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Leaders

A creative person without a sense of humour has a serious problem

In his book ‘Damn Good Advice (for people with talent)’, the legendary art director George Lois says, “A creative person who is humourless could never produce consistently great work in communicating with warmth and humanity to the...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Why has British TV advertising lost its sense of humour?

Last year, Nick Gill, executive creative director at BBH, was writing about the 2011 Arrows Awards. He made some interesting points about TV and how we seem to be watching more of it these days, rather than less. He said that we Brits are now...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Two naughty cows and the best advertising campaign in America.

Let’s keep things simple. I’ve seen an ad campaign I really like. It’s funny, witty, smart, highly noticeable and very memorable. I know, I know - if you’ve read my articles for Creativepool, you’ll be aware I rarely...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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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

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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Inspiration

#Trends. Chindogu and other useless inventions.

by Jessica Hazel The Japanese are renowned for their position at the forefront of modern technology and invention along with their love of the absurd. In the 1980s amateur inventor Kenji Kawakami came up with the concept of Chindogu, a contemporary...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Leaders

The Week In Advertising

Travelodge - Travelodgical Here's an interesting thing. While Lenny Henry camps out in a railway station in their competitor's campaign, Travelodge pitch in with their guests as Sesame Street puppets. Other than comfort, I'm not entirely sure what...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

What would ITV's schedule look like if it went up-market?

Good Morning Britain 6:00am - 8:30am Suzanna Reid talks to Alan Yentob about his new beard. Meanwhile Simon Schama and Andi Peters drop into the International Symposium On Medieval Folk History in Bruges for more spins of the Wheel of...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

'Let's Go Home'. Those inexcusable movie cliches named and shamed.

I don't know whether it's because I'm a writer, but when I watch a movie, the script and screenplay always take my attention. A great concept with a terrible script can really spoil things; likewise a thumping good screenplay can lift an average...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Very telly. The best of 2014's new TV shows.

As the Christmas schedule proved, telly in 2013 was a very hit and miss affair. On the one hand, we had the hilarious glory of 'Gogglebox'; on the other, the clunky scripts of Matt Smith's last days in 'Doctor Who'. Still, we're a week into a new...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Logos Redesigned Using Comic Sans

Comic Sans, the font we all love to hate. Created by Vincent Connare in 1994, It is classified as a casual, non-connecting script, and was designed to imitate the historical look of comic book lettering, for use in informal documents. It's hard to...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Humorous Conceptual Illustrations

Nabhan Abdullatif is an illustrator and graphic designer. He studied graphic design in Applied Science University in Jordan where his skills were brought to the next level. Nabhan always loved drawing and with the education he received, he was able...

Posted by: Creativepool
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20 Quirky & Creative Responses to Weird Client Requests

Entitled 'A Creative Catharsis', Ireland's creative community got together to release a lot of pent up anger and sadness through the medium of the A3 poster, all in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital. Ad creatives, designers, animators,...

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Workshop

Opinions - Sign here. Introducing the new freelance/client contract.

by Magnus Shaw Freelancing - it's a tough old game, eh? You don't know if you're coming or going half the time. Working in your jim-jams one day, sipping a latte in a la-di-da marketing agency the next. Occasionally you even miss "Cash In The...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Do you have a client from hell?

We all know the overused retail mantra 'the customer is always right'. It's been rammed into our consciousness since we got our first Saturday shops as grumpy teenagers and began having to deal with The Great British Moron. In my experience, the...

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Industry

Behind the Idea: nailing natural and clever humour with Zulu Alpha Kilo

You can tell at first glance why Zulu Alpha Kilo was an Annual 2020 Gold Winner. Their hilarious campaign for Bell, the largest telecommunications provider in Canada, is a testimony to the team's mastery and it's just so incredibly hilarious to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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How to Approach Humour Across Cultures

Four years ago this November, I was on a date with a lovely Japanese businesswoman in downtown Shibuya, Tokyo. Desperate to impress, and wary about breaking some sort of cultural taboo, I started chatting about humour in different languages. I tried...

Posted by: Textappeal
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Leaders

JWT fight depression with brainy humour

Whilst many people who have experienced it might take umbrage with the idea of using humour as a coping mechanism, as someone who has lived with clinical depression for my entire adult life, I can honestly say I wouldn't have made it this far without...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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M&C Saatchi give colour and humour to TfL fares

M&C Saatchi has created a vibrant and distinctive campaign for Transport for London (TfL), designed to equip customers with valuable fares and ticketing knowledge to help them get the most out of using the London transport network. Running across...

Posted by: Pumpkin
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Leaders

Nerdy humour reaches its logical conclusion

Now, I'm no coder. In fact I regularly struggle with the most basic lines of HTML, so CSS is so far beyond my wheelhouse it might as well be on another planet. I do appreciate clever humour though, especially when it's delivered with a knowing wink....

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

CP Loves...Toilet humour

by Ashley Morrison When I went to Sketch in London's Conduit Street recently for a rather posh birthday tea, the last thing I expected to be talking about over my cup of Darjeeling and my strawberry tart were the toilets. Usually, the only time I...

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Leaders

#GettingToKnow former RadioTimes journalist Gregor Smith

This week, we talk to Gregor Smith, Head of Global Advertising Sales at SmartFrame Technologies, to learn about his background, get his tips and advice for sales professionals, and discuss future trends in the digital advertising industry. Tell us a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Hoarders matter - Why businesses should embrace advertising hoarding

While new forms of advertising are continuously emerging to cater for the technologically advanced consumer, one form of out-of-home (OOH) marketing never goes out of fashion - advertising hoardings. Advertising hoardings are bold, grandiose, and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Giving Optimus Prime a day off from saving the universe | #BehindTheIdea

While the later, Mark Whalberg fronted Michael Bay films might have started to sour the public’s relationship with the Transformers, their lasting widespread appeal can’t be denied, particularly among the millennials who grew up with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

From consultant to creative | #GettingToKnow Izgi Yapici

We’re all for reinvention here at Creativepool, particularly when a late game lane change leads to more creative path. Izgi Yapici left a career in consultancy to literally go back to the drawing board and work her way up in the world of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

How to get sustainable messaging right | #SustainabilityMonth

We’re approaching the tail end of sustainability month and while we have touched on everything from the most sustainable careers to how to avoid greenwashing, one area we have yet to fully explore is how to actually do sustainable marketing...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Paying down experience debt for luxury and premium brands

There's a saying in marketing: if you want to sell a product, you can charge a hundred pounds. But if you want to sell a story, the sky's the limit. That, in a nutshell, is the power of storytelling. It intrigues and inspires. It connects brand...

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Leaders

How your creative campaigns can help fight climate change

Earth Day 2022 is this week, and as we all slowly return to the usual routine of our normal lives, it's undeniable we have been forever changed by a global pandemic to think about the world on a much larger scale. Talk to any creative professional...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

More play, please - Exploring the power of play

It’s not just brands that boost their juice by being ‘playful’. Any kind of interaction, from museums to retail to software to government can learn from the players out there who stay open to fresh ideas, exploration and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Are creatives more difficult to love?

Misplaced romanticism is a common curse in popular culture. There’s the concept of the “troubled genius” creative that, for some, excuses some pretty reprehensible behaviour and puts a rose-coloured lens over mental illness....

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns

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