UK Creativity

Why We Should Stop Shunning Creative Degrees

Sarah Newton | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Sarah Newton

Why is a creative degree a lesser alternative? Why are creative careers seen as so risky? Why are we so fearful as a society that we end up telling gifted artists to become bankers?

The Diversity prize is a great one, but are you ready for it?

Zaid Al-Zaidy | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK
Zaid Al-Zaidy

The lack of ethnic Diversity in our creative industries is a little like Global Warming. Some deny it's happening, some say that we're not responsible...

Is Apple's Allure Waning?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Steve McCabe

The latest version of the iPhone - the 7 - is due out this year. However, the excitement that greeted the launch of a new Windows operating system is now lost in the mists of history; that's the nature of technology these days.

The New Creative Revolution

Tom Cornwall | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Tom Cornwall

It's happening in Canada, New Zealand, Tanzania and the UK. Where it's being used to half the risk of death in hospitals...with a simple check-list...

Tarandang - Live Music's End Times

Chris T-T | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Chris T-T

Here's the thing that has truly done my head in: nobody here is giving this elaborate live show anything more than a cursory glance of attention. Really, nobody's watching.

Bowie: The Original Chief Freedom Fighter

Karen Dobres | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Karen Dobres

I'm not the biggest music fan: so I asked myself why I felt so sad and affected by his exit. His image has been around my whole life and I've always connected it with freedom, and flipping the bird to cultural norms.

Don't Let This Word Ruin Your 2016

Sara Sheridan | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

In post-crash Britain, we need to justify our existence by cramming every moment with activity. It's almost a competitive sport. To be busy has become about being needed - about being important. I met several people over Christmas who were so busy that they didn't take all their holidays this year.

A Year of Pain but Some Progress

Louis Sherman | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

I believe people are starting to come together, and considering there are 7 billion of us it will always take more than a year. We all have different views, and rightly so, but surely we must all agree that a world focussed on progressing forward and away from hate should always be a slightly better one?

The Beginner's Guide to Starting a Blog in 2016 - And How It Could Boost Your Creativity, Career and Business

Daniel Woods | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Tech
Daniel Woods

Starting your own blog can be a daunting experience for the uninitiated. Just a cursory google search will unload an avalanche of options, that woul...

From Student to Entrepreneur: How to Build an Internet of Things Business

Peter Spence | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Tech
Peter Spence

Initially I worked on my idea while at University. I created a prototype which wasn't perfect and wouldn't work 100% of the time. What I knew is that everyone who saw and played with it thought it was cool, different and exciting.

Does the UK Education System Promote or Suffocate Creativity in Students?

Alex Dyer | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Creativity should be celebrated within schools. Creative people invent, problem-solve, discuss and communicate in fresh, exciting ways, we don't want this to be lost during school. Whatever the industry whether it's medical, science, engineering, academic research, technology, business, entrepreneurial; they all require creative thinkers to progress.

Fatal Perfectionism or From Fear to Love

Anna Roth | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

Are you familiar with that feeling? You start a new project, you would like to move to a different place, make an important phone call - and then suddenly it happens: the fear paralyzes you. You don´t reach out to the receiver, you stay there to live where you are - in other words - you give up?

'Exhibition Evenings'

Jessica Chan | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) church's student community share the belief that all humans are 'created to be creative'. Because the students enjoy enco...

The UK Needs a New Plan of Action to Combat Low Productivity Levels

Gi Fernando | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Gi Fernando

Yes, productivity in the UK can be better and yes, it is crucial for the economic growth of the country that it improves, but I'm afraid everything else we have been told on the subject is wrong.

Launching Your Own Business? Work With Your Competition

Arran Rice | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Arran Rice

When you launch your own business one of the best approaches you can take is to work with your competition. This might seem like unusual advice but working with your rivals can be really useful - I promise.

Pinterest Peer Pressure

Amanda Fulton | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Parents
Amanda Fulton

As one of multiple millions of people who use Pinterest regularly, I find it to be an amazing source of inspiration for parenting hacks, interiors brainstorming, fun activities to do with kids and basically any whim or fancy which can be visually attained in just a couple of clicks.

The Creative Future of Soho - Manifesto for Growth

Tom Harvey | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Harvey

London is at a crucial point in decisions on where it wants its creative industries to be. Soho is a brilliant example of a world class cluster, and how it solves the challenges it now faces will form a roadmap for other cities.

Instagram Turns Five: How Has it Changed Our Use of Photography and What's Next?

Andrew Saunders | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Saunders

Images can be incredibly impactful; they can simply inform us but they also have the ability to evoke emotion in a way that words can't. They can tell stories in an instant, performing the role of a simple visual diary, whilst at their most powerful they can be a vehicle for change...more on that later.

Who wants to be best practice? Not me!

Dominic Irvine | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK
Dominic Irvine

So ask yourself - Are you the sheep or the shepherd? Are you following best practice or leading it?

Working in My Sleep

Newton Faulkner | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Newton Faulkner

It took me a long time to realise that by just thinking through what I was supposed be working on, I was somehow, vicariously, actually doing the work that I thought I wasn't. Counterintuitive, yes. Lazy, possibly, but it definitely works.

New Collaborations in Tunisia: A Nobel Peace Prize and Dreams of Dismaland

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Beatrice Pembroke

"Together, we are building a creativity economy in a region whose young people are an asset, not a liability." I'm standing in the old Iraqi embassy...

How Seriously Do You Take Your Play Time? 10 Ways to Put the Vital Into Vitality

Kate Taylor | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Taylor

I'm serious. How often do you factor fun into your busy schedule? And by fun I mean pure unadulterated snorting, letting a bit of wee out, silly fun? Once a day? Once a week? Once a month? Once a year?

Don't Wait, Create Now!

Phillip Krynski | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Phillip Krynski

Success is difficult to be measured in the creative world sometimes. Unless you are a a well known highly paid artist/writer etc, you need to be prepared for people not to care about your work. The key is for you to care. Positive responses will follow naturally from here. It's time to take your creative dreams and turn them in to reality. Life is too short. You've picked up the pen, now it's time to throw down some ink.

What Does Being Overwhelmed Have to Do With The Perfect Manicure?

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

Being overwhelmed simply means you are being temporarily bombarded by 'too' many emotions and thoughts all at the same time. It doesn't mean you are weak, incompetent, stupid, unable to cope, or a personal failure. It means you are human.

It's Time to Get Students Out of the Pressure-Cooker Classrooms Created by League Tables and Ofsted

Charlie Rigby | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

New research this week revealed that rising numbers of university students are struggling to cope with life at university, with sharp rises in the demand for counselling. This is a worrying find and an issue which from my experience must be tackled much earlier in the education process.