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Hi—I'm Nikola, a Los Angeles graphic and web designer.

My story began in October of 1985, when I was born nine days late, on a (probably) beautiful fall morning in what is today Bosnia and Herzegovina. I started riding bicycles at age five, programming at eight, and learning English at twelve. Somewhere in there… Read More
Hi—I'm Nikola, a Los Angeles graphic and web designer.

My story began in October of 1985, when I was born nine days late, on a (probably) beautiful fall morning in what is today Bosnia and Herzegovina. I started riding bicycles at age five, programming at eight, and learning English at twelve. Somewhere in there I started wearing glasses, too, and figured out I'll probably spend my entire professional career (or life) in front of a computer.

In early 2002, I moved to Thousand Oaks, California. Quite a change of pace, that. After surviving the rest of high school, in 2004 I soldiered on to study Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, fully intent on becoming a badass programmer. Three years (and a serious web development job) later I realized it actually wasn't for me, moved to Los Angeles, and took up design. In June of 2011, I graduated from the California State University, Los Angeles with a degree in Art—Graphic Design/Visual Communication. Pretty sweet, right?

In my years as a design student I truly fell in love with design. It was merely interesting at first, but getting involved with AIGA changed that. I was the CSULA AIGA student group (GAUGE) President in 2009–2010, spearheading the production of a number of on- and off-campus events, and receiving the AIGA Los Angeles Student Scholarship for Design Leadership in 2010. As a professional member I have participated in the AIGA (Re)design Awards 2011 project and have joined the AIGA/LA Programming Committee. One could say I have somewhat of an addiction to AIGA.

These days I mostly make a living combining the technical and artistic aspects of my background through web design and development. I wield Photoshop palette tools and HTML/CSS/whatever code to make things happen in the browser, and greatly enjoy both sides of the coin. It's both an art form and a science, I promise.

And what do I do when I'm not designing or programming?
Design events, house music, cycling, cars and motorcycles (and canyons), red wine, long walks on the beach... Read Less
Member Since: Nov 6, 2010