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Features

Is art advertising?

Probably the most successful art director of all-time is Rene Magritte. He has had more of a hand in more award-winning ideas than even Neil Godfrey. And Godfrey was named by D&AD as the most awarded art director in their 50-year...

Posted by: Patrick Collister
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Leaders

Social Media owns Kendall Jenner over controversial Pepsi ad

UPDATE: Since this article was first posted, Pepsi have decided (wisely in my opinion) to pull the ad from YouTube. A Pepsi spokesperson said in a press release: "Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Edelman Deportivo Edelman UK is looking to Stockholm to accelerate its creative ambitions consolidating its capabilities under the Edelman Deportivo banner. Stockholm based Deportivo was described by Contagious in January 2017 as the “best and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Art Exchange unlocks the art world by uniting art, tech and business

Art Exchange, a new art event featuring a range of exhibitions and talks fusing the worlds of art, tech and business is launching in London this month. The aim of the event is to show how art can help companies and individuals adapt and prosper, in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Fancy using Sonic the Hedgehog in your next ad campaign?

“Video games are the new cinema.” A common statement, especially in certain corners of the internet, and one that I don't necessarily disagree with. Irregardless of your stance on the gaming industry however, it cannot be denied that the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Damien Hirst and plagiarism

Today we live in a copy and paste world where it's acceptable to take someone else's idea and use it for our own benefit. Some say it's not plagiarism, it's a homage, a way of paying respect to the greats who came before. Others say it's just lazy....

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Why don't most agencies self-advertise?

”No donkey chases the carrot forever. He catches on. And quits.” If you remember this line, you either love the advertising industry and have read up on its history, or you are part of a very select demographic, lucky enough to have seen...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Solving problems with creativity at Mako Design + Invent

What to do when no-one seems to be interested in risking with a startup to finance their product ideas? You make it happen yourself. When Mako Design + Invent CEO and founder Kevin Mako wanted to turn his journal of invention ideas into real-life...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The formal floral fancies of interior design manager April Sharman

Here at Creativepool, we could never be accused of staying in just one lane when it came to the creative industries. That’s why, today, we’ve chosen to shine our illustrious Member Spotlight on April Sharman, a design manager for Style Library...

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Inspiration

Art Director Design Challenge: One For The Mind

What time is it? Design time. Challenge number three coming your way in the form of a more meaningful topic this month, centered around World Mental Health Day. As designers, we put so much time into making things that are either cool, fun, or that...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Industry

Conversational ads can unlock the measurable value of creative 

When I first started working in digital advertising 13 years ago and media was still bought over the phone, my manager shared an anecdote with me. It was late in the day at their agency and the team were waiting to receive the creative to go live...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?... Or is it a talking recyclable carton?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or is it a creative use of animation, with a serious message behind it? The innovative, animated series ‘The Carton Campaigners’ has hit the mark when it comes to explaining why sustainable packaging is key to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Dare to be different

Is our desire to be different in freefall? And could Covid be the unexpected cure? The dilemma of originality in advertising has been keeping the industry awake for many-a nights, and the issue never seems to untangle itself. As time passes, things...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

The industry’s mental health is in bad shape, but there's hope

With the COVID-19 outbreak showing no signs of giving up, more and more professionals in the creative industry have been struggling with mental health, with 67% of people feeling now more anxious than ever, according to Anxiety UK. The mental health...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

Nick Lawton on running a family business

Low-skill roles can teach you a lot and leave you with tons of insights. One key takeout is definitely how to hate low-skill roles with a passion. Nick Lawton was lucky enough to do some cold-calling in London some time after uni, and that made him...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Gayle Carpenter on collaboration and diversity

Starting your own business can feel like quite a big and daunting task. How do you abandon the relative security of a paid job to tackle such a huge challenge? Founder of Sparkloop Gayle Carpenter made that choice a long time ago, and hasn't looked...

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Leaders

Emma Sexton on running your business in COVID times

Who would have thought, one year ago, that success in 2020 would be measured by the capacity to survive a pandemic? We know Emma Sexton as the CEO and founder of creative agency MYWW, founder of the Inside Out Awards, creative expert in residence at...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Katie Lee on leading from the centre of a circle

What makes a great leader? Some believe leadership is about having the best ideas, but we've already busted that myth. CEO of Lucky Generals Katie Lee believes the best leaders guide a team from the centre of a circle, learning just as much from...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The future of customer interaction is with progressive web apps

You may have never heard of Progressive Web Apps before, but we're one-hundred-percent sure you've used one without even noticing. Adopted around the Internet by websites such as AliExpress, Forbes, Amazon, Debenhams and retailer George, progressive...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

What makes a good leader?

We all have that one person in mind who exemplifies the concepts of ‘leader’ and ‘leadership’ in our eyes. As I write this very sentence, I think of a few people in my past that have been fundamental to my understanding of...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Design saved my life. Again.

On April 12th, I was one of those unlucky souls. I woke up feeling pretty rough, and initially put what came next during those 24 hours as being due to sun stroke (despite it being 19 degrees that day in London) - I was boiling hot, had a pounding...

Posted by: Robbie Patterson
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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

Pivoting in the face of the new world

This piece is all about the "P" word. You have been warned. "Pivoting" is a palpable and prevalent protagonist in brand paradigms, purpose and communications, enough to possibly sound repetitive and preposterous to hear. But how do you pivot during...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Ben Scoggins on finding your place

Corporate culture can make a huge difference in your career's success. For some people it can take a while to find the right fit when it comes to working at an agency. Managing director of Organic Ben Scoggins knows this first-hand, after moving...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Looking Deeper with Paul Gawman and Ogilvy Health

Have you ever heard of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension? Neither did we, until we read the interview with Paul Gawman below. And that is precisely the problem. According to Paul, who has worked with Ogilvy Health to craft the 3D illustration below,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Deirdre Waldron on passionate leadership

TBWA\Dublin chief executive officer Deirdre 'Dee' Waldron was not born a CEO. And this made her an even more passionate and empathetic leader. Born a computer programmer, Dee learned from coding a set of transferable skills she still employs to this...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Unstoppable Creative Drive of Sheryl Ellis

Sometimes ambition can only take you so far. It is with passion that you truly shine. Freelance design consultant and director Sheryl Ellis has plenty of passion to spare. Having worked with brands in the likes of MTV and HMV, her stories resonate...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

What if holding a candy bar could get you killed?

Implicit racial bias is deadly. "A black person is three times more likely to be killed by the police in America, too often when armed with nothing more than a candy bar." It sadly comes to the surprise of no one that there is an implicit bias in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Don't Mind the Gap

If I were to ask you what the determining factor will be in your success or failure as a creator, there’s a good chance you’d say 'the quality of your ideas.' Without a good idea you have nothing. Yet there’s something else even...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Workshop

Why now is the time to ensure your local label is online

Few are struggling right now like freelancers and independent businesses all around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought small local brands to their knees, even forcing some of them to consider how to temporarily cease operations. The folks...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Mathematical Artistry of Simone de Gale Architects

They say there is no way you could get a lover of human sciences to enjoy maths. This may lead some people to believe that artists can never be good with numbers, but Simone de Gale's architectural firm is ready to prove the world wrong. With a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Bursting Delicacy of Nayeli Lavanderos

It's hard to find a spot that feels out of place in Nayeli Lavanderos' works. Nayeli's style somehow feels delicate and punchy at the same time, striking that perfect balance between fragility and confidence which makes her art so attractive to the...

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Workshop

Let's bring some "Happimess" with Regina Blitz and Five by Five

How do you pull off a social campaign with a few pennies and tons of creative energy? Independent agency Five by Five certainly has something to say about that. Despite having a limited campaign budget, the agency has crafted a campaign for Regina...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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