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Creative Annual 2020 Spotlight: Building the HYPE

Hype is a boutique creative communications agency with a distinctly hands-on approach that has been a valued member of the Creativepool community for many years now The agency’s commitment to collaboration and innovative storytelling was...

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Creativepool Annual 2020 Spotlight: Simon Waloszek on next-gen creativity

Simon Waloszek is something of a Creativepool legend. In the 6 years since he first joined the site, his work has been nominated for the Annual four times and last year, he received two silver People’s Choice awards for his insanely colourful...

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Features

Agency Spotlight: The eclectic passions of the Deep

Deep is a design agency focused on branding, design for print and digital communications. The agency has existed since the turn of the century and has spent the last 20 years carving out a niche for itself on London’s fashionable Union Street....

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: The sleek and stylish retouched world of Paul Hill

Paul Hill is a freelance retouching artist originally from East London whose stylish and eye-catching work, which he himself describes as “high end, creative retouching,” has been lighting up Creativepool for some time now. Paul’s...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Almost Famous: Shining the spotlight on celebrity relations

Just how far does the apple fall from the tree? Does Sibling rivalry multiply in the face of fame? Barnaby Slater interviews family members of famous figures in new podcast series Almost Famous. You probably haven’t heard of Barnaby Slater....

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: You can't explain Zakri Williams' surreal sketches

Don’t try to understand what’s going on in Zakri Williams’ surreal sketches, says the freelance illustrator. Just enjoy the complexities of the drawings, which he creates with fine-liners, ballpoint pens, pencils and...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: 3D artist Fedde Souverein switches up the world

Whether it’s a puzzling political statement (Statue of Confusion, pictured), views that bring the world into people’s backyards or a dragon made of milk, Amsterdam-based 3D artist Fedde Souverein's work is sure to capture your...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Kevin Myers' art packs a punch

Some of the characters in Kansas City-based illustrator Kevin Myers’ portfolio include Batman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Wolverine. But there are also lesser-known characters like Hellboy, The Main Man and Dawg and Silver Surfer...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Joseph Ford’s photography makes people disappear

Photographer Joseph Ford’s subjects include dynamite fishing, butterflies flying out of people's mouths, a railway line merging into a zipper and a crocodile attacking Lacoste sneakers, but a series that also stands out is his Knitted...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Malane Newman's cartoons make America look great

Imagine going to a theme park that caters to different generations with each ‘land’ representing a different decade and a “little bit of Disney magic”. Life in the 50s - Generation Land is a realisation of that place in poster...

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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: Maximising Studio Output

Ove the last 12 months, London-based design company Studio Output has shifted its focus with an increased emphasis on digital work. “Believing that brands are defined by their digital experiences, we’ve evolved from a generalist design...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: The bigger picture with Charis Tsevis

Charis Tsevis’ personality is as complex as his art. Having grown up in Athens, he’s developed a passion and appreciation for different cultures which has influenced the way he works. “I’m a dedicated scholar of gestalt...

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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: Why Leo Burnett London is lovin' life

Leo Burnett London has been dining at advertising’s top table with its McDonald’s client for more than three decades and continues to reinvent the brand as the world evolves. In the past year, the agency has cut through the crowded...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Reel talk with director Noemi Hatala

Self-shooting director Noemi Hatala’s film, Where the Women Run the Nightlife, introduces the female club owners who manage four of the five major venues in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. It shows how they are encouraging self-expression and...

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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: Juice in full flow

For the past few years, Warsaw-based visual effects firm Juice has produced a constant stream of content that has earned its stripes by being Spotlighted on Creativepool. The projects usually have a sci-fi feel as the company aims to use its...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Flipping the script with copywriter Vikki Ross

Brand and tone of voice specialist Vikki Ross didn’t take your average route into copywriting but has carved out a successful career by going off script. “I’m from the school of Work Your Arse Off,” she says. “I did...

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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: The house style of AKQA Casa

“It’s like living in an amazing house with your best friends,” say Diego Machado and Hugo Veiga, executive creative directors at AKQA São Paulo, about what it’s like to work at their studio known as 'AKQA Casa'. The...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Port Elizabeth and beyond with illustrator Rebecca Hayter

Freelance illustrator Rebecca Hayter lasted just three months in her role at a design company before following her heart and going it alone. While the structure, salary and guaranteed workflow were nice for a while, her personal beliefs and stance on...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Moving and shaking with art director David Simoes

Things move fast in advertising. After writing a series of short stories to a creative director working on Unilever back in his hometown of Lisbon years ago, David Simoes managed to bag a meeting at the agency while looking for his first job. The...

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Features

Company Spotlight: Picture Farm at your service

When asked how he’d like integrated production company Picture Farm to be perceived, Todd Stewart, partner and creative executive, says the aim is to be known as a “helpful” multi-disciplined collaborator first and...

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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: The digital dark art of Tom Exton

One look at illustrator and graphic designer Tom Exton’s book would never give away the fact he started out designing car number plates. But that’s exactly where his venture into digital dark art began. “I got my start working as a...

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Features

Company Spotlight: Brave moments with DixonBaxi

DixonBaxi’s co-founder Simon Dixon believes designers and other creatives should stop worrying about what others are doing and enjoy the moment. “They can be desperate for the next big thing and fear they are missing out,” he...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: Spot the celebrity in Pete Ellis' album of illustrations

While illustrator Pete Ellis jokes he grew up in London’s Thornton Heath long before Glastonbury headliner Stormzy arrived in the area, the rapper wouldn’t look out of place in one of Ellis’ art pieces. His portfolio is awash with...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: Photographer Nigel Harniman on 30 years of shooting cars

“I’ve been freelancing since 1989 and have shot globally for most automotive brands from Rolls Royce to Renault, Bentley to Buick, Cadillac to Kia,” says Nigel Harniman, reflecting on 30 years of photography. “More recently,...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: Cosmo Mulford's pen and ink art adds detail to the doodle

Asked what inspires his black and white hand-drawn pieces created with ink pens, illustrator Cosmo Mulford (below) says his style is influenced by comic books and Japanese art. English illustrator and author Aubrey Beardsley and Czech painter and...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: 3D artist Elena V Miller's concepts know no bounds

Since winning a People's Choice award in the Creativepool Annual in 2017 for her Ballerina Loft - which imagines where a ballerina might live - Romanian 3D artist and visualiser Elena V Miller's work has received several Spotlight's on the...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: Illustrator Ryan Hodge's political art earns our vote

London-based illustrator Ryan Hodge believes that if politicians like Theresa May, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump didn’t exist in real life, they’d be extremely funny as fictional animated characters. He doesn’t disclose his...

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Spotlight: Art director Stephen ONeill gets high on type

According to Scotland-born and London-raised art director Stephen ONeill aka Type Chap, the two tips he’d give young creatives is to be witty and irreverent with their work. “Always have something in your portfolio that’s got a bit...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: X-Wing marks the spot in James Birks film art

A quick glance at freelance illustrator and graphic designer James Birks' portfolio will tell you he’s a film fan. Some of the pieces inspired by Hollywood movies include iconic imagery from the likes of Star Wars, Robocop and Leon in the form...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: Tyrion Lannister stands tall in Morales-Lee illustrations

Game of Thrones fans will love one of the pieces in artist and illustrator Patrick Morales-Lee’s Boxset Legends series. The collection sees Tyrion Lannister, one of the HBO show’s most admired characters, make an appearance (below) and...

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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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Technology

Nexus deliver delightful animated VR story for Google Spotlight Stories

The London-based Nexus Studios, in collaboration with Google Spotlight Stories, the VR storytelling specialists, has created an immersive and interactive experience with story at its heart. Directed by Nexus director Felix Massie, “Rain or...

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Events

designjunction spotlight 2016: Olly Starkey of four23

Following on from our Poolcast series at designjunction, we caught up with Olly Starkey, Head of Moving Image at four23. They are deeply rooted in immersive design so it was a no-brainer when they thought about being apart of the show this year. This...

Posted by: Alexandra Schott

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