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Advice

Opinions - Doing bird. Should Twitter be policed?

by Magnus Shaw In the early hours of this morning Dorset police arrested a 17-year-old boy. It's alleged he sent a tweet to Olympic diver Tom Daly which read "You let your dad down I hope you know that." Daly had finished fourth in the Men's...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Online Logo Contests, the pros and cons.

by Jessica Hazel Online Logo Contests have been popping up all over the internet for quite some time now. They allow businesses and individuals to offer a set fee, or prize, for what they consider to be the best logo design. Hundreds of amazing...

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Features

One year on: Winners, losers and what we've learned from GDPR

This week marks a year since General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect across all 28 member states of the European Union (EU). The privacy laws were enforced to increase and protect the rights people have over their personal data...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Why gaming should be taken more seriously

Gaming’s got a strange reputation. It’s not got the respect that film, literature and even television has. However, as an industry its success is staggering. In the UK the gaming market is now worth a record £5.7bn, that’s more...

Posted by: Rob Pratt
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Trends

Influencer marketing and programmatic: A marriage of convenience

In the media world, not a week goes by without an article or discussion on the waning appeal of traditional media and the consequent flow of ad money to digital. But let’s set that aside for a minute because the bigger battle right now is between...

Posted by: VAMP
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

180LA 180LA announces that two new teams will be joining the agency, bolstering a highly regarded creative group. Copywriter Will Sands, previously at Deutsch and AKQA, will partner with Art Director Robison Mattei. Prior to joining the team at 180,...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

Creative Opinions on Cannes Lions 2018: Big Trends and Big Changes

The big theme for Cannes Lions 2018 is change. Out with the old, bloated, elitist festival of old and in with the more svelte, measured and inclusive festival of new. The major changes Cannes Lions is instituting for 2018 are as follow:- The...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Creative Opinions: GDPR

This week, on May 25, data protection rules across Europe will undergo the biggest change in the last two decades. It's a change two years in the making. In April 2016, after years of negotiations and legal tussling, officials agreed upon the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

CREATIVE MANIFESTO

Creativity is associated with the arts. We think of designers or architects and presume that they’re creatively blessed. But the teachers, nurses, chefs and lawyers? Nah. It’s a perceived wisdom emphasised by education - take the...

Posted by: Maksimilian Kallhed
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Technology

5 ways GDPR will reintroduce creativity into online advertising

Imagine a world where we select the brands we want to see advertising from. Where that advertising is brilliant storytelling and craft. And where our personal data is controlled by us, and we can exchange it with publishers and media owners at our...

Posted by: Luc Benyon
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Features

Autism & Creativity

It may seem unlikely, but people on the autistic spectrum have been an integral part of the creative industry for decades, without the industry necessary knowing that. Thinking differently is not only a mantra but also a characteristic that is valued...

Posted by: Alex Shifrin
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Trends

Ad Trends 2018: An uncertain industry in a state of flux

When looking ahead, it's always important to keep one foot firmly rooted in the past, particularly when examining adland, which has been in a state of flux for years now. With agencies and brands alike shifting their allegiances towards digital with...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

Visions in VR: Could the VR successor to Second Life be dangerous?

As VR began its steady shift into the mainstream a few years back, the first thing that professional scaremongers (the ones who like to ruin everything for everyone) latched onto was the idea of the children of tomorrow shunning the real world in...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

From Candy To Casino: How Mobile Games Make Money - Part 1 - Strategy

We’re spending an extraordinary - and ever-increasing - amount of time playing mobile games. Our smartphones and tablets, packed with addictive apps, entice us to spend on average 3 hours a day playing games - a figure which rocketed 57% from...

Posted by: Pentasia UK
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Economy

The UK Busts the Gender Pay Gap Wide Open

Thousands of employers will publish their gender pay gap figures for the first time from today (April 6), helping break the glass ceiling and create a more modern workforce. The UK is one of the first countries in the world to require gender pay gap...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

Interviews on AI: Connecting Automation and Intelligence

Alongside my recent pieces, Tech Trends: AI in 2017 and Creative Opinions on AI, I also conducted a series of interviews with some varied and insightful industry figures about their own experiences, hopes, thoughts, feelings and fears regarding the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Havas joins list of names pulling ads from YouTube

There was a great deal on internet chatter over the weekend regarding brands (both major and minor) pulling their ads from YouTube following the revelations from the ongoing investigation from The Times, which found that ads from brands including...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Design

Rebrand Roundup: Last.fm, Alan Turing, E-Cigs, Popcorn and other stories

O Street - Last.fm O Street has given music platform and recommendation service Last.fm a new look, with the aim of making its content more distinctive and recognisable. The brand refresh comprises an image treatment inspired by sound waves, which...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Trends

Brand Case Study: Branding marijuana in the 21st century

In 2012 Colorado became the first state to pass laws governing the legalisation, tax and regulation of marijuana. Washington, Alaska and Oregon followed soon after, and overnight the magical herb’s image and perception in American culture was...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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News

Use and abuse. Can we really make the internet a safer place?

Yesterday was 'Internet Safety Day'. Which pretty much proves the pointlessness of things having days dedicated to them. Unless the internet was substantially and provably safer for the entirety of 11th February 2014, or yesterday marked the point...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Mind your language. Why Spotify has nothing to fear from the ASA.

I've written before on the clumsiness and general lack of bite of the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) and this week sees them back in action, in hot pursuit of Spotify. It seems the music streaming site recently threw out an email to selected...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Facing facts. Are Tesco's ad screens really as sinister as we fear?

Say what you like about Tesco, but they know how to create a fuss. A couple of days ago, the digital, broadcast and print media fell on a story about the retail giant and its latest advertising wheeze. As a plethora of reports rushed to tell us,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

The Loan Arrangers. Is It High Noon For Wonga And Friends?

At some point, perhaps four years ago, doorstep lending ('The Tallyman', as my grandmother would have termed it) suddenly became terribly old fashioned and parochial. Recession and financial misery inflated the market for non-bank lending at a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

Job Description - Broadcast Journalist

What is the work like? Broadcast journalists research and present news items for broadcast on radio, TV and online. Their job is to tell each story in a compelling way - combining the facts with the most apt sounds or pictures. Many journalists...

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Careers

How healthy are your freelance business finances?

Working as a freelancer in the creative industry is highly rewarding, but it can also be a daunting process to keep on top of your finances being out on your own. There’s lots to think about including whether the rules of operating as a sole...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Technology

The Year in Tech 2017

Amazon's Giant Flying Drone Warehouses (January) In a story that gained a fair amount of traction on social media over the 2016 festive period for obvious reasons, Amazon filed a patent for gigantic flying warehouses back in January that could house...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Jellyfish Digital agency Jellyfish has bolstered its creative offering by appointing a UK team dedicated to building its dynamic creative proposition in the UK. Headed up by Shane Smith, who has been named Head of Creative Production, the team also...

Posted by: Industry Updates

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