Andy's career began as a musician; composing and performing material with Detritus, and recording the albums Perpetual Defiance and If But For One (Edge Records/Music for Nations). He then studied graphic design over a period of six years; initially in Cornwall, and then in Edinburgh, graduating with a first-class honours degree in Visual Communication and later with a Master of Design (MDes Graphic Design).
He worked commercially in Scotland with Millhouse Design Consultants developing the print & exhibition spaces for the (then) new National Museum of Scotland, as well as working on broader editorial and identity projects. He then moved to Navyblue Design Consultants working as a New Media Designer on web, CD-Rom and moving image projects for clients that included Tony Stone, Ellesse and Orange, together with award winning work for EPCC (part of Edinburgh University).
Andy started teaching part-time in 1998 at Glasgow School of Art, and set up [ nbuffalo ] in 1999 as an informal umbrella for his own commercial and personal work. He has been teaching at Falmouth since January 2000, co-ordinating both the first year (2001–06) and final year (2006–2016) of the BA(Hons) Graphic Design programme. He is an active member of the International Society of Typographic Designers, has been an invited assessor at the ISTD Student Assessment Scheme since 2004, and part of the education team since 2013.
He continues to design under the [nbuffalo] name, and his wider design & research interests include recording & re-utilising creative processes, together with exploring the broader communication complexities of liturgical form and space. He doesn’t like ‘categories’, but is equally at home lecturing about process or typography as he is playing guitar in experimental rock & electronica outfits or in liturgical spaces.
He lives and works in Cornwall, UK.