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Advice

How Much Creativity You Should Put Into Your Writing Job

Not everyone is born with a natural knack for writing and those who know they have what it takes often find themselves at odds with what they are able to produce, versus what their employer wants. In many cases, the writer’s creative mind...

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Advice

10 Writing Tools And Apps That Will Make Designing Easier

Graphic design is a complex and ever evolving industry. That means that as a designer, you're always looking to keep up with what's happening. Internet technology has made finding tools that will actually help you stay ahead of the curve easier, too....

Posted by: Mary Walton
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Technology

Brand Case Studies: Smart writing with Moleskine

Moving with analogue into the digital age is a problem facing many brands who work within a well established craft. As productivity takes precedence over the traditional, many find themselves outwitted and outdated by technology that offers quick,...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Careers

Creative Writing Tips from the experts

They say there’s a novel in all of us… so far I’ve found a dozen short stories and a handful of poems, but I’m working on it. With that in mind, I took a trip to my old haunt Manchester Metropolitan University for the...

Posted by: Michelle Collier
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Features

Funny business. British comedy writing is in crisis, but why?

Last week, I wrote about the key differences between copywriting and 'writing'. And while I attempted to make the challenges inherent in copywriting clear, I wouldn't say the profession is in crisis. Unlike the art of writing comedy. Quite when the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Six ways in which 'copywriting' differs from 'writing'.

When people ask what I do for a living, I tend to get in a terrible flap. This is largely because I do a variety of things. I pen pieces about music, I blog about advertising and the creative industry (obviously), I present podcasts and radio...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

CV Writing: Checklist

Once your CV is complete, ask yourself: Will an employer want to read it? Is the layout professional? Is it easy to read? Have I used a clear typeface and appropriate font size? If an employer 'glanced' over it, do the key points stand out? Is...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Can copy-writing be taught?

by Magnus Shaw. In the distant past, I trained to be a croupier. A roulette dealer, to be accurate. Roulette is fairly complicated and the dealer must be aware of every aspect of the game in progress - monitoring when the bets go down, who has won,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

An insider's guide to the 3D animation pipeline

The process of creating a 3D animation is much more complex than most people think. The number of steps to produce a 3D animated video can vary a great deal, depending on the animation studio involved and the scale of the project itself. But...

Posted by: Dream Farm Studios
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Advice

Top 5 tips on getting the most from your profile

Header image: Mike Perkins At the time of writing, Creativepool is now home to well over 270,000 creatives, with 20,000 companies using the platform to find talent from across the globe. If you are a member on the platform, standing out among so...

Posted by: Michael Tomes
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Features

Is over specialisation killing creativity?

From influencers to social and audio only, there’s been a proliferation of niche agencies in the last few years. While specialists are always going to be necessary, consumers now have more touchpoints than ever before. So, are brands at risk...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Events

What would you do with a day of free studio time?

Any young producer will know that hiring a studio space for a shoot is an expensive game. You’ve got your idea, crew and equipment sorted but the location is going to eat into your budget massively. So how about a helping hand? East...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Trends

Why you should use an inbound marketing agency

You know what inbound marketing is, right? The idea that to attract prospects and convert them to customers, you’ve got to give them something of value first? Which could be that useful blog about the importance of knowing your buyer persona....

Posted by: Woven Agency
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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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Trends

The future of luxury marketing

Luxury, it’s big business. In 2018, the top 10 luxury brands were worth a combined £100bn, whilst the aggregate net goods sales of the top 100 luxury brands topped an eye-watering £165bn. Luxury is a long-term growth market....

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Entertainment

Final straw: Oval Space and The Pickle Factory go plastic-free

Two of London’s most popular music and events spaces are set to be the first multi-purpose venues to eradicate the use of single-use plastic. Oval Space and The Pickle Factory are taking the action, dubbed Oval Green, in a first step towards...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

How to achieve a work-life balance

Many people nowadays are juggling demanding full-time jobs, family life and other daily commitments, which can make achieving the elusive work-life balance seem impossible. However, maintaining a work-life balance is essential to your overall...

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Careers

Portfolio Critique: A Rabbi and a pen walk into a bar

Today we critique the portfolio of aspiring copywriter, Shaul Wolf. He studied to be a Rabbi for 10 years and now dreams of writing and making movies. The hope is that we can provide him with feedback that helps strengthen his book.

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Awards

D&AD Professional Awards 2019 winners and rankings

The 57th D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony took place last night (23 May) at a ceremony in London where six Black Pencils - the highest accolade - were awarded. Droga5 was awarded a Black prize in TV Commercial Campaigns and Furlined also picked up...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

Top 5 copywriting tips from creative director Max Vinall

As a writer with nearly 30 years’ experience (currently creative director at Jellyfish, and Copywriting, Branding and Tone of Voice trainer), let me tell you one thing: The words matter. Whether you write for the web, social, TV, film, the...

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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

In defence of side hustles

Creative at Revolt, co-founder of social enterprise CRACK + CIDER and D&AD judge for Side Hustle, Scarlett Montanaro has a penchant for purpose. Exploring the deeply personal and complex relationship she has with her passion project, she writes about...

Posted by: D&AD
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Features

Platform for success: A history of video game art

If you're a fan of video game art, then you're in the right place. Today’s innovations and improvements in game art design and development have been shaped by the first steps that were taken in the past. Today, video games are considered more...

Posted by: Dream Farm Studios
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Careers

Mentor Sessions: Toby Snowdon

The Creative Mentor Network (CMN) is a London-based charity working to make the creative industries more diverse and inclusive through mentoring. The programme sees a host of talent from some of world’s top agencies link up with young mentees...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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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

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: Creativepool Editorial
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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: Creativepool Editorial
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Trends

5 benefits of meditation for writers

Have you ever read Meditations by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius? These were his private reflections on philosophy, happiness, peace, pleasure and the meaning of life as a whole. Why am I mentioning it? If you’re a writer, you’ll...

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Benk + Bo bring you the Workshop Zone @ Connect: London

Benk + Bo, the multifunctional space for creatives in Spitalfields, London, are bringing their Scandinavian design and aesthetic to the Workshop Zone at Connect: London on November 21 and 22. Join them for a cup of coffee and learn about how the...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Is thought leadership the enemy of creativity?

I’m like one of those annoying reformed non-smokers who coughs, passively aggressively, as you spark up a social cigarette. I’m like the vegan who mocks you for eating Quorn, the new mum who tells my childless friends they haven’t...

Posted by: Amy Kean
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Design

Rebrand Roundup: FC Barcelona, BBC2, Mailchimp and more

FC Barcelona - Summa European footballing giant Barcelona is renewing its image with a rethink of the iconic crest design and an official introduction of a nickname regularly used by fans. The new logo, created by Spanish consultancy Summa...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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