Who is this guy, anyway?

My Story

I like to think that my passion found me.

When I first heard of “graphic design” in high school, I was confused. I had been creating logos for fake rock bands using MS Paint since seventh grade. It was just something I did, it felt like a necessary release of creativity. It would be years before the word “typography” would find it’s way into my vocabulary, yet here I was, a kid practicing it with pixels to pass the time. You’re telling me that I could do this for a living?

Fast forward. My college professors were my mentors; I took pride in excelling in their classes, struggling through challenges, discovering new design media. I was taken by branding, the idea of building a company story from the ground up. My junior year, I started my own business and took it upon myself to use my design know-how to establish it’s brand and identity, and to my amazement it was a success. I knew I was on the right path.

Since making my way into my professional design career, I continue to learn and hone my craft. I love working with big concepts with strong strategies. I’m inspired by passionate and creative people, and I strive to exceed expectations. Need a creative mind on your project? I’m happy to help, reach out anytime and let’s put this passion to good use.

What makes him unique?

Interests

I’m A Musician On The Weekends
Playing music is ultimately what brought me to the design world in the first place. I feel at home in the stage environment. I currently play guitar in a punk band and a rock n’ roll band.

I Got Game, But I’m Not A Gamer
I love video games as a interactive storytelling medium, so I spend time watching new games on Twitch. Though I do try my hand at Rocket League, Fortnite, and Grand Theft Auto.

Reaching For The Stars
When I was a kid, I dreamt of being an astronaut. All these years later, I’m still fascinated by the cosmos; I love watching space documentaries and reading articles on new discoveries.

Streaming TV Is All I Need
Let’s talk Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I’m currently watching Legion, and working my way through The Sopranos.

A Man Of Simple Tastes
While I don’t have a favorite food, I’ve found that my go-to celebratory meal is a ribeye steak with asparagus and a glass or two of Cabernet Sauvignon. But otherwise? Can’t go wrong with Italian beef.

And what can he do?

Résumé

EXPERIENCE

M. Nichols Design
Freelance Designer, 06/2008 – Present

Website Design, Identity System Development, Poster Design, Digital and Print Marketing for various companies, agencies, and individuals

Performics
Web Designer, 04/2015 – 03/2018

Website design, HTML & CSS development, CMS Management, Infographics, and more for brands including Allstate, Hyatt, Kohl’s, and Social Works

mcgarrybowen
Designer, 06/2013 – 04/2015

Campaign Websites, Social Content, and more for brands including Lunchables, Capri Sun, Kraft, Disney, Cars.com, and Sears

GoDog Gourmet
Owner/Creative Director, 11/2011 – 01/2013

Creative Direction, Graphic Design, Social Media Management, Customer Relations, All Aspects of Business Administration

EDUCATION

Northern Illinois University

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication, 05/2013

TOOLS

Adobe CC Suite

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Lightroom

HTML/CSS

Content Management Systems

WordPress, Ion Interactive

SKILLS

Art Direction

Branding

Web Design

Digital Advertising

Print Design

Social Media Marketing

Photo on this page courtesy of Larissa Kaye