Nick Riley

This week I’ve been chatting to a refreshing graphic designer with a bold style that mixes clean commercial design with show stopping conceptual pieces. Nick Riley, a soon to be graduate from Winchester School of Art, Southampton University is definitely one to watch in the world of design. His work is inventive and creative, never settling for the common place in design. This has helped him create an impressive online portfolio that shows how diverse and effective his work can be. However, interestingly, despite being a diverse and adaptable designer, he never misses the mark when it comes to the subject matter. There’s a charming realness to all of his pieces, that get a clear message across, whilst still being effortlessly beautiful. Just what you’d want from a talented designer. Here’s what he had to say…


How would you describe your work and your style?

My work has a strong emphasis on colour with quite a minimalist approach to type. I also favour illustration over photography on the majority of my projects, perhaps due to it having a more harmonious relationship with bright colour schemes. I’d hope that my work appeals to quite a large audience and age range due to the colour schemes and simplicity of type layout. The majority of my work is print based and I’m a firm believer in the value and promotion of print over digital alternatives.

Your work is often very bold and graphic, what influences your style?

Michael Craig-Martin has been a large influence on my style for a good few years now, other artists such as William Morris have also played a part in some of my projects. Graphic designers such as David Carson and Stefan Sagmeister often influence how I approach briefs and the values I keep in mind when designing.

You’ve created some very deep and meaningful pieces ( like your genius loci work, which can be found on your online portfolio for those interested) do you prefer working in this style, or in a more commercial style?

The genius loci brief was really interesting due to the subject matter, seeing how the public dealt with the homeless brought about a lot of questions and it was good to explore those. However the more light-hearted, exciting briefs are what I prefer doing, I have more of an enthusiasm about brighter, positive challenges.

Where do you hope to be in the future?

I hope to head into London once I’ve graduated, as a junior graphic designer. I’d like to be mainly print based however the world is becoming evermore digital so I also look forward to designing for digital formats and briefs. Print and digital lends itself well to graphic installations and this is something I’d really like to get involved with.


I hope you enjoyed that, and to really get a good idea of Nick’s work, I urge you to visit his website, and check him out for yourself!

Click here for Nick’s website