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Features

The hardest word. Has 'sorry' lost all meaning?

by Magnus Shaw. Last weekend the BBC screened an episode of 'Tweenies' on their CBeebies channel and a minor fuss broke out. I should point out I don't watch CBeebies habitually and have never watched a complete 'Tweenies' show in my life - but I...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Design

New Balance follow Adidas into 3D printed shoe design

Footwear brand New Balance has followed in the footsteps of Adidas (apologies for the pun, but it was just too easy) in developing 3D-printed footwear. The American brand partnered with Massachusetts design studio Nervous System to develop prototype...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Top 5 Ads of the Week: Christmas Special

It's that time of year again when brands start milking our emotional connection to Christmas, so here I'll be looking at a few of the more interesting Christmas-themed ads to debut in recent weeks. I won't be featuring the annual John Lewis spot from...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Focal Point: Catching up with Harvey Dormer

Part of the Focal Point interview series is to shine a spotlight on the best creative work we can find – and often that comes from our very own Creativepool members. Harvey Dormer's distinctive illustrative style has caught our eye a few times in...

Posted by: Jade French
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Technology

Apple accused of deleting their rivals

News has emerged over the last couple of days that Apple has been accused of scanning the iPods of its users for music that wasn't purchased on iTunes and effectively forcing them to delete those files. Apple however, are claiming the move was purely...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Is this the most ineffective press ad of all time?

I'm sorry for implanting a most unwelcome picture in your head, but I was taking a bath the other evening. The radio was on, I was leafing idly through a magazine and that's when I saw it - the least effective print ad of all time. In fact, it was so...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Welcome to the future. 3D printing comes to the high street.

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C Clarke When I was a nipper, I'd watch Star Trek and pretty much take it for granted that I was seeing an accurate portrayal of the future. I'm quite an old bloke now,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Not 4U? How seventeen people put Channel 4 in OFCOM's bad books.

Channel 4 is in trouble with Ofcom. Not for a programme or an advertisement, but the juxtaposition of the two. The broadcasting regulator says the station broke their code on 26th December 2012 when they ran a commercial which gave the impression it...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Re:cycling. Should Lance Armstrong hand his sponsorship money back?

by Magnus Shaw. In this age of fitness fanaticism and dire public transport, it's not unusual to see people arriving at the office on a bicycle. How they find the stamina, I can’t begin to guess, but I don’t think they take the Lance...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Simon Pendry - Blue Marlin

"Blue Marlin is the home of landing big ideas, which are at the heart of everything we do. We pride ourselves on delivering relevant, unique and consistent experiences across brand touch points worldwide. Blue Marlin is an independent integrated...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Unliked. Is the sheen coming off Facebook?

by Magnus Shaw When discussing Facebook, different rules apply. In Facebook's world, audiences, members, revenues and profits are measured on a macro-scale that dwarfs the figures bandied around in banking circles. A few statistics: -Users upload...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Strife is tweet - a top ten of Twitter scandals

1. Social sausage Anthony Weiner (oh the irony!) denied everything and blamed hackers (they always do), when a photo of his genitals was tweeted from his account and sent to a woman in Seattle. The problem was that Weiner, at the time, was one of...

Posted by: Creativepool
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News

Postmodernism at the V&A

Hello dear blog readers. Apologies for posting this so late in the day but I have been out at the V&A Museum all afternoon trying to get my head around just what exactly Postmodernism is. Stupid though this may sound I managed to complete my art...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Once Upon A Dream

I don't know about you, but I'm obsessed with sleep largely because I don't get enough. But if you're a regular traveller, and especially if you can't afford a business-class flat bed, then you may well suffer more than most with a wrecked internal...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Shouldn't banks just stop advertising?

When you're as reviled as the Black Death, figuring out a productive advertising strategy is quite a challenge. Indeed, some might suggest shutting your fat gob and staying well off the radar might be a good call. But when you're a megalomaniacal...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

F1: We Have A Winner

There are few sports as glitzy and glamorous as Formula 1. It's like rock'n'roll without the drugs but with everything else. A multi-billion dollar industry with fast cars (er, obviously), dashing men in shades, 'pit babes' (apologies to the...

Posted by: Creativepool

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