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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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Events

Skill up for 2017 with 4 key Creative Super Powers

We are ushering in the new year with our first CS Presents of 2017 and it’s all about Creative Super Powers… Do you remember what it was like to be a child. Go find a LEGO set and start to build off plan. Remember what it was like to be...

Posted by: Creative Social
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Advice

10 Tips for a productive brainstorming session

Do you walk away from brainstorming sessions with a feeling of not having accomplished much? You’re not alone. OLIVER Design Team Lead, Tom Lowe, shares his 10 tips for making your next creative brainstorming session the most productive...

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Features

Designers - Do you have the courage to show hand drawn concepts?

by John Fountain. There's an art director that I know who has a pretty impressive portfolio. Plenty of big-name clients, some beautifully designed work and one or two pieces that have appeared in awards annuals. When she shows her work I'm sure that...

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Features

The 'write' idea.

by Ashley Morrison. A few weeks ago, I was approached by a prospective client, who asked whether I'd be interested in doing some work for them. Specifically (or not, as it turned out) they needed me to write a brochure. I assumed they wanted a quote...

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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

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... Ben Walker - Beattie McGuinness Bungay

Ben Walker worked on some of Wieden & Kennedy's most awarded campaigns including Honda "Cog", which he created in 2003, before controvercially moving to BMB in 2010 whilst heading up Wieden's Nokia business. His roster of clients have also included...

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Features

Spotlight - Iain Cox - Illustrator

I don't feel quite right when I haven't got a pen in my hand, my life feels strangely absent of any purpose. Describe your work in one sentence. My Illustrations are multi-coloured, squiggly scribbles shaped into recognisable objects on a piece of...

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Features

5 minutes with... Simon Learman - McCann London

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? ECD of McCann London What does that involve? Shepherding, motivating, inspiring, selling. How did you get started in the industry? Saatchi and Saatchi. It was a brutal but an invaluable...

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Features

5 minutes with... Laura Jordan Bambach - LBi

Wake up tomorrow and do something completely differently to any way you've done it before. It's surprising how refreshing it is. Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Executive Creative Director at LBi (Lost Boys...

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Features

Automatic. Can a robot do a creative job?

by Magnus Shaw. The last time I worked on a major print campaign, we employed a piece of software to automate the production process. It was a clever bit of kit. Once the parameters had been set by a designer (ad sizes, logo clearance, calls to...

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Advice

Opinions - Why do creative agencies all talk the same?

by John Fountain I'll wager that if you visit any creative agency's website and go to the "About" page you'll find that, though the pictures and design might be poles apart, the words themselves will all be pretty much the same. Which is weird when...

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Features

Where now for the idea?

Most professionals provide an easily identifiable service. The lawyer offers his advice and representation, the dentist his drill and pink water. But the stock in trade of the professional creative is a little harder to pin down. Is the designer...

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Inspiration

Inspiration - where are you?

Getting paid to be creative is for the most part, brilliant. You get to run down the deepest rabbit holes of your imagination, retrieve the most far fetched and wildest ideas and then present them to the wider world. There are other perks such as not...

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Features

Three things from Cannes: taboos, trends and tears

With Cannes Lions closing its doors last Friday, we asked five creative leaders, to share their thoughts on this year’s Cannes Lions. They will also be speaking at ‘Creative Stories…from Cannes’ 18 July for a more in-depth overview of the...

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Awards

Creative Stories... from Cannes

Back for our fifth consecutive year, ‘Creative Stories... from Cannes’ (previously Mini Cannes) hits London on the 18th July. This year we are super excited to be supported by the IPA and will be bringing you an inspiring selection of...

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Awards

CS Mini Cannes - 19th July 2017

We are back for our annual round up of everything Cannes Lions. #CSminicannes hits the London stage with an inspiring selection of talks and panels from key creative leaders to give you the low down on what everyone was buzzing about at this year’s...

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CS Presents...How to be brave 31st May

When was the last time you were truly brave? Putting out a piece of work that challenges the status quo and makes you slightly scared about the reaction. And how many campaigns beyond ‘Fearless Girl’ have you seen in the last 12 months that...

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Events

Why the advertising industry needs to be more Punk

The upcoming Production Social (30th November) is themed around Punk, Dani Michelon, Head of AMV XLAB, the innovation lab at AMVBBDO & Founder of Production Social discusses why she chose this left field theme and the need for originality, rebellion,...

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Inspiration

Best of TED

Back in 1984, TED was a conference that aimed to bring three worlds together: Technology, Entertainment and Design. Since then the scope has broadened and now it offers creative thinkers the ultimate 15 minute soapbox. So how about today we indulge...

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Inspiration

Great Ideas & Where to Find Them

If those four walls are getting a little overfamiliar how about a blast of creative refreshment? Two FREE places to any creative professional who's lost their job since the lockdown began. Special discount of 25% for Creative Poolers with the code...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Features

Getting to know - The big ideas of Kevin Forister

If you have been reading Creativepool for a while then Kevin Forister is probably a name you’re well aware of. For years now, Kevin has been spoiling us with his weekly videos geared towards inspiring aspiring creatives and we’ve also...

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Advertising

Ocean Outdoor seeks bold ideas for 8th annual digital creative competition

Ocean Outdoor, the premium digital out of home (DOOH) media owner, has launched its 8th annual competition to discover the best creative ideas in DOOH, using innovative and emerging technology and techniques. Ocean’s digital competition is now...

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Advice

How to create ideas collectively

There’s no such thing as “creative genius”. Everyone can be creative with the right tools and methods. As a matter of fact, we are more creative when we are working together with others. I have listed six steps to use when you...

Posted by: Maksimilian Kallhed
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Features

Our industry's obsessed with ideas. Here's why.

Idea. It’s a word we hear a lot. Idea this, idea that. Big idea, core idea, great idea, creative idea. Whatever they call it, whatever they mean by the word, our industry's obsessed with 'ideas'. But what actually is an idea? And how the hell...

Posted by: Emily Jeffrey-Barrett
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Inspiration

Brand Case Studies: Bright ideas with WATT A LAMP

The brand mission of WATT A LAMP is to introduce modern high-end lighting concepts that inspire and surprise with innovative design products and challenging materials. Suspended within an authentic universe of design, art, craftsmanship and quality...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Trends

Good ideas, executed flawlessly

As part of Fotolia’s ‘Unstock’ series we spoke to Contributor Darién Sánchez about his foray into the stock industry to uncover more about his unique illustrations and graphics.Darién SánchezFO: Can you introduce...

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Features

Inertia had stifled creative innovation, COVID-19 has accelerated it

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a host of unimaginable changes into everyone's lives. Things that were ordinary have become temporarily extraordinary, and vice versa in some cases. Some, like retailers, have had to sustain more crippling blows...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Member Spotlight: The Dreams of Ashley Gray

Ashley Gray has a dream. That we start respecting the creative industries as much as they respect and include all of us, nurturing our ambitions and making us grow as human beings. Ashley is an excellent 3D artist with his own, cryptic and somewhat...

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Features

Behind the Idea: Snarling Neon with We Hunt Together and UKTV

Some underestimate the impact of title sequences on viewers, but the truth is these sequences can largely contribute to strengthen a solid tv show's brand. From Game of Thrones to Penny Dreadful, from Breaking Bad to Westworld, having memorable...

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Features

Getting to Know... Shnoosee Bailey, ECD & Managing Partner at HeyHuman

Imagination is a tough and cheeky beast to tame. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes it works just enough to get you annoyed for not coming up with a full-rounded idea. In other cases, it starts really early-on - with a tree looking...

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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

Member Spotlight: the Surgical Horror in Andrzej Kuziola's Art

Reading this interview with 3D illustrator Andrzej Kuziola and looking at his stunning works of art, we would almost be tempted to steer clear of any artist coming from a medical background. Andrzej's imagination can be triggered by anything - be it...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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