June 20, 2018 - Comments Off on sensei

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se. xix

tired? you can't be Crashing as hard as Lee Bul at the Hayward Gallery though, get down to the immersive fancies there to prove me wrong

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A big floating thing has appeared on the water outside the Serpentine Gallery. It’s a new piece from Christo A.K.A one half of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, up there with the Coolest Couples Of All Time and famed for their monumental outdoor art. 20 metres tall and weighing in at 600 metric tonnes, this 3D trapezium of scaffolding-esque piping barrels is already sending LDN into a spin, exhibit A being the Serpentine swimmers who are complaining that the sculpture’s shadow has left them ‘doing lengths in the gloom’. Yeah, that’s what you get from the type of people who exercise in Kensington. Go down to Hyde Park ends to (a) see the sculpture (b) hopefully feel at total peace and (c) throw eggs at said swimmers.

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Booma Booma Booma Booma, I want you in my rooma. Yes, cheap Vengaboys fun always go down a treat. Knew you’d like that one. This Brixton establishment pairs modern Indian füds with ⅓ pints of craft beer, ooh whee we are smiling WIDE. In other newz, Night Tales is back, and it’s biting hard. Their new, permanent venue will open in July on Hackney’s Bohemia Place, and I got exhausted just reading about all its new features/bars/restaurants/DJs. Watch this space for empty house beats, people drenching their souls with prosecco, fusion food parading as something original and a general stifling air of pretension. I genuinely can’t wait.

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Around this time last year, supercomputer AI extraordinaire IBM Watson learnt what it meant for a sporting moment to be “worthwhile” just from being fed past data, and then managed to create a Wimbledon highlights video all on its ownsome. Nice one. But just touch wood the machines aren’t taking over soon, because this year, they’re learning to answer back. Watson just took part in a debate club in San Francisco, and was not too shabby at all. General consensus was that the delivery was shit (think they just need to reprogram the voice to sound like ) but the content had a lot more  So you can stop abusing Siri now, her - his? are machines gender fluid or neutral? - comebacks are gonna beat yours to a pulp. Probably already are tbh.

 

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So I guess 2k18 is the year of the 23-minute album. Nas’ new wun NASIR, Pusha T’s DAYTONA, Kanye’s infamous ye and collab with Cudi on KIDS SEE GHOSTS, The Carters’ (pushing it at 38 minutes) Everything is Love. We're drowning in the half-hour hip hop. And the general opinion - spread wider than butter on a Turkish carpet - of the eternally snarky public is that these releases all, comically, somehow happen to be each artist’s most mediocre work, EVER. They’re all so average, so wildly average that you can’t help but wonder whether maybe they’re all in cahoots. Maybe they’ve all purposefully made TV-show-length work to try and tell us that no art was made in a 30-minute episode. Or maybe they’ve had enough of being these borderline musical genii and are taking a stand to show that they’re people too, and they’re allowed to make 5/10 average shit. Or maybe, we all just need to sit back and relax a bit, because not every rhyme needs to go where no rhyme has gone before, and you should be allowed to sing about certain themes but forget to mention key refs, and this loop is allowed to be as catchy as Taylor Swift, and yes, you CAN re-use samples from 7 years ago. I think we all know what happens when we get too angsty about giving a good performance, and if you’ve somehow forgotten then England playing in the World Cup is here to remind you. So consider the Era of Fucking Average royally christened, which is not quite a Dark Age of lyricism but definitely somewhere in the Dull Taupe region.

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Croissants? Croisette? Are you frolicking in Cannes, or just with a can of La Croix in your PJs at home, watching Sasha Lane’s IG stories, eating Richmond chicken sausages and begging someone to come over to help nurse your hangover? In that case make sure you keep UTD (an abbreviation I’ll leave you to work out) with watagwan at this year’s Lions festival, as well as watching everyone on the YDA shortlist and Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Director’s Showcase. But start off with this interview with Sir John Hegs that does that unusual thing that only the advertising industry seems to do, which is continuously talk about how everything needs to change, but shows no significant shifts in any direction… the baton is yours, friends. Take that mother and beat the shit out of advertising.

 

@larabaxter

June 20, 2018 - Comments Off on Ogilvy pledges to hire a handful of women

Ogilvy pledges to hire a handful of women

Cannes is a chance to network, get drunk, and attend the odd talk from ad folk. They usually claim big things. Perhaps this is the year for drones. For saving the Dodo. Or that their agency is doing something better than yours.

So I read with great surprise this morning that Campaign mag wrote about this initiative from Ogilvy.

"Tham Khai Meng, Ogilvy's worldwide co-chairman and chief creative officer, has pledged to hire 20 senior creative women globally by the end of 2020 and has promised a new pipeline of senior women of colour across the next two years."

"Nice one!" Presumably came the cry from his audience in Cannes. People were pleased on Twitter too. Only a couple of people were questioning that statement. And now I want to be another.

On the face of it, all sounds good. Ogilvy want to promote at least twenty women to senior positions. But this isn't coming from a little agency for Timbuktu. It's the behemoth of WPP. They have 132 offices in 83 countries and a workforce of 25,000 in the US alone – and they really want 30 months to hire 20 high-ranking female creatives?

Heck, they could do that in a week. Ogilvy have nine territories on their website; Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia and Oceania, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America and the United States. You’re telling me they’re not already hiring 20 women in high ranking positions?!

Now I’m hoping when Tham Khai Meng says ‘senior women’ he’s talking about really senior positions like ECDs and CCOs etc, not CDs. Because, frankly, if they think only hiring 20 senior creative females across their entire network will make a difference, the whole industry is in serious trouble.

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June 19, 2018 - Comments Off on Meet #WomenCannes

Meet #WomenCannes

In the last few months we’ve finally been seeing a shift in the advertising world. Diet Madison lead the way calling out the predators and speaking up for discrimination happening all over the agency world. Agencies starting to make changes to their senior management structures and slowly, we are seeing a safer place for female creatives (and otherwise) to quite frankly, do their thing.

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June 11, 2018 - Comments Off on BOOK CRITS @WundermanUK

BOOK CRITS @WundermanUK

CALLING ALL CREATIVES & DESIGNERS

Wunderman UK are hosting book crits in their fancy disco loos on June 19th for CANNT Festival.

It’s a great opportunity to get your work seen, meet the agency, listen to some smart people talk and of course, there'll be free beer.

To score a book crit, scrawl your best idea on bog roll, post it and tag @WundermanUK and #CubicleCrits.

Ideas due by Friday 15th June.

 

Published by: Charlotte K in Events

May 29, 2018 - Comments Off on Cream 2018 – Call for entries

Cream 2018 – Call for entries

After last year's hiatus, Cream is back! And it's getting an upgrade.

This year they're not only showcasing the best talent from universities, but they're also offering FIVE budding creatives who don't have a degree, the chance to get a massive leg-up. These five will be given an eight-week mentorship from top agencies before exhibiting their work along with the 15 at the Private View on Thursday 20 September.

Cream is run by The Talent Business, and this year it's in partnership with Havas London. If you're lucky enough to get chosen, you'll be esteemed company, as just some of alumni include the likes of Ben Middleton & Stuart Outhwaite (Creative Partners, Creature London), Chris Bovill & John Allison (Joint Heads of Firepit), Ana & Hermeti Balarin (Joint ECDs, Mother), Alice Tonge (Head of 4Creative), Aidan McClure & Laurent Simon (Joint ECDs, BBC Creative) we could go on...

So get polishing those folios ready for submission. Then apply for this great opportunity by clicking the relevant link below.

NON-GRAD APPLICATIONS
GRAD APPLICATIONS

And if you want any more info, head over to ttbcream.com,  follow @TTBCREAM, or drop the team an note on: cream@thetalentbusiness.com

May 17, 2018 - Comments Off on Voice Interfaces Meetup – Berlin

Voice Interfaces Meetup – Berlin

It’s Wednesday, a sunny evening in Berlin, where better to spend a couple of hours than in a basement full of developers to hear about what’s happening in the world of voice interfaces?

The venue, Factory Berlin, I get the vibe it’s a bit of a Second Home kind of space but with a tech focus. It’s a nice space that appaz holds 2-3 talks every day, mostly coming from the folks based in there. NEAT. This one was free and open to anyone and everyone which I rate. And you could help yourself to beer and a sandwich, SCORE.

First up, @MarkBate from Amazon Alexa, he’s a solutions architect there in the games area. I don’t know if I’m the only one but I hadn’t really been thinking about the gamer potential of Alexa. I’d been more into the making life easier, doing stuff for me approach, but as he said himself they see that “voice is the new controller.” There’s already a bunch of games to play, from Headsup and Jeopardy to a world of interactive adventures. Right now, it’s in the early stages, taking reference from the text adventure games of yesteryear but you can see there’s a lot of fun that could be had. Especially if you’re the first brand to really invest in doing something cool.

There’s also these buttons they’ve made for multiplayer gaming, but they seemed a little gimmic-y from my side. But maybe I’m jumping the gun a little, if we buy accessories for our Playstation why not our Alexa?

One thing I did think was pretty cool, and a bit of a cheat was you can also get game assistants via Alexa. Yes, there’s tools from games like Call of Duty where you can get gaming advice that will help you progress onto the next level. If only this was around when I was 12 playing Tomb Raider.

In terms of making money off it, they haven’t really fleshed it out yet. Especially as people really don’t feel comfortable with paying via their Alexa just yet. (I don’t blame them) But for those who make really popular skills for the AIexa they do have a reward back setup.

Next up was Alexey Vidanov, he’d come to chat Storyline. A place to create skills for your Voice Interface without being a coder. Now a lot of this was way over my head but it sounds pretty damn cool to me.

There’s people from 8 – 70 years old creating stuff on this platform, so if you’ve got a voice assistant and you want to muck about it’s definitely doable.

And… it’s free.

https://medium.com/storyline-blog  (read more about it here)

Last up was Valentin Fage, project manager at a company called @Snips. Now this intrigued me, they’re marketing themselves as the private alternative to Google Home and Alexa.

He opened on smartphones though, on how our devices are always asking us to do stuff, with notifications etc. Going on to say that voice should make this a more natural process, less forced upon interactions. Nice, right?

Then he got into the privacy situation, which is so in right now. Especially with all this GDPR stuff. I keep thinking I’m popular but it’s just my gazillion newsletters begging me to keep receiving them.

So, Alexa, and the like all operate through the cloud. Which we like to think is secure but as we’ve seen in the news isn’t always perfect. It’s hackable. When there’s internet connection and the flow of information has to go back and forth there’s always a risk.

And now there’s Snips. Which he says is the private way to have your voice assistant. He compared it a little to the way when Telegram came along suddenly the predecessors like Whatsapp were happy to offer encryption. So again, I may explain this badly as a non-developer, but from what I gather their idea is load up the device with the AI built in. This way you can have all the knowledge without the internet. Offline AI.

So, in their mind you make the coffee machine the master of all things coffee, and the vacuum the master of vacuuming etc. Makes sense, but of course you can imagine some limitations of the knowledge being pre-built in. It’s all open source and free so worth checking out if it’s your thing.

Other than that, there was some heated Q+A from one developer to the next, which was quite entertaining and then I headed home. SWEET.

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May 16, 2018 - Comments Off on sensei

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se. xviii

feeling rubbish about your creative output? can't be as bad as that abysmal DC ad written for millennials by old white men, right? refresh your memory and not your palate with how NOT to live your life here

 

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Definitely not the Arctic Monkeys’ new album. That’s harsh, I haven’t listened to it, I’m making a snap judgement because I’m a bitter millennial and don’t think life is ever going to get any better than it did in Any Suburban Park in Summer 09, or perhaps cranked off our collective nut on a sofa in second year. And if anyone even begins to start uttering the sound “Child-” you know EXACTLY what’s coming music-wise (and good on you, because it’s a tune to end many tunes and a video that’s even better, we heart you Hiro our hero). So in that case, give your ear-hairs a groom with the Iranian-Dutch beats of Sevdaliza. If you’re liking her new release Humana then make sure you hark back to her 2017 album Ison. And if you need a quick dose of whatever it is that gets you through the day then your toenails will crumble during the very first bars of this RIPPER by John Tejada, and then you can watch the master at werk during his live set at the LA Mixmag Lab. It’ll keep your week happy, trus meh.

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Touch an actual object and not just a glaring screen that warns of our slow decline into losing use of our fingertips' nerve endings because we haven’t needed to be tactile in years. OK maybe ahead of myself there but issuez gotta be raised, right? South London Gallery is hosting a LGBTQIA book fair which will no doubt be a trove of independently published queer fiction, political writing and critical insights, and actual printed matter to have and to HOLD. Workshops and talks to go with em too, so head down on the 25th and 26th May, at least just to appreciate the title with its echoes of Zoe Leonard’s beautiful 1992 artwork for David Wojnarowicz.

 

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Curzon Cinemas are doing a Nick Cave film series because, well why the shit not, he touches people in a way a crummy indie arthouse film cannot. They kick it off on the 22nd May with the 1987 Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire, and it only gets more crooning from there. Grab tix before he grabs u.

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That fresh layer of paint, yuh. The Royal Academy re-opens on the 19th May (totally fine if you didn’t even realise it was shut) to celebrate its 250th birthday the only way a gallery knows how: with a fuckload of art stuffs. So head down 19th/20th for some drop-in printmaking workshops, spoken word performances and communal flag-flying. Yes. And to keep your bellies full as well as your left brains, there’ll be street food and cocktail bars all weekend, like The Ginistry and Mother Clucker. Peckham-based creative collective BORN N BREAD will be throwing an after party (a demure 10pm finish ofc) with DJs, live performances and immersive installations (obviously).

 

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I say Danish, you say… hygge? The crusty yogs in Christiania? Organic open rye sandwiches? Blatant and unapologetic clichés? Mais oui. Feed your baitness at modern Danish restaurant Snaps + Rye with some finely flavoured arctic char, pickled fennel, trout paté and, OMG, buttermilk panna cotta. PS GUESS WHAT it’s in West London. Golborne Road, u hav my back and my backing.

And if it’s somehow possible to drink rosé unironically, here’s the place to do it: their 2015 French bottle is a smooth treat. Oooh, I sounded borderline connoisseur there.

I know you don’t need telling I’m not.

@larabaxter

May 10, 2018 - Comments Off on Be fearless

Be fearless

How do you stand out when you're after a job in advertising? Well, Jade Delaney took standing out to a very literal level.

After the mega idea from Mccann NYC in 2017, Jade decided to recreate the stunt outside Mccann Bristol in the hope of securing a job.

On Tuesday she took the bull by the horns and dressed up as the pint-sized wonder before dropping the MD a note of her plans.

Images from @McCann_Bristol

Images from @McCann_Bristol

And you'll be pleased to know... it worked! She picked up a month's paid placement starting next week.

We've all been there, and know the first opportunity is always the hardest to get – especially when you're competing against hundreds/thousands of others for the same role.

So you have to think different.

We tell people to get out there and pound the streets, knock on doors and never give up. But sometimes standing tall outside the right door for hours is just as good.

Be fearless and chase your dreams.

Images from @McCann_Bristol

April 25, 2018 - Comments Off on sensei

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se. xvii

we had a brief and flirtatious summer weekend just there, but it's over now, and you know what that means? it's time to start drafting your ideas for PARODY CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGNS (obviously) because, as in AdLandLife, these will take 6+ months to perfect (using the word 'perfect' liberally)

 

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Do those eye bogies need scratching? No fear. Thomas Mailaender exhibits his contemporary photography at Michael Hoppen Gallery - he was taken on by Louis Vuitton a while back and he developed the ONLY existing method of printing leather within the fabric, as opposed to simply on the surface. Dat’s some deep dye. His “fun archaeological” objects are on display too; they read like physical meme humour and will genuinely make you lol a lil. Also not to be missed are rounds of Peckham’s current shows - Alastair Levy at Lily Brooke, ‘Instant Excess’ at Rod Barton, Magali Reus at SLG and Caterina Silva at Bosse & Baum.

Caterina Silva.

Thomas Mailaender.

 

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The glittery giant otherwise known as awards season is almost upon us, and things are kicking off this week with D&AD, whose famed pencils always find their way to work that’s both killer creative and slightly off the big-brand beaten track. With the first wave of winners announced on Monday and more on the way this week in tandem with the festival, there’s going to be plenty of creative brain candy for you to induce indigestion with. And if you didn’t manage to get your grubby hands on tickets (or a pencil), the coverage will come in thick and fast on social media, and make sure you check back to their site regularly to get some award-winning inspo. Studio Hato’s ace identity for this year is also worth a cobbles.


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From the 2015 album ‘Theory of Flo’, Auntie Flo proves that although 3 years in music is tantamount to a lifetime in genre evolution, there is such thing as a timeless classic these days, and no better example than this banger with Anbuley. If you’re rendered speechless by those beats as well as the dystopian stylings of Chloé, bag yourself un billet to Printworks this Saturday for a line-up that rivals the South-East London establishment’s light system in terms of blinding. DJ Koze will be spinning tracks from his upcoming LP ‘Knock Knock’ which, if the first release from it is anything to go by, you’re gonna have a stamping good night.

 

 

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Since somehow managing to exhaust all the food options at Pop Brixton, Flat Iron Square, Dinerama and (easily enough) The Prince, and now being in dire need of that sweet heaven of washing down hot, fresh munch with overpriced draught beer, nirvana has been found in the sprawling Elephant & Castle space Mercato Metropolitano. They do miso ramen, sourdough pizzas and steak & chorizo on sweet potato fries that will catapult your eyes to the size of NEPTUNE. If only yalls’ stomachs were that big. Also just opened is Mare Street Market up in ol’ Hackers, but good luck finding a seat among the “creative industry clones” and adorbz dogs that are only ever held in the crooks of arms.

 

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Fashion reeks of guilt. Guilt of encouraging twisted beauty ideals, guilt of nurturing unhealthy, stressful and ostracising work cultures, and - perhaps one of the most recent revelations - guilt of destroying the planet through questionable production processes and widespread child labour. Then what better way to address this through a blunt, exhaustive and informative exhibition at the V&A? Atta girl, fashion.

 

@larabaxter

April 19, 2018 - Comments Off on Stacey Dennis: Champion Northern Creatives: Part 4

Stacey Dennis: Champion Northern Creatives: Part 4

Best known for her cheeky cards, Leeds born, Stacey Dennis provides us with her hugely inspirational story of her creative start-up and now award-winning business Love Layla. We talk about how she quite literally used her 'skills to pay the bills' and turned 30 quid into a million and why carving out your own path might lead to even bigger and better things.

Excited to introduce the fabulous Stacey Dennis!
Let's get right to it, what University did you got to and to do what?

Leeds Art College & Leeds Met University, studying Design

After finishing formal education what did you do next?
Shortly after graduating, I began my first role within Graphic Design at a Musical
Instrument company based in Leeds. My job was to edit photographs of instruments
and design layouts for the in-house magazine.

How has your career path been shaped over the years?
Amongst various Graphic Design jobs, they were mainly all office based positions. I did break off after a redundancy to travel Australia. This led me to various job roles while backpacking around, but then I landed a position in Sydney working at a Design & Print shop - this was really where I came into more print production, understanding colour process and more technical design.

It was a local business and I became close to the owner who guided me through 9 months of training and development within my skills. Still working as a junior, my Manager was an amazing Illustrator and taught me how to really control design skills throughout the Adobe suite software. On my return to the UK, with my now Australian Husband, I then landed a Managerial position within a similar type of business back in Leeds.

Wow, what a journey!
What have been some of your most difficult obstacles in the workplace?

I think the most difficult obstacles within my career are being a Director of Love Layla. While I still love my job as a Designer, running a business involves job roles that I have zero interest in - such as Accounts. It takes me a long time to understand the sums!

Thankfully, I am super organised so can handle the workload but understanding and throwing yourself into duties that you really have no idea (or interest!) about...

What has been your favourite project to work on?
My favourite projects have always been logo design - throughout my career and having various tasks, I still and always will love designing logos! Simply because they are the “emblem” of someone’s business - there’s a lot riding on that. It’s the pressure I love then...

I did feel really proud and loved designing a sign for our offices -the sign is huge and I have never had to design a sign for myself, that was special.

Starting out, how did you create opportunities for yourself?
I always tried to put myself into everything - I always kept up with trends and found my own style. I was fortunate to gain experience within both print and design - this gave me a better understanding of a finished product when I was designing to send to print.

You have a very family orientated brand and business, who would you thank for helping get where you are?
It's true! The biggest input to my career started with my parents - they would drive me crazy places for crazy equipment/tools/materials to create my designs while at Uni. After them, I would say my boss from my job in Sydney. I was only supposed to be a temp for 3 weeks - 9 months later, I left the country and the job along with the support and advice of a professional who had grown her business from scratch.

So, from Leeds to Sydney to Leeds again, what was it that made you create Love Layla?
Love Layla came about because I was made redundant (again) as I left for maternity leave to have my baby, Layla. I was working as a freelance designer when my husband had a back injury. We were left with £30 and a one year old so I used my skills to pay the bills!

I designed 11 cards for Valentine’s Day and pushed them through Social Media. 3 years later, we stand in a warehouse with 4 members of staff (who are all family) with my husband, Jay, also as a Director. Layla is now 4 years old and we have a huge social media following generating repeat and new custom.

  

Amazing! What would you say has been your biggest achievement to date?
While not to sound too cocksure, my biggest achievement is managing Motherhood and building a successful business turning over £1million in our first year of trading. That was a big year and a proud achievement.

Absolutely, that's incredible. Why do you think the North of England is so special?
Yorkshire Puddings - My Dad is the king of them!

I was born and bred in Leeds and I love being in the North because it’s home! With great cities, we have lots to offer - chips and gravy for one!

What is great about Northern creatives?
There are lots of opportunities worldwide for Creatives, but sometimes they aren’t plausible or practical - so Northern Creatives are able to reach out to the North to assure you that you don’t need to be in the capital to have good ideas - nor do you need to have the skyline backdrop for inspiration.

If you have the eye, determination and drive, it will take you where you want to be.

What does the future hold for 2018?
Continue building our business, generate more designs and products to add to our collection and in general, keep enjoying my work and designing.

What advice would you give to anyone entering the creative industry?
Keep going, it’s not easy. I do find sometimes what looks great to you, isn’t always to someone else - but stick with your gut. Believe in what you do and keep practicing. I have gained a lot of skills through watching and practising video tutorials since I left University and through running my business.

Always think outside of the box, sorry for being cliché - It’s not my usual style, but always look for the not so obvious things in life, they might just lead you to a good thing.

One final thing, who is Twat Cat?
(Laughing) That's our cat and he is Twat Cat.

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