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Leaders

Ed Milliband makes creative promises

When it comes to politics, I personally put little stock in the personality of a party leader. Just because a person comes across as unlikeable and more than a little boring, doesn't necessarily mean they will make a poor leader or that their...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

A Right Honourable Christmas? When design meets politics

There are few things more cringe-worthy than politicians trying to be any of the following: hip, funny, down with da yoof, normal, John Travolta. I had to add number five because I'm still haunted by images of John "Two Jags" Prescott bopping away at...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Leaders

UK banning sale of petrol and diesel cars in 2040

The UK is looking set to join France in banning the sale of all diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040. The ban forms part of the UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations, the government's £3 billion vision for improving the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

The Green Party say "Take That"

Regardless of your political affiliation, you'd be hard pressed to deny that this year's political race has been a bit of a farce thus far. With so many warring (and jarring) personalities vying for public attention in a staggeringly negative media...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Finally, the first Living Wage employer in Ad-Land

The UK branch of the Ogilvy & Mather Group recently became the first major, global advertising giant to instigate a Living Wage policy amongst its employees. Becoming a living wage employer means that a company will pay all of their employees a...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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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

Christmas Borebles

Creative agency Sane & Able have designed a set of Christmas Cards to keep in the Festive spirit. And what better way than paying homage to those lovely celebrities thats wit and passion for life will add a little festive cheer to anyone’s...

Posted by: Sane & Able
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Inspiration

The 12 Days of Christmas. BANNED.

Christmas Eve is finally here and I'm feeling festive. Well, actually, I was feeling festive a while ago because I've been doing an awful lot of carol singing throughout December. Not that I'm bragging but, for the most part, these carol concerts...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Can blogs change an opinion?

Blogs can do many things. They can inform, entertain and sometimes educate. They can be a useful and more creative platform for someone to write more freely than when they begrudgingly trudge through the corporate work they might have to do for their...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Leaders

Airbnb launches Open Homes refugee housing platform

I've yet to have a bad experience in an Airbnb. Granted I might just have been lucky, but then the vast majority of my friends have shared equally positive experiences, so maybe they really do have an excellent vetting process (for balance, if anyone...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Compare and contrast. American advertising's point of difference.

I'm in the USA - in a beautiful city called Charlestown on the Atlantic coast of South Carolina. But I'm travelling, so last night I was in Cherokee which, although it sounds romantic, is actually a rather tacky casino town 300 miles north. The...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Patola Figueroa on being a woman in the creative industry

There are plenty of words we could write about Isobar Mexico VP, Patola Figueroa. There is plenty of time we could spend trying to capture her essence, her strength, her attitude to leadership and all of her personal backstory. But in truth, there...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

How to job hunt during the pandemic

It's no secret that the industry has seen several mass redundancies being made in the past six months. Add that to a delicate balance made of fresh graduates looking for a job, which reach the order of tens of thousands every year, and you have the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

What 'copy, then design' gets wrong

Most everyone has heard of Simon & Garfunkel, Penn & Teller and Dolce & Gabbana, even though they are in such different industries. At the heart of what brought these distinctively different duos such fame is how well they play to each other’s...

Posted by: OpenText Hightail
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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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Gayle Carpenter on collaboration and diversity

Starting your own business can feel like quite a big and daunting task. How do you abandon the relative security of a paid job to tackle such a huge challenge? Founder of Sparkloop Gayle Carpenter made that choice a long time ago, and hasn't looked...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

UK Inside Out Awards 2020 – Shortlist Announced

The Inside Out Awards™ recognise and honour the very best in-house creative talent from across the UK. Highly regarded within the creative industry, the Awards identify and acknowledge stand out work, in-house talent and rising stars within a...

Posted by: Inside Out Awards™
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Inspiration

Adrian Penu's quest for purpose

Inevitably, you have to try your hand at different things before you find your true vocation. It was the case of artist Adrian Penu, who spent some time with photography, film and various crafts before landing in fine art and painting. Since then,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Matt Newman's flair for flicks

Friends, huh? Sometimes they're all you need to get to the right place. The right push in the right direction, and off we go - sometimes on what can be a life-changing experience. It was the case of film editor Matt Newman, who was asked by someone...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Emma Sexton on running your business in COVID times

Who would have thought, one year ago, that success in 2020 would be measured by the capacity to survive a pandemic? We know Emma Sexton as the CEO and founder of creative agency MYWW, founder of the Inside Out Awards, creative expert in residence at...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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

Finding your way into the design industry during the COVID crisis

Finding a job - particularly your first, permanent one in your desired field - is an intimidating task at the best of times, especially for aspiring design graduates in an already competitive job market. And now, the economic effect of the pandemic...

Posted by: Jess Patel
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Inspiration

The future of customer interaction is with progressive web apps

You may have never heard of Progressive Web Apps before, but we're one-hundred-percent sure you've used one without even noticing. Adopted around the Internet by websites such as AliExpress, Forbes, Amazon, Debenhams and retailer George, progressive...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Everywhere, nowhere: the future of the workplace

With the UK about to ban social gatherings again on Monday, the rest of the world is increasingly aware that tight lockdown measures will have to come back into effect soon. Work from home is here to stay, and this will shape the future of the...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The warmth and inclusivity of Being Agency

If the founder of Being Agency could change one thing about the industry, it would be the perception that you need to go big or go home. Looking at the pictures of the team below, and reading words by the founder himself, Being Agency sounds like an...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Firing up the creative brains with Božo Kaurić

We'd pay our own weight in gold coins to have Božo Kaurić's brains. Working daily to juggle his busy life with a little baby and an endless love for design, this talented 3D artist and visualiser has little time to waste in the concept phase, and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The evocative photography of Theofilos Koutroumanis

Photographer Theofilos Koutroumanis has done a lot in his life, from owning a bar to working in advertising and publishing. But when someone asked him to take pictures during a party night in his own bar, that was enough of a wake-up call for...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The motion aptitude of Giuseppe Forestieri

Most of the creative professionals we speak with prefer going with the flow when working on a brief. Not Giuseppe Forestieri. Giuseppe is a freelance motion designer and has been one for almost 2 years, after half a decade working full time in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The relentless passion of Simona De Leo

Despite having to find her way into a competitive industry, Simona kept going. Despite breaking three fingers in her dominant hand, Simona kept going. Despite not having a publisher, Simona kept going and made a successful Kickstarter campaign to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The independent spirit of Paul Gawman

The beauty of the creative industry is that every professional you meet in the field will be happy to tell you they're making money by doing something they love. Freelance 3D artist Paul Gawman is no different. He's lucky enough to be successful as...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Charlie Smith on paving your own path

Running a design studio is no mean task. As motivated as you or your team may be, there will be challenges and there will be obstacles that require your full set of skills. Add to that the fact that, as founder and CEO of CSD Charlie Smith so...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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