School:Cambridge School of Art
Areas of Expertise: Graphic design and typography
Courses taught: Graphic Design
Nicholas is a graphic designer, writer and educator. Having spent fifteen years working with some of the UK’s most notable brands and organisations, he now teaches full-time at Cambridge School of Art, where he is pursuing his own research interests in imagined worlds in text and image.
Nicholas graduated in 1994 with a degree in Graphic Arts and Illustration and has been a practising graphic designer ever since. Previously he has taught at the University of Bedfordshire, the University of Northampton, Milan's Accademia di Comunicazione and Ankara's Baskent University, as well as helping to develop D&AD's Student Awards briefs and serving on its jury.
He continues to make graphic design in parallel with teaching commitments. In the past he's worked with Frank PR, Saatchi & Saatchi, The London Community Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation, Hatfield House, Atelier Xavier Veilhan, The NUS, and the UK Film Council, and, most recently and extensively, The Public Domain Review, where he is associate editor.
Since 2010 his interests have turned towards works of the imagination. This led first to an MA in Applied Imagination at Central St. Martins in 2011, and was followed soon after by an appointment in Amman, Jordan, delivering a week-long series of lectures and workshops entitled ‘Imagined Worlds in Text and Image’. His most recent publications: a book of sketch stories entitled ‘At the Flea Market’ (self-published via Mulita Small Editions, 2019); and the ‘Visions of Lucian’ series, an ongoing project devoted to reviving in print the ancient writings of Lucian of Samosata, and generating new creative outcomes inspired by his life and works. These include ‘Dialogues of the Gods’ (PDR Press, 2016), and ‘Remarks Addressed to an Illiterate Book-Fancier / In Spite of Your Art: A Word with Lucian’ (self-published via Mulita Small Editions, 2019.)
He is also an editor at Ruskin Arts Publications, with recent projects including ‘Ways of Thinking’ and ‘Auguries of Innocence: First Experiences with Letterpress.’ Both feature student work.
Remarks Addressed to an Illiterate Book-Fancier / In Spite of Your Art: A Word with Lucian, self-published, 2019 (Book; writer, designer, and publisher)
At the Flea Market, self-published, 2019 (Book; writer, designer, and publisher)
Lucian’s Dialogues of the Gods, PDR Press, 2016 (Book; editor and designer)
The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays Volumes I/II/III, PDR Press, 2014/15/16 (Books; contributing writer, contributing editor, designer)
‘Handmade Design’, Chirps & Mews, 2014 (Contributing designer)
‘Plant Graphics’, Sandu Cultural Media, 2013 (Contributing designer)
‘Sensory Design’, Sandu Cultural Media, 2013 (Contributing designer)
‘Creating Great Graphic Design to a Budget’, Rotovision, 2010 (Contributing designer)
‘Graphics Alive 2’, Victionary, 2009 (Contributing designer)
‘Los Logos 4’, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2008 (Contributing designer)
‘Fully Booked’, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2008 (Contributing designer)
‘Kelvin’, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2007 (Contributing designer)
‘Spark: Inspirational Graphic Design’, PageOne, 2007 (Contributing designer)
‘Graphic Design School’, Thames & Hudson, 2006 (Contributing designer)
The Spring Sessions (2014) Amman, Jordan. Imagined Worlds in Text and Image (Residency).
Type and Materiality (2010) Cambridge. Polly Gleason and the Typography of Amity (symposium presentation).
Continuum 2: Graphic Design Research, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK, 2019 (group show)
Continuum: Graphic Design Research, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK, 2017 (group show)
Letchworth: A Vision of Utopia, 2014 (group show)
Q., Lethaby Gallery, 2013 (group show)
2 to the Power of 10, Orange Dot Gallery, 2011 (group show)
Anti-Design Festival, London, 2010 (group show)