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Leaders

Is 'AdBlock' software unfair to the advertising industry?

You know 'Mozilla', don't you? The people who make the Firefox web browser? Well, it turns out they also make a thing called 'AdBlock Plus'. And, if you're using it, you're getting right up the noses of some advertising big-wigs. For the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Freelancing in the Creative World

More and more young professionals are going freelance with numbers of graduates increasing and job security after university looking less and less likely. Many new graduates cite control and flexibility as reasons for choosing a path in freelancing...

Posted by: Boox
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Inspiration

Linda Dong made an animation using only Keynote... and it's great

Think you have skills on your Apple Mac? Think again. UI designer Linda Dong has won. This cool little animation was made on Apple Keynote. Yup. We wish we could put something like this together, but alas we're stuck with are simple fade-to-black...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Spotlight - David Chaudoir - Motion Designer

Don't know it all - ask questions. Describe your work in one sentence. Design in motion. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of work? Everything is temporary, style, fashion, who's hot and who's not. Get paid for...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight - Sigurd Kritsiansen - Creative Director/Graphic Designer

Nothing gets done faster if you let yourself get stressed, but it increases the chances of mistakes being made. Describe your work in one sentence. Creating strong brands and imagery - printed, online or broadcast What's the most important thing...

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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Inspiration

CP Loves... The strangely moving web art of Dain Fagerholm

by Magnus Shaw. Animated GIFs - the curse of the internet. In spite of the myriad possibilities of HTML5 and the rise of some truly brilliant digital designers, there's still a tendency for the keen amateur website builder to become very excited...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

How to find work as a freelancer

One of the most important things you’ll ever learn as a freelancer is that you’re never unemployed, you’re self-employed. You provide a service which means you’re a business and you work for that business. Like any business, you won’t get...

Posted by: Boox
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Leaders

Managing The Unmanageable: Is there a formula for creativity?

Creativity vs. Profitability: Ten leading creative agencies brought together to hash it out It's a question that is as old as advertising itself: How does an agency put a price tag on creativity? How can you place a value on something as intangible...

Posted by: Tracey Shirtcliff
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Job Description: Creative Team

The Creative Team in the advertising, digital or marketing sector is responsible for generating attention-grabbing ideas that will entice the consumer or target audience. Members of the team work together to develop conceptual campaigns designed to...

Posted by: Creativepool
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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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Leaders

How to make your reduced marketing budget work harder

As the coronavirus crisis continues to hit cash flows, force redundancies and cause disruption to normal business operations, thousands of companies across the UK are currently operating on reduced marketing budgets. Though putting marketing...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Behind the veil of a visionary artist - #MemberSpotlight

Anyone could lose themselves looking at the incredibly visionary and hypnotic work of Silas Toball. What you can see below is but a small fragment of Silas's production, an impressive body of work with explosions of colours, incredible details, and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Job Description: Retoucher

The job of a retoucher is far more complicated and exciting than just making exceptionally pretty people even prettier. Editing images and videos, or photographic retouching, helps the creative present his or her project in the best light...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Job Description: Creative Director

Design guru. Master mediator. Highly skilled multitasker and delegator. A good Creative Director is all these things and more. They are the calm head on top of the creative shoulders that bring focus and identity to a company. Job description,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Best brand evolutions and what we can learn from them

Last year was one of change for many players in the creative industries. From brands to agencies and creative services providers, the entire creative sector was forced to adapt or die, embracing new technologies and adopting solutions to ensure...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

How Maverick Media connects People to Video Games - #GettingToKnow

You can tell from the interview below that Joel Maguet, Head of Studio at Maverick Media, is a huge fan of stories and moving people with them. Joel has always been passionate about film and production, so when the time was right, choosing Film...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a Freelance Animator?

A guide to animation rates, with tips and advice from an experienced professional in the industry Animators are extremely fascinating professionals, often with a broad skillset and a full range of incredible ideas. They work with static images to...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

How his love for editorial design saved an art director - #MemberSpotlight

When the pandemic hit, Steve Thone was one of the many creative professionals who were forced to move to a freelance life for a living. His resilience serves as a testimony to the strength of the overall industry - as well as a reminder of his own...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Slices of Creativity - #MemberSpotlight

Whoever has been in the industry for a long time knows that there is no fixed way to perform tasks or achieve effective results. The story and creative process of Motion Graphics Designer Jonathan Chen demonstrate that quite well. No matter the kind...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Are Immersive Technologies the Future?

If we go back to the heyday of Architecture, the only tool an individual was armed with to create what a building could look like was a pencil and a lot of paper. Now we fast forward in time and these tools have evolved into more convenient computers...

Posted by: mustard viz
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Inspiration

The value of balancing commercial and personal projects - #MemberSpotlight

All work and no play... well, you know the rest. It is hardly a coincidence that Jack from the Shining was a writer, and thus, a creative professional himself; the importance of balancing commercial and personal projects is much discussed in recent...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

A simple guide for creating high-converting Facebook Ads

Despite some may say Facebook is declining, it is still the biggest social network worldwide with billions of active monthly users in the second half of 2020. With such huge potential, advertisers all around the world should be experts in crafting...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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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Inspiration

Exploring the Art of 3D Realism - #MemberSpotlight

There surely are some stunningly talented artists out there. 3D and VFX Artist Daniel Magyar is without a doubt one of them. A fan of 3D realism and clearly a skilled creative professional, Daniel has been playing around with 3D software since his...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Journalists from Mexico are Still Speaking Up - #BehindTheIdea

It is safe to say that some journalists can be seen as guardians of the truth. These heroes of the Information Age will go at great lengths to ensure that the truth is spoken, heard and spread across the public - even at the cost of their own...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Raw simplicity and clarity of design - #MemberSpotlight

It sounds cliché, but one of the most important recommendations a starting designer should heed is to keep things simple. Easier said than done, of course - and yet some designers, such as Jennifer Swales, make of simplicity the founding stone...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The warm, earthy tone of a graphic illustrator - #MemberSpotlight

One can confidently say that the flexibility and spirit of adaptation of Gizane Vive have few equals in the industry. After a decade spent leading a nomadic life across the world, Gizane founded her own brand and started taking projects as a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a freelance illustrator?

A guide to freelance illustration rates, with tips and advice from experienced professionals in the industry Illustrators are the makers of dreams. By combining art, design and creative skills, illustrators work to produce original images for a wide...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo

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