Hello, I’m Nick and I’m a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design undergraduate degree course. I have been teaching since 2013 and joined Leeds Arts University in 2019.
I have worked commercially as an independent graphic designer and illustrator for fifteen years and my design practice and research centres on print and screen-based narratives, considering the endurance of the image through digital and analogue networks, as well as the plurality and indefiniteness of the encountered situated image.
This research interrogates both the structure of imagery itself and the potential of co-authorship, exploring emergent qualities in encountering the image situated in the mundanity of an everyday realism. My understanding of realism is from a more literary perspective, as opposed to an aesthetic or philosophical one. From this perspective, I am interested in a realist account of everyday graphic designs. I consider how graphic designs are not static, but that they go on living beyond the ideal intention of their designers, and how they inevitably slip back from the ideal into the mundanely real. These themes underpin my commercial work which develops simple and bold visual languages using typography, graphics, illustration, and photography.