Nick Long is the Head of Visual Communication and Applied Arts, and is the course leader for BA Graphic Design and its top up. He also leads the Final Major Project unit and is the level six tutor for the course.
He is the internationalisation lead for the School of Art, Design and Fashion, and he has taught throughout Europe and China. Nick has recently delivered lectures and workshops at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, Hogeschool Utrecht, and Cork Institute of Technology. Nick was made a visiting professor of Shanghai Institute of Technology in 2015.
After completing his degree in graphic design at Newport School of Art, he went on to study for a post-graduate diploma at the University of the West of England, and an MA in electronic graphics at Coventry University.
Nick has taught visual communication to undergraduate and post-graduate students for over twenty five years. During this time he has been an external examiner for foundation, national diploma, higher national diploma and degree courses throughout the UK. This has given him a unique insight into the development of art and design education over the last four decades.
In 2003 he instigated a decade long research project with undergraduate students to design, edit and publish the design processes of some of the world’s leading visual communicators. This resulted in the ‘S book’ series, published in six volumes, and featuring over 130 primary source interviews.
Nick is also one of the founder members of ‘European Creative Futures’. An innovative programme created in 2010 and dedicated to the promotion of business acumen amongst students intending to pursue careers in the creative industries. ECF brings together academic staff, entrepreneurs and final year students from across Europe, for intensive workshops on how to develop and promote business ideas.
His visual communication interests lay in the fields of typography, photography, information and identity design. Nick’s current research projects are linked to place and critical interventions.
In 2014, he completed a two year project to design a focal path, as part of Southampton
City’s Decent Neighbourhoods initiative. This recorded the thoughts of Shirley Towers residents on fourteen large scale typographic quotes. Using a bespoke designed typeface, their words are now permanently etched on a quarter mile pedestrian pavement.
Nick has also just undertaken a major typographic project for the University's new ‘Spark’ teaching building. This also used one of his bespoke typefaces, to etch typographic quotes chosen by students, along the glass balustrade in the atrium.
His hobbies include cycling through increasingly obscure parts of London, searching for the birth (and death) places of long dead rock stars. Nick’s bicycle collection is now so vast, that a number now hang from the roof and walls of the BA Graphic Design studio; much to the bewilderment of the University's health and safety executive.