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Wrestling with a broadsheet

Notebook 8 February 2017 | NEWSPAPERS | TEACHING Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is one of the few graphic design courses in the UK that offers students the option to specialise in editorial design via their BA degree in ‘Design for Publishing’. Regular readers may remember my review of their excellent degree show last summer. The course has a high success rate for graduates taking up careers in magazine, book and newspaper publishing as well as digital publishing and graphic design. Each year, 2nd-year students are split into small groups and are set a project where they have to redesign pages 1-3 of the Sunday Times newspaper along with designs for a digital version for phone and ipad. A printed newspaper may be an old medium to work with but the strict design nature of the task means that the students quickly learn all about using grids, typography and type hierarchy as well as visual storytelling, picture editing and simple clear communication. This year we encouraged the students to also think about how a redesign might be able to attract younger readers. …

Editorial design for journalists

Notebook: 6 March 2016 | TEACHING I’ve recently been working as a visiting lecturer at various UK universities teaching students all about editorial design – not just graphic design students but journalism students as well. It’s always tough for any student making that step from university into paid employment and it seems to be especially tough for those seeking a career in journalism given the huge number of journalism, media and English graduates entering a shrinking market each year. For a journalist just starting out, it pays to be multi-skilled and that includes having a good working knowledge and some hands-on experience of magazine, newspaper and digital design, as part of their toolkit. As Mark Porter, the renowned editorial designer said, “visual journalism – the intelligent use of photography, infographics and layout – has become an essential tool for editors”. Journalism students don’t tend to get taught that much about editorial design, and what they do pick up can be a bit piecemeal and is often from journalists themselves rather than from designers. What I can offer, as …


Nick is available for guest lectures, talks and workshops on magazine and newspaper design and has taught graphic design students and journalism students at various UK universities including the Design for Publishing course at NUA (Norwich University of the Arts), DMU in Leicester, Sheffield Hallam, Southampton Solent and the University of Bedfordshire. The pictures below will give you an idea of some of the topics that Nick covers in his lectures and workshops. (The top picture is NUA student Elena Kidman who designed a news app in conjunction with fellow student Christian Kett as part of a Sunday Times print and digital re-design project run by Nick at Norwich in 2017) Email Nick at for more information or call on 0779 638 0779 A knowledge of layout and InDesign is part of the essential toolkit for a print journalist… You can read more about editorial design for journalists here Wrestling with a broadsheet will give you an insight into the work that Nick does with graphic design students at Norwich University of the Arts