Advice for Creatives

Whether you’re a recent grad or a creative leader, here you’ll find advice and wisdom from industry experts on how best to navigate a creative career

How to focus in a world of distractions

How can creatives manage their ‘whizzy’ brains, and is our pursuit of concentration doomed to fail? Illustrator and writer Ben Tallon discusses how to avoid the demons of procrastination, and still find time to let the brain percolate

Trust and the designer-client relationship

Trust is the essential component to making great creative work. Here, designer and co-founder of Wolff Olins, Michael Wolff, examines its role in our personal and work lives, in brands, and in how we use design to shape the world we want to live in

The pros and cons of making merch

Leta Sobierajski, David Shrigley and Morag Myerscough weigh in on the ups and downs of making merchandise and products – from the joy of designing tangible objects to the challenges of getting it right

How to handle the hype

Photographer Sophie Mayanne, artist Jean Jullien, and Closer&Closer agent Drew Melton discuss how to manage pushy journalists, projects that go viral overnight and the ever-faster hype cycle that young creatives face

How to start your own business

Setting up shop can be a daunting prospect even for the most experienced creatives. Here, Ollie Olanipekun of Superimpose – and new venture Futurimpose – and ISSTUDIO co-founders Imogen Snell and Riccardo Castano discuss making your business idea a reality

How to find your style as a creative

Developing a unique aesthetic is by no means an easy or instant process for most creatives. Here, photographer Alex de Mora and illustrator Shyama Golden share their tips on how to find your voice when you’re starting out

The do’s and don’ts of pitching

Pitching as someone new to the creative industries can be tough, so here we talk to four creatives to get their tips on how to pitch and what to do with feedback that is less than positive

What should you charge for your work?

We talk to agent Olivia Triggs, photographer David Ryle, and director, illustrator and animator Katy Wang for advice on costing up projects, negotiating fees and deciding how much to charge for your time

How to make remote onboarding work

How do you start a new role when you’ve never even seen the office? And how do you handle WFH if this is your first job? We investigate how studios and agencies have managed the onboarding process during lockdown, and what it could mean for the future of remote work

Art of Feedback Tanya Livesey

Tanya Livesey on the art of feedback

Giving or receiving feedback can be a daunting prospect. Yet it is vital for creating a working environment that is respectful, confident and productive. Here, leadership coach Tanya Livesey offers some tips and advice on the best way to approach it

Creative Leaders on Failure: Adrian Shaughnessy

We’ve talked to five of CR’s Creative Leaders 50 about how they have handled failure in their own career, and how they advise others to cope when things don’t go according to plan. Next we talk to designer and publisher Adrian Shaughnessy

The creative power of the mind

Over the next six months leadership coach Elizabeth Lovius will conduct a series of talks about the creative power of the mind, at Studio 7 Shoreditch. Here she shares a few things she’s learnt about the nature of creativity.

Too much ‘show’ at the degree shows?

As degree show season comes to an end for another year, Hannah Ellis asks whether it’s time to rethink a concept that favours the spectacular over the thoughtful and fails to accommodate many aspects of design practice

Co-locating on projects with clients: a guide from Made by Many

Face-to-face contact with clients improves productivity and helps build strong relationships – if it’s done right. But if it’s done wrong, it leads to low energy levels, impairs productivity, and reduces the likelihood that a project will deliver against its objectives. Made by Many’s Peter Parkes shares their tips for success

A manifesto for the creative industries

With the general election just six weeks away, the Creative Industries Federation has published a manifesto outlining how political parties can help nurture and grow the UK’s creative sector. Recommendations include a new visa system for skilled workers and better careers guidance for young people