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Inspiration

Confessions of a designer

Design. For those who work in this competitive and difficult industry know it is full of people who just don't understand how much work you put in. Anneke Short feels this and has designed these quotes, most of which you all would have said at some...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight... Rob Pratt, Senior Designer & Art Director

Company Brand & Deliver Job title Design Director Social media Creativepool.com/robpratt Twitter: @prattrob Website: robprattdesign.co.uk Tell us a bit about what it is that you do I’ve worked across iOS apps, websites and digital...

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Features

No pressure: The designer who has Bowie as a client

By John Fountain With a new album soon to be released, a stripped down remix of 'Sound and Vision' on air for Sony and a must-see exhibition at the V&A, it seems that after 10 years of next-to-nothingness, the enigma that is David Bowie is back. And...

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Features

Spotlight - Gerard Whelan - Designer and Art Director

--- "I'm attracted by the challenge to create." Creativepool pulls up a comfy chair with Gerard Whelan, Designer and Art Director for brandcentral, to discuss excellence, identity and wall-crawling super powers. How long have you been an Designer...

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Features

Spotlight - Vince Fraser - Designer and Art Director

--- "Be one step of everyone else: constantly reinvent yourself." Creativepool pulls up a comfy chair with Vince Fraser, Designer and Art Director for brandcentral, to discuss excellence, identity and wall-crawling super powers. Describe your work...

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Careers

The Art Director Dictionary

For those freshly entering the industry, this video dictionary will help you speak the Art Director/Designer lingo necessary to sound like a pro on day one. This isn't your overly-exciting, conceptual and creative video but it is pertinent...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

Trailblazers: Clarity and dynamism with Ian Macfarlane

Ian Macfarlane is a London-based graphic designer, working with a variety of clients and companies to deliver everything from broadcast to book publishing, corporate reporting to visual identity. Ian has been selected to judge for the D&AD awards and...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Inspiration

TARRA: A platform for women who create

A recent study by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture showed that only 15% of licensed architects around the world are female, despite an even split of male to female students in architecture schools. Likewise, 2011’s A List...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Inspiration

Focal Point: How to keep busy with Andy Cooke

Andy Cooke has one hectic schedule – not only has he worked with clients as far ranging as Google, Ace Hotel and Ikea, but he also runs a streetwear shop, is an artist’s agent and (probably most importantly) is about to open a pizza place. With...

Posted by: Jade French
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Inspiration

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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Features

How to get your work noticed by a Creative Director

So it’s 2014 and you’re on a quest to land a new job at a brilliant agency. But how do you make sure you stand out from the hundreds of people doing exactly the same? Our Creative Director, Martin Homent, shares his tips and insight into...

Posted by: Tribe Marketing
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Inspiration

Unique And Artistic Footwear By Kobi Levi

Kobi Levi is a footwear designer who graduated from Bezalel academy of art & design, Jerusalem in 2001. He works as a freelance designer, collaborating with both Israeli and international companies. Kobi has designed commerical footwear in Italy,...

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Features

Spotlight: Graham Higgins

Graham Higgins is a motion graphics designer who works mostly in After Effects and Maya, but says he still feels like a bit of a novice in the motion graphics industry. CP profile: creativepool.co.uk/GrahamHiggins Website: sircharlesgraham.com How...

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Features

Pillar Box Post

Website: pillarboxpost.com When did you start out blogging? I started blogging just over 3 years ago in the summer of 2009...which happened to be about 3 years after I resolved to start a blog! How did you choose your blog name? One of the (many)...

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Features

Matthew Sergison-Main

- View Matthew's Creativepool profile here Facebook: facebook.com/artsurge Twitter: @Pingsweetie "After graduating in Fine Art Painting, I retrained as a graphic designer and developed computer aided design skills. I am passionate about illustration,...

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Features

5 minutes with... Mark Ferguson -Director at Very Own Studio

"Very Own Studio is a small independent practice specialising in identity and graphic design for print and screen. It was formed by Mark Ferguson in 2009 in Manchester but is currently based in sunny Brighton." What do you actually do? I'm a...

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Features

Spotlight - Max Polak - Art director

- View Max’s Creativepool profile “I started my creative career as a graffiti writer and was priveleged enough to work with the likes of Banksy, Revok & Aroe MSK. I then moved into fashion and worked as a graphics and branding designer...

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Features

Spotlight - Marco Rotoli - Art Director

‘Fail, Fail again, Fail better' Describe your work in one sentence. My work is liquid; it sheds skin and adapts depending on the project. It will be different tomorrow. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of...

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Features

Spotlight - Rod Hunt - Illustrator

‘I was originally intending to go into biochemistry & horticulture' Describe your work in one sentence. Retro tinged illustration & detailed character filled landscapes. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of...

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Features

5 Minutes with... Jon Humphreys - The Neighbourhood

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Creative Director and Co-founder of Neighbourhood. How did you get started in the industry? Degree in architecture, decided I didn't want to go into that industry, free-lanced as a graphic...

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Features

Spotlight - Chris Hannah - Art Director

- View Chris's Creativepool profile ‘Network, but don't be pushy. You're more likely to find work through people you know' How long have you been a Freelancer for? Around three years. Describe your work in one sentence. Freelance Art...

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Advice

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...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: Aindri Chakraborty

Website: aindri.com Creativepool: creativepool.com/aindri Facebook: www.facebook.com/aindri "I am an illustrator/designer/animator gathering experience in different sectors since 2006. My creative practice so far has covered education, television...

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Advice

Opinions - What if a creative doesn't feel creative?

by Ashley Morrison I've been working very hard every single day for the past couple of weeks. Till silly o'clock. Being freelance, when the work comes along, I don't really feel able to say no. After all, in the current economic climate, to trot out...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Easy Rider. The Raleigh Chopper

by Ashley Morrison The year is 1967 and Alan Oakley, head designer at Raleigh, is on a plane over the Atlantic. He's been sent by Raleigh to the USA for inspiration to help restore the company's fortunes. It was a good move. If anyone knows about...

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Advice

Opinions - What's your day rate?

by John Fountain Ever wondered if you're being paid the market rate for all the long hours you work? Well if you are working every hour God sends then maybe it's time you put your prices up. Today I'm going to have a look at typical day rates for...

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Features

Spotlight: Rory McLeish

Rory McLeish is a 3D artist and concept designer from Glasgow, now based and working in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. A couple of years ago Rory moved back to the UK after spending 5 years in Los Angeles working in the visual effects industry, and is...

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Advice

Opinions - All in the name

by Ashley Morrison In the past, we bloggers at Creativepool have given our opinions, advice and guidance, whether you asked for it or not! Hey, that's blogging for you. The internet is a free-for-all where anyone can purport to be an "expert", but...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Portfolio Tips

What happens when you do get an interview? How will you ensure your portfolio impresses your interviewer or client? Here are some tips that are essential in creating a great portfolio: 1. Keep it to an A3 size minimum Contrary to what your tutors...

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Advice

How to... Use your blog

Chris Unitt is the managing director of Meshed Media. He was editor of Created in Birmingham, winner of Best UK Blog 2008, before recently standing down and now helps artists and arts organisations to make the most of the internet. How to use your...

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Trends

Key themes from Circles Design Conference 2019

On 19-20 September 2019, I attended the Circles Design Conference right in my backyard of Richardson, Texas. It was a great mix of inspiration, design highlights and learnings. This video covers a general synopsis of the 12 speakers and their...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Advice

Photoshop tutorial: Blending Modes

For all you Adobe Photoshop beginners out there, Blending Modes are the basic effects you'll need to familiarise yourself with to greatly enhance your photos. Multiply, screen and overlay are my favourites but you should play around with them a...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Advice

How To Become A Creative Freelancer

Are you interested in becoming a freelancer in the creative field? Freelance work is not for everyone but if you're looking to make extra money on the side or take on running your own business full time, hopefully this will get you started with what...

Posted by: Kevin Forister

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