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September 14, 2016 - Comments Off on British Arrows Student Films

British Arrows Student Films

CALLING ALL STUDENTS. Did you make a film in the year for a university project? The British Arrows CRAFT 2016 submissions are now open. And for the first time in 20 years they've got a category for Best Student Commercial, to showcase emerging talent and award the future creators of moving image advertising.

If you enter your work will be seen by a Jury of the most relevant and forward thinking creatives in the advertising industry.

And what's also pretty damn cool is.... ENTRY IS FREE OF CHARGE.


  • Your work must NOT have aired.
  • The work must have been produced in conjunction with an academic course at a recognised university or a listed body for an actual product or cause.
  • Work entered in this category cannot be entered in any other category, and must have been produced within the eligibility dates of 25 Sep 2015 to 24 Sep 2016.
  • Students will need to upload a signed letter from their Course Leader confirming their eligibility along with the commercial.


Friday 23rd September 2016. So get your stakes on.

How to enter:

Head along to: //

Any other questions? 

Head here: //

June 28, 2016 - Comments Off on Glug | Do you need a penis to be a creative director?

Glug | Do you need a penis to be a creative director?

Do you like talks? We've got a great opportunity for you to win two pairs of tickets to next Glug event!

In the spirit of gender their next talk is aptly called, "Do you need a penis to be a creative director?" Sounds good from the outset right?! They've got a mega line up who are going to share stories from both sides covering the negatives and the positives of it all.

This isn't man bashing so it's open to all!

Nadya Powell - MD of Sunshine
Jo Wallace - Founder of Good Girls Eat Dinner
Jo Hodges – Creative Practice Director Communications and Media, LCC
Rafaela Perera – Executive Creative Director, BBC Worldwide
Joan Hillery – Director, JoanJoan
Kath Tudball – Design Director, The Partners
Dave Buonaguidi – Chief Creative Officer, CP&B
Helen O'Hara – Journalist, Empire Magazine

If your student / graduate level and fancy our freebies simply ping an email to (you will have to do a write up in return)

Grab tickets here if you want to guarantee yourself entry! (It'll be worth it). HERE



June 21, 2016 - Comments Off on Single Mingle | The Big Match

Single Mingle | The Big Match

Join the Young Creative Council and for the opportunity to find your next creative doubles partner (art director or copywriter) at D&AD's New Blood.

We're taking over their Soap Box event space in the Truman Brewery on Wednesday 6th July – bright and early from 11am – for our Wimbledon themed singles match.

Students, grads and juniors (if you're not working) can swing by for your chance to get 5 minute rallies with loads of potential teammates – think speed dating, but with portfolios – and take your first steps into advertising as a team.

Check out our Facebook Page to see all the action from our previous Single Mingles, they’re less daunting than you think.

Spaces limited. Ticket price refunded on attendance. Any questions, catch us on Twitter.

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June 20, 2016 - Comments Off on Speed Critique | Ditch or Date?

Speed Critique | Ditch or Date?

Polish up your portfolios, our good friends at Cannt festival have put on an evening of speed critiquing.

Sit down with a range of industry experts for a 3 minute slot, then both parties decide whether to ditch or (fingers crossed) date - professionally of course with a full book crit. And who know where this could lead; future meet ups, your book shared amongst their network, or even a placement!

Not looking to date? Well this will be a awesome night to go down and mingle with other industry folk. Chat, get advice or give advice, all with a drink in your hand of course!

Sold? Well here are all the details you need to know:

21 June, 18.30, Albion Clerkenwell

Grab your FREE ticket HERE

June 1, 2016 - Comments Off on YCC X Laurence King | Long Story Short

YCC X Laurence King | Long Story Short

Last week, we teamed up with the publishers Laurence King to cut a Long Story Short and give you the career advice you can't google. We lined up some amazing speakers for you with Catharine Slade-Brooking (Senior Lecturer at University for the Creative Arts), Gem Barton (Designer, curator, lecturer) and John Ingledew (Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design), who all published books about the creative industry.

First up was Catharine Slade-Brooking author of ‘Creating a Brand Identity: A Guide for Designers’. She provided a thorough walkthrough of the key tasks for a successful brand identity in eight logical chapters: branding basics, brand anatomy, brand strategy, the design process, research, analysis, concept development and delivering the final design.

Catharine explained how to master the challenge of what we all found ourselves struggling with in the beginning of our careers: creating our own brand. Her book is a practical yet comprehensive guideline to this multi-staged process and definitely an essential for anyone with an interest in branding.

Catharine Slade-Brooking

After we covered the basics on how to create our own brand, we moved on to finding a job with our second speaker Gem Barton, who published ‘Don’t Get a Job … Make a Job’ earlier this year.

Gem describes her own journey getting out of uni and finding the days of trading in your degree for an amazing safe job offer are gone. She reminds us that the prospect of “getting a job” isn’t just that easy as said and we all know it can be a steep hill sometimes. Gem encourages us to break through the noise — knowing what we want from our career and being able to adapt our strategy to suit is key and vital in this process. One suggestion was to write a few fake CVs for versions of your future selves - print them out and you’ll gain a deep sense of clarity about what you want to do and do not care to do.

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’Don’t Get a Job… Make a Job’ reveals the strategies and tells the stories of dozens of artists from Assemble to Mega to Fabrice Le Nezet and how they chose to make it in this new, crazy, competitive market.

The major takeout from Gem was: Don’t wait for things to happen: nail that personal propaganda, hit up every agency in town, go guerrilla, do stunts, bend the rules, and get yourself out there!

After a quick break, John Ingledew paced back and forth through the room, embracing a core aspect of his book ‘How to Have Great Ideas: A Guide to Creative Thinking’:

Creativity = Play – and don’t play safe (like standing in front of the presentation).


John Ingledew's 20 years experience in design, creative thinking and photography gives him deep knowledge of ideas, how to set your mind up and how to get those big ideas on demand without having to prepare at all. He explains that improvisation and ingenuity are the key to a creative outlook, while showing pictures from impromptu door stoppers (think everything from plastic cups to chairs) to cut bottles which protect cables from weather in the Ukraine. He is fascinated and inspired by those ideas and his fascination is contagious.

The book itself is packed with practical projects to initiate inventive thinking. We experienced that first hand when he made us create the word IDEA out of paper in 60 seconds, make that paper-word stand (also in 60 seconds), make sounds with paper and then make a hat.

Overall the night was interesting and super helpful for who was still wondering how to kick-start your creative career.


Didn’t get your hands on the books? Laurence King Publishing are giving away copies of the latest books from Gem Barton, John Ingledew and Catharine Slade-Brooking. To be in with a chance to win, e-mail with the name of the book you want to win.* The three winners will be picked randomly and notified by email before 30th June 2016.

*Please note that by entering this giveaway you are consenting for your email address to be added to the Laurence King newsletter subscriber list. Please unsubscribe if you do not wish to receive the newsletter.


Photography by Andy Peel

May 31, 2016 - Comments Off on Cannt be Replaced?

Cannt be Replaced?

Are you looking for the chance to show an agency just how friggin awesome you are?

We're partnering up with Cannt Festival to give you the opportunity to jump in the shoes of the best creatives in this industry. The one's swanning off to Cannes to get toddled and pick up tons of shiny awards. You could be sitting in their desks whilst they're OOO, doing their projects, and showing them you're the next big thing!

It's for the week commencing 20th June, paid at a minimum of £376, and open to anyone who can share with us several examples of their work. We'll be putting the best candidates forward to agencies and then bing bang bosh, a week of work that could lead onto who knows what... Cannes next year?

If you want to be in the mix simply register here: //

If you're from an agency who might like to get involved, simply email: for more information.

Rumour has it there's quite a few CD / ECD seats already up for grabs!

Students (1) Agencies

May 31, 2016 - Comments Off on Creative Equals | Creating advertising more women (and men) buy

Creative Equals | Creating advertising more women (and men) buy

The wonderful folk at Creative Equals have a super interesting evening lined up called 'Creating advertising more women (and men) buy’ on the 14th June. The evening has a pretty impressive host of speakers including; JWT’s Rachel Pashley, Mr President's Laura Jordan Bambach, AKQA’s Masaya Nak to name a few.

Now, we’ve got 2 pairs of tickets (worth £18 each) up for grabs. If you'd like to get your hands on them, email me at to have your name entered into the pot. In return, the attendees will be asked to do a little write up of the evening to be featured on the YCC feed...

So what you waiting for go go goooo!

For more info and the purchase tickets yourself check out the event HERE.

May 12, 2016 - Comments Off on Creative Social | Being Different

Creative Social | Being Different

Hey guys,

We're back with one of those shiny lovely giveaways that you love so much. This time it's a proper corker, a pair of tickets to the next Creative Social on the 7th June. The line-up is proper mega, including creative legends Laura Jordan Bambach and Dave Bedwood alongside some newbies on the block who've been doing some incredible things.

Basically you'd be pretty mad to miss it. All we're asking is, if you do want the freebies give us a jolly nice little write up for it (within 2 days of the event so it can go out nice, live and fresh to our audience).

Simply email me, if you want to be entered into the lucky pot.

Get your tickets HERE if you don't fancy the risk. (It's only a tenner for students).


May 10, 2016 - Comments Off on YCC X Iris presents | The Adventurers

YCC X Iris presents | The Adventurers

So you’re looking for a job in advertising...but what about an adventure in advertising?

We know how it is…graduations looming and you’re looking at getting those dates in the diary for placements, or perhaps you’re planning an adventure this summer? Well the guys over at iris are offering you both – their new placement scheme The Adventurers, part of iris Potential is about to launch and they’re looking for creative geniuses to join them and start their adventure in advertising.

So we’ve teamed up with iris for a book night on the 25th of May – where you’ll get face time with some of the best creatives in the building. Giving you the chance to show off your best work, ask questions and get some great advice –not forgetting there will be free booze! And by the end of the night maybe you’ll have even bagged yourselves a placement.

Interested? Book your tickets and join us from 7pm where you’ll get 3 x 15 minute crits with at least 1 CD/ECD, 1 MW/Senior team and one other creative. Creative teams and solos welcome.

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May 3, 2016 - Comments Off on YCC X LK presents | Long Story Short

YCC X LK presents | Long Story Short

You can read articles. You can watch YouTube clips. You can favourite Tweets. But nothing beats absorbing information on how to kick-start your creative career better than being there and hearing it for yourself. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the publishers Laurence King to cut a Long Story Short.

Join us from 7pm 24 May at Creston Unlimited’s rooftop bar as we rewrite the rules and share ‘Career advice you can’t google’.

Our three speakers for the evening are:

  • Catharine Slade-Brooking – ‎Senior Lecturer at University for the Creative Arts and author of ‘Creating a Brand Identity: A Guide for Designers’
  • John Ingledew – Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and author of ‘How to Have Great Ideas: A Guide to Creative Thinking’
  • Gem Barton – Designer, curator, lecturer and author of ‘Don’t Get a Job … Make a Job’

They’ll be sharing their thoughts, insights and giving you tips on making an impression after uni.

Afterwards you’ll be able to get your hands on a signed copy of each of the author’s latest works with a 35% discount.

So grab your notepad. A book. And enjoy an evening where everything is cover to covered.

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This event is for creatives, copywriters, art directors, designers and anyone else interested getting into the industry.