Dr Nanette Hoogslag

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Illustration & Animation

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Illustration, drawing and book art , Graphic design and typography

Research Supervision:Yes

As an illustrator, designer, lecturer and doctoral researcher, Nanette's practice and approach come from a deep understanding of communication and visual media. In practice and theory, she explores its traditions in the light of current digital transformation.



Before arriving at Anglia Ruskin, Nanette lectured in a wide range of visual communication subjects at various Dutch art colleges. Her doctoral research is an ongoing fundamental study of the model of editorial illustration that, in both theory and practice, explores how illustration ‘works’ within the contexts of print and, in particular, online media. In this, it provides an up-to-date, in-depth and critical knowledge of current and evolving theories, practices and developments of illustration and its communication context.

As a practicing illustrator, Nanette is commissioned to create a wide range of illustrations for clients worldwide, from editorial to commercial assignments as well as complex communication design projects. Her clients include the City Council of Amsterdam, Deutsche Bank, the European Cultural Foundation, Heineken, Ing Bank, KPMG, KLM, London Transport, Moret Ernst & Young, New York Stock Exchange, Dutch Postbank, Royal Mail, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal College of Art, Siemens, Shell, Macmillan Books, Penguin Books, Vintage Books, ELLE, the Financial Times, New Scientist, NRC, Playboy and The Sunday Times.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Dutch
  • German

Research interests

  • Illustration
  • Extended illustration practices
  • Editorial publishing in print and new media
  • visual communication contexts
  • New media development within visual communication
  • Design aesthetics in print and new media
  • Digital creative expression tools and practices within publishing and illustration
  • New and developing forms of applied visual practices
  • Data driven visualisation
  • Networked and automated processes within publishing and visualisation

Nanette's research interests are based upon both a fundamental understanding of the role of illustration within present culture and the exploration of how illustration ‘works’ within the contexts of print and online media. In this, it touches upon many visual communication and publishing concerns, particularly those related to digital transformation and extended visual communication practices in the widest sense.


  • Illustration and animation
  • Illustration
  • Concept development
  • Graphic design
  • New media practices for visual communication and image making
  • Moving illustration


  • PhD Visual Communication, Royal College of Art, London, 2015
  • M.A. Illustration Royal College of Art, London, 1988-1990
  • Diploma Graphic Design Gerrit Rietveld Acedemie, Amsterdam, 1983-1988

Memberships, editorial boards

Association of Illustrators, UK (member)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Curriculum consultant:

  • Illustration/Animation Department, AVANS Hogeschool, Breda, 2014-2015
  • Visual Communication Department, HS Zuyd, Maastricht, 2009-2013

Selected recent publications

Hoogslag, N., A Model of Illustration, A Companion Guide for Illustration, ed Male, chapter Wiley UK (due 2017)

Hoogslag, N., Digital forms, Histories of Illustration, ed Doyle, Grove and Whitney, Bloomsbury US (due 2017)

Hoogslag, N., The Signifier of Incompleteness, The Graphic Design Reader, ed Triggs and Atzmon, Bloomsbury Publishers (2016)

Hoogslag, N., Continuation in Changing Appearances, University of Dijon, Dijon (2016)

Hoogslag, N., The Signifier of Incompleteness, Varoom AOI (2013)

Hoogslag, N. The Modest Medium, Varoom AOI (2012)

Recent presentations and conferences

How can illustration keep making sense? ICON9, Austin, US (2016)

Move Over Darling, The audience as Illustrator, 4th International Illustration Research Symposium, RISD (2015)

ObamaHope, Mediatisation and media-structures course and conference, Dubrovnik (2015)

Illustration, Digitisation and Education, paper on the development and outcomes of Bits & Pages, ICON-8, Portland US(2014)

Post-Digital Critical Responses, Sussex University, Brighton (2014)

Found in Translation, Sussex University, Brighton (2014)

The Post Digital, HKU Visual Communication, Utrecht (2014)

Online Editorial Illustration, Renew, media art history, Riga (2013)

The Modest Medium, 2nd International Illustration Research Symposium, MMU Manchester (2012)