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Spray That Again. How evil is advertising?

Since an art director colleague introduced me to Banksy many years ago, I’ve enjoyed his stuff enormously. In that time he has painted throughout the world, from Sydney to Camden, LA to Palestine. The art critics bemoan him - too obvious, too...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

5 (Evil) Minutes with... Fede Alvarez

You can’t find an industry more creative than the movie industry; from the hundreds of people on set and the thousands involved in post-production, to the scores responsible for the amazing marketing and immersive digital and online experiences...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Video Games

The blue shells and the bob-ombs of Gamescom 2017

Gamescom is, to all intents and purposes, very much the sexier, more refined European cousin to E3’s bold, brash American convention. If E3 is a Michael Bay movie (all big bucks, explosions and exposition), then Gamescom, which wrapped up this week...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

Visions in VR: What has E3 2017 told us about the future of VR gaming?

Considering what a big year it had last year, VR was remarkably thin on the ground at E3 2017. Yes, VR has been largely absent from the show floor, save for a few niche booths and afterthoughts. Now that the three main gaming headsets are out in the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

Visions in VR: Is the VR boom over before it started?

It would, perhaps, be unfair to say that the VR bubble has burst, because from where I'm sitting, it looks as though the bubble has barely left the niche market that spawned it. Yet, with so many headsets now sat gathering dust in closets and display...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Interviews on AI: Connecting Automation and Intelligence

Alongside my recent pieces, Tech Trends: AI in 2017 and Creative Opinions on AI, I also conducted a series of interviews with some varied and insightful industry figures about their own experiences, hopes, thoughts, feelings and fears regarding the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

Visions in VR: The Emotional Connection

By it's very nature, virtual reality can be an emotionally draining thing to experience if you're not prepared for it and the creative industries are starting to realise that, if they utilise this more immediate connection effectively, they can...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Top 10 Account Wins of the Week

AB - Exeter University Leading South West digital marketing agency, AB, has formed a new partnership with Exeter University, which will see the agency help to deliver two digital marketing courses to the next generation of marketers. A total of 130...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Video Games

#TechTuesday: Sony @ E3 2016

Every June, the gaming industry converges on the Los Angeles Convention Centre for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, affectionately known to gamers worldwide as E3. The expo has, in parallel to the industry itself, grown from rather humble...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Fancy using Sonic the Hedgehog in your next ad campaign?

“Video games are the new cinema.” A common statement, especially in certain corners of the internet, and one that I don't necessarily disagree with. Irregardless of your stance on the gaming industry however, it cannot be denied that the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Why are ads for video games so dishonest?

I don't know about you, but I don't play video games. I'd argue that they're a bit childish, but I like plenty of childish things: Bagpuss, Thunderbirds, The Muppets - I think they're all terrific, so that's not the problem. No, I think it's a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Creative opportunities: Octavia Bromell on her Adobe Creative Residency

As we settle into the new year (nay, the new decade), Adobe has once again opened the doors to its Creative Residency programme for aspiring creatives hoping to turn their passion into a profession. The Creative Residency is an annual, year-long...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Getting to Know… Iris Worldwide’s Grant Hunter

Grant Hunter was recently promoted to Global Executive Creative Director for iris Worldwide and has been working for the agency from his base in London for 15 years now. A man with creativity in his bones, Grant is an incredibly insightful...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

The sales pitch is dead, long live the sales pitch!

We don’t think we’ll be offending anyone if we argue the majority of sales pitches are boring. They should be the ultimate tools in persuasion and empowerment. After all, their goal is to convert leads. They should be engaging, memorable...

Posted by: ifour
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Features

All I want for Christmas is nothing: Breaking the Secret Santa curse

Christmas is wonderful and everything, but if there’s one thing about it that becomes more and more tedious as the years drag on - it’s the presents. As a child, there’s something undeniably magical about waking up at the crack of...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Trends

5 things we learned at Gamescom 2019

The team at in-game advertising platform Bidstack spent last week in Cologne for Europe’s biggest gaming event - Gamescom. Here, its CMO, Simon Gosling, offers a comprehensive look at some of the key things they took away from this year’s...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Video Games

Bill Murray & Co return in new Ghostbusters game trailer

Nostalgia has been big for business for the past few years and a new HD Ghostbusters game is set to continue that trend as Bill Murray and his team of trusted scientists return for more adventures. Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered delivers a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The stylus is mightier than the sword

In an image-saturated advertising world, it can seem like an impossible task to defend your brand from invisibility. When it comes to finding a direction for your brand, rebrand or campaign, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Your instinct may be...

Posted by: ifour
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Features

SXSW 2019: Virtual overload

Tim Leary famously referred to virtual reality (VR) as "LSD for the 90s". And after my recent trip to the Virtual Cinema at SXSW, it became obvious why. Up until now, VR for me, had been a pretty shallow experience, rather like a ride on Space...

Posted by: Russell Schaller
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Features

How tech influences the way we view conflict

November 11 2018 marked the 100th Armistice Day since the end of World War I (WWI). It struck me how - despite all being tragic - most wars and conflicts have quite a different ‘feel’ in the public psyche. I think a significant part of...

Posted by: Rob Pratt
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Inspiration

Anxiety, loneliness, heartbreak, Peanuts

Peanuts! A children’s comic strip, with the coolest dog in the world, reaching more than 350 million people in 75 countries. But a comic strip way ahead of it’s time, addressing modern day neuroses such as anxiety, loneliness and...

Posted by: Stephen ONeill
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Design

Rebrand Roundup: Cold beer, hot fonts and other stories

Thirst Craft - Cold Town Beer There's a new craft beer brewery in the notoriously chilly city of Edinburgh, but they didn’t have a name, positioning or brand to speak of - so they turned to Glasgow studio Thirst Craft. With over 2,000...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Ads of the Week: The best of Fathers Day and other stories

Recipe - Birdseye Birds Eye is building on its #Solidaritea campaign, championing parenting and putting an end to “parent shaming.” The new campaign showing solidarity with parents is breaking in the run up to Father’s Day on June...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Account Wins of the Week

Publicis London - Tourism Ireland Tourism Ireland has re-appointed Publicis London to develop its global creative work, and has appointed OMD as its global media agency, after a process involving Creativebrief. Both agencies will support Tourism...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Creative Opinions: GDPR

This week, on May 25, data protection rules across Europe will undergo the biggest change in the last two decades. It's a change two years in the making. In April 2016, after years of negotiations and legal tussling, officials agreed upon the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Creative Opinions: Sir Martin Sorrell and the end of an era

This week, Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO and Founder of the world's largest advertising agency network, WPP, resigned from his post amidst circling 'personal misconduct' allegations that remain (at the time of writing) unresolved, much to the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

6 reasons why AI is so hot right now

Haven’t you heard? Artificial intelligence (AI) is so in at the moment. Forget about jobs in architecture or social media. Everyone wants to know about AI research scientists and machine learning roles. AI is all the rage. What once was seen...

Posted by: Lobster
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Quiet Storm Quiet Storm is bolstering its creative department, digital offering, and client servicing with three senior new appointments. Award-winning creative Laurence Quinn joins the independent agency as Creative Director, Scott Powney as...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

M&C Saatchi M&C Saatchi has appointed Kate Bosomworth as its new Chief Marketing Officer, marking the first appointment to the management team by Giles Hedger, CEO at M&C Saatchi. Appointed to the Board of Sport England in 2013, Bosomworth has been...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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