Nick Bax (born 1970) is a British designer whose practice has spanned the fields of graphics, creative direction and art.
Bax is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA) and a visiting lecturer in design and visual communication at various universities and institutions. He is currently a trustee of the charity Sheffield Flourish and ROAR (Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance), an ambassador for Eureka! National Children’s Museum and an advisor on cultural engagement for the University of Sheffield.
Bax is co-founder of the Computer Club music label, which was launched in 2014.
Nick Bax was born in Huddersfield, England in 1970. He attended Maltby Comprehensive School from 1981–1986, studied art and design at Rotherham College of Arts & Technology from 1986–1988 and graphic design at North Essex School of Art (Colchester Institute) from 1988–1990.
The Designers Republic (1990–92)
In 1990 Bax became a member of The Designers Republic (TDR) and helped to establish it as one of the most influential graphic design companies in the world. Activity during this time was primarily for the music industry, including record covers for Pop Will Eat Itself, The Orb and Warp Records.
The Designers Republic (1993–2007)
Bax returned to TDR in July 1993, designing covers for key British artists such as Aphex Twin, Pulp and Supergrass. He also produced artwork for record labels including Warp Records and React, and the groundbreaking video games Wipeout and Grand Theft Auto. Other projects included packaging for Sony Aibo, rebrand of Nickelodeon, design of a TDR Swatch, MTV Qoob project, a visual identity for The University of Sheffield and an invitation to design the flag of Slovenia.
During this time, Bax exhibited with TDR at various galleries and locations around the world including the Barbican Centre (London), Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona), Passage de Retz (Paris), Electraglide Festival (Tokyo), and Artists Space (New York). He also contributed to the TDR issue of Emigre magazine (#29, 1994), which is now part of the permanent design collection in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.
In 2007 Bax founded Humanstudio (aka Human), a multi-disciplinary design team.
The team have completed design projects for organisations such as MTV, Roewe (China), Swatch, Kilgour, TIGI, University of Sheffield , Arts Council, The Hepworth Wakefield, Seaborn (USA), Channel 4 and Urban Splash.
Human have produced artwork for numerous music labels including SCI+TEC, CPU (Central Processing Unit), Shabby Doll Records, mau5trap, Virgin EMI, Deep Dish Records, Dust Science, Soma, Computer Club, Parlophone, Warner Music and K7 Music (Germany).
Work by Human has featured in various publications and websites around the world including Design Week, Eye Magazine, and The Guardian. The team have exhibited work extensively in galleries and venues in Europe, Japan, Brazil and the United States.
Human created visuals for 'Sounds of the Cosmos' which was performed at The Octagon Centre (FOTM, Sept 2014), The Crucible Theatre (DocFest, June 2015) and Latitude Festival 2015.
The exhibition 'SHEFFIELD>>>TOKYO + <3' took place at the Calm&Punk Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, in October 2015. The show featured a combination of 3D printing and animation created by the Human team.
In 2016 Bax was one of 50+ artists commissioned to create an elephant for the Herd of Sheffield citywide art event. His design 'LIZZIETRON 2.2' was displayed outside the University of Sheffield Diamond building (Faculty of Engineering) from July–September and the Meadowhall Centre, 14–16 October 2016. The piece was auctioned at the Crucible Theatre on 20 October 2016, raising £5,900 for Sheffield Children's Hospital.
'The Art of SCI+TEC', an exhibition of Human's designs for the SCI+TEC music label was shown in Barcelona during June 2017 (BudLab), 2012 (Blow Gallery) and 2011 (Corretger5 Gallery).
- Sheffield Flourish Team Member
- Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance
- SHIFT – JAPAN-BASED INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE May 2011
- Back Issue:Emigre magazine #29 1994
- Emigre magazine #29 Museum of Modern Art 1994
- Doc/Fest: Sounds of the Cosmos Professor Paul Crowther, University of Sheffield
- Gasbook 2015/09/23
- HUMAN EXHIBITION “SHEFFIELD>>>TOKYO+<3” Shift 2015.9.30
- Sheffield Children's Hospital raises £400k from elephant sculpture auction 21 October 2016
- This summer a herd of elephant sculptures will descend on Sheffield for the biggest public art event the city has ever seen! This exciting event is being brought to you by The Children's Hospital Charity! 6 July 2016
- Our elephant earns her stripes (and spots) 23 May 2016
- Lizzietron 2.2 herd of sheffield