Nicholas Jeeves

Lecturer, Graphic Design

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Graphic design and typography

Courses taught: Graphic Design

Nicholas has been a practising graphic designer, writer and educator since 2000.

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Nicholas graduated in 1994 with an honours degree in Graphic Arts and Illustration. After five years developing his design practice, in 2000 he was invited back to Cambridge School of Art as a visiting lecturer, and has tutored here consistently since. He has also tutored designers 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.

Nicholas continues to make commercial graphic design in parallel with teaching commitments. He's worked with Frank PR, Saatchi & Saatchi, The London Community Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation, Atelier Xavier Veilhan, The NUS,  the UK Film Council and, most recently, Photography For Equality and The Public Domain Review.

Since his appointment in 2014 as a permanent member of our teaching staff, Nicholas's interests have turned towards art and design education, with a particular interest in works of the imagination: design as applied to fictions and thus as a method by which to engage with possible futures and changes of consciousness.

Research interests

  • Design fictions and futures
  • Historical learning and teaching methodologies as applied to contemporary art and design education


  • MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries, Central Saint Martins
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Arts and Illustration, Anglia Polytechnic University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • London Institute of Pataphysics

Selected recent publications

The Spring Sessions (2014) Amman, Jordan. Imagined Worlds in Text and Image (Residency).

The Public Domain Review (2013) The Serious and the Smirk: A Brief History of the Smile in Portraiture (Essay).

Sandu Cultural Media (2013) Plant Graphics. Gingko Press, Inc (graphic design entry).

2 to the Power of 10 (2011) Orange Dot Gallery (group show).

Anti-Design Festival (2010) London (group show).

Witham, S. (2010) Creating Great Graphic Design to a Budget. Rotovision (graphic design entry).

Recent presentations and conferences

Type and Materiality (2010) Cambridge. Polly Gleason and the Typography of Amity (symposium presentation).