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Features

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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Economy

Tony Blair asked AllofUs to reinvent his educational platform

The internet is, by and large and on balance, a force for good in the world. We honestly believe that. It's also a place where people are free to reinvent themselves, largely free of prejudice. So, even with our misgivings regarding former prime...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

The Muppets take a selfie with the Blair Witch

I clearly remember my experience watching The Blair Witch Project when it first came out back in 1999. It arrived on the scene around the time my generation were just about starting to “Get” the internet, and the marketing campaign behind it was...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

5 Minutes with... Blair Thomson - Creative Director at Believe In

"I'm a creative thinker. My role is a combination of design, creative direction, brand strategy, and all the business and management side of agency life." -- Blair Thomson -- How did you get started in the industry? Started out as the unofficial...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Is this your great-great-great-grandfather?

The past is a potentially dangerous place in advertising. If you go too far back everything is rife for parody, but if you don’t go back far enough, nostalgia can dilute your message. VCCP Sydney have opened a unique window to the past here,...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Framestore Framestore has announced the promotion of Grant Walker and Ahmed Gharraph to Joint Heads of CG in London. The two will sit alongside Ross Burgess, Head of Animation, in the leadership of the creative studio’s highly successful...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Dentsu Aegis Network Dentsu Aegis Network has hired Victoria Milligan as Marketing & Communications Director for Media Brands, UK & Ireland. In the new role, Victoria will co-ordinate the marketing and communications of Dentsu Aegis Network media...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Marcel Sydney Marcel Sydney has announced the newest members of its creative department. The new faces include senior team, Scott Maggs & Alexander Haack (aka "The Cavemen”), creatives Lucy Ochoapetit & Aisling (Ash) Dowling, Grace O'Brien &...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Top 13 Inspired Halloween Projects for 2017

Cover photo: National Express by 3 Colours Rule I am always blown away by the variety, quality and quantity of creative work uploaded to Creativepool every single day. I delve into the site and an hour later, not unlike a Wikipedia black hole, I...

Posted by: Heather Deacon
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Above+Beyond Above+Beyond has boosted its strategic offering by appointing Matt Sadler as its first Head of Strategy. Sadler joins the agency from Karmarama where he was Planning Director and will lead Above+Beyond’s growing strategy team....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Publicis Groupe Publicis Groupe has announced, as predicted by many, that Arthur Sadoun, current head of Publicis Communications, will replace Maurice Levy as chairman and chief executive of Publicis Groupe on June 1. Levy, who has served as CEO of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Foxtrot Papa Foxtrot Papa, the London-based content marketing agency, has announced the appointment of Ryan McNamara as Deputy Managing Director. Ryan will be overseeing client services at Foxtrot Papa to help the ambitious strategic content agency...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Economy

Creative Discussions: The verdict on Trump from Droga5, Cheil & more...

It's been 2 weeks now since D-Day (Donald Day) and our divided world has grown even more so in the ensuing noise, chaos and horror. The creative industries, however, prove ever resilient, and whilst my previous piece from last week regarding the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Agencies share rejected Remain posters post-Brexit

I've waffled on enough already about the unmitigated disaster that has been the Brexit, and it's unlikely that a better advertising campaign could have saved us from the gallows, but it's still fun sometimes to ask ourselves “What If?” In...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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News

Thank you for naming me Creativepool Newcomer of the Year 2016

Hello, I'm Blair Barnette! With such talent in the room Thursday night, I'm incredibly honored to have been voted Newcomer of the Year and given awards for three individual projects. I especially would like to draw attention to my team of fantastic...

Posted by: Blair Barnette
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News

The 2016 Annual Winners

It gives us great pleasure in announcing this years Annual winners! New this year we presented the limited edition gold books for the winners in each category. (On top of this we also print 15,000 other copies and distribute them across the globe,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

We're Thinking We Need To Build A Better Mousetrap

Visionaries with brains of creative gold often have one thing in common: flurries of ideas but an inability to set one down and bring it to life with a focused mind. Thus begins the business of agencies and creative and producers and art directors...

Posted by: Blair Barnette Ltd
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News

Finding The Best Creative Work: The Annual Shortlist Goes Live!

Buckle up! The shortlist for 2016's Creativepool Annual has just been announced. There's been eight times as many projects entered compared to last year’s Annual, which is staggering. In this year's shortlist we're shown an amazing reflection...

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Advertising

Mark Ronson and McCann create a 'Priceless' cover of Uptown Funk

To celebrate the credit card brand's 19th year of sponsoring the Brit Awards, MasterCard have teamed up with celebrated producer (and BRIT Award winner) Mark Ronson to give six of his fans the chance to record a cover of his ubiquitous hit...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

The Top Advertising Stories of 2015

It's been one hell of a year, so boiling it all down into a few humble little articles is no easy task. But we're going to try. This year we expanded our horizons a little bit, encompassing the entire creative spectrum, and as such, these lists will...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Technology

Technology, Great Minds and The Natural History Museum

The Director of London's Natural History Museum, Sir Michael Dixon, has spoken out about the importance of the impact technology can have on visitor experience. Speaking in the museum's Darwin Centre as a part of London School of Business and...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Frequency540 Independent digital marketing agency Frequency540 has hired veteran creative talent Tom Quish to oversee creative content and campaign development for a number of its ambitious clients. Quish, former Razorfish creative director, will...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Saatchi & Saatchi say “Labour isn't working”

Saatchi & Saatchi has not only announced that they won't be backing the Labour Party for this year's general election, but expect the Conservatives to win. CEO Robert Senior said that, though the agency handled the advertising for Labour's campaign...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Social Media

After all these years, I still don't 'get' Facebook.

Do you remember when Tony Blair said he couldn't use a computer? I do, because it infuriated me. At the time, he was leader of one the world's largest economies and democracies, and there he was, smirking gleefully about the fact that he couldn't...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

It's political correctness gone mental

So, tell me honestly, does that title offend you? It's a serious question - I put it there deliberately. The reason being that, last week, Asda paid £25,000 to mental health charity Mind for advertising what was deemed to be a completely...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Inspiration

Nothing to fear. Why horror movies matter.

The most successful film in UK cinemas this week is 'Insidious 2'. Having seen the first 'Insidious' instalment just a couple of weeks ago, I don't think I'll bother with chapter two. The best horror movies are akin to long road trips through foreign...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

What the Blip? Is Independent Plus a media platform too far?

Ever get the feeling this whole digital hoopla is just being made up as we go along? Starting to suspect 'boffins' are just slinging out new widgets for a hungry world to scoop up and guzzle down, like mongrel hounds being thrown scotch eggs? Welcome...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

Interns - don't take the p***

Everybody knows that the creative industry is a hard field to crack into when you are first starting out. Everyone also knows that job offers mostly come about because of who you know, rather than what you know and whatever vast sum your student loan...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Electile dysfunction

In 1978 a poster appeared in the high streets of Britain. Placed by Saatchi & Saatchi for the Conservatives, it showed a long line of workless Britons under the line 'Labour Isn't Working'. That poster is now widely considered to have been...

Posted by: Creativepool

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