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Features

The good book. The problem with a copywriter's portfolio.

by Magnus Shaw. Here's a problem which only came to my attention this week. Actually I think it has been lingering in the back of my mind for a couple of decades, but it only came into focus a couple of days ago. Because I write columns here and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Behind the idea: The problem with wrinkles

Sexual innuendo continues to be a favourite tool of advertisers for a simple reason - it works and it’s usually effortlessly funny. Such is the case in this spot by Procter & Gamble’s multi-agency shop Woven (with teams from Grey),...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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The communications industry has a communication problem

As we build up to Connect: London 2018, a new kind of festival for the creative industry taking place next month, a selection of names appearing at the event will be speaking to Creativepool over the next few weeks. The aim is to offer insight into...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Technology

Is the Watch posing Apple an insurmountable problem?

If Apple excel at one thing, it's this: convincing us we own the pinnacle in technological achievement, and then replacing it. When we all bought our iPods, we couldn't imagine a day when they'd no longer be desirable, let alone available. Like a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Design

Seymourpowell address a serious problem in the e eye-care world

Leading product design consultancy Seymourpowell recently announced a complete re-design for Bausch + Lomb's “Artelec” eye care range, with a shift in packaging that aims to create “A point of difference in both the consumer and eye...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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News

Kicking up a stink. How Dell can solve their 'cat urine' problem.

In the laptop market, competition is fierce. So many brands, designs and features - manufacturers are constantly looking for innovative ways to make their kit more attractive. Interestingly, none of them has ever released a machine emitting the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

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...

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Features

What's the problem with the Big Fat Gypsy Weddings campaign?

This week Channel 4 has attracted considerable attention. Its high-profile, much discussed ‘documentary’ strand Big Fat Gypsy Weddings has returned to a big fat viewing audience and water-cooler debate over the style merits of pineapple...

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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

What does the pandemic mean for the production sector?

Some will remember a very specific time in the history of cinema, a time when certain crews were reduced to a bare minimum and all that mattered was the artistic expression, the idea behind film itself. I am certainly too young to remember a time...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

#KindnessMatters – 6 inspiring works on Mental Health awareness

Kindness matters. A simple act of kindness can boost both your mental health and the one of others, creating community and demonstrating support to those around you. Kindness is also the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

What will happen to Consumer Trust in a post-COVID world?

Remember the Cambridge Analytica breach in 2018? Also known as the greatest scandal in Facebook's history, loud enough to send dear Mark straight to the Supreme Court. It doesn't matter that he was confronted by people who clearly didn't know how...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

5 Tips for Photographers Trying To Keep Motivated During Lockdown

With quarantine keeping them stuck indoors for the present, it may be hard for would-be photographers to find the right motivation to keep practicing. When in the same four walls all day, there will be little inspiration for your next project, with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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How brands can find meaning from tougher times

When Boris referred to our current situation as ‘the biggest peacetime challenge’ it instantly made me wonder what brands did to ‘do their bit’ during World War II and other less peaceful economic times. While tastes and...

Posted by: James Thomlinson
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Inspiration

How to Cope with a Creative Calamity

It’s Summer 2012. The hot Spanish sun is unforgiving as it beats down on the quiet streets of Borja, a medieval town a few hours north east of Madrid. Cecilia Giménez, an elderly resident, pictured below, takes shelter from the heat in...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Features

Member Spotlight: the delicate balance in Geoff Sence's style

There is both an art and science to freelancing, and graphic designer Geoff Sence has certainly got them right. Overflowing with dreams and aspirations, Geoff has developed a style blending vintage with modern, able to maintain that delicate balance...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

How to win in the new retail landscape

Retail is not dead, boring retail is dead As we all know, the retail industry has been through a period of immense flux. However, after a difficult few years it feels like it’s emerging from the dark and a new retail landscape is bringing...

Posted by: Imagination
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Features

Powered by experience: welcome to the future of marketing 

Millennials and Gen Z consumers are over owning “stuff.” Instead, they’re after memories - 82% said they’ve participated or attended at least one live brand-related experience, according to Eventbrite, while 72% said...

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Features

Member Spotlight: The big, small, tiny and tall films of Chris Light

From directing skeleton crews in the middle of Sierra Leone's jungles to creating abstract visuals for fashion shows, over the last decade Chris Light has spent making films, he’s had a lot of fun. As part of the film production company...

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Trends

Behind the Idea: Spamming your boss for equality

9 out of 10 men believe that men and women should take time out to care for their family, whereas only 2% of parents take this up. The Shared Parental Leave policy introduced by the Government is complicated and often only offers men statutory pay,...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Trends

The Beauty of Technology: How beautiful boundaries are being broken

The beauty sector is being transformed by technology. From hyper-personalisation in skincare and foundation to 3D-printed make-up (yes, really), tech is increasingly enabling brands to innovate in an oversaturated market and meet shifting consumer...

Posted by: Matter Of Form
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Trends

15 things millennials want from the workplace

Millennials seem like a complicated generation through and through. They keep rewriting the way our society works and that can be confusing and tough for the people trying to retain Millenials in the office and give them work. Suddenly, cubicles...

Posted by: Liam Smith
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Features

Why data’s time will never run out in the hourglass economy

In almost all areas of the economy the middle ground is on the decline. In grocery, powerhouses Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda have been assailed by discounters Aldi and Lidl. In fashion, social media is rendering luxury labels more...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

The Maturation of the Startup - A guide to starting your own agency

So you want to start your own creative agency? Well, good luck! If building a business is like raising a child, then nurturing a team of passionate, sensitive creatives is like being a first-time father or mother and caring for a sick infant....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

How writing can help you grow your business and shape your world

Every brand needs a strategy. Without one, you have no clear path from where you are to where you want to be. It’s easy to waste time, and hard to make decisions, because everyone has a slightly different idea of what success looks like....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Creativepool Annual 2020 Spotlight: Breaking bread with the Big Buoys

As part of our series shining a spotlight on Creativepool Annual winners from last year, we sat down with post-production specialists Big Buoy, the studio that claimed two top places in last year’s annual. Their big win was for post-production...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

Making the jump from Designer to Head of Design

The jump from designer to Head of Design is like that from musician to conductor. A designer is a highly skilled specialist that performs as a part of a larger ensemble. The Head of Design decides how to interpret new works, unifies the performers,...

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Careers

Straight Talk: Outing Adland's Homophobia

First, let’s address the pink elephant in the room and say: yes, things have obviously come a long way since Stonewall, and no, in an ideal world, being an LGBT+ BOGOF creative team wouldn’t be noteworthy. But this isn’t an ideal world and...

Posted by: Rickie Marsden

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