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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: De Montfort University


We are very excited to announce our most recent commission for De Montfort University. The University has a range of library and learning spaces that have been developed over time to meet the demands of evolving student requirements. Now they wish to shape a vision for the future development of their learning spaces and have appointed Nomad to help them shape this vision by engaging with their staff and students. Our research team will be working with the Library and Learning Services to engage with stakeholders to better understand the modern expectations of the service and its associated physical spaces. Combined with critically evaluating their existing accommodation to look at options for inspirational learning resources.

We will be planning the project over the summer months, and the actual engagement should begin when the students and staff return for the start of the new term. The project is due for completion in Feb 2017.

University of Strathclyde


We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed to work with the University of Strathclyde on an exciting and innovative new project. The University have commissioned us at the early stages of an emerging project. Our role is to engage the staff and students in a Creative Consultation project to help establish user-centred requirements for a major new space on campus. The information that we gather will be used to inform an architectural brief and business case for this potential new development.

It is particularly exciting to be engaged in a project which aims to use a people-centred approach from the outset to inspire the core thinking of a major education project. The timescales for this project are very tight. We will carry out the majority of the works before students finish their exams in late May with some more staff focused methods running over into the summer months. The final The final report will be completed by August 2016.

New Nomad Needed

We are recruiting once again and this time we are looking for a graphic designer/illustrator to join our  team. The successful applicant will work on a range of challenging projects producing concepts and artwork to support our interior spaces, sign and way finding systems and in house marketing and brochures. Our studio is based in Glasgow but our clients are spread across the UK and in particular London.

We are looking for designers who are passionate, intelligent, enthusiastic, loyal and down to earth with a pro-active, can do attitude. You should be willing to travel and be open and willing to experiment with new ideas and working practices.

The key requirements you must possess are,

Degree or equivalent
A strong portfolio
(which preferably shows experience or aptitude for working at different scales)
Highly proficient in using Adobe Creative Suite
Social Media experience
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work on your own initiative and thrive under pressure
Ability to solve problem and anticipate issues
Interest in people centred design and methods

Experience is preferable however the right personality, ambition and willingness to fit within our team and strive towards our goals of creative excellence, innovation, integrity and invention are essential. If you are interested please submit your CV and covering letter together with examples of your design work to by 23/07/2015 Applications that are not accompanied with CVs and design examples will not be considered. Unfortunately we are only able to respond in writing to applicants who are successful in progressing to the interview stage.


We have had a fantastic response to our advert  and although the official deadline for applications is not till the 23rd we have decided to move interviews forward due to some  new work in the studio.  So if you are interested in joining our communications team get your CV in along with a cover letter and examples of your work into asap.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

N. Products now available

Shop Poster

It has taken us years – literally – but we have finally managed to get the ‘products’ area of our site up and running. We selected the contents based on requests we have had in recent months. At the moment we have a number of prints/buttons available and we are hoping to make some of our 3D products available soon. If you are interested in any of the prints or would like to feature any of your own creative work for sale on our site drop us a line at


Design Awards Season Looms

Drum Nomination


Our diary has been fairly busy lately and we have not had much time for blogging. However now that awards season is upon us we felt it was time to update things a little. The Guild project at University of Liverpool has been nominated for several awards including The FX Design Award, where we were also nominated for City of Glasgow College, The Drum Design Awards and The Scottish Design Awards where we have also been nominated for best item of self-promotion for our Christmas Card.  Sadly we did not win anything in the FX or Drum awards which is hardly surprising given the heavyweight competition we faced which included the Hunters Flag Ship Store on Regent Street and The Duke Street Emporium for Jigsaw in London. However we were pleased to be nominated and keeping our fingers crossed for the SDA’s. Our work has been getting consistent award nominations over the last few years so hopefully we are getting something right. The biggest issue we face in these award do’s is that we have a tendency to come up against projects which are vastly different to ours with far sexier budgets. Making a comparison is therefore a little like comparing the proverbial apple with pears and it made us wonder, just how do you measure design?

A few of our Nomads have experience in marking degree stage students work. This is relatively simple as although projects differ most students are working roughly within the same parameters and you can measure how well they constructed their brief, how well they resolved the project, the final result, their overall performance and roughly how they sit with their peers. However, when you have a public sector project with a restricted budget, multiple clients/user types and in depth user consultation requirements how do you measure this against high end retail or leisure where the budget is generous, the end user relatively well defined and the designer has greater freedom to develop ideas independently?   This is not sour grapes – really,  and is actually a rather topical question for us at present as we have been planning on compiling a book exploring what makes a good design for the last few months. It is inspired by the success of our hoarding at University of Glasgow where we asked hundreds of staff, students and alumni the question, ‘How will you change the world” The responses we got were fascinating, surprising, funny and even romantic and it occurred to us that carrying out the same exercise but with a slightly modified question, in this case, “What does good design mean to you?” could be both educational and inspirational.  Over the next few months we will be writing to a selection of clients and friends to ask them to take part.   Participants will be able to respond with text, a photo or a drawing and once we have finished gathering the material we will compile it into a book format.  We are really excited about this as it should generate a document full of useful insights and if we are lucky, perhaps even give us an opportunity to publish. If you have not received a request by the end of June and would like to take part contact us and let us know. In the meantime watch your inbox for the request form coming soon!


Nomad News

GCU Study Club.

GCU Study Club.

We have had a busy start to the year and it now seems like Christmas is a bit of a distant memory.  We are currently working hard on three projects which are due for completion this summer,  Somerset House Experimental Learning Spaces for Kings College London, Heart of Campus (phase one) Caledonian University and  FutureUWLibrary for University of West London.

Somerset House Learning Spaces KCL

Somerset House Learning Spaces KCL

Regular followers of our blog and twitter will know that we have been working on each one of these for a while now, particularly the projects for KCL and GCU  We have also been working on our new company brochure which is very exciting but, as usual, taking far too long so we thought we would create a Nomad Newspaper which would help to give folk a sneak peek at our current projects as well as an update on our recently completed ones.

Group work 'Hedges' UWL

Group work ‘Hedges’ UWL

Some 300 Nomad Newspapers were printed and sent out to clients and contacts that we have worked with in the past along with a small selection of new contacts who have been in touch over the last 12 months or so.   This has been a rousing success and we have been asked for more copies so have created a handy e version here on ISSUU that we thought we would share.

In addition to our usual research and design work we have also been working with students once more.  At present we have the lovely Sara Jeffrey, an Interior & Spatial design student from Napier University working three days a week as part of an internship program and we have been surprised and delighted so far with how well she is settling in and meeting each new challenge. We were also very happy to be asked for a second year to take part in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & design (djcad) annual round table event for fourth year students which took place on the 11th of February.  Val and Scott attended and were really excited by the quality and diversity of fourth years student’s projects and also by their use of innovative user centred methods and research techniques.

All three of the above projects are due for completion this summer so we have a busy six months ahead of us but we are looking forward to rewarding ourselves with a visit to some degree shows and maybe even a cheeky wee trip to Milan for the Expo!