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Music Videos of the Month

Posted by Eliza Williams, 6 May 2015, 14:59

There were so many great videos this past month that it's been hard to whittle them down to a decent-sized list. But here, for your pleasure, are our 11 favourite promos from April... Give them all a go, I promise it will be worth it.

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New Honda ad mixes science and emotion

Posted by Eliza Williams, 5 May 2015, 14:31

Honda has been producing some technical beauties in its advertising of late. First we had mcGarrybowen London and Chris Palmer's neverending ad for the CR-V, and now Wieden + Kennedy London has teamed up with director Johnny Hardstaff to create a spot for the Civic which aims to emphasise how the brand's precision engineering can add up to an emotional ride...

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Designing Alice's Adventures Underground

Posted by Antonia Wilson, 5 May 2015, 11:00

We talk to Alice's Adventures Underground director Oliver Lansley and designer Samuel Wyer, of theatre company Les Enfants Terribles, who have brought an ambitious new immersive show to the cavernous Vaults under London's Waterloo station.

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Walking the walk: how The New York Times Magazine's recent 'walking issue' cover was made

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 1 May 2015, 15:02

ForĀ The New York Times Magazine's recent Walking New York issue, the design and photography team created its most ambitious cover to date in a collaboration with artist JR. An image of 20 year-oldĀ Elmar Aliyev was printed across 62 strips of paper, pasted onto the street in the early hours of a morning and photographed from a helicopter. Here, design director Gail Bichler tells us how it all came together...

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So you want to be a freelance illustrator?

Posted by Rachael Steven, 1 May 2015, 13:31

In his new book Champagne and Wax Crayons, illustrator and art director Ben Tallon offers some wise advice for students, graduates, and creatives interested in freelancing. Below are a series of extracts from the book, offering some helpful tips on charging for work, choosing an agent, building your network and finding your style.

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Ads of the Week

Posted by Eliza Williams, 1 May 2015, 12:00

Opening this week's new ad round up is a powerful film from TBWA London for the charity Ataxia UK, which uses a striking visual effect to demonstrate the struggles that sufferers face...

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Warning: more design porn

Posted by Patrick Burgoyne, 1 May 2015, 9:53

We recently reported on Arjowiggins' enormous new sample book. Rival paper company G.F Smith has now launched The Collection, a 403-page brick-sized compendium of its own paper ranges

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Why is McDonald's launching a 'design collection' in Paris?

Posted by Eliza Williams, 30 April 2015, 17:55

For the month of May, high-end Parisian store Colette will be selling a design collection from McDonald's which includes T-shirts, bags, scarves, iPhone covers and more. The products actually look really nice, but as a piece of brand messaging, it's all quite confusing...

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Luxury and Sustainability

Posted by Antonia Wilson, 30 April 2015, 17:00

Is sustainable luxury fashion just an oxymoron, or can the power of ethical values drive design innovation, from hot new artisans to big brands? asks Antonia Wilson in CR's recent Luxury issue.

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The Language of Luxury

Posted by Nick Asbury, 30 April 2015, 15:00

In a sector full of linguistic inflation and manufactured mystique, copywriters struggle to find the right words, writes Nick Asbury in his recent article for CR's Luxury issue.

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