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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...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

The Journey - Nick Kidd, Junior Art Director

This week I interviewed Associate Art Director, Nick Kidd, to see how he got into advertising. If you are an aspiring creative looking to break into the game, check it out. I hope it provides you with some perspective and value. Thanks!

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Leaders

Junior Designer at DigitasLBi has a big idea

Alan Chu, a 21 year old junior designer at DigitasLBi, recently hosted a training day for Ladder students from the Ideas Foundation, the same foundation he graduated from himself just recently. Chu first got involved with the foundation through a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Job Description: Creative Team

The Creative Team in the advertising, digital or marketing sector is responsible for generating attention-grabbing ideas that will entice the consumer or target audience. Members of the team work together to develop conceptual campaigns designed to...

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Inspiration

Between typography, graphic design and perseverance - #MemberSpotlight

Iain Smith Dwight has a mind buzzing with energy and a creative spirit that never rests. From music to fashion, film and even more, Iain can easily find inspiration in any kind of creative industry that interests him, never afraid to take an extra...

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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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Workshop

How much should I charge as a Freelance Writer?

A guide to writing rates, with tips and advice on how to price your freelance services Writers are masters of words, weavers of stories and often incredible storytelling enthusiasts. When writing freelance and online, structure is their best friend,...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Job Description: Branding Designer

A branding designer shapes a brand and how it’s presented to the public. In order to breathe life into a brand and give it a tangible identity, a branding designer must express their thinking via words and imagery that cut through the noise and...

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Inspiration

How his love for editorial design saved an art director - #MemberSpotlight

When the pandemic hit, Steve Thone was one of the many creative professionals who were forced to move to a freelance life for a living. His resilience serves as a testimony to the strength of the overall industry - as well as a reminder of his own...

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Inspiration

The adaptability and reinvention of a talented retoucher - #MemberSpotlight

Determination or not, sometimes it takes just sheer luck to find your path in life. That's pretty much the story of Sasa Mihajlovic, an expert Serbian-born retoucher also working as Artem Retouching. Sasa is a master of setting the mood and tone for...

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Inspiration

Passing on the craft and passion through generations - #MemberSpotlight

It doesn't come off as a surprise to us that Rupert Allcock draws his personal inspiration from ordinary people doing unordinary things. Breaking expectations is pretty much what creativity is all about - it is where the award-winning works...

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Inspiration

The surprising journey of a talented collage illustrator - #MemberSpotlight

Barbara Gibson is a collage illustrator. You don't see many of those around, and it's certainly a quirky style the one she has. All her graphic designs feel quite unique, and the more you look at them, the more you love them. It works kind of like an...

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Inspiration

The Destiny of a Motion Graphics Designer - #MemberSpotlight

Some things in life, you just know. You know if you want to be a chef or an astronaut. You know if you want to be creative or do anything else. It may sound cheesy, but once creative, always creative is quite a good mantra - if you start creating for...

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Inspiration

Forging ahead as a director in the freelance industry - #MemberSpotlight

How do you make the jump from a car manufacturer to freelance filmmaking? Will Riddell, freelance director and producer, might know a thing or two about that. Having worked for some years in APA production, Will set up his own company in 2017 to...

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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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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...

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Inspiration

The Flexibility of Freelancing

Some days ago we asked our community why they chose to become freelancers. The answers were quite interesting: the thrill of the unknown, the variety, the freedom, the flexibility. In truth, flexibility seems to be quite a common theme for seasoned...

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Industry

When will the industry recover from the COVID-19 crisis?

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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Inspiration

Loving shots and stories with filmmaker Darren Statman

We love a good story. And film director Darren Statman has plenty to tell. It isn't every day that we get the chance to open a window into a creative professional's life, but with our Member Spotlights it does happen fairly often. What we love about...

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Leaders

Al Young on loving the ordinary

There may not be a secret formula to great leadership, but if there were, we'd say that chief creative officer Al Young is on the right path to finding it. Having joined St Luke's as a junior writer all the way back in 1992, Al has "grown into" his...

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Inspiration

Exploring the theatrical photography of Jamie Isbell

Maybe it's the fact that he works as a creative lead for the National Theatre. But the capacity of Jamie Isbell to capture the moment, wrapping entire stories and characters within one frame, is absolutely incredible. Jamie has had the chance to...

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Inspiration

The beastly creative passion of Steve Sellick

It comes from Stephen Sellick's own fingertips that he is as passionate and fired up as he's ever been. Having started out as a freelance illustrator, Steve has now been in the industry for over 25 years, and he's seen plenty of changes in his own...

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Inspiration

A spotlight on one of the most exciting new agencies in South America

Nicolas ‘Nico’ Perez is an ambitious, ‘ideas-first’ bilingual Creative Director and Copywriter from Chile with 10 years of experience working in different countries and creating integrated campaigns for major brands like...

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Industry

UK Inside Out Awards 2020 – Shortlist Announced

The Inside Out Awards™ recognise and honour the very best in-house creative talent from across the UK. Highly regarded within the creative industry, the Awards identify and acknowledge stand out work, in-house talent and rising stars within a...

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Inspiration

Matt Newman's flair for flicks

Friends, huh? Sometimes they're all you need to get to the right place. The right push in the right direction, and off we go - sometimes on what can be a life-changing experience. It was the case of film editor Matt Newman, who was asked by someone...

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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...

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Leaders

It's pandemic day today. How are you?

How are you? A question rarely asked for fear of the answer. It is August 2020 in Mexico City. My spouse and I recently bought our first home and it is in a woody area. Its name translates into the Desert of the Lions, a name befitting my family; my...

Posted by: Paola Figueroa
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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

Member Spotlight: The Determination of Sidney Berthier

Determination can go a long way. Though VCNI junior video editor Sidney Berthier doesn't explicitly say it, he has plenty of determination to spare and his current career path was solely guaranteed by a host of childhood dreams. His path may have...

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Leaders

The power of a handwritten letter to inspire a creative department

During lockdown we have all found ourselves with more time on our hands. A few days ago I decided to have a sort out and digging through drawers in the studio I discovered a handwritten note from 2004. Back in 2004 I was an Art Director at an...

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Workshop

Call-A-Creative: Art Director Career Advice

In today's inaugural episode of Call-A-Creative, our questions come to us from Junior Art Director, Cooper Epps, as we discuss feeling like imposters, when you should make your hobby the focus of your career, and striving to improve creatively. This...

Posted by: Kevin Forister

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