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Inspiration

Where the heart is. Is 'working from home' a dying art?

You may have noticed Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo!, kicking up some dust last month, when she announced a complete ban on working from home. This, she claimed, was to encourage collaborative working and collective thinking. However, there was a...

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Features

Spotlight - Jodie Cox - Illustrator

"Perseverance is a must! Don't give up at the first hurdle....." Describe your work in one sentence. Bold, colourful, fun images that hopefully make you think a bit. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of work? Have...

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Features

Road to ruin. The resignation letter that should worry us all.

by Magnus Shaw. This week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer proposed a scheme whereby employees will be invited to give up some of their employment rights in exchange for company shares. You may think this is a tremendous idea or the most cynical...

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Workshop

Opinions - Did you make the right choices at the start of your career?

by John Fountain Do you remember what it was like when you started out? If you were anything like me you probably focused on getting the basics right. Becoming good at the key elements of the job. Making sure that you were employable rather than...

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Workshop

Opinions- Your move. Losing your job before it has even begun.

by Magnus Shaw Writing in The Drum this week, Phil Haselhurst describes how his determination to climb the career ladder brought him to grief. He had a decent job with an agency he liked - good team, lots of experience, satisfying work. But, not...

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Workshop

Opinions - Dead heat. Why The Exclusives is unfair on us all.

by Magnus Shaw Perhaps we shouldn't expect anything more from ITV2 - after all, this is the home of Celebrity Juice, Life On Murrs and The Only Way Is Essex. But while those shows may grate and irritate, they manage to avoid devaluing and...

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Workshop

How to... Write a winning CV.

There are hundreds of techniques and ideas that people have about how to write the perfect CV. Writing a winning CV for work in the creative industries is different from most industries. If you are a creative then quite often a great portfolio will...

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Workshop

Life as a junior. Be prepared to work hardest of all.

Starting out in the creative industry can be hard for anyone, and you should be prepared to feel as though you are doing more work than the MD or CEO. The basics are easy, arrive first or go home last (whichever is noticed), and pretty much be...

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Features

Are creative people undervalued?

by John Fountain. Welcome to 2013 and to the same old furies. Have you seen the survey on industry salaries published last week in Creative Review? What gets my goat is the findings. Particularly with the question "Are you earning the right...

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Inspiration

How Creativepool helped me achieve a dream - Jo Clarke

By Jo Clarke. ABOUT JO CLARKE Jo is a candidate on Creativepool. With the help she found on the site, and one of our bloggers Magnus Shaw, she has achieved her dream of becoming a copywriter. Here she recounts her journey... "I am a...

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Workshop

What does 2012 have in store for us?

In truth no one knows. Conversations we’ve had with many of our clients show that 2012 holds a certain unpredictability, which is making many a little nervous. There seem to be a lot of pitches around and enough work for everyone but with the...

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Workshop

Where's The Talent?

by Simon Harle, Dynamaic New Alliances. No matter where you look at the moment in the industry, there is a severe shortage of true talent! For the last 18/24 months the lack of digital PM's, AM's, SAM's and AD's has been discussed, questioned and...

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Workshop

How to boost your chance of employment in the current events industry

September 2020 marks two important dates in the mustard calendar - my 25th birthday and, slightly less importantly, the end of our financial year. Naturally, that makes this a good time for us to reflect on the year that has passed. From September...

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Leaders

Creative industry employment dwarfing other sectors

When people ask me what I do for a living, I often simply reply; “I write.” This response is often met either by furrowed brows, genuine interest or complete surprise, as it would appear that to some people, the concept of actually making...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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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...

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Inspiration

The Wonderlust of Monika Jurczyk - #MemberSpotlight

From the land of unicorns and wind, comes an illustrator who's seen much and dreamt even more. Monika Jurczyk has been drawing since she was a child, a lover of adventure and an eternally curious creative. With her bold, colourful and minimal style,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Job Description: Chief Creative Officer

The dream weavers at the centre of every creative enterprise, chief creative officers are a unique combination of managerial flair and creative talent. They offer a necessary balance between the CEO and CFO and need to realise that creativity is the...

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Workshop

How much should I charge as a Freelance Graphic Designer?

A guide to graphic design rates, with tips and advice from select professionals in the industry Graphic Designers are masters of design. Comfortable with a number of different mediums and often possessing a large skillset, Graphic Designers can...

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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...

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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...

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Features

Diversity in the industry is still a problem

So the industry isn’t diverse enough. Big surprise, huh? You’ve heard it a lot in the past year, that we’re still “a long way ahead” of where we should be in terms of inclusion for underrepresented talent. Diversity in...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a freelancer?

So you’ve decided you want to go freelance. Congratulations! Choosing the freelance life is a huge decision and I’m sure you didn’t take it lightly. Of course, autonomy and independence comes at a certain price; and that price, you...

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Inspiration

From freelancing to owning a business and beyond - #MemberSpotlight

In one way or another, freelance designer and creative Hiten Thaker has been in the creative industry for the best part of 20 years. A highly focused and entrepreneurial professional, Hiten has worked for a plethora of high-profile clients and you...

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Inspiration

Advertising & Marketing Trends that will dominate 2021

2020 is officially over. To many, January is rebirth, repurpose, refocus - a chance to reflect on what didn’t work the year before and build on our successes for a better future. Except this time most of us probably won’t have a lot of...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

How young creatives can build a career in 2021

A young graduate looking to enter the industry in the middle of a pandemic? Well, you're not alone. According to the BBC, there are at least seven ways in which young people employment (or lack thereof) has been affected by the Covid crisis, either...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Industry

Supporting underrepresented talent with Daniella's Guestbook

There is clearly a problem with representation in the creative industry. With mostly white males and females holding a position of power, Asian, Latinos and Black creatives are very few and far in between. This leads to a plethora of underrepresented...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

1 in 3 creative jobseekers may lose everything within 6 months

Being one of the world’s largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand to what extent the creative industry is recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak. We had the power to make a difference by asking about the...

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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 Entrepreneurial Spirit of Toby Willsmer

The details in Toby Willsmer's beautiful illustrations are as fascinating as the countless career paths he's ventured into. From web design to being a scuba diving instructor, from illustration to running a music label, we have collected some of the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Brands, it's time to address the UK's widening inequality gap

The UK's inequality gap is widening. With COVID-19 bringing upon us one of the worst financial crises in centuries, a country which already had a problematic inequality gap was only able to get worse. It is just normal that, in these circumstances,...

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Features

Member Spotlight: Love of People in Adam Shaw's Photography

One would guess the pandemic is hurting extroverts way more than the other end of the spectrum, but freelance photographer Adam Shaw is the living proof that that is really not the case. Though he declares himself an introvert by nature, Adam loves...

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Features

Getting to know... Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson has worked at Golley Slater for nearly 10 years and has headed up the Consumer Brands agency for almost three. As head of the agency, Emma is now less hands-on and more of a cheerleader for those who do the great work, focussing on the...

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Can I get fired because of coronavirus?

Tens of millions of workers all around the world are being asked to stay home as we speak, in the attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. At the same time, millions of others have no choice but to keep going to work. No matter where you stand in...

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Job Description: Automotive Designer

Automotive Designers are the minds behind the machines that have to understand not only what looks good aesthetically but how it’s going to work mechanically. It’s a very specific skillset and it’s one that is always going to be in...

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