Creativity is obvious?

I love a boogie. Turn on a track and my feet start twitching of their own accord. So, when invited to a silent disco* recently, I couldn’t resist (they’re back on trend apparently!).  And it didn't disappoint - I danced until my toes tingled and my Macarena moves ran dry. It was downright ridiculous and a heck of a lot of fun. But what really…

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Creativity is magic?

Now and again I get asked to work my magic. And I can’t lie, it’s not my favourite phrase. I guess to most people it might seem like creative ideas just drop in. Like perfectly-formed golden nuggets of genius. But as many of you’ll know, this illusive moment is usually a far cry from the everyday creative wrestle. You see, from a very young age,…

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Creativity is human

I’m a firm believer in H2H. Engagement. Experience. Social. Personalised...whatever buzzword you’ve stumbled across, no doubt you’ll have got the message, that no matter who you’re talking to, unless you think ‘human’ you’re likely to be lost in the noise. But what does this mean for the role of creativity? And what does it need to do to speak human? Recently, I was choosing a…

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Five minutes with David Bardell

For this week’s blog, we get into the mind of Mr Creative himself to find out how it shapes his life and why we're lucky (most of the time) that he can't keep his opinions to himself... Define creativity? It is the ability to see connections and routes that were possibly not seen before. But it’s also a kind of blindness – you sometimes don’t…

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Creative Sparks, or rather the damp matches

“You learn more from failure than success” is a gem of wisdom bandied around often. And it’s apt in communications, where pushing the boundaries too far can be an occupational hazard when trying to create a stand-out campaign. But this blog is dedicated to the “You should have known better” moments; to the ideas so obscene and absurd that they ought to have been nixed…

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Five minutes with Conrad Pantony

For this week's blog, we discover how a Lego obsession led to a career as a senior artworker... What’s an artworker? As an artworker, I usually get a design concept from one of our talented creatives and drive it to completion. I work on the fonts, graphics, images, colours and general layouts and create the artwork based on this. I work so closely with creatives that sometimes…

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#BeBoldForChange

Today women around the world are marching, protesting, rallying and striking to draw attention to inequality. In many parts of the world, the struggle women face is still massive and this is a day when the world’s attention is on them: today is International Women’s Day. According to the official website, today we “celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women”. While the…

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#BeBoldForChange

Today women around the world are marching, protesting, rallying and striking to draw attention to inequality. In many parts of the world, the struggle women face is still massive and this is a day when the world’s attention is on them: today is International Women’s Day. According to the official website, today we “celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women”. While the…

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If social housing were a start up

Our associate consultant, Ian Hembrow, has written a blog for the Chartered Institute of Housing exploring how social housing would be transformed if it operated as a start-up. Housing needs to come up with and plug in a completely new and different industrial model to transform its response to the UK’s chronic shortage of affordable homes... read more here.

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What keeps you awake at night?

It’s one of the most interesting questions to ask, and it cuts right to the heart of what makes us tick. It’s really hard to swerve or dismiss, and unless you are one of the luckiest, happiest people on the planet, it’s generally hard to say nothing. So, if you’re really interested in how someone is, or how their business is doing, asking them what…

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