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Jess Harris

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Graphic Design


Jess is a Full Time lecturer teaching on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University.

Career overview

Jess Harris has 13 years’ experience of teaching Graphic Design in Higher Education specialising in creative thinking, branding and identity, print, book and customer experience. Previously she was head of final year graphics on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Illustration programme at the University of Hertfordshire assisting students in winning over 60 awards including D&AD, YCN and ISTD. Many contacts in industry have provided a bridge between design education and the creative industries via live briefs, student placements and organising visiting guest speakers. Her students have secured placements and full time employment in some of the most high profile design studios in the UK and worldwide. She has a passion for ideas and a strong focus on contemporary professional practice – a firm believer in great ideas executed appropriately and brilliantly.

An experienced practicing Graphic Designer previously employed as a senior designer at The Partners – an award-winning London based design agency. During her time at The Partners she worked on a variety of award winning projects. Her clients at The Partners included Warner Brothers, Nat West, Citibank, Patek Philippe and Tanner Krolle and she has received recognition from some of the most prestigious industry awards. She continues her practice alongside her teaching on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at Nottingham Trent University.

Research areas

2003 – present: Commercial practice including branding and identity, packaging, design for print and exhibition design for clients including Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, The Welsh Opera House and the Cambridge Printmaking Biennale. Examples of her work can be viewed in her online portfolio.

External activity

  • Currently designing the promotional material for the Cambridge Original Printmaking Biennale 2018, launching in September.
  • Book design – Design of sample spreads for a book written by Dr Kerry William Purcell celebrating the golden era and associated memorabilia of British wrestling currently pending funding via a crowd-funding publisher.