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Call-A-Creative: Chat & Critique

Today is a 2 for 1 special. Half video chat. Half portfolio critique. We take the call from aspiring art director Ted Pedro and talk about the job hunt during this unprecedented time mixed with a quick review of his art direction portfolio filled...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

Portfolio Critique: Mighty Morphin Portfolio Ranger

Zach Abraham loves Power Rangers, cheesy design, and sneakers but we won't judge him for that (especially sneakers... I freakin' love sneakers...). But this aspiring art director has come to the channel to get his creative portfolio critiqued, so...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Workshop

Portfolio Critique: OCAD University student vs Hawaii Tourism

From beautiful design on Hawaii Tourism to campaigns supporting nonprofit causes, Elsie Koziej's portfolio is filled with some pretty awesome advertising work. She is looking for outsider feedback, so don't shy away from throwing her some of your...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Workshop

Portfolio critique: The farmer art director

Shane Matula reached out to me and asked how he can differentiate himself within his portfolio to stand out and get a job. Our goal? To critique his book and do just that. Let's roll up our sleeves, plant some seeds and try to help this farming...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Workshop

Portfolio critique: A trip to Summer camp

This year, we were fortunate enough to have an awesome intern by the name of Summer Campbell. She was brave enough to let me review her portfolio on the channel so, without further ado, let's get started. Leave any feedback you have for her below...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique: Things Are About To Get Awk

Today we critique one of the most well executed student books I've seen in a long time. It belongs to an aspiring Art Director named Ryan Bailey. I'm super impressed and think you will be as well. Check it. If you want your portfolio reviewed, send...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique: Hear The Whole Picture

From communicating with Lauren Leaver, a member of this little creative community of ours, it is evident how passionate she is about what she's doing. It shows in her work. Let's review and critique that work.... ummm.... right now! I think we can...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique: Not a middle finger

At UT's Portfolio Critique, I met a student writer by the name of Hayley Dupree. She is brimming with talent and has some of the best one-liners I have seen from a student copywriter's book as of late. Let's check them out in this week's portfolio...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Workshop

Portfolio Critique #5 - Carlos Melo, Graphic Designer

Today's portfolio critique comes to us from Carlos Andrés Melo from Bogotá, Colombia. This graphic designer has some killer typography skills and is on his way to do some special things. Please give Carlos some love or critique in the comments of...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique #4 - Jacques Chouinard, Copywriter

Today we critique the portfolio of a copywriter who has just entered the ad game. In a copywriters book, it's important to analyze both the ideas and the writing skills/style. And that is exactly what we are going to do on Jacques Chouinard's...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique #3 - Bryce Koetitz, Videographer

I am no videographer but an Art Director does look at reels when deciding who to hire to execute their storyboard. For that reason, it is just as important for videographers to position and showcase their work in a way that appeals to production...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique #2 - Spencer Gabor, Art Director

Today, we critique the creative portfolio of a talented Illustrator by the name of Spencer Gabor. Please post any constructive criticism you might have for Spence in the comments of the video. On a side note, if you would like your portfolio...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

Portfolio Critique #1 - Kevin Yurasovich, Art Director

Today, we critique the creative portfolio of newly-hired Art Director Kevin Yurasovich. Please post any critiques you might have in the comments below. The more constructive feedback we can give Kevin, the better so please comment below the video to...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

Critiquing My Very First Advertising Portfolio

Today, I go 8 years back in time and review my first ever advertising portfolio. I feel a bit vulnerable but I think that being transparent with you all can be eye opening while you are trying to build your first books. I'm going to start critiquing...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

A Critique of Criticism (for anyone who’s ever had a bad review)

On January 29th 1968. the New York Times carried a review of an album by an up and coming musician. Unfortunately for the aspiring artist it was not a positive one. ‘Alienated Young Man Creates Some Sad Music’ ran the headline, and the...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Workshop

Portfolio Critique: Copywriter takes on adidas

Isabella Ciardelli, a current account co-ordinator seeking to become a future copywriter, threw her book my way for a nice and friendly portfolio critique. She took on powerhouse brand adidas and also showed off her bilingual skillset in a campaign...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique: Keep it tacky

Today, we have a slightly longer portfolio critique episode but that's because there was just so much awesome student advertising work to get through. Let me introduce you to the book of aspiring art director, Abigail Hogue.

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique: A Rabbi and a pen walk into a bar

Today we critique the portfolio of aspiring copywriter, Shaul Wolf. He studied to be a Rabbi for 10 years and now dreams of writing and making movies. The hope is that we can provide him with feedback that helps strengthen his book.

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique: Spencer Gabor (again!)

Last year we critiqued the portfolio of Spencer Gabor and in just 6 months he completely revamped his entire book. Now that's hard work and dedication. For us to not review it would just not be... well... right. Come along for round 2 of a super...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique: Everyone loves a dog campaign

An aspiring Art Director named Tony Chiang emailed me to rip his book apart and that is exactly what we are going to do today. Part of being a creative in this industry is building a tough skin and Tony's willingness to get critiqued mixed with his...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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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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Leaders

Learning start-up culture with the Global CCO of BrandOpus

Unconventional, yet remarkably intuitive. This is the philosophy guiding each and every creative strategy, thought and move for BrandOpus, born as a start-up and now boasting offices in London, Melbourne, Chicago and New York. Like many great...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Festive Sustainability: Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving and family celebrations. Yet, it can be a time of excess and over-indulgence - from gifting to greeting cards and glitter - we question if the glamour is worth the garbage. Figures show that the festive season...

Posted by: SGK
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Inspiration

Making and breaking the grid with Ben Statham

Ben Statham loves making plans. We can definitely relate. As his experience taught him, Ben Statham also loves breaking plans. The unexpected always brings along a certain thrill, and no one could know that better than a photographer, constantly...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Why being a queer creative puts me at more mental health risk

Michael Stephens, former creative director, recounts his own struggles with mental health. Ever since I was young, I’ve been outwardly known as a ‘creative’ child. I was artistic, loved dressing up and of course making dens. I knew...

Posted by: Michael Edward Stephens
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Features

Member Spotlight: talking modesty and motivation with Muhammad Waseem

Chasing your dreams can become quite challenging if you don't have the technological means to do so in today's world. This is what happened to Muhammad Waseem, self-taught creative and CGI artist who was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. A...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Making the jump from Designer to Head of Design

The jump from designer to Head of Design is like that from musician to conductor. A designer is a highly skilled specialist that performs as a part of a larger ensemble. The Head of Design decides how to interpret new works, unifies the performers,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Are brands doing enough for the planet?

The creative industry can help brands contribute to the greater good, in ways that feel genuine and authentic. It’s clear that consumers are becoming more attuned to brands acting in socially and environmentally beneficial ways and they show...

Posted by: Clarity
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Leaders

The importance of gamefulness to experience design

In working through a large, complicated project for an automotive client, my team at Critical Mass faced an experience design challenge that only a gamer could solve. The features we came up with were well-received by client stakeholders, but one...

Posted by: Critical Mass
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How to get hired as a creative

At the University of Texas' Portfolio Critique, I sat down with creative director turned creative recruiter, Frank Oggeri, to find out what he looks for in candidates and their portfolios. Here, I pick his brain to get the recruitment perspective on...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Leaders

Is thought leadership the enemy of creativity?

I’m like one of those annoying reformed non-smokers who coughs, passively aggressively, as you spark up a social cigarette. I’m like the vegan who mocks you for eating Quorn, the new mum who tells my childless friends they haven’t...

Posted by: Amy Kean
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Workshop

What makes a good creative portfolio?

Are you an aspiring Art Director or Copywriter looking to get into advertising? The portfolio is your ticket in. I hope that this video can help you form your creative portfolio to get you that internship or job. If you would like me to critique...

Posted by: Kevin Forister

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