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Leaders

The blurred legal lines between inspiration and stealing.

When does homage become theft? And when does inspiration tip into plagiarism? Can a creative endeavour ever be called completely original? These were the questions facing a U.S. court, which last week found in favour of the family of the late soul...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Closed ears. How the music industry ruined itself.

In 1999 a website called Napster appeared on the internet. With little in the way of its own content, and certainly no means nor intention of producing or releasing music, it set a ball rolling that in 2013 tumbled most of HMV’s high street...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Road to ruin. The resignation letter that should worry us all.

by Magnus Shaw. This week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer proposed a scheme whereby employees will be invited to give up some of their employment rights in exchange for company shares. You may think this is a tremendous idea or the most cynical...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

From a Commodore 64 to rebranding the Thunderbirds - #MemberSpotlight

Jason Ford is a freelance Brand & Design Director and former creative director at ITV with a proven track record of delivering award-winning, thought provoking creative. Everything Jason touches is underpinned by strong core ideas that amplify to...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Job Description: Retoucher

The job of a retoucher is far more complicated and exciting than just making exceptionally pretty people even prettier. Editing images and videos, or photographic retouching, helps the creative present his or her project in the best light...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

How Brands choose Agencies

It is always Pitch Season for a busy and established agency. It is an excellent occasion to gain some prospective clients, or even some leads to develop the future of the business. Whoever’s been in the game for long enough knows that brands...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Job Description: Branding Designer

A branding designer shapes a brand and how it’s presented to the public. In order to breathe life into a brand and give it a tangible identity, a branding designer must express their thinking via words and imagery that cut through the noise and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Take a deep breath - #MemberSpotlight

Mariano Gabriel Vidal is an animation artist. He is also the character designer behind the 2018 International Emmy Kids Awards Nominee show Mini Beat Power Rockers. The best part is that, by his own admission, Mariano also got into the industry by...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

It's time for a branding reset

A sudden global pandemic has truly shaken the brandscape we used to know and cherish. Many organisations have panicked and jumped aboard the train of the most technological solutions, sometimes losing bits of themselves in the process. It is...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Behind the life of a talented cartoonist - #MemberSpotlight

Clearly, being a cartoonist isn't for everyone. It requires mastery of a certain style, a flair and a very peculiar sense of humour. Simon Ellinas certainly has both. Born with a pen and pencil in his hands by his own admission, Simon has been...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Cobra Effect: What could possibly go wrong?

I’ve always been fascinated by the Cobra Effect. As a marketeer who works with clients to change perceptions around brands or products, understanding human behaviour is essential. But people are unpredictable and often things that should...

Posted by: The 10 Group
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Features

The worst practices in LGBT+ marketing and advertising

Stereotypes, inconsistencies, hypocrisy - some campaigns have them all, others just a few. The LGBT+ community can’t afford the privilege to say they are loved everywhere they go, and it’s perfectly fine for brands and campaigns to try...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Turning failures into successes - #CompanySpotlight

If you need proof that persistence pays off, all you should do is listen to Ampersans's story. Born out of hundreds of agency rejections and some failed internships, Ampersans is the crystalised dream of a creative who wouldn't take 'no' for an...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

From a seaside town to filmmaking in Central London - #MemberSpotlight

If there's one thing you will learn from all of these Member Spotlights of ours, it is that ambition can get you anywhere. No matter where you are coming from, or where you want to go. This was the case of Corry Raymond. Born and raised in a seaside...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Why we love Twitter’s new brand

Brands owe consumers much more than they usually let transpire. As both their advocates and their fiercest critics, consumers will fight for a brand they believe in and they will be ready to take it down just as easily. Often, a brand’s story...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

Can I use George Orwell's legacy in my works?

Every time politics gets into the frame, it is tempting to resort to one of the first world-recognised writers of dystopian fiction, George Orwell, to pay a much heartfelt tribute to such a great master of English literature. Well, as of January...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

How can brands handle woke capitalism?

So 2020 was the year in which we saw brands moving increasingly closer to their consumers, in an attempt to show an understanding and humanity in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis. However, this was but the culmination of a long path which global...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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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Features

What Trump’s social media ban means for the future of the Internet

President Biden may want the US to make a fresh start but he knows, as we all do, that Trump’s term will continue to be a stubborn stain on the red, white, and blue for years to come. A term that began with a promise to stop ‘American...

Posted by: Mary Keane Dawson
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Inspiration

Advertising & Marketing Trends that will dominate 2021

2020 is officially over. To many, January is rebirth, repurpose, refocus - a chance to reflect on what didn’t work the year before and build on our successes for a better future. Except this time most of us probably won’t have a lot of...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Festive Sustainability: Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving and family celebrations. Yet, it can be a time of excess and over-indulgence - from gifting to greeting cards and glitter - we question if the glamour is worth the garbage. Figures show that the festive season...

Posted by: SGK
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Workshop

How freelancers can prepare for Brexit today

And what the self-employed need to know about leaving the EU. That’s right, I used the dreaded ‘B’ word. As you can imagine, Brexit will have a certain impact on freelancers in the UK, and to an extent, to those working from Europe...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Best animations of 2020

The top 7 animated campaigns this year. If anything, 2020 has been a wonderful year for animation. With all of us stuck at home for most of the year, animators have had quite some more time on their hands and this was not a weak year for the craft...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

”Will you do that for free?” - The Price of Creativity

Would you do that for visibility? Imagine this: you have the flu (which is really the least worrying thing that can happen to you this year, believe me) and you go to your doctor of choice to have some medications prescribed. You then head to the...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo

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