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Advice

Opinion - The will to live. How complacency is ruining retail.

by Magnus Shaw I hope you enjoyed your Bank Holiday, thunder storms and all. I did some light shopping on Sunday, such is my hectic rock and roll lifestyle. My good lady wife and I wanted to make a couple of specific purchases: some reading glasses...

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Trends

The Flaw in Flawsome

Is the well intentioned brand-championing of our individuality actually working to reinforce outdated beauty ideals? Flawsome is intended to be a powerful statement of self-acceptance. In the recent Diesel, 'Go with the flaw campaign', we see a...

Posted by: ECHO
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Features

Taxing. What we can learn from the Starbucks fiasco.

by Magnus Shaw. There's only one thing that surprises me about the Starbucks saga, and it isn't their reluctance to pay tax. As large corporations are only really answerable to shareholders, that is to be expected. No, it's the fact they thought...

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Advice

Opinions - Who cares what you think, Mr. Freelancer?

by Ashley Morrison There are a great many perks to being a freelancer (if you’re regularly employed, obviously). A lot of variety, regular change of scene if you work on site for multiple clients, working days to suit your personal schedule,...

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Advice

Opinions - More than words. What do copywriters know about design?

by Magnus Shaw "Like all forms of design, visual design is about problem solving, not about personal preference or unsupported opinion." Bob Baxley It's funny. Art directors and copywriters work so closely together, for so much of the time, and...

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Features

Understanding propaganda in advertising

I’ve always been fascinated with the power of propaganda. Last week marked the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War and, of the many impacts it had on the world, it’s effect on advertising is the one I encounter every...

Posted by: Rob Pratt
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Trends

Bethesda E3: Here’s to games embracing colour again

Something struck me as I watched the Doom Eternal showcase during Bethesda’s E3 conference. For a gritty game about violently blowing up demons, Doom Eternal is incredibly vibrant and bursting with colour. Even compared to the previous Doom...

Posted by: Rob Pratt
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Features

The power of real: Balancing authenticity with social media pressures

Most of us are guilty of (and feel guilty about) comparing ourselves and lives to what we see on social media. The stream of beautiful people, places and things can sometimes feel relentless, with everyday consumers and influencers alike feeling the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Mobile World Congress 2019: A virgin's view

As someone who hasn’t set foot inside an exhibition hall since my dad took me to the London Motor Show in Earls Court in 1995, I was intrigued to see what my visit to this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the Fira de Barcelona would...

Posted by: Matt Box
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Technology

November's essential reads

In this month's top reads our CEO, Anant Sharma, looks at passwords rendered from brainwaves, the rise of no-frills brands and a national obsession with KitKats... Gosh. What a summer. What great weather. So lovely to see everyone so bloody...

Posted by: Matter Of Form
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Features

What's the point of ads which don't reflect the truth?

The famous advertising agency McCann Erickson's founding motto is 'Truth Well Told'. I've always admired this as much more than a simple corporate strapline, but as a guiding principle for all creative marketing and advertising ventures. I was...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Creating social barriers - Why do it to yourself?

by Andrew Greenhalgh. In an article (Marketing, March 6th 2013) about the latest Andrex campaign which asks whether or not the nation “scrunches or folds” their loo roll, a rather prudsih Nigel Roberts writes, "Who honestly thought that...

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Features

Are we selling the benefits of graphic design hard enough?

by John Fountain. Here's something that I read this during the week and it impressed me so much that I thought I'd share it with you. Lord Smith, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pointed out that - with 1% of the world's...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Crayon Creatures. Realise your children's wildest imaginings in 3D

by Jessica Hazel. Every proud parent's fridge is covered in as many sugar-paper masterpieces as can possibly be blue-tacked onto it. The only problem with this is that they get increasingly dog-eared with each slam of the kitchen door and eventually...

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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

Horsing around. How Tesco could turn a crisis into an opportunity.

by Magnus Shaw. If you're going to be rumbled loading beefburgers with something other than beef, try to ensure it's not horse. Oats would be better. Or sweets. But, not cat or hamster - and definitely not horse. As Tesco has discovered, people...

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Features

Why celebrating the demise of HMV is barking.

by Magnus Shaw. First a clarification. One would think from the chatter across news outlets and social media that the HMV retail chain is in the process of locking the doors and boarding up its stores. It's isn't, but the news is not good. The...

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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

Sorry, you're too creative.

by John Fountain. A few months back I was helping a friend review some CVs for a copywriting position. There was the usual mix of applicants and all of them from different writing backgrounds including b2b, pharmaceutical, PR, blogging, journalism,...

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Inspiration

CP Loves...David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World.

by Magnus Shaw. It doesn't matter if Sky TV project their logo onto the moon for three months. If Tesco book Al Pacino to front their 2013 campaign, it will make no difference. Should Galaxy build a scale model of the Hoover Dam from solid milk...

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Inspiration

CP Loves... Jonathan Gabb: 3D painter

by Jessica Hazel. Jonathan Gabb is a South-London based artist who has just opened a new show today showcasing his rather uncanny knack for creating the worlds first 3D paintings. Made from PVA glue and acrylic paint, these fragile constructions...

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Inspiration

CP Loves...The wonderful work of Christopher Boffoli.

by Magnus Shaw. I'm well aware of my tendency to be a grouch. Blame it on old age, blame it on a personality flaw, blame it on the boogie - whatever the reason, I absolute concede the point. When I find something unsatisfactory, foolish or flawed,...

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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

#Trends. Cam-whoring

by Jessica Hazel. According to the Urban Dictionary the term 'Cam-Whoring' can have one of three possible meanings: 1. 'To take pictures of either yourself and/or with your friends excessively'. 2. 'The act of taking pictures of oneself with...

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Features

The challenge facing Facebook in 2013.

by Magnus Shaw. Examine the figures and social media boggles the mind. Facebook boasts over one billion users - a seventh of the entire planet; Twitter has more than 100 million users. Even music-streaming app Spotify, carries 18 million...

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Features

What will happen in advertising in 2013?

by Ashley Morrison. It seems clear to me that adverts are getting cleverer. Gone are the days of naive wonder with small children pondering how Mummy gets the dishes so clean, or young teenagers dancing around in waistcoats while sucking on their...

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Features

The shape of things to come. Highly (in)accurate predictions for 2013.

by Magnus Shaw. Very little is certain in this life, but the mad rush of predictions for the year ahead is a rock on which we can depend in the awkward gap between Christmas and New Year. Unfortunately, most of them will be wildly inaccurate - with...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Santa Claus - what the science says.

Merry Christmas Creativepoolers everywhere. As this piece arrives on Christmas Day, you'll have seen that Santa has completed his work. But, have you ever wondered what Father Christmas goes through every year? Well, we have. Which is why we set...

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Features

Best of the web

by John Fountain. Looking for a bit of creative inspiration over the festive season? Yep, me too. Never mind, let's make do with some weird, wild, crazy, funny and stupid stuff that I've tracked down on the web. Take a bunch of random comments and...

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Features

A freelance copywriter's letter to Santa.

by Magnus Shaw. Dear Santa, I'm not sure if you're aware, but Christmas is coming. Next week, apparently. With this in mind, I thought I'd better drop you a note to outline some of the stuff I'd like you to provide. I suggest you take the Harley...

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Features

Distracted?

by Jessica Hazel. During the time it took to write this article I have gone to get some garlic bread out of the oven, eaten the garlic bread, let the cat in, chatted to my flatmate twice, opened my advent calendar, located the knife sharpener in the...

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Features

Beware of the dog. Is WKD's Christmas campaign really unacceptable?

by Magnus Shaw. At this time of generosity and giving, who could resist the wide-eyed pleading of a little doggie, hungry for a simple bone? Well, alcopop brand WKD think their customers would quite happily ignore Fido if there was a blue drink in...

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Features

Remember my name. Why aren't there more famous copywriters?

by Magnus Shaw. Almost 2013 and the general appetite for celebrity displays no signs of abating. Not only do we have a voracious interest in those who are famous, but we're carrying an insatiable hunger to be well-known ourselves. Forget...

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