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Creatives in Residence, here at YCN

This summer we'll welcome a talented group to YCN, creating space to work, learn and build capability —  connecting with knowledge and opportunities across our network.
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Getting out there and making meaningful connections

We caught up with Zeena Shah to find out how her degree, and experiences as an independent creative, led her to working with kids as Lead Designer at Wonderbly.

From printing textiles to designing cards

After graduating from Leeds Arts University, Helen Mackay's eagerness to break into the design world quickly landed her the role of Designer at UK Greetings. Here she reflects on her journey so far.
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Designing with data and the importance of collaboration

Information designer Stefanie Posavec reflects on her most significant projects, the value of collaboration and how she uses data as her muse.

Engaging with viewers through light, space and form

Multi-disciplinary visual artist and designer, Ben Cullen Williams, shares his thoughts on the relationship between physical and digital and the importance of collaboration and taking risks.

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On the evening of 17 September, we took to the iconic Barbican Centre to celebrate those commended in this year's YCN Student Awards.

Print, podcasts and the importance of paying it forward

Writer and podcaster Liv Siddall champions indie magazine publishing, speaks on the importance of fostering young talent and reflects on her career so far.

The upcoming YCN Student Awards: a work in progress

In anticipation of this year's YCN Student Awards, we check in on the progress of the bespoke wooden awards, created with designer and maker, Tom Forsyth.
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Navigating a male-dominated industry and learning on the job

Lana Simanenkov, Senior Creative at Animade, speaks on the gender imbalance in animation and the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone when starting out.
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The impact of mentors and lateral thinking

We caught up with renowned graphic designer, storyteller, and typographer, Stefan Sagmeister, to shine a light on his story and find out who, and what, has inspired him most throughout his career.
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Spotlight: Minyoung Choi

Painter and poet Minyoung Choi's dreamlike work is made up of eerie, often surreal landscapes and elusive figures and motifs that are characterised by childhood memories of Seoul, South Korea.

Spotlight: Sofia Mitsola

Greek painter and visual artist Sofia Mitsola's work marries strong colours and confident, minimalist brushwork in surreal and playful portraits and landscapes.

Spotlight: Carla Benzing

Hailing from Stuttgart, Carla Benzing is a London-based German artist and curator, with a fondness for exploring different cultures and ways of living.
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Spotlight: Francisco Rodríguez

Santiago-born, London-based artist Francisco Rodríguez is a recent alumnus of the Slade School whose portfolio of paintings and drawings has earned him a spot on Bloomberg's New Contemporaries 2018 list.

The joys and challenges of independent magazine design: creative freedom and learning as you go

Graphic design graduate, photographer and art director Scarlet Evans is one of the six women behind Ladybeard, the feminist magazine that plays with perceptions of gender and sexuality.
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Spotlight: Rosanna Webster

Brighton Illustration graduate Rosanna Webster plays with movement, texture and colour to create multi-media collages that combine photography, animation and illustration.

Illustrating for Zara and being inspired by the web

Yime de Santiago is an illustrator with a penchant for finding influence from memes, gifs and online satire. With past work including designing for a Zara collection, Yime has already mastered the best approach when tackling the illustration field.

Spotlight: SUMMERKID

Starting out in business, artist Andreea Dobrin Dinu's brave leap into the design world has paid off as she continues to refine her visual language, and receive widespread recognition for her work.

Freelancing in graphic and type design

We caught up with Amsterdam-based graphic designer, typographer and editorial consultant, Laura Meseguer, who specialises in custom lettering and type for brands and publishing design.

Starting up Intern magazine and the value of creative work

Alec Dudson founded Intern magazine after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013. We chat to him about launching a startup, the challenges of print, and the importance of fighting the culture of unpaid work in the creative industries.
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Spotlight: Alva Skog

Illustrator Alva Skog is still finishing off her BA degree and yet her work is already making lasting impressions in the professional world and beyond.
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Reflections of a portrait photographer

Hailing from the city of Preston, freelance photographer David Townhill talks about how he was first introduced to the medium, and the effect that moving to London has had on his practice.
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Spotlight: Anoushka Khandwala

Anoushka Khandwala's work is tapping out of the Eurocentric and into Afro-futurism, while exploring the nature of interaction.
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Reading: The Magazine Blueprint

The self-proclaimed “ultimate guide to indie publishing”, The Magazine Blueprint by Conor Purcell is a comprehensive guide to setting up, establishing and running an independent magazine.

Designing for retail

Having been brought up in a shop, it is no surprise that Yann Thompson now creates graphics for retail environments. Here, he describes how he landed the role of a Junior Graphic Designer at StudioXAG.
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Building It’s Nice That, Lecture in Progress and Anyways

Co-founder and director of The HudsonBec Group, Will Hudson talks to YCN about championing creative talent, and his plans for the future.

A celebration of individual style

Sam Peet shares his experiences of collaborative and individual projects as an editorial illustrator on Culture Trip's internal design team.
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Finding fun in creating for kids

Joe Gamble, an illustrator with a penchant for working on playful, child-orientated projects, talks about the benefits of a Graphic Communications course, and setting up a collective fresh out of university.

Lessons from an art director

Culture Trip's Global Art Director, Michaela Pointon, is moving into the world of freelancing. Here, she shares her journey, and the valuable lessons learned along the way.

Spotlight: Jonathan Djob Nkondo

French animator Jonathan Djob Nkondo's route into the industry has been less than orthodox.
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Building brands that matter

Shaun Bowen, Co-founder of B&B Studio, talks to us about running an agency and the joys of helping passionate startup founders to create a brand from scratch.

PR in the creative industry

Vicky Stoakes from PR agency Red Setter illuminates the need for public relations in the creative world, and shares the best things about being a client services director.

Creating the tech and coding startup SuperHi

We chat to Rik Lomas, founder of online coding school SuperHi, about how his approach to the tech world is about creativity, collaboration and "knowing your stuff".

Showcase: Rebranding PROPERCORN's visual identity

PROPERCORN has collaborated with seven different artists from around the globe for the launch of its new visual aesthetic.
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Going solo after designing under Target and Pentagram

Courtney Gooch discusses her experiences of self-development, where she finds her inspiration, and the pros and cons of going independent.
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Finding success as a young creative, and illustrating Parklife's visual identity

Guy Field began his career as a creative (with a speciality in illustration), with a degree in Graphic Design. Here, he shares his advice on establishing yourself in the creative field, and working on rebranding Parklife Festival's visual identity.

Setting up a data visualisation studio with storytelling at its core

Duncan Swain, Co-founder of Beyond Words, shares his journey from journalism to data visualisation, and how his studio uses storytelling to bring data to life in innovative new ways.
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Applying a graphic approach to architecture

SODA Studio's Katie Stamp talks about collaborative and in-house design, and taking a graphic approach to the world of architecture.
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The challenges and opportunities of intelligent editorial design

Art director Shannon Gibson explains the opportunities and challenges that come with designing the Financial Times' weekend supplement, which spans world events, politics and the arts.

Designing in Paris, and finding your own visual references

AKQA's Senior Art Director and founder of Justified Magazine, Josh Ogden, discusses the value of personal projects and working abroad.

Abandoning the office to become a self-employed shooting director

Shooting director Ed Andrews describes the turbulent journey that led him to a career in film, and shares his secrets to success.
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Finding your feet after a creative degree and making time for personal work

Illustration grad and freelancer Hannah Buckman tells us about her creative process and the behind-the-scenes post-university struggles.

Art direction and mastering the freelance juggling act

Illustrator and Art Director Marina Esmeraldo knew she wanted to pursue art as a career - but didn't know how. Today she juggles commissions, personal work and co-directing In Shades Magazine.

Popcorn packaging and designing for digital

As a child, Nathan Joyce wanted to be a cartoonist. Today, he works as a Creative at PROPERCORN, and here he describes the journey he took to get there.

Visual communication and in-house creativity

Irmak Nur Sunal sheds light on what it’s like to design for The Wall Street Journal's in-house creative agency, and challenges with which it comes.

Graphic Design in the third sector

Senior Designer at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Jo Satchell, on graphic design for a charity and the importance of keeping perspective.

How a background in science became a future in music

MassiveMusic's Music & Mind researcher Aifric Lennon on the neuroscience and psychology behind our love of music, and her route into sonic branding.
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Creating conceptual art, and the significance of social

We talk to GIF creator and art director Freddie Smithson about his most significant projects to date, and how social media has impacted his career.
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Going solo and the power of Kickstarter

Artist and illustrator Mr Bingo shares his story, shedding light on the Kickstarter that sparked his career and what he has learned along the way.
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Navigating the shift from university to freelance work

Freelance illustrator Mike Driver explains the importance of finding a work/life balance, taking time to reflect and not rushing into a specific career route.
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Taking a leap of faith into a creative industry

​Languages graduate-turned-photographer and graphic designer Joseph Lebus on founding charitable photography network Faces in Focus in his final year of university.

Finding your passion and being human in a world of perfectionism

Entrepreneur David Hieatt speaks on the value of celebrating our failures — and how he is helping people reach their full potential with the ever-growing Do Lecture series.
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Building your brand and learning along the way

Ed Little shares lessons learned on his journey to becoming a photographer and brand consultant, including the importance of finding your niche.

Working abroad, and starting up a creative studio

Andrew Foxall shares his experiences of spending time working in Istanbul, and how that led to founding his eponymously named studio.
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The value of internships, and working in fashion

Emily Crook tells us how internships and a Graphic Design Communication degree landed her a job as a creative at ASOS.

Finding success as a freelance illustrator

Alice Bowsher shares her journey to becoming an illustrator, and how to overcome the challenges of being a freelance creative.
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The world of planning and getting under the skin of businesses

Lee Jackson explains the need for planning in the creative industry, and how his ‘patchwork quilt’ career led him to becoming daughter's Strategy Partner.