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Leaders

The five briefs I don't want on my desk

Mussel meat A leading discount frozen food company is selling bags of 'mussel meat'. I may be wrong, but I suspect these are the unfortunate shellfish deemed too manky to be sold whole, and are therefore mushed up and flogged in a heaving mass. Good...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

One Minute Briefs

One Minute Briefs is a concept borne out of the minds of Nick Entwistle and James Clancy who run The Bank Of Creativity. It's designed to change the way people think about advertising, change the way in which creatives work and also provoke a lot of...

Posted by: Jessica Hazel
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Inspiration

Back to advertising.

I'm always impressed by people who plan their career. Or rather people who plan their career and realise those plans. Planning stuff is easy, making it happen is something else - particularly in this business. Let's say, on your first day in the ad...

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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Features

Where now for the idea?

Most professionals provide an easily identifiable service. The lawyer offers his advice and representation, the dentist his drill and pink water. But the stock in trade of the professional creative is a little harder to pin down. Is the designer...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

The copywriter’s toolkit - part 3: How to get paid

Let’s look at an all-too-familiar scenario. The deadline - which was already tight - got moved up. The brief that you’d agreed to got changed as their client added more aspects to it. But in the interests of professionalism you cut all...

Posted by: Ant O'Neill
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Inspiration

Briefs and balance with Creanet Design

What makes great design? To some, it's a mixture of technique, craft and talent. Others believe more in the process. According to Jose Moreno, founder and creative director of Creanet Design, the secret to great design is in building solid...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Introducing HolaBrief.com, a better way to create design briefs

A lot happened since my last post talking about my branding process. I started new projects with clients I already had which made me realise how much they trust me. I met new people willing to start new collaborations. I also received (and declined)...

Posted by: Fernando Ifran
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Inspiration

From a Commodore 64 to rebranding the Thunderbirds - #MemberSpotlight

Jason Ford is a freelance Brand & Design Director and former creative director at ITV with a proven track record of delivering award-winning, thought provoking creative. Everything Jason touches is underpinned by strong core ideas that amplify to...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Industry

How to choose a Copywriter

The written word is a funny thing. It’s something `almost all of us have a basic understanding of and use every day to reply to emails, forward distracting memes to our co-workers and message our significant others about dinner. But how often...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

From simple visions to Something Big - #CompanySpotlight

Some of the best agencies and pieces of creative work in this industry are often born out of simplicity and clarity of vision. The story of Something Big, one of the Top 20 communications agencies on Creativepool, isn't much different in that...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

How to choose a design agency

Design is a fundamental pillar of the creative journey. Whether you’re a retail brand looking to stand out from the herd, a startup trying to cultivate some kind of identity or an agency looking for something special to pull your latest...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Job Description: Branding Designer

A branding designer shapes a brand and how it’s presented to the public. In order to breathe life into a brand and give it a tangible identity, a branding designer must express their thinking via words and imagery that cut through the noise and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Balancing distinction with familiarity - #MemberSpotlight

Have you ever heard of a no-waste designer? Creative Director of Misfit Creative Pete Brady might be a first. Pete believes that everything in design must have a purpose. There is no room for wasted space, no way that any part of a design may be...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Why are creatives more vulnerable to mental health issues?

Years after finishing my studies, I find myself still thinking about all the amazing figures and inspiring creatives I studied for Italian Literature. From Petrarca to Dante, Foscolo and Leopardi, most of my childhood and teenage years were spent...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The Electrifying story and faith of Rhapsody - #CompanySpotlight

Many would lose hope in the event of a global pandemic hitting the industry. Matter of fact, many did - at least for a bit. That was not the case of Rhapsody. Starting out as an East End print production company, Rhapsody operates in the retail and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Graphic Design and Synaesthesia – #MemberSpotlight

In the overload of information and noise that is the digital age, there has never been a stronger push to be yourself and promote your own uniqueness to the world. This is especially true of artists and creatives - everyone has their own style,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The surprising journey of a talented collage illustrator - #MemberSpotlight

Barbara Gibson is a collage illustrator. You don't see many of those around, and it's certainly a quirky style the one she has. All her graphic designs feel quite unique, and the more you look at them, the more you love them. It works kind of like an...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Maciek Michalski and the human side of creativity – #MemberSpotlight

Sure, technology and digital have revolutionised the industry in thousands of positive ways. But according to Maciek Michalski, they have also taken away a bit of the human element that makes the creative industries so special. Maciek, founder of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

The value of collaboration in creative work

How do you establish a collaboration-friendly infrastructure in your team, especially in these corona times? Among the many things the pandemic has done for us, losing team meetings and face-to-face interactions was a hard blow to all of us, and few...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Behind the Idea: Where Next for the Glenfiddich stag?

"Personal growth comes from embracing risk" Glenfiddich isn't new to taking risks. Its iconic stag is the symbol of this spirit, the personification of ambition and the will to dare. Space Agency was tasked with bringing all of this to life - and it...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

What is the fuel of endless inspiration?

When you are just starting out, you can easily get caught in a storm of passion, ambition and motivation for everything related to your craft. Some people lose that, or become disillusioned with time. You shouldn't. Senior Graphic Designer Stuart...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Andrea Lennon on why we should value togetherness while apart

Hearing Critical Mass EVP and managing director Andrea Lennon speak about her team, you would figure it is the most looked after bunch of creatives in the world. And you wouldn't be too far from the truth. Among a number of other awards this year,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Job Description: 3D Artist

The third dimension has been enticing artists for decades, but it’s only in relatively recent years that some incredibly talented creatives have been able to truly utilise the flexibility, the depth, the power and the potential of 3D artistry....

Posted by: Creativepool
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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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Workshop

Typographic storytelling in the Gay Times campaign

"In the western world we have preconceived notions on what it's like to be queer in certain countries". The story behind Emma and Ryan is particularly interesting in itself. Two creative professionals uniting to change the world with their craft. No...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Phillip Powdrill's Love for Learning

Luck is an important factor at any given time in life. There is always a certain degree of planning ahead, but you would be surprised by the amount of sheer luck that is needed to actually break through. Now, you could argue that opportunities don't...

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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Driving the Mental Health Conversation with Movember and Matta

One can only imagine which wonders a global pandemic has made to those who suffer from mental health issues. If engaging in conversations about mental health was harsh before being locked up at home for months, it's discouraging to think what has...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Member Spotlight: The Humble Resilience of Martin Reznik

It takes a moment to realise you've been faring on the wrong path for a while. When life gets in the way and everything you do becomes a necessity to forge ahead, it is way too easy to lose focus on the things you love. Today, Polish-born illustrator...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Getting to know... Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson has worked at Golley Slater for nearly 10 years and has headed up the Consumer Brands agency for almost three. As head of the agency, Emma is now less hands-on and more of a cheerleader for those who do the great work, focussing on the...

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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Workshop

How to inspire and get the best from your design team

Keeping a team of designers inspired may be a daunting task. Creative minds all coming together to achieve the same goal, yet all with different traits and creative backgrounds. Sometimes getting the best from your design team is as easy as pulling...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Powered by experience: welcome to the future of marketing 

Millennials and Gen Z consumers are over owning “stuff.” Instead, they’re after memories - 82% said they’ve participated or attended at least one live brand-related experience, according to Eventbrite, while 72% said...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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