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A List Series: Ian Ritchie, ECD at jkr

The creative industry in London is brimming with talented individuals who are helping to shape our creative world. These industry A Listers have a wealth of knowledge and experience and…

Posted at February 12, 2016 0 Comments

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8 Inspiring Client Management Quotes

Being an account manager is all about keeping people happy. Here are some savvy client management quotes to inspire you to deliver your best. 1. “There are no traffic jams along…

Posted at January 29, 2016 0 Comments


HOW TO: Create Compound Shapes in InDesignCC

Working in creative requires you to keep up with the constantly evolving programmes and design platforms. No matter what your creative job, whether it be digital designer, graphic designer or artworker…

Posted at January 26, 2016 0 Comments

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Web Design Trends for 2016

From hamburger menus to infinite scrolling, everything you love or hate about websites is a here today, gone tomorrow fashion. But like all fashion, you’d rather be in than out,…

Posted at January 22, 2016 0 Comments

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Do Collaboration Tools Work?

Working in project manager jobs, there’s no end to the number of collaborative tools being rammed down your throat, jammed into your eyes and practically auto-downloaded onto your work laptop.…

Posted at January 14, 2016 0 Comments


Fast Track to Success

Exciting news for all you budding recruiters out there – your fast track pass is ready for the taking! Purple’s award winning training Academy is about to launch for the…

Posted at January 11, 2016 0 Comments



Studio Jobs of the Future

Things change quickly in the creative industry. Today’s famous puddles evaporate away and become the forgotten memories of tomorrow. But surely creative jobs have some more sticking power? Although the…

Posted at January 8, 2016 0 Comments

Talent Territory

Talent Territory: The Launch  

The UK is lucky enough to have many of the most talented individuals creating incredible work everyday, however we know that with the addition of international talent, with different perspectives…

Posted at January 4, 2016 0 Comments


Christmas Deliveries for #GoVember

As you will all know by now, GoVember was the campaign we launched in November to enable us to delve a little deeper into what motivates our fellow creatives. We’ve…

Posted at December 16, 2015 0 Comments

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And the Winners are…

At the start of November 2015, Purple launched #GoVember. Working with creative types like you for many years, it’s really interesting to learn more about what makes you tick at…

Posted at December 14, 2015 0 Comments

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The Most Inspired Creative Ideas of Xmas 2015

The jangly music. The coarse knitwear. The rambunctious laughter. Christmas is a multisensory experience. It’s no wonder that it breeds some of the year’s best creative ideas. Here we look…

Posted at December 9, 2015 0 Comments

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A Crafty Christmas Card

Purple are passionate about giving back to the community and raising money for charity,  whether it be jumping out of planes, running marathons or baking cakes. We all know, Christmas…

Posted at December 9, 2015 0 Comments

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7 Killer Tagline Tips

“Gillette, the best a man can get.” (I bet you all sang that, didn’t you). Taglines have the power to transform your brand/business from ordinary, to memorable! Most large businesses…

Posted at December 1, 2015 0 Comments

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Hot Deals on Talent #BlackFriday

The BLACK FRIDAY craze has crossed the Atlantic and hit the UK with a bang. Bargain hunters everywhere will be scurrying to bag a deal today online and in store.…

Posted at November 27, 2015 0 Comments


Five Signs You’re a Night Owl

It’s often assumed that us creatives love to stay up late, burn the midnight oil and channel some of that lunar energy into our work. But is it true that…

Posted at November 20, 2015 0 Comments

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Help Your Team Win the Pitch

When pitching for business it really is one strike and you’re out; you get one chance to make a big impact so you really do have to get it right…

Posted at November 18, 2015 0 Comments

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HOW TO: The Shortcuts to Hyperlinks in InDesignCC

If you are in a creative  job, you will use InDesign regularly and may already be a wizz, however like with all software, there are regular updates and changes, which…

Posted at November 16, 2015 0 Comments


Let’s #GoVember

This competition is now closed. How would you like to win a handsome £500 gift voucher for Selfridges? Let us explain. We’ve been working with creative types like you for many…

Posted at November 11, 2015 0 Comments


What Every Creative Needs in Their Tool Kit

You might have your dream creative job, whether it’s in the studio of one of London’s top digital agencies, or it’s as a project manager working out of your mum’s…

Posted at October 23, 2015 0 Comments

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How to Value Yourself

For freelancers old and new, not valuing yourself is a perennial pitfall that even the hardiest and most experienced can fall into. Don’t worry! We’re not going to get all…

Posted at October 13, 2015 0 Comments


Purple go 3D

If you work in a 3D job, you will know what a complex market it is. Its growth in the past 5 years is huge due to manufacturers across all…

Posted at October 7, 2015 0 Comments


Words to Inspire – Rugby World Cup Edition

No matter how much you love your creative job, there will be days when you lack the inspiration, or the drive to create, design or write or just generally work to…

Posted at September 25, 2015 0 Comments

London Design Week

Our Top 5 London Design Festival ‘15 Shows

If you’re a London designer, it would be criminal not to head to some #LDF15 events. Get inspired! Get free stuff! Get to LDF15 this year you guy! Punkt’s MP…

Posted at September 23, 2015 0 Comments


What’s your REAL passion?

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. The creative industry is all about passion – and this love for design and creating…

Posted at September 16, 2015 0 Comments

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Should creatives specialise or be multi-skilled?

Creatives coming into the industry today have a really tough job ahead of them. In a competitive market it’s difficult to get into the leading agencies and with many of…

Posted at September 11, 2015 0 Comments


How to attack a brief

If you’re in a project management job, hitting a brief from scratch can sometimes feel like a military operation. You need to complete objectives, battle through varied workloads and keep…

Posted at September 9, 2015 0 Comments

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HOW TO: Crop and Bleed in InDesignCC

Creative jobs cover a wide variety of tools and programmes, but none are more broadly used than Adobe InDesign. Like all software, there are regular updates and changes which designers…

Posted at September 7, 2015 0 Comments


Bring your creative skills to a whole new level

The Designers Fiesta is a one day event for creatives in central London.  It is an amazing opportunity for you to learn what is happening with the programmes and software you…

Posted at August 25, 2015 0 Comments

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How to make your next hire the best one yet

Okay. It’s coming up to your next big planning and strategy meeting, and you know you’re going to have to tell your colleagues your future hiring strategy. How are you…

Posted at August 19, 2015 0 Comments


10 Brilliant SEO Tips for Your Blog

For London professionals in tech and development, SEO should be nothing new. Websites are always having to be updated to keep ahead of Google’s next killer algorithm that sneaks up…

Posted at August 10, 2015 0 Comments


Advertising Masterclass: Portfolio Review

The power is in the portfolio. Our consultants are constantly talking to creatives and trying to explain the importance a strong folio can have on the chance of getting hired. If…

Posted at August 6, 2015 0 Comments


HOW TO: Get started with HTML coding

Anyone working in a digital role will be highly skilled in HTML coding, however with the industry evolving fast, now many designers are expected to have an understanding of web design and development…

Posted at August 3, 2015 0 Comments

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How to brand on a budget: Free event

Our consultants talk to clients daily and hear their budgeting woes. The marketing and branding of your business is vital, but telling your story on a budget is often very…

Posted at July 22, 2015 0 Comments

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HOW TO: Use the pen tool in InDesignCC

If you have any type of design job you will be familiar with Adobe InDesign, it’s is one of the most widely used pieces of software in our industry. Our consultants…

Posted at July 17, 2015 0 Comments

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Five ways to collaborate on a project better

We’ve all been in that situation where we need to collaborate with others to deliver a project to spec and on time – particularly if you’re working in a creative…

Posted at June 26, 2015 0 Comments


Five ways to improve your next creative meeting

If you’re looking for a planning and strategy job in London, one of the most sought after skills that you could possess is an ability to hold seamless creative meetings.…

Posted at June 18, 2015 0 Comments


The secret to running a successful studio

Whether you’re a designer yourself, or you’re a project manager in charge of a thriving creative studio environment, knowing how to get the best out of your creative team can…

Posted at June 15, 2015 0 Comments


Why do so many trainee recruiters fail?

‘Trainee’ does not always mean ‘Training’ When done properly, Recruitment can be very rewarding and fulfilling career. Being a good recruiter is not rocket science, however there are key skills and techniques…

Posted at June 11, 2015 0 Comments


Win 5 days of Photoshop training

The Digital world moves a lot faster than most of us can keep up with.  Whether you are a Digital Art Director, 3D Designer, Flash Developer, or in fact whatever…

Posted at June 10, 2015 0 Comments


#MissingType – Viral advertising at its best

This week (8th June – 14th June) is “National Blood Week” and the NHS have launched a very clever campaign which has already spread across the country seeing huge brands…

Posted at June 9, 2015 0 Comments

Creative Books

The 10 books everyone in creative should be reading

In our experience, we’ve learnt that London creative candidates thrive on the thought of creating something better. Whether it’s writing a bestseller, having a world-famous marketing campaign featuring your design,…

Posted at May 18, 2015 0 Comments

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Megatrends in 2015: Digital marketing jobs in London

Digital marketing jobs in London are everywhere, and our consultants are constantly placing candidates in digital marketing roles. With that in mind, our team has built up a fantastic knowledge…

Posted at April 27, 2015 0 Comments

Freelance Jobs London

How to make your freelance design portfolio stand out

If you’re looking for a freelance design job in London, you’re going to need a stellar portfolio. Your portfolio is everything – why would a prospective employer take you on…

Posted at April 21, 2015 0 Comments

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Top 5 project management systems for 2015

If you have an account management or project management job in London and you’re looking to carefully manage projects to improve collaboration and efficiency, you might find the job more…

Posted at March 23, 2015 0 Comments



Why the fuss over Generation Y?

Everyone has an opinion on Generation Y, the millennials or the digital natives. They  often receive  bad press from the media who claim they are lazy, too obsessed with technology…

Posted at January 27, 2015 0 Comments


Video interviewing: Future or Fad?

No-one likes job interviews. They are intimidating, awkward and often very stressful. What to wear and what to say, do they like me, have I got the job? However what…

Posted at January 23, 2015 0 Comments

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What do you really want from a recruiter?

Purple are always striving to be better at what we do. In a competitive market its imperative that we continue to offer our candidates and clients the very best. While…

Posted at January 20, 2015 0 Comments

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Is 2015 the year of the Creative Boom?

As we all slogged back to work last week there were many of us thinking about what the year ahead would have in-store.  The economy in general seems to be…

Posted at January 15, 2015 0 Comments

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Empowering Women in the Creative Industry

Women control a massive  80% of consumer spending, yet only 3% of creative directors are female.  While the advertising land is a lot less laddish than it used to be…

Posted at December 5, 2014 0 Comments


13 Bizarre Interview Questions

A job interview is a high pressure situation for anyone. You’ll undoubtedly be nervous but you will of course be prepared, have rehearsed some generic interview questions and researched the…

Posted at November 25, 2014 0 Comments

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The 2014 Salary Survey Guide

A Salary survey is one of the most important articles to view if you are considering a new role, or a company move. Everyone wants to know what they should…

Posted at November 17, 2014 0 Comments

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A Lidl Surprise: The Power of the Brand Back in September of this year, budget supermarket chain Lidl unveiled a huge £20m brand campaign which had one clear aim – to alter the public’s perceptions of their…

Posted at November 4, 2014 0 Comments


The YouTube Hall of Fame

From 1 to 1 billion monthly users, YouTube is the video sharing website that conquered all. Founded by three friends Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, who were all…

Posted at October 16, 2014 0 Comments


Top Tips to Create a Kick Ass Folio

There’s no such thing as perfect folio. They’re all different, one person will like it, another won’t.  It is very subjective and there is no right or wrong – it…

Posted at September 19, 2014 0 Comments


Why do you want to work for Google?

It’s all well and good that your clients brand is booming, but what about yours?? The first reaction I get, when I mention to someone in the brand or creative…

Posted at September 11, 2014 0 Comments


Celebrating Creative Women: Cindy Gallop, CEO

Week 8, Purple chat to Cindy Gallop, Founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld IfWeRanTheWorld, is a radically simple web meets world platform designed to turn human and corporate good intentions into…

Posted at September 4, 2014 0 Comments



Do’s and Don’ts of Freelance

Do contribute your own ideas, just because you are freelance it doesn’t mean your input is not valid, sometimes an outsiders perspective is helpful so always share your suggestions. Don’t…

Posted at August 11, 2014 0 Comments


#5 Designer Problems

  #1 Switched On As a designer your creative mind is constantly switched on. This is great when you are working and creating, but when you want to unwind it’s…

Posted at July 27, 2014 0 Comments


Kids That Code!

As children prepare to break up for their holidays, education boards prepare the curriculum for September, when many children will be taught to code. Children will start learning to write…

Posted at July 17, 2014 0 Comments


“Not another recruiter!”

Yes, we know when most of you hear the word recruiter, you want to run a mile. The recruitment industry has developed quite a negative stigma over the years due…

Posted at June 16, 2014 0 Comments


Top Apps for Creatives on The Commute

A creative mind needs to be constantly occupied. Before the world of apps,  doodling in a note pad would be as creative as you could be on a long journey, …

Posted at June 10, 2014 0 Comments


Managing stress at work: 10 Tips

Many work environments can cause stress and the world of advertising and media are up there with the worst culprits. Tight deadlines, budgets, last minute amendments and long hours are…

Posted at May 15, 2014 0 Comments



Are you feeling flexible?

As the evenings get lighter and the weather improves, the desire to have an early finish gets stronger. Most of us would love the opportunity to change our working patterns…

Posted at May 12, 2014 0 Comments

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The Secrets Behind a Creative Dream Team

Purple recently met Jake Dearlove and Richard ‘Chunky’ Gortonlee, the explosive creative team at JWT who are responsible for all the creative work on Mitchells and Butlers brands, Toby Carvery…

Posted at April 30, 2014 0 Comments


Egg-cellent Easter Design Competition

Here are some entries from the Purple Team…. The EE Egg by Matt The ‘Are you breaking bad this Easter Egg’ by Elliott The Eggplant, by Dan

Posted at April 14, 2014 0 Comments



The Top 6 LinkedIn Profile Sins

With 2 new sign ups every second and 277m members worldwide, LinkedIn is now the largest global pool of talent connecting the world’s professionals.  The site gets around 187m monthly…

Posted at April 11, 2014 0 Comments

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Goodnight Smartphone

What is the last thing you do before you shut your eyes to sleep at night? Kiss your partner? Read a book or check your smartphone? If your answer was…

Posted at April 10, 2014 0 Comments


10 signs that you should get a new job

Many people feel “content” with their jobs, turn up, go home, get paid, spend it. As working humans we spend almost 2000 hours a year at work! It’s very important…

Posted at February 18, 2014 0 Comments

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The Perils of Tweeting

Twitter is pretty great. It’s allowed anyone with an internet connection to have their views seen around the world and also allows people with a large following, be it celebrities,…

Posted at September 19, 2013 0 Comments

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Why is the Internet so Angry?

A lot of things are amazing. Most things in fact are amazing. The fact that you’re on the internet right now reading this is nothing short of incredible and a…

Posted at September 19, 2013 0 Comments

Keeping Up With Technology

With technology continuing to grow and evolve daily we find ourselves continuously behind the times. By the time you purchase an IPAD, the IPAD 2 is released; once you’ve upgraded…

Posted at September 19, 2013 0 Comments