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.
|1998||MDes Graphic Design||(Edinburgh College of Art)|
|1997||BA(Hons) Visual Comunication (First class)||(Edinburgh College of Art)|
|1995||HND Graphic Design||(Falmouth College of Arts)|
Honors and awards
International Society of Typographic Designers; Premier Award (Falmouth Butterfly).
Futurebrand Award; FutureTalent Best Tutor.
International Visual Communications Association; Gold Award External Multimedia (EPCC CD-Rom / NavyBlue).
Scottish Design Awards; Commendation (EPCC CD-Rom / NavyBlue).
Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarship.
Adobe Power of Design; Design for Print overall winner (Rebirth typeface).
Donside Design Award.
Proctor & Stevenson Design Award.
Membership of external committeesISTD Education Team
Research centre and group affiliationsDiaGram
- design practice
- design process
- liturgical space
Publications and research outputs
Neal, Andy(2018), designdice™ GDEN2018 [w**ichcraft], In: Graphic Design Educators’ Network – W**chcraft, 6-7th September 2018, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. 6-7th September 2018
Neal, Andy(2018), designdice™ BDF2018, In: Birmingham Design Festival 2018, 7–10 June 2018, Birmingham Design Festival 2018, School of Jewellery, 82-86 Vittoria St. Birmingham, B1 3PA United Kingdom, (Published)
Star, Dion, Neal, Andy and Rudolph, Ashley(2016), [STÖRUNG] – Workshop & Public Lecture on Disruption & Design Process @ Werkwoche: International Design Week, Augsburg., University of Applied Sciences Augsburg. Faculty of Design. Friedberger Str. 2. 86161 Augsburg, Germany.
Star, Dion, Neal, Andy and Rudolph, Ashley(2016), Werkwoche International Design Week 2016, In: [STÖRUNG] – Disruption / Design / Process, 14 - 18 November 2016, Augsburg, Germany Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, (Unpublished)
Neal, Andy(2018), designdice™, Cornwall, UK
Neal, Andy(2017), [DiaGram]; Rethinking Graphic Design Process, In: REDO: Cumulus REDO Conference Proceedings, Design School Kolding 30 May - 2 June 2017, Design School Kolding and Cumulus International, Online (worldwide) / Denmark., pp. 81-95, ISBN: 9788793416154
Salkeld, NicolaRudolph, Ashley, (2017), STUFF, In: STUFF Moth, 30 Jan 2017 (on going), Falmouth University, Item availability may be restricted.
Neal, Andy(2021), Myths
Neal, Andy(2016), The Claze; Time to be friends, Cornwall, UK, Item availability may be restricted.
Neal, Andy(2016), NCC Branding, Cornwall, UK
Neal, AndyStar, Dion and Laurence King Publishers, (2022), Creativity Begins With You, Laurence King, London, United Kingdom, ISBN: 978-1529420227, Item availability may be restricted.
Neal, Andy(2021), Myths, United Kingdom, Item availability may be restricted.
Delivered a 4 day workshop and lecture with Dion Star & Ashley Rudolph at the Werkwoche, Faculty of Design, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
Areas of teaching
- Design Process.
- Graphic Design
- BA(Hons) Graphic Design
- MA Communication Design
Independent professional practice
Ongoing professional practice as a designer (working under the [ nbuffalo ] name).
Engagement with professional associations and societies
Invited assessor at the ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) annual student assessment scheme (since 2004).
Member of the ISTD Education team (since 2013).
Invited moderator at the ISTD annual student assessment scheme (2013).