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The truth about what writers think of designers

  • Nick Asbury



BCU Parkside - P350



Design writer Nick Asbury shares insights from 20 years working with designers, including tips on how to work with writers, how writing and design are both different and similar, and how to wind up a writer. Along the way, he’ll talk about working with designers including Johnson Banks, Studio Sutherland and Build, as well as his involvement in the latest edition of A Smile in the Mind. 


Nick Asbury

Design writer

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Nick Asbury is a writer for branding and design. Recent projects include Sideways Dictionary (a dictionary explaining technology using analogies, created with Google); Dear World, Yours Cambridge (a fundraising campaign for Cambridge University led by Johnson Banks); and branding work for National Autistic Society, Mozilla, Generation Press and others. His personal projects include Perpetual Disappointments Diary (a downbeat appointments diary, published by Pan Macmillan), Corpoetics (corporate copy rearranged into verse), and Realtime Notes (Instagram poems written in rapid response to current events). He is one of 53 writers featured in The Copy Book: How some of the best advertising writers in the world write their advertising (D&AD/Taschen). In 2016, he co-authored the updated edition of A Smile in the Mind: Witty thinking in Graphic Design. He writes frequently for Creative Review.


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BCU Parkside - P350

P350 is a lecture theatre located on the 3rd floor of BCU Parkside. Entry is gated but will be open, if you have any issues find a volunteer or member of staff and they will be able to guide you.

The BCU City Centre Campus is a multi-million pound centre of excellence in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development. It is made up of four buildings: Millennium Point, The Joseph Priestley Building, The Parkside Building and The Curzon Building.

The Parkside Building is the home to our Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

The City Centre Campus supports the creative industries, business engagement, applied innovation and cultural excellence.

With over 5,500 of our 24,000 students enrolled on courses in music, theatre, writing, media, digital technology, art, design, jewellery and architecture, Birmingham City University is one of Britain’s leading providers of talented professionals to the cultural and creative industries.

The vast majority of these students are part of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media – the driving force behind the creative provision at Birmingham City University.

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Birmingham City University – Parkside Building,
Cardigan Street,
Birmingham, UK

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