The subject of sustainability is right here!


The climate change agenda was arguably hit somewhat in the first half of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic hit the globe and shifted the focus of both the public and governments. However, the lockdowns put in place around the world also showed how quickly nations could adapt in extreme circumstances, while individuals and communities enjoyed the cleaner air that came with the lack of cars on the streets and planes in the sky.

On the way to a so-called new normal, it is important that sustainable practices are part of this change. Creatives play an important role here: we've already seen how design and advertising have helped bring sustainable products into the mainstream, and creative thinking also shows us the way to a potentially greener future.

In the latest edition of Creative Review, we look at the creatives who are leading the way with new ways of thinking about technology, events, branding, and how we can make cities cleaner and healthier for their residents.

Artists can also help change the way we perceive things. This time our cover shows the work of the photographer Mandy Barker, whose unmistakable way of documenting plastic waste in the world's oceans is both shocking and thought-provoking.

In addition to a plethora of articles on sustainability, this issue of the magazine also includes interviews with illustrator Henn Kim and graphic artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., as well as a conversation with New York-based photographer Philip Montgomery, who documented the level of the coronavirus in the pandemic City.

We also have our usual opinion pieces, with our agonizing Aunt Anna Higgs talking about how you can get credit for your freelance work, Patrick Burgoyne about why design and advertising organizations need to change over time, and our advertising correspondent Ben Kay about why we all have to be a little more like Benny from Abba.