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Build Your Art Direction Advertising Portfolio From Scratch

Hey all! It's been a while. Anyways, I did a thing! I wrote a book to help aspiring art directors come up with ideas, build their creative portfolio from scratch, and land a job in the advertising industry. You can check out the book on Amazon here!...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

A Peek Into My Art Director Notebooks

New video (my most vulnerable one yet)! In this video, I went back in time-flipping through the pages of my old art director notebooks to give a behind-the-curtains look into how I've brainstormed on numerous advertising projects over the past 10...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

Focal Point: Consuming creative eye-candy with FOREAL

FOREAL is a young German design studio with a creative focus on illustration and art direction founded by Benjamin Simon and Dirk Schuster. We love their style - it's intense, but super fun and eye catching as the duo strive to transform each of...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Inspiration

Focal Point: Mixing old & new with Say What Studio

Benoit Berger and Nathalie Kapagiannidi are the creative duo behind Say What Studio. The pair mix vintage styles with modern designs to create super fresh typography, art direction and design from their Paris studio. We asked them about their unique...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Inspiration

At last, somebody has created the perfect copywriter's website.

Think back about fifteen years or so, and you'll probably see yourself slowly (very slowly) browsing the internet on your dial-up connection, looking at websites and thinking 'I've gotta get myself one of those'. If you're a designer or art director,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Spotlight... Rob Pratt, Senior Designer & Art Director

Company Brand & Deliver Job title Design Director Social media Creativepool.com/robpratt Twitter: @prattrob Website: robprattdesign.co.uk Tell us a bit about what it is that you do I’ve worked across iOS apps, websites and digital...

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Features

5 minutes with... Paul Logan - Creative Director at Breathingjuice

"Breathingjuice produces digital design and motion graphics for a wide range of clients and the very best creative agencies. We create digital content that can work across multiple platforms including website channels, social media campaigns, mobile...

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5 minutes with... Ross Stirling - Creative Director at Studio Juice

"We specialise in creative for print, digital, mobile and retail. Our designers, producers and technologists sit side by side in small, integrated teams. This approach allows us to react quickly and strategically for our clients, helping them win. We...

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Workshop

How to Give & Take Art Director Feedback

Learning how to give and receive creative feedback is probably one of the most underrated soft skills of the art director position. If given or received carelessly, it has the ability to fracture confidence, team dynamics, and the overall creative...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Industry

How to Present Creative Work as an Art Director

Presenting was a massive area in which I sought to improve as an art director and one in which many art directors who I've mentored through the years have also looked to improve. Today, I'm dropping a video about it-one that explores shaking nerves,...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

The multicolour travels of an Art Director - #MemberSpotlight

From Cape Town to London, Illustrator & Art Director Justin Poulter has never given up on his ambitions and dreams of becoming an established artist in the creative industry. Some designers find inspiration by being exposed to a number of creative...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Design Process Behind A Dodgers Illustration

Here's a quick behind-the-scenes video covering my process designing a Los Angelas Dodgers baseball illustration. Also included are two little mini Adobe Illustrator tutorials over two tools that I use all of the time. So with that said, let's play...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Workshop

The Journey - Nick Kidd, Junior Art Director

This week I interviewed Associate Art Director, Nick Kidd, to see how he got into advertising. If you are an aspiring creative looking to break into the game, check it out. I hope it provides you with some perspective and value. Thanks!

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Focal Point: Swedish minimalism with Justin Hallström

Justin Hallström is a Canadian born, Swedish raised and London based designer and art director. His strong, visual campaigns for foodie brands including Jamie Oliver and EAT. caught our attention. But according to Justin, he's still a Swedish...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Inspiration

Anatomy Of A Headline

I've always loved advertising headlines. Long before I embarked on a copywriting career, I'd amuse myself by creating new versions of lines I saw in magazines or tube trains. Even as a kid, my mum (an English teacher) would point out headlines she...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Alan Fletcher. Work and Play

Alan Fletcher was one of the powerhouses of contemporary British graphic design. He worked for more than 50 years designing everything from corporate identities - logos, literature, advertising, signage, calendars - to toys, books, newspapers and...

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Workshop

Art Direction in Isolation with Great State

Who said you need a full crew and exotic locations to make a successful social campaign? What started as a bet with Great State's MD quickly turned into one of the funniest and most creative projects we've seen during lockdown. Using nothing but...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Opinions - Graphic design and art direction. Do you know the difference?

by John Fountain Though the work does have overlaps, being a designer and being an art director are different roles that require different skill and mindsets. I've worked in both design and advertising agencies and I've seen for myself that the best...

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Leaders

Why Weight Watchers' name change is a step in the right direction

Slimming company Weight Watchers has rebranded as WW with a renewed focus on wellness and health, rather than weight loss. While the change represents an evolution of thinking at the company, the fact that the heritage letters have been retained has...

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Leaders

There's only One Direction for Havas Media

Universally reviled and/or worshipped boy-band One Direction will be launching their new fragrances through the Havas Media social unit; Socialyse powered by Cake, which offers a complete social service to clients, combining the earned and paid...

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Leaders

One Direction officially “beat bullying” at the Clio Awards

Sew Branded, the brand image and marketing consultancy based in New York, has recently been honoured with a Clio Music Award for their “Together Against Bullying” public service announcement, which featured the boy band phenomenon One...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Top 10 most exciting creative directors on Creativepool

Design guru. Master mediator. Highly skilled multitasker and delegator. A good Creative Director is all these things and more. They are the calm head on top of the creative shoulders that bring focus and identity to a company. They are, in essence,...

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Inspiration

Opening a gateway to the future | #BehindTheIdea

Global technology brand HONOR recently announced “Gateway to the Future,” an initiative designed to enrich cultural heritage through the power of technology. Launched during its IFA 2022 keynote, the brand challenged two popular artists...

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Workshop

How we ate our own dog food and turned it into magic | #CreativeCaseStudy

The greatest creative departments are filled with exceptional talent. We use AI to match creative minds with the best briefs in the business - which is why our Chairman Sir John Hegarty observed that Genie could possibly be the greatest creative...

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Inspiration

Selling a unicorn and going #BehindTheIdea with Spendesk

European startup Spendesk recently launched its first-ever multi-market brand campaign, putting people and play front and centre to reinforce not only its service differentiation but its people-first company identity. As a newly minted...

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Industry

Interrupting creatively - #GettingToKnow wannabe stuntman Dave Sullivan

Dave Sullivan is a Creative Director and Senior Creative with a copywriting background but a strong eye for design and art direction. During his 20+ year career he’s worked at top London agencies, won numerous awards at everything from D&AD...

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Leaders

#GettingToKnow B-Reel's innovative and eccentric creative director

An experienced creative director versed in advertising and design. Pieter Konickx comes from a background in graphic design but has spent his career elevating his skillset on broader capacities to allow him to climb the ranks within the industry....

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Inspiration

A saucy campaign 150 years in the making for Heinz | #BehindTheIdea

The latest saucy campaign for Heinz pokes fun at the brand for launching a new range of pasta sauces in the UK, 150 years after they first entered the market. The campaign, devised by Wunderman Thompson Spain, launched with a full-page ad in The...

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Inspiration

The campaign that encourages women to touch themselves up | #BehindTheIdea

Nearly two thirds (64%) of women aged 18-35 years old are not checking their chests regularly every month but 1 in 7 women are affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. Superdrug has taken matters into its own hands and launched a new unique...

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