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TRANSFORM MAG: FIVE MINUTES WITH NICK + PAUL

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Creative Director Nick Vaus and Communications Director Paul Domenet discuss ‘Beautiful Thinking’ and our unique approach to solving client challenges in an interview with Transform Magazine.

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ADVERTISING - SOCIAL MEDIA OR SOCIAL COMMENT MEDIA?

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After last week's advertising controversies, Creative Communications Director, Paul Domenet, discusses how brands are making social commentary in an age of social.

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VERTEX AWARDS: A WINNNG FORMULA

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The studio’s buzzing with excitement – our Marks & Spencer Formula rebrand just won at the Vertex Awards, which focus on private brand design.

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SWEET, MUSKY, HEADY, HEAVENLY: SCENT MEMORIES

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Today is National Fragrance Day, so we tasked the team with bringing in their favourite bottles to join in with the Fragrance Foundation’s Scent Memories hashtag to share our favourite perfume stories.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: TO THOSE WHO BREAK THE MOULD

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In the world of brand marketing it’s tempting to put women (and all people for that matter) into neat little boxes. But the amazing women we work with and who inspire us most certainly do not fit – they’re not shaped from the same cookie cutter. Here, Client Services Director, Sara wishes happy International Women’s Day to all women, every type and stripe, those that bend, brush and break the mould!

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The New Era of Experience

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Next generation entertainment company, Sunshine, hosted a Q&A on the rise, changes and current expectations of live brand experiences. With a diverse panel who had a lot to say on the matter…

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RAPHA RIDES HIGH AS A UNICORN

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Simon Mottram, the man behind cycling icon Rapha, talked about his clear brand vision and plans for the future at his D&AD lecture. And we left feeling rather excited…

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Meditating on creativity in 2017

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First day back in the office after the Christmas break and we’re already reaching for the cafetière (and chocolate!) to power us through. But is there a better, healthier way than caffeine and sugar to spur creativity and productivity? Quite very possibly…https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/what-does-mindfulness-meditation-do-to-your-brain/

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Mince pies on the prize!

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December has been a very tasty month indeed here at DG+P. To accompany every beautiful advent calendar opening, we’ve been tasting – and judging – all the mince pies we could get our sticky hands on so you don’t have to. From Heston, M&S and Co-op to various London artisan bakeries, just which one is the winner…..?http://www.gailsbread.co.uk

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DG+P CHRISTMAS PARTY: AN EVENING OF GLAMOUR AND SPARKLES

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It’s Christmas! And we went glam. From sparkle face painting to our very own Oscars, this year’s party was style from start to finish…

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SECRET SANTA : BUY A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT

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This Christmas we've made our annual Secret Santa gift-giving into a Beautiful Thinking advent calendar! We'll be opening one every day throughout December with the very first today...

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KEEPING UP WITH THE CULTURISTS

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We live in a city of culture, so much so, that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with what’s going on. Here are a few recommendations that have caught the eye of our resident culture vulture - Design Director Matthew Gilpin…

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Stereotyping In Beauty: We’re All Guilty

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On the opening day of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, it seems timely to ask: given that beauty consumers are manifestly not all thin, able-bodied, light skinned, young women, why *is* this image continually touted as the norm? In the latest edition of SPC Magazine, Steve talks frankly about the thorny issue of inclusivity within the beauty industry and beyond.

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OH, JUST STICK IT!

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When is a coffee stirrer, not actually a coffee stirrer? Managing Director Steve is enraged by the sheer ubiquity and utter uselessness of the wooden coffee stick….

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TEES, TOTES + TERRACES

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With so many great things to do right on our doorstep, the DG+P Summer Party was all about enjoying ourselves locally. From lunch at Shoreditch House, to screen-printing at Print Club London in Dalston, then playing crazy golf at Last Days of Shoreditch, it was a day (mostly!) to remember.

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BE SMART RESTART: HOW BRANDS CAN LEVERAGE EXISTING TECH

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While most beauty, health and luxury brands are highly unlikely to create their own technology, understanding how to leverage and innovate on what’s already out there is an absolute must. We went to a DBA and Kinneir Dufort event that told us how to do just that and the ensuing eruption of Pokémon Go shows just how vital it is…

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HELP THE TEENAGE CANCER TRUST’S CHAMPION GO FOR GOLD

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It’s hard to believe it’s four years since the opening ceremony of London 2012. With Rio 2016 fast approaching, the Pandemonium Drummers from London 2012 have launched a charity single in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust – with one of DG+P's team singing on it…

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A SHOUT OUT FOR OUR BABY, BABY DOVE

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It’s not big and it’s not clever. Managing Director Steve is unimpressed – to say the least - at other design agencies claiming DG+P’s work for Baby Dove.

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HOW ROADSIDE SHACKS OUTDO THE UK HIGH STREET

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When Creative Director Nick went on holiday to the Philippines he was blown away by the creative fire of even the most basic retail stall. And found himself asking: are UK retailers putting in enough effort?

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COLOUR US SHOCKED: OUR WINNING WEEK!

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What a week! We’ve won Gold at the Vertex Awards and Silver at the Transform Awards Europe for Josh Wood Guardian of Colour! And had nominations from The Drum Design Awards and The Drum Marketing Awards in to boot…

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BEAUTIFUL THINKING: WITH A NEW VOICE

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Beautiful Thinking is at the heart of DG+P’s work and literally on the proverbial tin. MD Steve Gibbons explains how it has evolved to involve communications and why the ad men cometh...

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GENDER PARITY? YES PLEASE!

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What role can brand design play in helping to achieve gender parity? On International Women’s Day, Design Director Raj Phull looks at the welcome rise of gender-neutral design…

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TIMELESS : KEEPING YOUR EGGS IN MORE THAN ONE BASKET

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Can we successfully balance our careers with motherhood? Are we so busy trying to have it all that we need to take control over our reproductive futures? Some thought-provoking questions from educational art installation ‘Timeless’ at Old Street Sation. Catch this fleeting pop-up while you can!

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AN INSTITUTE OF IMAGINATION? ABSOLUTELY!

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The Institute of Imagination has certainly got a hold of ours. Our Senior Designer, Seila Sarramian, took herself and her almost-five-year-old son to the Institute’s Festival of Imagination and gave it a standing ovation…

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DBA DESIGN EFFECTIVENESS AWARDS: SILVER + BRONZE

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At last night’s glittering DBA Design Effectiveness Awards Ceremony we won a Silver and a Bronze award!

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TRANSFORM AWARDS EUROPE: SHORTLIST SUCCESS!

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Our packaging designs for both Josh Wood Haircare and Lindt Master Chocolatier Collection have been shortlisted for brand effectiveness by Transform Awards Europe. We find out if it’s gold, silver, bronze, or highly commended on 22 March...

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DON’T BE BLUE, IT’S GREAT TO BE OLDER IN 2016

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On Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year, our Strategy Director, Rory finds something to be positive about: getting older is getting better…

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IT’S GOOD TO TALK, LET’S DO LUNCH

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Close agency/client personal relationships have always been at the heart of achieving great design. If so, in his latest article for Design Week, MD Steve asks: Why does no one pick up the phone or do lunch any more..?

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OPEN EYE 26 HAS LANDED – OLDER, HEALTHIER, FIERCER

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Bionic lens implants that give you Superman sight, beauty products for every shade of silver, contemporary walking canes, personal delivery drones, incontinence silk thongs, and more... Welcome to Open Eye 26: the Older issue. For too long the over 50s consumer has been ignored entirely or relegated to the hinterland of Sunday supplements and specialist product catalogues. But the tide is finally beginning to turn. We’ve taken a far-reaching look at the product innovations and technologies transforming what it means to be Older in the 21st century…

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THE KINKS AND TATE MODERN: ONLY ONE OF THEM IS POP

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When Pop Art goes political, something seriously wrong is afoot. Our Managing Director Steve finds The Kinks’ West End musical far more to the point than the latest Tate Modern exhibition…

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JOSH WOOD AND LINDT SHORTLISTED BY DBA DESIGN EFFECTIVENESS AWARDS

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We're absolutely chuffed that our work with Josh Wood Haircare and Lindt Master Chocolatier Collection has been shortlisted by the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards – that’s now seven wins in the past four years!

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Macmillan Coffee Morning: Cake Tastes Better Together

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The DG+P studio is going to be eating cake for the rest of the week (and probably weekend!); such was the baking tornado of delicious treats we conjured in aid of Macmillan cancer support….

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CREATIVITY IS AGELESS: IRIS APFEL

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It’s a hive of activity in London at the moment, with London Fashion Week last week and the London Design Festival now kicking off. Amidst the very young and restless of the creative industries, Creative Director Nick Vaus, takes some time out to see a veteran still turning all the style rules on their head…

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MONOTYPE : from print to pixel

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A visit from Monotype, one of the world’s leading typeface design agencies, was a fascinating exploration of the history of typography and the technological innovation that has broadened the industry's horizons.

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THE AGE OF UNREASONABLE CONSUMPTION

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For Insight Global Convenience Store Focus’ recent issue, our Strategy Director, Rory, poses a challenge (and opportunity) to convenience retailers: how can they satisfy the unreasonable consumer with their health/beauty offer?

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Let’s go down to (Molly’s) Wood today

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We’re really chuffed to introduce our work for Molly’s Wood, a nature reserve and community orchard in Essex. It’s a beauty…

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The Ugly Truth: Beautifully Told

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Down in Selfridges’ Ultralounge ambient music plays and calming low lights lead us into the space designed and curated by Jane Withers, whose creative direction brings together a group of artists to collaborate in raising awareness of marine plastic pollution and inspire change…

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DG+PIRATES – BEAUTIFUL THINKING…AND DRINKING!

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Each summer, we celebrate the team’s hard work and achievements with a company retreat. This year we donned our very best swashbuckling outfits and headed to the beautiful countryside of Dorset….

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BLACK LEATHER & GOLDEN FEATHERS: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

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The arresting Alexander McQueen exhibition, Savage Beauty, at the V&A has been so fantastically well-received that the museum is opening it’s doors around the clock for the final two weekends of the run. Creative Director, Nick Vaus, is wowed by a truly enchanting brand of creativity…

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NO FIVE STARS FOR THIS SPA

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What use is exquisite décor and sumptuous treatments, if the service and soul is not up to scratch? Client Services Director, Sara Jones, was more than slightly underwhelmed by one of London’s premier spas...

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DECEPTIVELY EFFORTLESS: BARBARA HEPWORTH AT TATE BRITAIN

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Intensity, grit, complexity, elegance. Creative Director, Nick Vaus, is left longing for a hammer and chisel by Barbara Hepworth at Tate Britain.

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DESIGN WEEK TOP 100 2015: ABOVE THE FOLD!

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The Design Week Top 100 2015 annual survey has just been published. For the first time ever, we’ve made it into the Top 50, leapfrogging 12 places to be ranked number 49 on the list. And we're chuffed!

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OPEN EYE 25 | THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL

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3D printed implantable windpipes, smart mirrors that tell you if your anti-ageing creams are actually working, designing your own Ferrari in augmented reality... Welcome to Open Eye 25! The word personalisation is on everyone's lips. But what is it really all about? We've taken a far-reaching look at the technologies and innovations driving the trend and discovered some amazing - and some deeply unnerving - happenings.....

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Illustriously creative: Sir John Hegarty

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'Everyone is creative. But only some will be lucky enough to earn a living by it.' We joined Sir John Hegarty for an exploration of the nature of creativity.

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Boots UK: The future of feeling pretty damn good

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How is Boots UK making women feel pretty damn good? We found out at CEW.

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IT ENDED WITH A CLICK: INNOCOS BEAUTY SUMMIT

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From the beat of flamenco heels, to the satisfying clack of a bottle lid, to the click of a mouse, this year’s InnoCos Beauty Innovation Summit in Madrid was brimming with passion and energy.

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ALL’S NOT WHAT IT SEEMS IN THE WINDY CITY

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Chicago, Chicago. From a very windy London, Steve reflects back on the Studio’s trip to the windy city where the art is not quite all that it seems….

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TEAM DG+P JOINS THE LUNAR TRIBE

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Delicate, vibrant, experimental: the Studio’s private view of our friend Christina K.’s exhibition made its mark on our Design Director, Raj Phull.

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NICER TUESDAYS: UP OR DOWN WITH TECHNOLOGY?

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From a ‘down with technology’ stance to life-changing mouldable putty, see what our designer Sachin Kavia thought of the breadth of information and insight at Nicer Tuesdays’ tech event.

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DEATH TO MEDIOCRITY: D&AD AWARDS SHOWCASE

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Last week the prestigious D&AD Awards took over The Old Truman Brewery and the public was invited to view a showcase of the entries and attend seminars. Our Design Director Raj Phull went along for some inspiration.

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GOLD + SILVER AT TRANSFORM AWARDS EUROPE!

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Last night’s Transform Awards Europe ceremony saw us win gold and silver for Davidoff Nicaragua – alongside our ad agency partner Johnny Fearless!

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THE LANGUAGE OF LUXURY: SHOWING TO KNOWING

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As the global luxury market continues to grow and evolve, consumers are now demanding something far more than just a logo from their luxury brands. Physical proximity is not enough – the language and expression of luxury has to change. Dramatically.

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DAVIDOFF NICARAGUA SHORTLISTED FOR THE DRUM MARKETING AWARD

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We’re full of the joys of spring in the studio with Davidoff Nicaragua joining another prestigious awards shortlist – in the Brand Development/Extension Strategy of the Year category at The Drum Marketing Awards.

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AND THE WINNING BUNNY IS….

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After a ferocious, yet friendly, studio competition to decorate a fabulous Lindt gold bunny. We’re delighted to announce the winner is….

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THE FUTURE OF HEALTHY EATING: FOOD FUTUROLOGIST DR MORGAINE GAYE

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The message from this year’s International Food and Drink Event is clear – healthier alternatives are of overwhelming importance in the food and drink industry. But what’s driving this? See what leading food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye says.

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VERTEX AWARDS: DOUBLE GOLD FOR WAITROSE PURE

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The studio’s buzzing with excitement – our Waitrose Pure work just won two golds at the Vertex Awards!

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TOP RANKING IN THE DRUM DESIGN CENSUS 2015!

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The Drum just published its annual Design Census and to our surprise and delight we’re number 1 for agencies with 10-19 design staff!

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fantasy, magic and ENGINEERING COLLIDE: Thomas Heatherwick INSPIRES

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Ingenuity. Transformation. Surprise. Our Creative Director Nick and the rest of the team are left inspired by beautiful thinker and polymath, Thomas Heatherwick.

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PACKAGING INNOVATIONS BIRMINGHAM: TIME TO REBRAND?

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Last week our Production Manager Robin Munden headed up to Packaging Innovations Birmingham. Maybe it’s time for the event to rebrand?

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LEAPING UP DBA DESIGN EFFECTIVENESS AWARDS LEAGUE TABLE

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Drum roll please. We’ve climbed three places to now be in 7th place on the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards League Table after Davidoff Nicaragua won bronze in the brand identity category!

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DAVIDOFF NICARAGUA SHORTLISTED FOR TRANSFORM AWARDS EUROPE

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We’re over the moon as Davidoff Nicaragua was shortlisted for its brand effectiveness in two categories by Transform Awards Europe. All that remains is to find out if it’s gold, silver, bronze or highly commended on 21 April.

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SWAB. SAVE A LIFE.

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We’re all aware of the great charity fundraising done by friends and family. But financial donations aren’t always the priority. Why not visit the Team Margot website to register for the stem cell donor list and learn more? It’s quick and easy.

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WE’RE HIRING! MARKETING & NEW BUSINESS COORDINATOR (PART-TIME)

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We’re on the lookout for a Marketing & New Business Coordinator who can support our MD, marketing consultant, and client services director in driving our profile raising and new business activities. We work with some pretty amazing beauty, prestige and healthcare brands. We’re growing like mad, jumped 25 spots in the Design Week Top 100 over the past 2 years, and currently we’re The Drum Network Awards’ Design Agency of the Year.

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WHAT THEY DON’T TEACH YOU AT DESIGN SCHOOL

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Following his recent talk for junior agency employees at a Design Business Association seminar, Design Week asked Steve to outline the lessons he’s learned in his career.

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Drum roll please… Design Agency of the Year!

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Were we ever glad we put on our glad rags and went along to last weeks glittering awards ceremony for The Drum Network Awards 2014 – because we won Design Agency of the Year!

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Hat Trick on The Drum Network Awards shortlist!

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Good things definitely come in threes! This week The Drum Network Awards announced its shortlist and we’ve got a nominations hat trick:

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Luxury packaging innovation: some gems amongst mediocrity

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At the end of September we popped over to the annual Luxury Packaging Innovations event just up the road at the Business Design Centre.

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WE’RE HIRING! MARKETING & NEW BUSINESS COORDINATOR

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We’re on the lookout for a Marketing & New Business Coordinator who can support our MD, marketing consultant, and client services director in driving our profile raising and new business activities. We work with some pretty amazing beauty, prestige and healthcare brands. We're growing like mad, winning lots of awards, and jumped 25 spots in the Design Week Top 100 over the past 2 years. 

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Summer Party 2014

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Last week we had our annual summer party, we decided to stay in London and flex our creative muscles.

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DESIGN WEEK TOP 100 2014: LEAPFROGGING THE COMPETITION

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Drum roll please… The Design Week Top 100 2014 has just been published – providing a detailed and holistic analysis of the state of the UK design industry.

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Co-Creation: More than one way to skin a cat

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Co-creation helps generate a hothouse environment for fast innovation. But as Steve notes in this article for SPC Magazine's June 2014 issue, it's not the only way to do things. In our rush to find new ways of working, we mustn't forget that different types of creative minds respond very differently to stimuli.

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A plea for inclusivity

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Steve's latest offering for Packaging Gazette focuses on the ageing population and the implications this has on design. 

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Brand Co-Creation

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Our MD Steve Gibbons reflects on issues around co-creation.

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DBA winners

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We were delighted to hear we’ve won a DBA Effectiveness Awards for our work on children’s homeopathic brand, Mama Natura.

We are now on tenterhooks until February when the full winners list is revealed!

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Summer Party 2013

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Last weekend we headed to Brighton for our annual summer party. We enjoyed rides on the pier, a picnic on the beach, a delicious meal and overnight stay at L’Hotel Du Vin...

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