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Inspiration

Think like a hoover

It's hard to imagine being inspired while only focusing on your own art. That is the fastest way to lead your creativity to stall - to stop looking at fellow creatives, and to become too self-absorbed into your own works. Instead, you should try to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Top 15 Most Inspiring Lockdown Campaigns

The best campaigns made during the COVID-19 outbreak No matter how crippling of a blow it receives, the creative industry will always be ready to stand back up and prove its resilience. Even earlier in the year, with the world preparing to shut...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

The importance of prototyping for design teams

From lowering the margin of error and risk to ultimately releasing a more refined, well-rounded product, leading companies in the world today are heavy on prototyping and quite rightly so. Businesses and projects that do not believe in the power of...

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Inspiration

Learning the value of self-doubt with film production house Anattic TV

"You’ll know you’re on the right path when you realise that no matter how better you get, you’ll always criticise yourself." We've had way too many occasions to talk about the impostor syndrome and why you shouldn't believe it. And...

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Inspiration

Loving shots and stories with filmmaker Darren Statman

We love a good story. And film director Darren Statman has plenty to tell. It isn't every day that we get the chance to open a window into a creative professional's life, but with our Member Spotlights it does happen fairly often. What we love about...

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Leaders

Malcolm Poynton on why you should nurture your ambitions

"It’s always incredibly exciting to build creative teams and inspire them to achieve things greater than they ever expected." Malcolm Poynton is a leader many professionals in the industry would envy. Grown up in New Zealand with sports and...

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Industry

The oft-overlooked heroes in Wasabi and Walk West's campaign

Oh, Nate. The IT guy we all wish we had in our lives. Truth is, we do have him - but IT guys are often overlooked by campaigns and don't get celebrated enough for their successes. And so hot cloud storage company Wasabi and digital marketing firm...

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Inspiration

The long-standing passion of Peter Lourenco

Peter has been hit by COVID. He has been hit like many, being made redundant in this current climate and now forced to look for new opportunities. Luckily, his passion will never fade. Peter's love for graphic design was born when he explored the...

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Workshop

Preparing for the Post-COVID Jobs Market

“This too shall pass” is a popular saying derived from ancient Persia that reflects rather elegantly and succinctly on the ephemerality of the human condition. It’s a mantra that many of us have undoubtedly been muttering under our...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Rishi Sunak Strikes Again

If there is one MP that has arguably benefitted from the COVID-19 pandemic (at least as far as political capital is concerned), it’s Rishi Sunak. This is a man who, at the start of the year, was only really known to those of us that watch...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Industry

Creativepool Annual 2020 winners announced

The fifth Creativepool Annual celebrates the best in the industry from 2019 The Annual 2020 winners have been announced, featuring people and companies who have achieved creative excellence in the past year. Now in its fifth running year, the...

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Inspiration

The pastel discipline of Maureen Fletcher

Maureen Fletcher is the kind of artist who would close an interview with a quote by Paulo Coelho. And that alone should capture the beauty and delicacy of her essence. An introvert by nature, with an HSP trait too, Maureen has spent almost two...

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Leaders

Billy Faithfull on why COVID-19 has actually brought us together

We are physically distant, but emotionally closer. It's no secret that the lockdown and the COVID crisis have had a huge impact on agency work. Some agencies have struggled more than others, but we know that the lockdown was quite a heavy and...

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Leaders

It's pandemic day today. How are you?

How are you? A question rarely asked for fear of the answer. It is August 2020 in Mexico City. My spouse and I recently bought our first home and it is in a woody area. Its name translates into the Desert of the Lions, a name befitting my family; my...

Posted by: Paola Figueroa
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Inspiration

Design saved my life. Again.

On April 12th, I was one of those unlucky souls. I woke up feeling pretty rough, and initially put what came next during those 24 hours as being due to sun stroke (despite it being 19 degrees that day in London) - I was boiling hot, had a pounding...

Posted by: Robbie Patterson
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Inspiration

Making and breaking the grid with Ben Statham

Ben Statham loves making plans. We can definitely relate. As his experience taught him, Ben Statham also loves breaking plans. The unexpected always brings along a certain thrill, and no one could know that better than a photographer, constantly...

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Workshop

Designing Creatures: Tips and Tricks

When it comes to designing creatures, there are many different ways to approach the task. Everyone I’ve spoken to does it slightly differently and prioritises different aspects, leading to a sense of uniqueness even with two designs which have...

Posted by: Luke Luckhurst
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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,...

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Inspiration

The Fiery Focus of Nicola DeStefanis

Learn your craft, not the tool. This the main advice freelance 3D artist and motion designer Nicola Destefanis has for beginner artists. Our current tools are the result of years and years of evolution, but the tools will become obsolete -...

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Workshop

What if holding a candy bar could get you killed?

Implicit racial bias is deadly. "A black person is three times more likely to be killed by the police in America, too often when armed with nothing more than a candy bar." It sadly comes to the surprise of no one that there is an implicit bias in...

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Inspiration

The Relentless Free Spirit of Clare Reeves

We don't often feature voice artists around these parts - but when we do, we make sure they are among the most inspiring creatives out there. There are a lot of misconceptions about performing arts, and freelance voice artist Clare Reeves knows them...

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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...

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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...

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The Creative Ambition of Alpaca Communications

We wouldn't expect a PR agency called Alpaca Communications to be boring, nor devoid of countless stories to tell. The team led by Peter Elms in East London is one that doesn't enjoy being stiff and serious all the time, and their admirable sense of...

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Leaders

Life post-COVID might be worse than we expect

Well that was quick, wasn’t it? A few months stuck at home, non-stop doomscast for a couple of weeks, then at some point the industry got used to it (or got bored enough) and started to cope, one way or another. We’ve heard of both...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

When it comes to creativity, is it Game Over for Humans?

My fingers feel the smooth plastic on the keyboard as I type this sentence. I hear the rhythmic clatter of the keys. I know I am human. But how do you know? The words you’re reading right now could have been generated by a machine....

Posted by: Richard Holman
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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

Inertia had stifled creative innovation, COVID-19 has accelerated it

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a host of unimaginable changes into everyone's lives. Things that were ordinary have become temporarily extraordinary, and vice versa in some cases. Some, like retailers, have had to sustain more crippling blows...

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Overcoming Creative Constraints

There’s not enough time. We don’t have enough budget. There’s no way I’d be able to do that. If you’re a creative person then you’ll know that limitations are everywhere. Sometimes the boundaries are illusory...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Features

6 ways to tackle your remote team's mental health challenges

Can you smell the flowers blooming, the trees turning green? Can you feel the gentle touch of a summery breeze grazing your cheeks from a window draught? See the sun, calling you from the green park just around the corner? I’m not doing this...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

Why now’s not the time for your brand to go quiet

Recent history has shown that in times of crisis it’s the brands that stay in touch with their customers and offer genuine care and value that come out of tough times stronger and better for it. By applying the lessons of 2008 to today, we can...

Posted by: HelloYes
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Inspiration

How to Cope with a Creative Calamity

It’s Summer 2012. The hot Spanish sun is unforgiving as it beats down on the quiet streets of Borja, a medieval town a few hours north east of Madrid. Cecilia Giménez, an elderly resident, pictured below, takes shelter from the heat in...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Features

Member Spotlight: facing change with Steve Frith and TCC

For those who believe in greatness from small beginnings, TC Communication's story is certainly worth hearing. Born 35 years ago as a husband-and-wife team, TCC now works with some of the biggest brands in the world, including O2, Mizuno and...

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