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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...

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Features

Wogan: Children In Need & Versions of Pudsey

In what has been a rather unsettling start to 2016 in terms of celebrity “news” – with David Bowie and Alan Rickman creating a torrent of outpouring across social media – we couldn’t let the week go by without a nod to Terry Wogan. Upheld...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Inspiration

BBH show us how to deliver a Must-Watch Infomercial

I’ve often thought one of the hardest things to do is to come up with a genuinely engaging infomercial. To turn something rather dull that people “really should” watch and listen to into something interesting and/or entertaining...

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The New Year's list to end all lists

I don’t know about you but my inbox seems to be full to bursting with messages from every Tom, Dick and Hubert offering me advice about how to kick-start my super-productive 2016. It’s only 4th January and I’m bored of it all...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Advice

Suck it up! The harsh side of freelancing

I know a lot of freelancers and, by contrast with their permanently employed counterparts, I would say almost all of them are happy. I’m a freelancer too, and it would take a lot for me to go back to permanent employment now. And I don’t...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Do you suffer from FOBO? The curse of smartphone addiction

It felt weird and I couldn’t quite work out why. Something was different. And I don’t just mean it was a warm, sunny day in September rather than brass monkeys “shall we turn on the heating?” weather as we’ve been used...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Inspiration

40 years of BBC weather forecast symbols

It’s now 40 years since weather forecast symbols were introduced on BBC television. You’d think there would only be so many ways one could represent sun and rain, but there have been a huge number of changes since 1975. It was actually...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

If you were on a precipice, maybe you should just let go

Last week, I posted one of my most successful blogs this year. "Top 10 worst corporate phrases" was for all you folk out there who hate ugly jargon such as “reach out”, “touch base” and “push the envelope”. You...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Top 10 worst corporate phrases

The other day, I was told to reach out to someone. Reach out. Reach out as if I’m dangling Hollywood-style by my fingertips from a cliff, with Stallone looking all Botoxy-slumpy-faced in front of me, telling me to HANG ON! What I was actually...

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Features

Fancy a break, freelancers? Become an employee again

In April of this year, I quit my part-time job of 15 years (almost to the day). Until then, two days a week, I was one of a number of pairs of hands… (ugh! What an ugly way of putting it! But I’m leaving it in because there’s...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Inspiration

Solar street furniture: the what, where and how

Four years ago, I wrote an article about a small Belgrade-based technology company called Strawberry Energy and their ingenious innovation, the Strawberry Tree - a public solar-powered mobile device charging station that popped up for the first time...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

I’m the best copywriter in the world ever – guaranteed*

Nobody likes a show-off. Unless they’re on X Factor and have zero talent, of course; THEN we like a show-off because it makes the dismissive “you’ve got four noes” that bit sweeter. But seriously, if you’re going to brag...

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Food Revolution Day and yet another viral video

I’m a grumpy git, I know. I never watch Comic Relief and I find Pudsey the giant eye-patched teddy bear more sinister than endearing. For me, there’s nothing more nauseating than being lectured by multi-millionaire...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Advice

What do you do when you're not feeling creative?

It’s been a heck of a few weeks. Actually, make that a heck of a few months. Why? Because I’ve been revamping my home and it’s taking up every waking hour of my time. It all started off more Kevin McCloud - a la Grand Designs. We...

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Advice

5 Reasons Why You Should Write a Blog

Five. That’s a nice number. In fact, it’s the number of the week; and not just because I can’t think of ten reasons why you should write a blog (or even six reasons). Admittedly, it’s often said that people think in threes (so...

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Features

I’m donating my earnings from Creativepool to a guy in Nigeria

A few weeks ago, I urged you not to read my latest blog. So if you took my advice, well done, and I hope you enjoyed the five minutes of your life that I kindly gave back to you. If you didn’t, thank you for loving my writing too much. Note to...

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Features

When reality TV meets recruitment

I don't know about you, but I'm getting a bit bored of reality TV shows. If we're not biting our fingernails during Masterchef just because the soufflé hasn't risen and Mr Big Food Critic is poking at it disapprovingly, then we're waiting for...

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Fair game? The ugly world of trolling

By virtue of the fact that you're reading this blog, you almost certainly know what trolling is. For those of you that don't, it's when people with absolutely no penis (and whatever the female equivalent is) leave nasty comments on blogs, online...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Inspiration

Christ on a bike! No, Jesus in a marathon

Today I’m on a bit of a high. And not just because I have a rare day off. No, it’s because yesterday I completed my second marathon this year - the 41st BMW Berlin Marathon. For a while there, I didn’t fancy my chances. About six...

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Features

Thank you, U2...for giving us something to moan about on Twitter

Looking down my Twitter feed, it seems to me that the 140-character-loving public has forgotten something. They've forgotten how to be interesting. That includes me, incidentally, before you go and tweet something rude @Ashley_Morrison in response. I...

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Features

The ALS ice bucket challenge – brilliant or annoying?

If you have a Facebook account, which most of you probably do, you can't have failed to notice your friends and family lobbing buckets of ice water over their heads for the past few weeks. Maybe you've taken part in the stunt yourself, much to the...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

'A five-year-old could have done that!' Do artists have it easy?

Regular readers of the Creativepool blog will know that, although I am no artist, I like nothing more than to spend several hours at an exhibition, having a good moan. True, I don't need to be in an exhibition to do that; Ed Reardon lives - he's 42...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

What does working with John Hurt have to do with copywriting?

John Hurt, Sir Neville Marriner and I walked into a bar... No, that isn't the opening of a joke; it actually happened on Saturday. (Yes, it really did.) Luckily, there was no rerun of any alien-bursting-out-of-the-stomach scene. Always a bonus. So,...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Advice

The art of emailing disguised as the art of waffling

I'm going to let you into a secret. Not a massive one, like I know that Pop Idol was fixed back in 2002 and Gareth Gates should have beaten Will Young into second place. No, I'm talking about something really, really insignificant. My minimum word...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Reality television – I'm not a moron, get me out of here

Recently I’ve been catching up on a lot of DVDs. All those TV shows that people told me I had to watch but I just never found the time for them: 24, The Wire, The Killing. Lots of death - lovely. Part of the reason for this is that I am pretty...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Coca-Cola – bringing cross-border smiles to India and Pakistan

I recently read that if the average person was lucky enough to be granted three wishes by a genie, the number one choice was actually “world peace” rather than “a massive amount of money”. Presumably “an infinite number...

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Features

What does Creativepool's Salary Guide have to do with Wimbledon?

Today sees the start of my favourite time of year: Wimbledon fortnight. And with Andy Murray defending his title and the intrigue surrounding his appointment of 2006 Ladies Champion, Amélie Mauresmo, there's a lot to be excited about. What does...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Design masters: Happy 40th birthday to Rubik's Cube

"Oh that's shit, that's shit!" No, not a line from a rap song or a complaint from some disaffected yoof that they're misunderstood...or even Charlie Brooker commenting on something or other that actually does demand a bit of snorty ridicule. No, the...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a Clarkson...and let him go?

Last week, Jeremy Clarkson was forced to apologise for having said a bad thing. A very bad thing. It is the only word in the whole English language that I can think of that is 100%, totally and utterly off limits. The word is “n****r”....

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Watch and comment: John Lewis’ 150th anniversary commercial

Taking a primetime advertising spot last Saturday night during Britain’s Got Talent, the new television commercial celebrating John Lewis’ 150th anniversary was revealed. Created by Adam & Eve/DDB, the ad is called Never Standing Still,...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Bucket list: the incredible Weston Sand Sculpture Festival 2014

In my own naïve way, when wandering around art galleries, I've often stood with hands clasped behind my back, looking up at some impressive bronze statue or other and thought... “What if the sculptor made a mistake?” That's more or...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison

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