Creative

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem'

Hugh Salmon | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

As a country, the NHS is the biggest issue we face. If we leave it to the politicians - you know, the people who don't know that invoices for £1.7billion are coming through the door - the NHS could bankrupt us...

The Walls That Still Stand 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Emily Wasik | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK
Emily Wasik

It's a run-of-the-mill Saturday night and you're at a concert in Manhattan's Lower East Side. While sauntering home to the Upper West Side at the cr...

Why a Cap on Immigration Would Damage our Creative Industries

Neely Reyes | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics
Neely Reyes

The whole argument for and against immigration is way too complex for any one person to discuss in a single article but there is one area that I haven't heard people talk about in the debate and that's the creative industries.

Strategic Idleness

Tony Crabbe | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK
Tony Crabbe

Life is full of moments which were always considered 'dead time': the walk to the station or the doctor's waiting room. This dead time may have felt irritating, but it created space in our lives for meditative thinking. The next time life creates an opportunity for dead time, seize it with both hands. Leave your phone in your pocket, the radio off, and allow your idle mind to wander, to experiment and to be brilliant.

How an Advertising Agency Could Help Defeat Islamic State

Hugh Salmon | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

On 4 October, Lord Dannatt, who was introduced as a former 'Chief of The General Staff and Head of the Army for several years and knows the Middle Eas...

Making a Manifesto

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Important in and of itself, a craft education isn't just about creating beautiful objects. It has a vital role to play in wider industry, helps with problem-solving (as Matthew Crawford illustrated in his best-seller The Case for Working with Your Hands), and contributes to general cognitive development.

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

Stephen Devlin | Posted 13.08.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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.