Andrew Nicolson

Designer living in Glasgow with over 14 years working experience.
Senior digital designer at Front Page®.

Andrew Nicolson

Online virtual blending lab

Web / Product / UI / UX / Print / E-commerce

An Andrews of Bothwell project (plus work created at Front Page®)

Designing, building and evolving a website, brand and product whereby people can blend, save, and purchase their own unique blend of whisky. From a drunken chat to a worldwide distributed business enterprise. Product design, front-end development, user interface design, copywriting, print, photography, video production, artworking, marketing, social media... lots.

Whisky Blender Whisky Blender

Avatar maker

App / UI / UX

Self-initiated project

A simple tap-orientated avatar maker with billions of face combinations. The images can be used as profile pictures on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as the ability to simply share with friends or even be assigned as caller IDs. Illustrator, Heather Miller, created a ten-slot avatar framework of assets and developer, Grant Kerr, built the app in Adobe Air.

On the AppStore

QikPik QikPik

Responsive web components

Web / UI / Prototyping

Work created at Front Page®

Converting a 400 page website to a mobile-friendly format is no easy task. Using a phased approach we created a collection of responsive web modules to construct the replacement webpages. The most integral part of this project was introducing a brand new global navigation system where all content areas and requirements were restructured from the ground up.

Royal Caribbean Royal Caribbean

Limited edition rum trio

Web / Product / UI / Packaging / Print

Self-initiated project (in collaboration with Lisa Adamson, Laura Service and Emma Fraser)

The challenge was to create a limited edition rum collection that told the story of Rum Blender. The finished creative represents the journey that this rum takes—from where it's made to where it's blended to where it's bottled—in three simple, stylised illustrations. This project received a packaging design commendation from the Drum's Scottish Design Awards in 2016.

Rum Blender: Journey Rum Blender: Journey

Responsive CMS

Web / Front-end

Work created at Front Page®

Working with the client during an initial creative workshop, we broke down the business objectives, formed client/user personas and organised key areas of content. This gave us a strong basis from which to construct the design framework for their new website. It's a custom-built Umbraco site plus the client can manage and analyse customer interactions and data through Nimble.

Investors in People Scotland Investors in People Scotland

Boutique gin site

Web / Front-end / e-commerce

Work created at Front Page®

A simple three-page site showcasing a micro-batch craft gin from the Isle of Jura, with the functionality to purchase using Stripe. It also tells the story of the gin with an accompanying map of the island. One of the ways we stopped the site looking too clean and flat was by photographing pages of fieldnotes to use as overlay dialogs.

Lussa Gin Lussa Gin

Google Cardboard app

VR app / UI / illustration

Work created at Front Page®

Travel agents issued with branded headsets (and directed to download the app) were able to 'physically look around' the interior of Air New Zealand's new aircraft and access key pieces of information about the different features. The packs came with a branded instructional insert with illustrated assembly steps for building their headset.

On the AppStore

Air New Zealand Air New Zealand

Crowd-sourced content app

App / UI / Project management

Self-initiated project

An app featuring the definition and explanation for 26 commonly used Glasgow words (one for each letter of the alphabet). Each word is accompanied by a photo and a soundbite with it's pronunciation all sourced via members of a Collaborative Projects group. Twenty-six words, images, sounbites and definitions equates to over a hundred pieces of content contributed from around fifty different people.

On the Play Store

Glasgow Dictionary Glasgow Dictionary

Competition and event

Event / Web / Animation / Illustration

Work created at Front Page®

What started out as a simple lunchtime chat, Laura Service and I started exploring the idea of running a movie poster competition with an aim to celebrate alternative movie poster art. Thankfully the bosses (and many others) at Front Page shared our enthusiasm and took the project on, supported it, funded it, and ultimately made it all possible.

Now Showing Now Showing

3-letter photo app

App / UI

Self-initiated project

In response to all the profile pictures that started appearing with "Yes" stickers on them in support of Scottish Independence, myself and developer, Iain Smith, set out to make an alternative. We designed, built and released this app within 8 days allowing the user to add any 3-letter word to a photo. With four different sticker shapes and nine colours.

On the AppStore

Yas Yas

Adaptive packaging solution

Branding / Print / Packaging

An Andrews of Bothwell project

Stylish whisky needed a new packaging solution that would allow them to quickly and easily bring a product to market without spending a long time developing new artwork each time. A series of standard box containers were created in a number of sizes to accomodate any typical product dimensions and item specific sleeve templates were designed to apply when required.

Stylish Whisky Stylish Whisky

The original board game

Logo / UI / App

Collaboration with Jason Frame and Mackenzie

High Kings brings to the iPhone the world's original board game, Tafl, with gorgeous retina graphics and a powerful AI to match. The attacker's objective is to capture the defender's king, while the defender wins by escaping his king to the safety of the board's corners or edges, depending on the game variant in play. Full rules are included within the game.

High Kings High Kings

Twitter-fed webpage


Self-initiated project (in collaboration with Daniel McAteer)

To help show Scotland's own unique perspective on the controversial president of the United States, Donald Trump, developer colleague, Daniel McAteer, and I created this very simple webpage that brings in a random tweet with the hashtag #ScotlandToTrump. You can cycle through different submissions and enjoy some witty Glasgow patter.

Scotland To Trump Scotland To Trump

Fortnightly posters

Print / Graphic design

Member/participant of

Poster Project is a Glasgow-based collective who create posters every two weeks based on a randomly-selected word. In 2016 the group held their first exhibition in South Block, Glasgow, from 20 May to 8 July. A selection of the group's 300 strong catalogue were exhibited and then sold at the closing night.

Poster Project Poster Project

Making things with friends

Project management / branding / print / video

Self-initiated project

A Facebook group set up in a bid to encourage friends to be more courageous with their creativity and to offer an outlet that they otherwise. Featuring designers, illustrators, teachers, plumbers, librarians, and everyone in between. I get to make cool stuff with my buddies.

Collaborative Projects Collaborative Projects