Nicki Hoffman

Graphic Designer

Martinez, CA, USA
I am a graphic designer who loves craftsmanship, sketching, typography, letterpress, systems, and process. Previously I worked in production manufacturing quality engineering, which honed my skills in organization, detail, planning, systems, and collaboration.

In my free time, I love to sketch, paint, run, lift weights, be outside, read, visit museums and galleries, and cook. Current obsessions are tattoos, letterpress, typography, and all things spicy.

Work Experience

Mia Beauty Inc.

Graphic Designer

Responsibilities as an in-house designer include packaging design updates and 
 mock-ups, product photography, photo editing, catalog layout updates, sell sheets, 
 promotional cards, and documentation of vendor change requests.
July 2014 - Present Pleasant Hill, California, United States


Freelance Graphic Designer

Developed skills through freelance projects that include web applications (WordPress, Dreamweaver, FTP, banners), branding, brochures, and print.
January 2013 - July 2014 Walnut Creek, California, United States

Heraeus Mtd.

Quality Engineer

Responsible for overseeing quality and inspection activities at small ISO 9001 medical components division. Planned and evaluated for new implantable medical device products through customer interface, first article preparation, and material review board activities. Assigned improvement projects including receiving inspection and document storage procedures.
January 2005 - June 2005 Chandler, Arizona, United States


Manufacturing Engineer

Liaison between design engineering and manufacturing for small orthopedic implant business. Responsible for creating and modifying part documentation, process / equipment validation, and new product preparations (in-house and at vendor). Assisted quality engineering on product non-conformances and risk analysis.
July 2008 - January 2010 Hillsboro, Oregon, United States

F And B Manufacturing

Quality Engineer

Verified hydroforming and special process aerospace production routers against customer blueprints and purchase orders. Performed internal audits; prepared GEAE product audits and first articles. Managed qualified supplier list. Investigated and responded to customer's corrective action requests.
January 2004 - January 2005 Phoenix, Arizona, United States


Quality Engineer

Supported manufacturing for a large endovascular medical division through defect analysis, document change review, tech supervision, and special project assignments. Provided secondary support for product transfer team (operations move to Ireland). Primary responsibility was with abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft and delivery system.
October 2005 - May 2008 Santa Rosa, California, United States

Smith West, Inc.

Quality Engineer

Verified documentation and produced first article and inspection paperwork in aerospace machine shop. Communicated with customers and suppliers on new part documentation packages. Assisted quality manager with defective material reports, and error-proofing team assignments.
November 2001 - January 2004 Tempe, Arizona, United States


Academy Of Art University (AAU)

BFA, Graphic Design

I began attending classes part-time while working full-time in engineering and have recently earned my BFA in graphic design, focusing on print/identity.
June 2007 - December 2012 San Francisco, California, United States

Trine University (formerly Tri-State)

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, with Honors

September 1991 - December 1995 Indiana, United States


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Agile, Comping, Identity, Illustration, Inventor, Lettering, Logo Design, Mock-Ups, Packaging, Painting, SAP, Sketching,