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A freelance copywriter's letter to Santa.

by Magnus Shaw. Dear Santa, I'm not sure if you're aware, but Christmas is coming. Next week, apparently. With this in mind, I thought I'd better drop you a note to outline some of the stuff I'd like you to provide. I suggest you take the Harley...

Posted by: Creativepool
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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...

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Inspiration

Thanks but no thanks - the rejection letter from hell.

The Great Depression aside, there has rarely been a worse time to apply for a job. And yet for anyone leaving college or school, or simply attempting to recover from the cruelty of redundancy, it has never been more essential. So with high hopes and...

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Workshop

How to... Make sure you get paid for a freelance job.

We recently had a freelancer get in touch with us who had found a brief through the site, completed the work required - but still hadn't got paid. Well, to help them and those who may be in a similar position, we have created these notification...

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Leaders

The power of a handwritten letter to inspire a creative department

During lockdown we have all found ourselves with more time on our hands. A few days ago I decided to have a sort out and digging through drawers in the studio I discovered a handwritten note from 2004. Back in 2004 I was an Art Director at an...

Posted by: Fun Agency
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Leaders

Coca-Cola sends love letter to the Premier League

The director of a new ad from Coca-Cola in the UK has described it as a "love letter to the Premier League" as the drinks brand launches a new partnership with the football division. Where Everyone Plays is helmed by Stacy Wall and created through...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

You don’t need the big budget to embrace purpose

Early last year, Unilever doubled down on brand purpose and argued that investing more in purposeful communications is the smart thing to do for any brand. That was January 2020, and since then, a global pandemic has proven Unilever quite right, with...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Industry

Celebrating innovation with Huckletree and Otherway - #BehindTheIdea

It is universally acknowledged that creativity thrives in constraints. The past year has been a great measure for that, showing the best and most innovative business leaders shining in a fierce game of 'Adapt or Die.' To celebrate all these...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Best brand evolutions and what we can learn from them

Last year was one of change for many players in the creative industries. From brands to agencies and creative services providers, the entire creative sector was forced to adapt or die, embracing new technologies and adopting solutions to ensure...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The spectacular resilience of an art director - #MemberSpotlight

Taking a look at the pictures below and throughout the piece, you wouldn't even imagine that Christine Serchia had no idea what an art director was, as she started in her former role for Cubitts. Clearly, she's a keen and incredibly focused...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Maciek Michalski and the human side of creativity – #MemberSpotlight

Sure, technology and digital have revolutionised the industry in thousands of positive ways. But according to Maciek Michalski, they have also taken away a bit of the human element that makes the creative industries so special. Maciek, founder of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Best Brands of 2020

The best and most inspiring brands that made this 2020 more enjoyable. Thinking about the 12 months that just passed, I bet few actually realise how lucky we are to live in the era of brand purpose. With most brands now focused on making a...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Best Advertising Campaigns of 2020

10 of the best marketing and advertising campaigns from 2020. A global pandemic wasn’t enough to stop the advertising industry. In fact, I dare argue this was one of the most poignant, engaging and compelling years for advertising ever. We...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

Should you leave your job during the pandemic?

You keep looking at the clock waiting for your day to end. The thought of Monday mornings just won’t let you enjoy your weekends. You can’t wait for the next day off - even if you just spent an entire week on leave. We’ve all been...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

What is a Digital Experience?

The expectations of the average consumer from companies concerning marketing and communication have grown rapidly over the last two decades and a lot of this has to do with the growth in digital technology. We live in times where many retailers only...

Posted by: SMACK Agency
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Inspiration

Here's all the best 2020 Christmas ads!

All the 2020 Christmas campaigns in one place Every year the same story: agencies and brands coming together to release a stream of beautiful Christmas ads for the joy of us all. It has almost become tradition. There’s no Christmas without a...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Print is definitely not dead

Promoting your business offline Pre-internet, promotion looked very different. We relied on using print to show off our best work. We used to send out portfolios so that prospects could see our work in print-form. It’s all very well having a...

Posted by: SEVERN_
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Features

The key to successful fan engagement

2020: The year fan engagement took centre stage The pandemic has upended all of our lives in one way or another. While some industries pivoted to limit disruption, others are struggling as Covid-19 continues to take its toll. The sports industry is...

Posted by: Paul Bidder
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Inspiration

Here's to you, women in the COVID-hit creative industry

“Thud is the dry blow, from my temples to my toes. The air escaped my lungs and I am overcome by a deafening silence. It is over. Finally.” What is behind a layoff? This pandemic, among other issues, has demonstrated our unpreparedness....

Posted by: Paola Figueroa
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Leaders

In memory of Murphy Chou, bright star of Leo Burnett Taiwan

“Hope this is helpful.” Few words can condense Murphy Chou’s spirit more efficiently than these, pulled straight from one of our email exchanges with Leo Burnett Taiwan's former chief creative officer. As the industry gathers to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

What to do when the plagiarist strikes?

Of all the projects I’ve been involved with since my career in design and branding kicked off some twenty years ago, there are few I feel as fondly towards as the Studiocanal cinema ident. I remember the day we received the brief; the rush of...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Inspiration

The endless curiosity of Birger Linke

DMG group creative director Birger Linke believes you can never run out of problems to solve. And that is the primest of fuels for creativity. Birger admits he would probably be a pilot if he hadn't chosen to follow his heart and dive into graphic...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

How to job hunt during the pandemic

It's no secret that the industry has seen several mass redundancies being made in the past six months. Add that to a delicate balance made of fresh graduates looking for a job, which reach the order of tens of thousands every year, and you have the...

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Inspiration

The relentless passion of Simona De Leo

Despite having to find her way into a competitive industry, Simona kept going. Despite breaking three fingers in her dominant hand, Simona kept going. Despite not having a publisher, Simona kept going and made a successful Kickstarter campaign to...

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Overcoming Creative Constraints

There’s not enough time. We don’t have enough budget. There’s no way I’d be able to do that. If you’re a creative person then you’ll know that limitations are everywhere. Sometimes the boundaries are illusory...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Features

80% of creative organisations are not hiring right now

Being one of the world's largest creative communities, Creativepool is in a unique position to understand how the creative industry is struggling in self-isolation for the Coronavirus lockdown. We had the power to make a difference by asking about...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Will the pandemic mark the end of retail?

I'm yet to find someone who hasn't worked in retail at least once. Which means we all know the issues and problems of retail experiences, especially in the most recent of times. Retail is an old industry. We can arguably all agree with that. Stuck...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

Three tips on how to write through the crisis

In a crisis, good communication matters more than ever. From supermarkets to airlines, brands are having to find the right words to set out their position and help customers make sense of the world right now. As a copywriter, I know how quickly...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Here's 5 of the best creative works made for Earth Day 2020

Here we are, one home, one planet. Caring is no longer enough, as Earth Day’s 2020 halt urges people around the world to think about the planet through art and make active steps for the environment. While fish in the ocean can finally spend...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Oscar Pop: The 2020 Academy Awards through a Shutterstock lens

With the 2020 Oscars right around the corner, Shutterstock has just officially unveiled its latest Oscar Pop! poster series. A tradition among Shutterstock’s design team, the series combines the vibrant and sometimes playful colours, styles and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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