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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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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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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

You need to find time to write…

I have a relatively busy life. Beyond my 9-6 job in London as a Creative Director, I have to spend 2 hours either side commuting to and from work, 5 days a week. I generally stagger in from 8pm, I find I'm pretty exhausted, hungry, creatively drained...

Posted by: Andrew
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Careers

What do copywriters say about copywriting? And are they right?

A copywriting pal of mine has drawn my attention to a collection of quotes about, well, copywriting. I'm always delighted when these things crop up, because I feel sure blog posts on design and art direction outnumber pieces on copy by about a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

Where's the glamour? They said there'd be glamour!

As the footer of this column will tell you, I’m a copywriter. And a blogger. I also dabble in journalism and podcasting. These are all quite enjoyable and satisfying things - at least from time-to-time - and I’m pretty lucky to do them...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Get happy. Is Arianna talking total Huff?

First, a bit of background. The Huffington Post is an online newspaper and it's rather successful. Actually it calls itself a 'news aggregator and blog' - but considering that is less clear than 'online newspaper', we'll stick with the latter. It was...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Would your mum understand that?

Would your mum understand that? It's fair to say that most of us hate bureaucracy. And meaningless, wordy bureaucracy even more. I've lost count of the number of times I've received a massive epistle from Barnet council when all they really want to...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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News

Show me yours. Why the new Creativepool will benefit copywriters.

By Magnus Shaw Well, I'm just having a look around. Being on the new Creativepool is rather like moving into a swanky new apartment, where all the furniture has arrived, your clothes neatly hung in the wardrobe and you've been carefully placed on...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

The 'write' idea.

by Ashley Morrison. A few weeks ago, I was approached by a prospective client, who asked whether I'd be interested in doing some work for them. Specifically (or not, as it turned out) they needed me to write a brochure. I assumed they wanted a quote...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Sorry, you're too creative.

by John Fountain. A few months back I was helping a friend review some CVs for a copywriting position. There was the usual mix of applicants and all of them from different writing backgrounds including b2b, pharmaceutical, PR, blogging, journalism,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight - Tom Hughes - Illustrator

Work just as hard on promoting yourself as you do drawing pictures. If no one knows you exist, no one can commission you. Describe your work in one sentence. Bright, humorous character illustration What's the most important thing you've learnt in...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

5 minutes with... Simon Learman - McCann London

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? ECD of McCann London What does that involve? Shepherding, motivating, inspiring, selling. How did you get started in the industry? Saatchi and Saatchi. It was a brutal but an invaluable...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Job Description: Journalist.

It is a journalist's job to find news and to report on it as quickly as possible, in an arresting and engaging style. Whether reporting on a local planning decision or a dramatic international conflict, journalists play a key role in society. They...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Automatic. Can a robot do a creative job?

by Magnus Shaw. The last time I worked on a major print campaign, we employed a piece of software to automate the production process. It was a clever bit of kit. Once the parameters had been set by a designer (ad sizes, logo clearance, calls to...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Why creative jobs aren't always a bowl of cherries.

by Magnus Shaw. I work as a copywriter and blogger. I also do something I call consultancy - advising people on their writing, marketing or branding, really. Sometimes, I produce or present radio programmes too. These are all very enjoyable and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Kindling. What do eBooks mean for writers?

by Magnus Shaw If you read my columns with any regularity, you'll have noticed a little ad in the footer inviting you to buy "ADVICE" - a collection of my writing on advertising (it's very good, by the way). Those kind enough to have clicked through...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Who cares what you think, Mr. Freelancer?

by Ashley Morrison There are a great many perks to being a freelancer (if you’re regularly employed, obviously). A lot of variety, regular change of scene if you work on site for multiple clients, working days to suit your personal schedule,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Thanks but no thanks - the rejection letter from hell.

The Great Depression aside, there has rarely been a worse time to apply for a job. And yet for anyone leaving college or school, or simply attempting to recover from the cruelty of redundancy, it has never been more essential. So with high hopes and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

How to... Write a winning CV.

There are hundreds of techniques and ideas that people have about how to write the perfect CV. Writing a winning CV for work in the creative industries is different from most industries. If you are a creative then quite often a great portfolio will...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight: Graham Higgins

Graham Higgins is a motion graphics designer who works mostly in After Effects and Maya, but says he still feels like a bit of a novice in the motion graphics industry. CP profile: creativepool.co.uk/GrahamHiggins Website: sircharlesgraham.com How...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Job Description: DTP Operator.

Printed materials, such as books, newspapers, magazines, brochures and advertising, need to be well designed and laid out to make them attractive and easy to read. DTP (desktop publishing) operators use DTP software and photo-imaging software to put...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Job Description: Art Editor.

Art editors are responsible for the way a magazine looks. They present the words and images in a way that is easy for the reader to digest, with high visual impact. In the highly competitive consumer magazine market, the art editor's role is...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Content for your Design, Digital, Media, Games and Web CV

by Creativepool. Below lists the basic outline for what you should have in place on your Creative CV for the Design, Digital, Media, Games and Web CV. You can follow this in the basic order that it is outlined below and this should give your CV an...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Paperback for good.

I've always been a huge admirer of The Big Issue. Not only is it a thumping good read, its purpose is both uplifting and completely unique. It strikes me that handouts, while obviously helpful in the very short term, rarely address the problems which...

Posted by: Creativepool
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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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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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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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Careers

Fishing for Account Based Marketing

ABM writing is nice work if you can get it. And you can. For an industry where clear language is meant to be currency, the world of copywriting doesn’t half love those acronyms. B2B or B2C? What’s the expected ROMI? How are you...

Posted by: Mr. Write

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