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Nick Adam

Nick Adam is a graphic designer with over 15 years of experience in directing and designing across all mediums, industries, and organization sizes. From civic leaders to visionary startups and cultural communities Nick’s design background spans across the arts and culture, civic and public, entertainment, financial and investment, food and drink, and non-profit sectors. Beyond design making, Nick has led identity, print, digital, environmental, experiential projects, teams, presentations, work sessions, and public town halls that involve governments, multi-group stakeholders, Fortune 500’s, and businesses small and large.

His work focuses on the nuance between visual identity and visual brand through which typographic details and formal maneuvers enhance the artifacts the design process brings into the world. This notion is an optimistic and experiential one: rich, diverse, and meaningful form can lead to rich, diverse, and meaningful life experiences.

Nick holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been recognized by the TDC (Type Directors Club of New York), the Tokyo Type Directors Club, The STA 100 (Society of Typographic Arts), Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award, Core77, Under Consideration, Brand New, FPO (For Print Only), Print Magazine, How Magazine, and other awarding organizations.

His work is archived in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newberry Library, Rhode Island School of Design, the Chicago Design Archive, and Design Museum Chicago.


First Round Chicago, Underconsidoration, 2019
Typeforce 10, Presenter, 2019
Rhode Island School of Design, Thesis Defense, 2018
Rhode Island School of Design, Position Presentation, 2017
Chicago Design Week, Nerdologues, 2016
Spark Conference, Keynote Presentation, 2016
Dominican University, Political Branding Lecture, 2016
Haile Foundation’s People’s Liberty, 2016
Keynote Presentation, 2016
Veritiv Paper Show, Paper Persona, 2015
Type Directors Club, Typeforce Lecture, 2015
School of the Art Institute, Design's Social Impact Lecture, 2014
Design Madison, Make Conference, Keynote Lecture, 2014
The School of Design at UIC, Keynote Lecture, 2014
Apple Store, Lincoln Park, Keynote Lecture, 2013
PechaKucha, Chicago Volume 26, Presenter, 2013
Seek Conference, Lecture, 2013
Center for Books and Paper Arts, Typography Symposium, 2013 + 2012
Spark Conference, Keynote Lecture, 2012


Rhode Island School of Design, Typography Instructor, 2018
Rhode Island School of Design, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2016 – 2018
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Expert Advisor, 2016-15
School of Visual Arts (SVA), Graduate Expert Advisor, 2015
NC State College of Design (NC State), Expert Advisor, 2015
The School of Design at UIC, Graduate Guest Mentor, 2015
DePaul University, Guest Critic, 2015
Columbia College, Guest Lecturer, 2010


Typeforce 10, 2019
Society of Typographic Arts Chicago Characters, 2018
RISD Graduate Exhibition, 2018
RISD MFA Selections, 2018
RISD MFA Graphic Design Triennial, 2018
AIGA Toledo’s Call to Action: The Design of Protest, 2018
Great Ideas of Humanity, 2018
Poetry Foundation’s Signs of Resistance, 2017
RISD MFA Graphic Design Biennale, 2017
RISD Dismantled Selections, 2017
Vernacular Spectacular, 2016
Fine Art of the Risograph, 2016
Chicago Design Week, 2016
Ordinary Chicago Pedway, 2016
LSD’s Designer Printer Maker, 2015
Type Directors Club, TDC61, 2015
The Chicago 50, 2015
Ordinary Chicago Pedway, 2015
Printers Ball, No Clear Goal, 2015
Type Directors Club Typeforce, 2015
25TH Annual Paper Show, The Chicago 50, 2014
Type Directors Club, TDC60, 2014
Paint Paste Sticker, 2014
A Decade of You Are Beautiful, 2013
Typeforce 3, 2012
San Fransisco Mission Cultural Center, Share Your Beauty, 2012
Type Directors Club, TDC58, 2012
Write Now: Artists and Letterforms, 2011
Chicago Urban Art Society Winter Block Party, 2011
Chicago Loop Alliance, Pop-Up Art Loop, 2011
Flatcolor Gallery Letter/Form, 2011
Typeforce 2, 2011
Moving Design Fair Warning, 2011
Version Fest Printervention, 2010
Typeforce, 2010
The Daley Show, 2010
The Upset, Art Show, 2008
Select Fest 3, Little Utopias, 2004


This is Public Work, Master’s Thesis, 2018
Print Magazine, Regional Design Awards, 2016
Vamonde, 2016
Document, Matthew Wizinsky Master’s Thesis, 2015
Viction:ary’s Nice to Meet You Again, 2015
Viction:ary’s Print Matters, The Cutting Edge of Print, 2015
Fast Company, Innovation by Design Awards issue, 2014
MAS Context, Issue 23, 2014
The 2013 / 14 FPO Awards, UnderConsideration, 2014
UnderConsideration Quarterly, 2014
You Are Beautiful, 2013
Typeforce 3 Catalogue, 2013
Designing for Social Change, 2012
Typeforce 2 Catalogue, 2012
Call to Action, A Moving Design Initiative on Water, 2011
Typeforce Catalogue, 2011

Workshops Lead

Chicago Design Week, Riso Workshop, Poster System Design, 2016
Haile Foundation, People's Liberty, 3-day Workshop, 2016
AIGA National, Innovation Grant, Co-Facilitator, 2-day WorkShop, 2016
Printers Ball, Risograph Workshop, Facilitator, 2015
Moving Design, Our Road a Call to Action, Co-Facilitator, 2011

Selected Work

Poetry Magazine Cover

Full Eclipse Identity

Silverroom and Pop-Up Visual Identity

Versteel Identity

Typeforce X: Daily Diet / Neurons Firing


Newcity: The Designed Objects Issue 2018

The Greater Good Silverroom Block Party

MAS Context 23 Ordinary

Holiday Wrapping Papers

Harper Court Summer Music Series

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