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Vision Products


Since 2006 our team have travelled the UK and Ireland researching and designing projects which span between Secondary and Higher Education and Healthcare are recently we began working in the commercial sector exploring how to improve the experience of the working environment. During this time we have interacted with literally thousands of participants from students to professionals, and this has provided us with unique insight into how people use their spaces and the links between space and wellbeing.

To capture this valuable knowledge our team have been busy creating several products aimed at providing advice and practical activities to assist those in the early stages of a project to take a people-centred approach from the outset. Two of these products has now reached the prototype stage, and we will be testing them over the coming months before announcing its release.

The first product, called Vision Cards is a pack of cards containing information that is intended as a design aid to assist educators, architects and other interested parties to understand the people who use learning spaces and how to create appropriate places for those people.

The information on the cards draws upon knowledge gained from projects undertaken with twenty-seven Universities across the UK and Ireland and includes over 16K+ online interactions, 1000 soft interviews, 600 + maps, 70 + workshops, 50 + Cultural Probes, 12 Social Networks, and countless days of observation.

Throughout our practice, we have been reflecting and refining our participatory design workshops, and we now have a core set of workshops which we know deliver valuable results which translate into useable, concrete design strategies. This information is the basis of our second product, The Vision Workshops which is a package containing all the instructions and materials that you need to run a set of Nomad workshops.

We will be testing the Vision Cards and the Workshop Package over the next few months and are hoping for a late summer/early autumn release. If you would like to know more about the Vision Cards or take part in the testing email us at


Project Win! – The Catalyst

We are delighted to start 2018 with a new commision from Edge Hill University for the interior design of their new landmark building the Catalyst.  The Catalyst is a student hub combining students services with the University library and is a four-floor building at the heart of Edge Hill’s leafy and idyllic campus. Our team will be providing the full interior design along with bespoke sign and wayfinding solutions and identity work which will be created through a participatory design process with staff and students.  The project has an ambitious timescale as it is due for completion this summer so all hands are on deck for this one and after a year of intense creating consultation and conceptual work we are all very much looking forward to getting stuck into a live project.

Happy Holidays Love Nomad

Our team and this year’s clients captured in our own little Christmas Bauble.  Based on our Biophilia Landscape Bubbles created as part of our WorkSpirit Creative Workshops for the European Central Bank 2017.


Please Note.  The studio will be closed over the Festive Season re-opening on the 4th of January 2018.




The month of May and the sun is here, and every year we try to alert clients who want to undertake a consultation or research project in the new academic years starting in September that now is the optimum time to make a start. The best time to launch a creative consultation project is in the first term, not immediately as people are still finding their feet but approximately one month in when everyone is full of enthusiasm and not yet distracted by Christmas!

It may seem strange as students will be thinking of exams and holidays, as will many staff but the summer months are the ideal time to undertake the detailed planning that a really good consultation project needs and will leave the academic year clear for consultation events and activity. Although each project is different, our approach usually involves several methods from pop-up stalls where our researchers carry out soft interviews and mapping events to creative workshops and experience sampling, and each takes time to design and strategise. On average a well-run project takes between 2-3 months to plan in detail and launch. Of course, this is not to say that it can’t be done a little closer to term or at other times of the academic year, but we usually advise everyone to try to take advantage of the summer weeks ahead.

If you are planning a creative consultation project in the new term, we would love to hear about it in the comments. Alternatively, if you are considering a project in the new academic year and need any advice or recommendations just let us know at

Project win: Nomad in Europe


We are very excited to be working with a major commercial institution in Europe where we have been commissioned to design and run a bespoke consultation project with their staff aimed at generating a number of creative workplace solutions.  The institution, whom we are not permitted to name for security reasons, has three properties in Frankfurt where they have recently completed a Leesman Survey to assess their workplaces.  We will be exploring the issues flagged up in the survey with the staff with a view to creating a strategic range of recommendations and solutions.  The first stage of consultation is due to commence in early April, and our entire team will be involved with the project at different stages.

Project win: Gallaudet

Gallaudet University

We are incredibly proud and very excited to announce that we are part of architectural practice Hall McKnight’s winning team for the Gallaudet University International Design Competition. Gallaudet University, founded in 1864, is the world’s only liberal arts university where all classes and services are designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.  Hall McKnight’s winning design, described by the jury as ‘accomplished, eloquent and poetic’, is the focal point of a ten year and $450 million regeneration project at the heart of Washington, Dc.

The project seeks to build a new central landmark building and dynamic new public space on campus linking the university campus with the rest of the city, bridging the gap between the hearing and deaf worlds. It is a highly exciting project to involved in and our first across the pond.

Our role within the project will be to work with the students and staff of Gallaudet to enrich the brief by uncovering their needs and desires for their university spaces and places, making sure that the project is in line with their vision and values, now and into the future.

Keep an eye out for more information as the project progresses.

Links Below:

Hall McKnight Gallaudet University page

Architects Journal winners announced article

Pumpkin Carving Comp

cwgc_5uwgaawmpoIt’s been a tense atmosphere in the office over the last 24 hours as we have awaited the final votes in our annual Pumpkin competition. The votes have now been counted and verified and we can announce, hot off the press, that Scott was a convincing winner with his Day of the Dead inspired Pumpkin. Not even the dreaded Trumpkin came close, which we hope is a good omen for next week. Congratulations Scott!