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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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Getting to Know... Sam Hawkey, Saatchi & Saatchi London's CEO

It is always inspirational to talk to someone who 'made it'. Saatchi & Saatchi London chief executive officer Sam Hawkey may not want to admit that he belongs to that category, but you can tell from his words that he genuinely loves what he's been...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Top Hires of the Week

Durable Goods Venice, California-based production company Durable Goods has signed comedy director Greg Bray for US commercial representation. Bray is a character-driven director who intuitively embraces awkward and eccentric moments to deliver a...

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Leaders

Top Hires of the Week

McCann London McCann London has hired the dynamic creative team behind the multi award-winning Freedom Brewery campaign; Will Cottam and James Crosby. Joining from CHI & Partners, where they spent 4.5 years, Cottam and Crosby produced work for Lexus...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Saatchi & Saatchi London Saatchi & Saatchi London has made two key management changes, promoting Richard Huntington, currently Chief Strategy Officer, to the role of Chairman and Sam Hawkey, currently a Managing Partner, to Managing Director. The...

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Leaders

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Saatchi & Saatchi Magnus Djaba has been appointed by Publicis to take on the newly created Global President role at Saatchi & Saatchi, with current global CEO, Robert Senior, departing to pursue personal plans. Djaba, the UK CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Cheil London Cheil has appointed Peter Zillig, a former Chief Executive of Havas Worldwide New York, as CEO of its London office. His appointment follows the resignation of Paul Hammersley, the chief executive of Cheil UK, in October 2016. Zillig,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Top 10 Hires of the Week

M&C Saatchi M&C Saatchi has announced the appointment of the highly regarded Sian Cook to the role of Managing Partner. In her new role, Cook will lead one of the agency’s largest accounts, Woolworths. Cook comes to the role from BBH, London...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Top 10 Account Wins of the Week

WCRS - Pride in London Pride in London has appointed WCRS to develop an integrated campaign to promote its 2016 festival, the focus of which is a central London parade on June 25. Pride in London is one of London’s biggest free events,...

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Leaders

Saatchi London launch new BUY division

Saatchi & Saatchi London has announced the launch of BUY; a new division designed to close the purchase cycle and help clients achieve better sales. The unit will introduce a new set of services including data analytics, mobile online display, CRM...

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Leaders

Top 10 Hires of the Week

McCann London McCann Worldgroup has announced Alex Lubar as CEO of McCann London. Currently McCann Worldgroup's New York-based Global Chief Marketing Officer, Lubar will transition to his new role beginning January 2016. He succeeds Zaid Al-Zaidy,...

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Leaders

Does the UK really need a 'men-only' radio station?

Depending where you reside in the UK, you may be a listener to XFM. The original home of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, its format has largely been studenty, with a playlist dedicated to indie guitar bands, and a presenter roster of music buffs...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Will the BA fire ruin their Christmas campaign?

With the Autumn hardly upon us, British Airways are set to launch their Christmas travel campaign. It's a digital affair, as you might imagine, and builds on their 'No Place Like Home' concept launched earlier this year. The ads use quirky sayings,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Heidi and Hallbery: A unique blend of advertising and print design

We all know the agency Mother. Great client list, lots of awards, reputation for ace campaigns; but nobody really associates them with scarves. Until now, that is. Introducing Heidi Pridham and Nick Hallbery. Nick's a leading creative at Mother and...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Land Rover's misadventure on Instagram

Everything's viral, everything's multi-platform, everything's connected, everything's social. The advertising world isn't happy these days, unless it's combining some social network with some digital device to produce something everybody can stand...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Simon Cowell: The master of marketing

What is Simon Cowell? A TV presenter? A music producer? An pop manager? Well, undeniably all these things; but ultimately he's one of the most accomplished marketeers the UK has ever created. Just look at his greatest achievement. He not only...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Striking cigarette ads from another age

Of course, these days, being a smoker is only slightly less offensive than kitten killing. But it wasn't always that way. Indeed, there was a time when everyone from doctors to movie stars - even prospective presidents - were more than happy to...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

The quick guide to Google 'Alphabet'

'As Sergey and I wrote in the original founders letter 11 years ago, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, we also said that you could expect us to make “smaller bets in areas that...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Never mind the budgets, here's the Sex Pistols credit card

For an old punk like me, these are bemusing times. The Sex Pistols, those standard-bearers of all things noisy and anarchic, are back in the news. Or, to be more accurate, the graphics produced for them by Jamie Reid, have re-appeared. This should be...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

What we've learned from the new James Bond: Spectre trailer

You saw it, right? How could you miss it? Even ITV's News At Ten ran the trailer for 'SPECTRE', the next episode in the most successful movie franchise ever - James Bond. Immediately the world took to social media (or at least the section of the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Workshop

Meet Phil Danter: The Ad executive who became a music star

Tiring of your glittering career as an advertising executive? All those expense account lunches leaving you unfulfilled? Maybe you should become a music star. It can certainly be done, as one high-flyer has proved by making that exact career move....

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

10 things which have disappeared from creative studios

I kicked off my creative career in an advertising agency on Fleet Street, twenty-odd years ago. Apart from the general excitement of actually being paid to write ads, I drew great inspiration from the very particular pieces of equipment around the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

The BBC versus Apple in the battle for your ears.

For the first time ever, radio and music lovers will be able to download BBC radio programmes in full, to their smartphone or tablet for free, listen to them offline, and keep them for up to 30 days on the BBC iPlayer Radio app. The update, rolling...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Meet Marcus Haney: The man who breaks into festivals for a living

This modern world has brought us a swathe of unusual job titles. Certainly our grandparents wouldn't have a clue what a Social Media Manager does, much less an SEO Executive. So how about a Professional Fence Jumper? This is how a man called Marcus...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Whipped Woodlouse? Why The Economist is giving away insect ice-cream

A few years ago, I arrived at Stockport station in Cheshire. It was early morning and I was feeling distinctly peckish. Fortunately, as I reached the foot of the stairs from the platform, a well-known retailer of baking goods was holding a promotion,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Online ads are too annoying says Larry Page

There was a sticky period in the evolution of the World Wide Web. This was the time when developers and advertisers seized on pop-up technology, but before any ad-blocker software was available to mitigate it. If memory serves, it lasted about a year...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Meet the robot that gets smarter when it changes shape.

War is hell, they say. So perhaps it's not surprising the stuff of nightmares is funded by the military. The US military to be precise. Yes, the American Army is putting cash dollars into into a robotic cockroach. What's more, it's an intelligent,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

How the Google algorithm stole a blogger's domain name.

You may remember, in the early days of the internet, some very smart cookies enriched themselves considerably by buying up the domain names they figured would be in demand, just as soon as major corporations woke up to the new technology. Smart...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

The world's ten oddest magazines

You’ve read your Vogue, you’ve read your GQ, even an old copy of Woman's Own you found on the train. But why so predictable, friend? Expand your horizons, take a chance and live on the wild side - because, for all the talk of a crisis in...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

TV shows about the creative sector? Pah! Who needs 'em?

Antiques Roadshow, Flog It!, Bargain Hunt, Cash in The Attic, Dickinson's Real Deal - there’s no doubt the BBC and ITV recognise the crucial role selling old stuff plays in the cultural fabric of the UK. Indeed, one cannot help but be impressed...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Six US presidential candidate logos reviewed

In the UK, those standing for parliament always use the branding of their party. During the run-up to the recent general election, you may have noticed Labour candidates' posters were red and yellow with a red rose; Tories were all blue and white...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Workshop

The ten most insightful quotes from start-up experts

2014 was a record-breaking year. In just twelve months 581,173 new UK businesses were registered with Companies House, substantially beating the figures for 2012 and 2013. These days, we're surrounded by start-ups - and perhaps for the first time, a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Why agencies get it so wrong when marketing themselves

Many years ago, I worked for an agency which specialised in recruitment and graduate communications. It was pretty successful too, with a host of blue-chip clients and a stack of creative awards. It was American owned, and one day the message came...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

The Week In Advertising

Vodafone - Let's Go While I don't object to advertisements suggesting a product or service will enhance a small corner of my life (it could be argued that's what all advertising does), I do find it tiresome when a brand proposes it has unlocked the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

The five most creative magazine covers of all time

Considering the magazine industry is in a pretty wobbly state, it's surprising how tame modern cover designs tend to be. Usually smothered in teaser lines over a bland Photoshop creation, it's increasingly difficult to tell one title from another. It...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw

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