This issue is devoted to the subject of ideas. We speak to people from across the creative spectrum about how they get ideas, including Pentagram’s resident sound designer Yuri Suzuki, journalist and illustrator Mona Chalabi and still life photographer Lydia Whitmore. Creative leaders including Grey’s Vicki Maguire and artist Ian Stevenson discuss their own experiences of creative burnout, and what to do when the ideas tap runs dry. We also take a look at some of the individuals and companies disrupting their sectors and bringing new ideas to the fore, including the Glimpse collective, activist beauty brand Lush and On Road, the research company behind Nike’s hugely successful Nothing Beats a Londoner ad.
The Photography Annual is our special issue showcasing the finest photography of the year across editorial, advertising, documentary, fashion and still life. It features the winners of our open competition, a yearly award scheme that celebrates great images, those who make them and those who commission them. We also bring you five emerging photographers who have captured the mood, and our imaginations over the past year. Plus, highlights of our coverage of photography on the CR website, including Ami Vitale on pandas, an Alex Prager retrospective, an interview with Sølve Sundsbø and a visit to the Polaroid Originals factory.
In this issue, we investigate the subject of change. We’ve asked leaders from the ad world what changes they would like to see in the industry. We look at individuals who have brought about changes in their community and around issues as important as climate change. Plus Anna Bergfors shares her experience of gender transition and Sir John Sorrell discusses the future of UK design.
This issue features the Creative Leaders 50 – our list of this year’s individuals and collectives who are driving creativity forward, in association with Workfront, and “How I Got Here” – a series of articles where leading creatives figures share the ups and downs of their careers to date and what they learned along the way.
The Annual issue is our showcase of the outstanding work in commercial creativity over the past 12 months.
Those projects deemed by our judges to be of special merit are recognised in our Best In Book section. We take an in-depth look at each one, examining how it was made and what makes it significant.
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