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Tips for Designers

Here's some industry advice from top designers on how to get the best out of your creative process as a designer. Whether you're working for a design agency or as a freelance designer, here are our top ten design tips to help you boost your creative...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Opinions - Should designers write? Should writers design?

by John Fountain The part of the job I've always enjoyed the most is the bit when I sit down with a designer and try and crack the idea. Call me unhinged if you want, but I quite like it when it gets difficult. When the deadline is looming, when the...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Can I kick it? What's wrong with the World Cup 2014 logo?

Is there anything wrong with a writer reviewing a logo? After all, very few of us know our way around Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, and I've never met a writer who went to design school. If then, you do think we have no business sounding off about...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Remember my name. Why aren't there more famous copywriters?

by Magnus Shaw. Almost 2013 and the general appetite for celebrity displays no signs of abating. Not only do we have a voracious interest in those who are famous, but we're carrying an insatiable hunger to be well-known ourselves. Forget...

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5 minutes with... Andrew J Brown - Creative Director at Brass

"A new agency 28 years young. Brass is a new breed of marketing communications agency. Using new insight, ideas and technology, we help clients succeed in a world of constant change." What do you actually do? Work on strategy and creative delivery...

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5 minutes with... Robin Arnold - Creative Director at Baron

"Barôn are a branding and digital agency based in Bolton. We are a small team of award winning designers and developers who strive to create contemporary, intelligent design." What do you actually do? We are a small team so a bit of everything...

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East London Design Show 2012

The East London Design Show returns to Shoreditch Town Hall on 6-9 December, for another year of hassle-free Christmas shopping. The East London Design Show (or ELDS) is an annual event that brings together the best of the UK's independent product,...

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Opinions - Who cares what you think, Mr. Freelancer?

by Ashley Morrison There are a great many perks to being a freelancer (if you’re regularly employed, obviously). A lot of variety, regular change of scene if you work on site for multiple clients, working days to suit your personal schedule,...

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5 minutes with... Graham Pugh - Teamspirit

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? I'm Executive Creative Director of Teamspirit. What does that involve? Managing a department of creative teams, designers, artworkers and digital people, writing ads and mailshots and online...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Who wants to be in Creative Review?

We all do. Let's face it, that's the honest answer. We're all creatives, therefore we're all big, blinking show-offs, therefore we want our work splashed across a ruddy great DPS in the next available issue of CR. And don't say you don't, because you...

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10 Writing Tools And Apps That Will Make Designing Easier

Graphic design is a complex and ever evolving industry. That means that as a designer, you're always looking to keep up with what's happening. Internet technology has made finding tools that will actually help you stay ahead of the curve easier, too....

Posted by: Mary Walton
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Brand Case Studies: A2

The A2 ethos is rooted around two core values; everything is designed and hand-crafted locally and family ties are important. The team is headed up by collaborators - and siblings - Sara Larsson and Anna Larsson. Walton The Swedish design duo...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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At last, somebody has created the perfect copywriter's website.

Think back about fifteen years or so, and you'll probably see yourself slowly (very slowly) browsing the internet on your dial-up connection, looking at websites and thinking 'I've gotta get myself one of those'. If you're a designer or art director,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Hailo, Nowness, SoundCloud among winners of Lovie Awards

International sensation Hailo, lifestyle media provocateur Nowness, and pop culture gem Catleidoscope will be saluted alongside special achievement honourees Candy Crush Saga, “Father of Wi-Fi” Vic Hayes, and Inside Out Project founder JR...

Posted by: The Lovie Awards
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Inspiration

Always pin your ideas to your office wall

When I first started out, I was always encouraged to pin my ideas to my office wall. I used an A3 layout pad and a fat black Pentel marker and just scribbled down whatever came into my head. Once I thought that I had something, I’d draw a...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Opinions - Should creative people live with creative people?

by John Fountain Cast your eyes over to the right hand side of this blog and you'll notice something called "Date a Creative". For all the time that I've been writing blogs for Creativepool, I admit I haven't given that web banner very much...

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Trailblazers

Natalie Nicklin Illustrator, Digital Illustrator, Creative "Natalie Nicklin is a London based illustrator and artist who utilizes a wide range of processes within her work; from found images and photography to modern digital techniques and...

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Trailblazers

Ricardo Rizzo Motion Graphics/Video Designer "I'm Riccardo, a London based motion designer. My job is my passion... and was my childhood dream! I think there's nothing more i can add, starting from this statement." View Ricardo's Creativepool...

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Inspiration

Retrospective: Trailblazers of 2011

Nakia Matthewson Creative, Art Director - Broadcast, Graphic Designer - Production "Passionate, driven and motivated by creative individuals, I thrive on the chance to collaborate with creative minds. I am inspired by those who dare to do things...

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Jinx's Magnificent 7 Creative Tips

By Jinx Jeffery, Dynamic News Alliances 1. Keep on top of all of the latest software! As a creative this is where your ideas are realised right down to the last file in production. CS5 was out in June and still it hasn't been adopted by many studios...

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Inspiration

Best Graphic Designers of 2020

10 of the most exciting and talented graphic designers to keep an eye on in 2021 Good graphic design is easy to spot. But excellent graphic design? You need to have a specific kind of eye, taste and interest to understand what that is all about. The...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Designers shouldn’t spend 8 hours a day stuck to a chair

Staying in touch with reality is a powerful drive for your creative inspiration. When we ask those wonderful creatives in our community how they stay inspired, most of them reply that having a walk or looking at the world around is their personal...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Designers are not a one-stop-shop

Many designers like to think of a specialty - in fact, that's how things should be. However, way too many employers overestimate the simply human capabilities of a single designer. In other words, it is not uncommon for an employer to hire a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Don't leave design to designers: we're all in the design team

We are all designers. This is the sentence you will see at the end of this piece, a consideration that many teams fail to realise. Making creative projects requires going through a process. This process can be more or less specialised across the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Designers’ Response to Secure Our Future

With “well-being” and “sustainability” being the key focus nowadays, we’ve created a shortlist of new innovative solutions and products showcased at Futurebuild this year where designers and brands across the globe came...

Posted by: Air Design Limited
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Reasons why graphic designers should go back into education

Graphic designers - never stop learning I’ve worked as a graphic designer for a long time, graduating from Wrexham Glyndŵr University in 1993 and working in various studios, bringing me to launch The Severn Agency in 2017. You might say that...

Posted by: SEVERN_
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3 trends from New Designers 2019

New trends in design should excite every designer. Is it a passing fad? An evolution of existing methods? Or perhaps a new era entirely. OK, that last one is a bit on the lofty side. Still, I kept the idea of a new era of design in mind when I...

Posted by: Rob Pratt
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Top 10 tips for new designers

A year or so ago I was invited to do a talk at Shillington. I wasn't sure what to say and wanted to make sure it was actually useful, rather than just showing some pretty pictures. So, I had a think about what would've been useful to me when I first...

Posted by: Mark Richardson
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Leaders

Mike Sharpe's top tips for 3D designers

The demand for skilled 3D designers has increased in the past few years thanks to tighter budgets and shorter delivery times. Technology now plays a significant part in cost-cutting on shoots and computer-generated work is key to delivering a project...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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8 designers on their Oscar movie poster remakes

Ahead of Sunday's Oscars ceremony, eight in-house designers at Shutterstock have given this year's Best Picture nominees the pop art treatment using content from the creative platform. Shutterstock runs its Oscar Pop! poster series every February...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Rebrand Roundup: New designers, the RAF, feeling super and other stories

Village Green - New Designers Graduate show New Designers has unveiled a new visual identity, featuring imagery that depicts a mishmash of brightly coloured materials and objects. Now in its 33rd year, the two-week-long graduate show highlights the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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