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The art of gravitas

Catherine Allison was in the library telling us everything we need to know about gravitas - read the event writeup online now.

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A year in books

Take a look back at some of the books that inspired us in 2018 – and what the authors had to say about them.

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  • Wake up and Draw

    On 9th of May, we gathered at Shoreditch House Library for an illustratively invigorating morning in the hands of the brilliant Scriberia.

    Posted on May 9th 2018
  • New to the YCN Library

    The latest addition to the YCN Library is The Magazine Blueprint, from writer, designer and publisher Conor Purcell.

    Posted on May 6th 2018
  • Sector Briefing — Beauty

    In the first of our new Sector Briefing event series, we heard from three experts on what we can learn from the fast-paced world of beauty.

    Posted on May 4th 2018
  • New business with Small Spark Theory

    On 3rd of May we helped member Lucy Mann to programme a panel exploring the value of 'marginal gains' to agency marketing and new business.

    Posted on May 4th 2018
  • The Value of Purpose

    We invited members to join us in the Library at Shoreditch House to hear three speakers discuss the benefits and value of establishing purpose in business.

    Posted on Apr 27th 2018
  • Popcorn Done Properly

    PROPERCORN has collaborated with seven different artists from around the globe for the launch of its new visual aesthetic.

    Posted on Apr 25th 2018
  • Member stories: StudioXAG

    In this short film, StudioXAG founders Gemma Ruse and Xavier Sheriff describe the power of windows, and how they create "shareable moments" in the world of retail.

    Posted on Apr 18th 2018
  • Talking Shop — Placemaking

    Members joined us at Hammerson's King's Cross offices to hear three practitioners share their perspectives on planning and designing destinations with purpose and personality.

    Posted on Apr 17th 2018
  • Better Creative Briefing

    We began April's focus on creative relationships by opening up a conversation around the best practice in creative briefing, and how to get projects successfully underway.

    Posted on Apr 17th 2018
  • SODA Review

    Member SODA has launched the first of its new publication, which showcases its design process, strategic thinking and crossover forms between architecture, design and brand environment.

    Posted on Apr 12th 2018
  • Data, Design and Digital User Experience

    Panelists from Prophet, Beyond Words Exciting Minds and Mobula shared their insights on using data to design meaningful digital experiences.

    Posted on Apr 10th 2018
  • Design for Breakfast at Dishoom with Serena Guen

    On Wednesday 4th April, founder of SUITCASE Magazine, Serena Guen, joined us for a breakfast talk at Dishoom.

    Posted on Apr 4th 2018
  • YCN Student Awards, Deadline Day

    Thursday 29th March was the deadline for submissions as part of our longest-standing programme.

    Posted on Mar 29th 2018
  • The Better Business Club

    Ahead of our coming 'Exploring the Value of Purpose' event, James Rutter — Brand Director at COOK — charts the B Corp movement's story, and its rising popularity within the 'purpose economy'.

    Posted on Mar 27th 2018
  • Sam Leith: Write to the Point

    On the 27th of March we gathered in the YCN Library to hear author and journalist Sam Leith talk about his new book, Write to the Point.

    Posted on Mar 27th 2018
  • Workspaces for creativity and wellbeing

    On 19th March, we hosted a panel discussion in the Shoreditch House Library to explore how the design of spaces and rituals – whether physical or digital – can affect creativity and happiness.

    Posted on Mar 19th 2018

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Our peer-led membership programme is a popular starting point; giving teams open and self-directed access to a weekly calendar of in-person learning, a digital learning platform and a personal relationship with our own connective central team.

Find out more about what we offer in this PDF, or by contacting Nick Defty on nd@ycn.org.