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Inspiration

Focal Point: How to keep busy with Andy Cooke

Andy Cooke has one hectic schedule – not only has he worked with clients as far ranging as Google, Ace Hotel and Ikea, but he also runs a streetwear shop, is an artist’s agent and (probably most importantly) is about to open a pizza place. With...

Posted by: Jade French
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Inspiration

Focal Point: Surreal chats with Aleksandra Kingo

Aleksandra Kingo makes hyper-real photographs that hinge on the surreal. Her influences feel like they take away from the likes of 70s fashion and New Wave cinema, with a generous helping of pop-culture inbetween. Whether its commercial work,...

Posted by: Jade French
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Inspiration

Focal Point: MVM talks iconic portraits and minimalism

Norwegian designer Magnus Voll Mathiassen (aka. MVM) has been working in design for over ten years. In that time he's amassed an impressive bulk of work. Whether it's sketchy minimalist portraits of pop culture icons like Kanye, or sketching for...

Posted by: Jade French
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Leaders

How to make your reduced marketing budget work harder

As the coronavirus crisis continues to hit cash flows, force redundancies and cause disruption to normal business operations, thousands of companies across the UK are currently operating on reduced marketing budgets. Though putting marketing...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Pursuing a healthy work-life balance - #MemberSpotlight

Being a creative professional isn't a job - it's a life commitment. We think creative, work creative, dream creative and sometimes even entertain us with creative hobbies. It's like a curse, but one we're much happy to have. Yet when Designer & Art...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

The value of collaboration in creative work

How do you establish a collaboration-friendly infrastructure in your team, especially in these corona times? Among the many things the pandemic has done for us, losing team meetings and face-to-face interactions was a hard blow to all of us, and few...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Why your work environment matters – With Group CEO Russ Lidstone

"Life is too short to work with people you don't like or respect." Russ Lidstone grew up in a small fishing town in Devon. Not many can easily get out of that life. To an extent, your roots and background are exactly what defines you, and it's not...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Choosing Brands To Work On For Your First Portfolio

When starting off on your journey to become an art director or copywriter, you've got to put together a portfolio of spec work (fake ads for real brands). But how do you go about choosing the right products and services to make ads for? What types of...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Leaders

The key to great client relationships? Don’t forget your toothbrush

How do you ensure a healthy client-agency relationship? There is no hard and fast rule of course, and different approaches may work for different teams. Some are content with keeping client relationships to just feedback calls and general meetings....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Annual 2020: who will see your work this year?

We are exactly one week away from the Annual 2020 final submissions deadline. As you are starting to put the finishing touches on your entries, you might be wondering who will actually see the work you submit. Aside from being scored by our esteemed...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Finding The Best Creative Work: The Annual Shortlist Goes Live!

Buckle up! The shortlist for 2016's Creativepool Annual has just been announced. There's been eight times as many projects entered compared to last year’s Annual, which is staggering. In this year's shortlist we're shown an amazing reflection...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Leaders

ifour client Fourex wins Virgin Media Pitch to Rich campaign

Tunbridge Wells based creative design agency ifour are celebrating today as client Fourex reaches the final and wins in the ‘New Things’ category of Richard Branson’s Pitch to Rich 2015 campaign. ifour were appointed by the duo...

Posted by: ifour
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Leaders

Guide Dogs appoints RAPP to brand work

- RAPP wins combined media and creative brand account - Includes offline, online and PPC UK brand media and ATL creative London, 18th June 2014: Guide Dogs has appointed RAPP to handle the combined media and creative accounts for its new integrated...

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Features

It's over. Is it ever okay to fire a client?

Firing a client is an unusual notion - counterintuitive even. Business norms suggest an enterprise will always welcome the presence of as many paying customers as possible. So why would anyone ever sack a client? Actually, although it would be a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Bidding for freelance work on websites. A mug's game?

For the jobbing freelance there can only be one priority. Ahead of the bookkeeping, email answering, blog updating and business card ordering - there's nothing more important than bringing in the work. And, when the industry is buoyant, it's not too...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Should creatives ever work for free?

Have you been to a supermarket recently? If you have, did you ask the till operator whether you could take the contents of your trolley for nothing? Of course you didn’t. The very suggestion you might be entitled to free groceries would be...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

No pressure: The designer who has Bowie as a client

By John Fountain With a new album soon to be released, a stripped down remix of 'Sound and Vision' on air for Sony and a must-see exhibition at the V&A, it seems that after 10 years of next-to-nothingness, the enigma that is David Bowie is back. And...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

How to... Work from home effectively

by Ashley Morrison. One of the perks of being a freelancer is the ability to work from home. I love it. No arduous daily commute (and related expenses, obviously), no noisy work colleagues, and seriously good coffee on tap when I want it. But in...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

Opinions- Are client amends a daily kick in the teeth?

by John Fountain If there's one thing that creative people and account handlers have in common it is that neither are telepathic, telekinetic or have the power to read minds. Yet it seems many clients think otherwise. Work that has been carefully...

Posted by: Creativepool
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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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Workshop

Opinions - Freelancers work harder

by Ashley Morrison It's a bold statement, granted. And one which is certainly arguable. But I was chatting to a friend recently who maintained that freelancers definitely, definitely worked harder than permanent employees. I'm in a slightly unusual...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

Opinions - Work's A Beach

by Ashley Morrison When I was on holiday in France recently, I couldn't help but envy the people who worked on the vineyards we visited. What a great life that must be. Well, for the owners if not the labourers, anyway. They get to live in some of...

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...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Why Spotify's Work-From-Anywhere policy is the future of work

Amidst all the heavily unexpected things that happened when 2020 hit, a sudden push for smart and remote working was certainly one of the most prominent. Overnight, hordes of workers were forced to move from the office to the comfort of their own...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

What does the Best Place to Work For look like?

The new year is upon us, January is almost over, and chances are you’ve been spending the past few weeks thinking about the next steps in your career. Or perhaps you would like to know how to make your business the best out there for employee...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The Best Creative Work of 2020

2020 sucked in so many ways. And yet in spite of all that happened – or maybe in some ways because of all that happened – we saw some great creative work. Here’s my round up of some of the best advertising to come out of one of the most...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Workshop

Abusers Always Work from Home, and Wunderman Thompson wants to stop them

We've heard it, we've seen it around - reports of domestic abuse have gone up tremendously during the UK lockdown. The victims are stuck with perpetrators with little to no chance of escaping the loop, a problem which is very much alive as we...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Brave New Office: the Future of Work sounds... scary

'Keep safe, mate.' I think I’ve heard this more in the past few months than in all the years I spent in London. It feels like a new salute, something you are compelled to say in our email sign-offs or opening lines. I’ve even seen a topic...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

#StayHome: You don't need to go outside to craft amazing work

Creatives are already finding the strength to make amazing work from home. It doesn't happen every day to see a global pandemic take people off the streets. Readers and gamers have long awaited this moment to unsheathe their anti-apocalypse barbed...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

How to choose colours for your design work

Colour theory is extremely important in the world of graphic design since... well... it's found in every piece you'll ever work on. Today, we're going to dive into resources to help you put together colour palettes of your own. I hope this video...

Posted by: Kevin Forister

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