UK Creativity

In Praise of Live-In Workspace to Save Our City Centres.

Tom Harvey | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK
Tom Harvey

We all need to face up to the fact that austerity, rent rises, and property costs remain a huge challenge to maintaining vibrant city centres. The fr...

Suddenly 31

Christine Gilland | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Christine Gilland

Wasn't it just the other day that I was happily festooning my walls with pull-out posters of Hanson, dreaming of winning literary awards for my YA dystopian five-volume novel, and/or becoming the sixth Spice Girl (they needed a 'Nerdy Spice' with thick glasses and knee-high socks so badly)?

How to Be a Music Man

Ben Mirza | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

I'm a man who enjoys hearing the stories of those making their way in the creative sphere, be it art, music, film, design etc. As someone who's worked...

Advertising Week Europe: Mobile Creativity Takes Centre Stage

Andrew Saunders | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Andrew Saunders

Last week, Advertising Week Europe (AWE) took place in London for the fourth year, bringing together the biggest and brightest of creative minds from across the EU. AWE's blend of experts from the world of advertising, media, technology and entertainment helped to unpack how creativity is set to change as we accelerate towards our mobile future. An era where people are accessing videos, images and news digitally, from any location, at any time.

Using Science and the Creative Arts to Enhance Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being

Dr Ramya Mohan | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Ramya Mohan

'Creativity' is applicable to a broad spectrum with Science and Creative art on either end. Where and how the twain meet for the betterment of individuals, communities and cultures is the eternal question. The answer is surprisingly simple-in the fascinating conundrum called the human mind!

Learning Through Culture

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, is preparing to publish the first White Paper - a policy document that sets out the government's proposals for future legislation - on the arts since Jennie Lee's over 50 years ago. It's a hugely significant moment for organisations such as the Crafts Council.

What Rock-Climbing Taught Me About Business

Cat Neligan | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Neligan

When you see a five-year-old scale an indoor-climbing wall like some kind of mini-Spiderman, you don't immediately think you're in for a workshop on business development. After the adrenaline has worn off (and you're in the pub celebrating your intact bones) a few lessons might just sink in, that could be applied to anyone in business today.

Why Walking Makes You 50% More Creative

Chris Smith | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Smith

Researchers found that participants produced roughly 50% more total ideas when walking as opposed to sitting. And not only that, they also found that when walking, people became more talkative and within that chatter were higher-quality creative ideas.

Why I Stopped Hating Kanye West

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mohadesa Najumi

It is hypocritical of us to shun an artist simply because they are arrogant. Firstly, who sets the parameters for what how much you can like yourself? Secondly, we miss the point of what the artist is saying when we focus so much on how they say it. The vision itself supersedes the individual.

Six Steps to Harness Spring and Make 2016 Count

Jayne Morris | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

Spring is a time of recreation and awakening. As Mother Nature stirs from her winter slumber, new life surrounds us and offers an invitation to attune with the energy of the earth and reactivate the parts of ourselves that have been in hibernation.

Colouring Pens Down, Heads Up

Joe Irvin | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Parents
Joe Irvin

2015 was the year of the adult colouring book. Their popularity caused a spike in sales of physical titles as they sold in their millions, providing stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts nationwide. Bestseller lists remain full of them well into 2016: wild flowers, swear words, Jeremy Corbyn - you name it, you can colour it in.

What I Learnt From My TedX talk

Chris Barez-Brown | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK
Chris Barez-Brown

Recently, I was asked to deliver one myself as a contributor to TedX Utrecht, and was chuffed to bits. What I didn't realise was that TED was going to teach me some more lessons.

In Defence of Innovation...

Dr Paul Thompson | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Dr Paul Thompson

Innovation is too often used to mean 'new'. So many of the latest products are now called innovative, when actually, they are incremental upgrades. Innovation can, I admit, operate incrementally, but innovation in its true sense comes when an invention is transformed through design and radical user insights into a fully fledged new product or service.

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?