Essential COVID-19 Adaptive Marcom Tips, Week of 27 April

Image Source: From IABC’s COVID-19 Resources, https://www.iabc.com/covid-19-resources/ Being an excellent communications consultant is highly demanding. On top of all the other diligence and expertise, sustaining professional development is...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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Features

Behind the Idea: finding simplicity in Guinness Night Football

Expanding the reach of a brand to a new segment of audience can be a tricky challenge to overcome, as it is arguably easy to make false steps and set yourself off to an unpleasant start. It is also just as easy to overshoot and aim for too much...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

90% of the creative industry is working from home

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

Will there ever be a 'normal' for the creative industries again?

If someone told us in February that society would pretty much stop in a month, we’d have called 999 on him. And yet, here we are. Learning new habits every day, revolutionising our rhythms, even taking advantage of this lockdown to either...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo

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