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 rock n’ roll band.

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.

I Got Game, But I’m Not A Gamer
I think of video games as an underrated storytelling medium, so I occasionally spend time watching new games on Twitch. Though I do try my hand at Rocket League, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Smash Bros.

Talk Radio 2.0
I know it’s stereotypical 2019, but can’t get enough podcasts in my life. Some current favorites include Daniel & Jorge Explain The UniverseThe Daily Zeitgeist, and The Jeselnik & Rosenthal Vanity Project.

And what can he do?

Résumé

Work

mikenichols.design — Freelance Designer & Consultant — 06/2008 to Present

Built a reputation of excellence by combining design prowess with an entrepreneurial point of view. Most notably have worked on packaging, branding, web design and development, direct mail, and display advertising for organizations such as City Colleges of Chicago, Shopko, VitaPLUR, GoDog Gourmet, and All Campus

Performics — Web Designer — 04/2015 to 03/2018

Designed and tested landing pages that consistently increased conversions week over week for Allstate’s proprietary insurance quoting tools. I also devised a
pitch site design and creation process that became a differentiating factor in the agency’s business development procedure

mcgarrybowen — Digital Designer — 06/2013 to 04/2015

Quickly ascended from intern to integral team member due to my aesthetic adaptability, technical finesse, and positive energy. I was a war room staple whose ideas and production assisted winning and increasing business from Pizza Hut, Lunchables, and Disney Cruise Lines

School

Northern Illinois University

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design & Media Arts (Visual Communication)

Tools

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

Ps, Ai, Id, Dw, Ae, Lr

Sketch App

Prototyping & Wireframing

WordPress

Various Content Management Systems

HTML & CSS Development

Experience in Javascript Manipulation

Skills

User Interface Design
Digital Advertising
Branding
Typography
Creative Strategy
Art Direction
Social Media Marketing
Photo Manipulation
Packaging
…and Rock & Roll Guitar