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Nick Adam

Designer and Director, Candidate for MFA from Rhode Island School of Design

Chicago, IL, USA
Often I refer to feelings of heightened energy and excitement, I have felt this way my entire life. It’s that childlike yearning to never stop and never to fall asleep. I first noticed it after tracing my left hand then transforming it into a turkey. While this was a completely directed and non-original act, it held a great deal of importance. Marking a surface, forming a familiar object, altering it’s meaning, and sticking it to the refrigerator brought about the turkey and its audience. Understanding that people’s perception could be altered by an idea coupled with action brought about a rush I have sought out ever since. Following this drive continues to keep me connected with my inner-child and has made for very fulfilling life.

Work Experience

Firebelly Design

Strategic Director / Designer

February 2011 - April 2016 Illinois, United States

Freelance

Designer and Director

Design and direction of graphic design, branding, and typographic centered projects. This work has been with clients such as Cards Against Humanity, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Design Museum, Classic Color, Firebelly Design, Haile Foundation, Land and Sea Dept., Leo Burnett-Chicago, MAS Context, Moving Design, People's Liberty, Simple Truth, Society of Typographic Arts, Thirst, and You Are Beautiful. These freelance engagements have been taking place since 2008. Day to day, my responsibilities include concept development, design direction, and execution, content and design strategy, information architecture, production, writing, as well as maintaining client, team, vendor relationships.
January 2008 - Present Chicago, Illinois, United States

Publications International Ltd.

Art Director

June 2004 - February 2011 Lincolnwood, Illinois, United States

Ala Carte Entertainment

Designer

July 2002 - June 2004 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Awards

FPO Awards

FPO Award — Category: Mix

2014

Fast Company

Finalist — Innovation By Design Awards: Graphic

2014

Core77

Design Awards — Visual Communication: Professional Notable

2014

Chicago Design Archive

Best in Show

2014

Chicago Design Archive

Identity System

2014

Chicago Design Archive

Poster Series

2014

The Type Directors Club

Unpublished Book

2014

HOW Design Magazine

International Design Award — Posters

2013

The Type Directors Club

TDC Communication Design Winners - Book

2012

The Type Directors Club

TDC Communication Design Winners - Music Festival

2012

Tokyo Type Directors Club

Editorial / Book Design

2012

Skills

Sign Painting, Cultural Creator, Design, Hand-lettering, Information Architecture, Strategy, Typogrpahy, Wire-framing,