Creative

Why Tech Skills Are So Valuable for Future Careers and Developing Home Grown Talent

Stephen Devlin | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Tech
Stephen Devlin

So we feel that providing a way of linking the talent around us within the local community with the experience and opportunities that both large and small companies can offer is extremely important. That's why we are supporting Connecting Tech City and why we think initiatives like these are vital if we are to nurture the skills base companies like ours will need to prosper and grow.

School for Creative Startups; Take Note Mr Gove

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Despite superficially positive figures regarding unemployment coming out in the past few months, let's be clear, there is a massive employment crisis in the United Kingdom. We have unemployment at 6.8%, with a further 500,000 people in work being underemployed and a shocking 2% of the workforce on zero hours contracts with no certain earnings from week to week. This is not a stable situation for the nation, for working people or for the economy.

Making Creativity Profitable

Doug Richard | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

Many people will shudder at words like "profit" and "creativity" being used in the same sentence, finding comparisons between the Creative and Financial sectors few and far between. In reality, these sectors are more alike than previously thought.

Five Reasons UK Creativity Is Vital

Tom Harvey | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

For all of us, the small ways we are creative everyday are a far more important part of our life than we think. The houses we live in, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the entertainment we consume, these are all creative decisions we make ourselves, they reflect our taste, our own creativity.

How to Nail a Job in Technology

Stephen Devlin | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Devlin

When people think about publishing, they tend to think about content, and assume that the technology challenges in publishing are about transferring the printed page to screen. For many consumer publishing businesses such as newspapers, magazines and trade books this is mostly true, but in science and education publishing the challenges are much greater as we are increasingly in the software business.

Creative Tech Entrepreneurs Should Look Beyond Shoreditch and Palo Alto for Inspiration

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Tech
Beatrice Pembroke

Beyond established hotspots such as the US and UK, there's a whole movement of other digital and creative hubs, from Nairobi to Recife and Jakarta to Cairo. Less obvious pools of ideas and talent: growing markets of youth consumers and the originators of new creative ideas, social innovation and cultural leadership.

How YouTube Will Change and the Future of Video

Thomas Church | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Tech
Thomas Church

Since YouTube was founded in 2005, the videos hosted on and created for it have undergone super fast change: From blurry Motorola captured happy slap snaps, to professionally scripted and edited high definition videos.

About Soho

Tom Harvey | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

From the early Huguenot crafts people to the celluloid film industry to today's global successes in digital effects, fashion, music and theatre, Soho remains an extraordinary place to live and work. If you're at all creative, then it's probably the best place to work in the world.

Competition: Create A Christmas Mood Board, there's £5000 PayPal Credit Up For Grabs!

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

If the concept of Christmas fills you with gleeful thoughts of hand-crafting decorations, making festive food and spending hours choosing the perfect ...

How to Unleash Your Creative Genius

Stephanie Holland | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Holland

There's no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. Yes, some of us have an obvious 'raw' talent, but the rest of us have the same potential for unlimited creativity as soon as we discover what our innate talent is.

Regional Rants: The Answer to Creative Thinking

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

Whether coming up with an essay structure, life plan or menu for tea, every student needs new ideas, so you might as well have a party while you ponder. It sounds ridiculous, seems crazy and could be entirely flawed as a concept, but thinking aloud in an accent deserves some listening to.

Being Googley Part 2: Building a Culture of Creativity

Owen Lee | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Tech
Owen Lee

Working environments have become more pressurised. With obtaining and retaining business now incredibly competitive, clients are becoming ever more demanding for their cash. However increased workloads in conjunction with reduced response times (further exacerbated since e-mail went mobile) means that employees are rarely given the necessary freedom to produce their best work. Overall, whilst the advertising industry naturally holds innovation and creativity as paramount importance, client pressures typically prevent such a culture from being entrenched into working life, and is instead an all too often an unfamiliar luxury. But what's being done and how can we all make room to be more creative?

Here's to the Crazy Ones: Brin's Burger a Sign of Wilder Times?

Mark Borkowski | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK
Mark Borkowski

I'll be watching with interest where Brin takes his personal brand over the next few years. With Larry Page and Eric Schmidt coming under increasing media scrutiny and public criticism, Brin may be unable to sustain his current tech messiah status while associating himself with Google.

For Advertisers, The Pen Is Mightier Than the Original Idea

Jonathan Heath | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Tech
Jonathan Heath

When it comes to video production, advertising, marketing and branding there are certain tropes and ideas that tend to get banded around and eventually overused. Much like in the fashion industry when an idea can be so good and so attention grabbing that it will be lifted from obscurity and the alternative into the moronic ubiquity of the mainstream.

Five Creative Apps Every Kid Should Try

Holly Seddon | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Tech
Holly Seddon

Technology has a lot levelled at its robotic feet. Well, scratch below the headlines and you'll find that a) you'd be hard-pressed to avoid technology given that pretty much anything man-made counts as tech and b) there are oodles and oodles of examples of apps, games, websites and hardware helping kids to channel and explore their creativity.

Louise Mensch Tells us Why-ne Not...

Ed O'Meara | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Ed O'Meara

Pro-Fox Hunting, Pro-Censorship, Ex-Tory MP Louise Mensch featured heavily in the papers last week. Why was that? Has she solved world hunger? Slashed the deficit? Invented self-removing socks? Nope, she's come to the stunning realisation, in her blog, that not drinking is better for you than drinking a little bit.

Five Ways to Make a Great Music Video

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

The music video is alive and kicking. There are few art forms that can reach that many people that quickly, and while MTV may no longer be broadcasting wall-to-wall music videos, YouTube has taken its place. The combination of a good track combined with great visuals seems to resonate globally, and the great thing about YouTube is that it's totally democratic.

Kit Kat Make Chocolate Art Down-Under

Jonathan Heath | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Tech
Jonathan Heath

KitKat Australia have taken a very different approach recently, taken a break perhaps? [pause for laugh] They have produced an ad which looks like it belongs on the Staff Picks selection of Vimeo. Illustrator Mike Watt was drafted in to create artwork to celebrate the finale of the white chocolate incarnation of everyone's favourite four fingered treat.

Sometimes You Need to Be #naughtytobenoticed

Myke Hamilton | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK
Myke Hamilton

All of this hype and the dynamic nature of the media industry means that it attracts thousands of creative minds each year. In fact, the UK's creative industries are a real success story; they employ around 1.5million people and according to the official stats, generate £70,000 every minute for the UK economy.

We Don't Need No 'Classroom' Education

Rachel Argyle | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Argyle

The thing that makes humans pretty incredible is how different we all are from each other. We all have different likes and dislikes, behaviour, opinions and learning styles. So, surely sticking us all in a box (the classroom) does more harm than good to today's youngsters?

How to Get a Job in a Creative Industry Without Leaving the House

Emily Buchanan | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Buchanan

When you graduate, you open a door. That door leads into a grey room and when you are inside that grey room, there is no turning back. This isn't adulthood, this is that limbolic period in between. You cannot see the walls past the hazy weariness inside your brain and you cannot make out the exit.

Did a French Kitchen Brand Make the Ultimate Flash Viral?

Jonathan Heath | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Tech
Jonathan Heath

Is there any merit to this kind of shock viral advertising? This rather disturbingly titled viral - 'ça sent le sapin' (Smells Like Pine) was removed by Cuisinella themselves who branded it as 'Sick' - not before racking up a few hundred-thousand views and gaining the attention of viral ad fans everywhere though.

A Taste of Montreal

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Bhattay

As you might expect, Mile End presents a far more interesting and eclectic shopping experience than Montreal's central shopping area in Downtown. L'Arterie on Bernard W. houses vintage apparel, shoes and accessories as well as creations from local designers in this neat little shop.

Celebrating Ten Years of Visual Effects in the UK

Dominic Davenport | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Dominic Davenport

I've been working in the VFX (Visual Effects) industry for many years now and I've seen it grow from a world of a few mad scientists, working with rooms of computers and pushing a few pixels around, to legions of artists, animators and programmers all around the world working on the latest blockbusters.

Head in the #Workcloud

Martin Brooks | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Tech
Martin Brooks

When Boris bamboozled us over the tannoy with predictions of Olympic meltdown at London Bridge (our local tube station), we thought this could be a time to find out the answers. It was time to go off-piste, but stay on-grid.