Gus Nicklos

Gus Nicklos

Senior Designer at Liquid Agency

Location
Portland, Oregon Area
Industry
Design

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Gus Nicklos's Overview

Current
  • Senior Designer at Liquid Agency
  • CREATIVE at GUS NICKLOS STUDIO
Past
  • SENIOR DESIGNER at THE FELT HAT
  • ART DIRECTOR at TAOW Modern Marketing
  • DESIGNER at HERENOW Creative Network
Education
Connections

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Gus Nicklos' Summary

Versatile Designer with 15 years experience working in logo/icon creation, font design and international branding. Definitive and informed typography with elegant/mindful solutions.

Specialties: STRATEGIC DESIGNER • VECTOR SPECIALIST • TYPOGRAPHER • BRAND IDEATION • ADVERTISING • MARKETING • CONNECTING

Gus Nicklos' Experience

Senior Designer

Liquid Agency

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

June 2013Present (1 year 4 months) Portland, Oregon Area

CREATIVE

GUS NICKLOS STUDIO

August 2001Present (13 years 2 months)

Built strong and dependable client base, crucial to success in freelance field. Designed logos, identities, typography, full font families, icons, album art work, websites, brochures and presentations. Stylistic adaptability demonstrated by projects in music, athletics, fashion and fast food industries. Managed business finances, finding work, personal brand identity and networking at social events.

SELECTED BRAND PROJECTS: Farcak Guitars, Oblation Creative, GREC, Jantzen, Tacone, Portland Center Stage, Atrium Workers Compensation, Skylab Architects, RSA Independent, Contraband Music Group and Change The World Music.

SELECTED FONT DESIGN PROJECTS: Adidas (adiHaus), Nike (Victory, Victory Neue & Futbol), Starbucks (Starbucks Black & Holiday 2006), Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS Slab Serif), Portland (used for Newsweek rebrand) and Maunst LQ (used for Vinton Studios rebrand).

SENIOR DESIGNER

THE FELT HAT

February 2011June 2013 (2 years 5 months) Portland, Oregon Area

High caliber design and thinking in an environment of high expectations. Responsibilities: interpreting creative direction into an actionable plan to process to result – concept development and elaboration on creative direction – custom font design and reinterpreting existing typography into a project specific font – managing projects, client relationships, designers, interns, freelancers, digital developers, videographers, etc. – leading brainstorms internally and with clients – printer/vendor direction and supervision.

ART DIRECTOR

TAOW Modern Marketing

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

September 2010February 2011 (6 months)

Manage designers, production, creative assets, workflow and implementation of brand identy of TAOW and clients. Lead brainstorms, ideation & execution of marketing concepts. Meet with potential clients for new business and matain current client relationships. Sharpened time and team managment skills while revamping creative department.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Design industry

November 2009August 2010 (10 months)

Main Clients – Nike Sportswear, Nike Running & Nike Brand Design: Design & Illustrate retail environments/graphics, typography and directives, direct design teams,art direct photoshoots, manage teams on time sensitive projects with staggered deadlines and expand the profile of company in the Portland design community.

Educational Institution; 51-200 employees; Higher Education industry

February 20092010 (1 year)

Advanced Typography: Focusing on speed and completion of repetitive discipline creates intuitive reaction. Typography is the most foundational and often overlooked tool in a designers toolbox. Recognizing students existing knowledge - building professional practices.

SENIOR DESIGNER

TOTEM UK

June 2004October 2009 (5 years 5 months)

Understood the opportunity in green branding before it was a buzzword. Clever branding and advertising solutions – from renaming and brand auditing to corporate deliverables and advertising campaigns. Managed a global schedule between Portland, Oregon and London, England via Skype meetings and transatlantic air travel. Identified brand ethos and cleverly introduced back into brand elements (for example: A ticketing company turned unused tickets in to matchbooks).

SELECTED CLIENT LIST: In Ticketing, Giveware, The Hub, City of Cambridge and Motif Tiles.

MUSICIAN

THE MEDIAM

July 20012009 (8 years)

As a singer in a band, I have first hand experience at “living” a brand. Survival means recognizing opportunities and seizing them. From the first show in a dive-bar to thousands in attendance at Warped Tour and 101 KUFO's Rockfest, I understand the D.N.A. of a brand because I’ve engineered it. I wrote the music, sang it, designed album and web art, written press, promoted tours, performed, talked to new fans, driven the van around the country, showcased for major labels, made many mistakes and learned from them.

PROJECT MANAGER

SUBTEXT MEDIA

June 2006April 2008 (1 year 11 months)

Reinvented retirement facility in bankruptcy by turning it into a low-income senior apartment building. From concept to profitability, I managed employees, met with city officials, handled press, accounting, created brand, marketing strategy, developed direct mail campaign and acted as proxy to owner.

DESIGNER

DIGNZI International Brand Consultancy

November 2003September 2005 (1 year 11 months)

Lead designer for various projects including 550 production ready pieces for a fast food chain, Medinge Group and album art for Parlophone artist Dr. John.

TYPOGRAPHY INSTRUCTOR

CHEMEKITA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

January 2004June 2004 (6 months)

Taught second year typography while department head was on sabbatical. Developed curriculum, managed student goals, worked within school system and registered final grades.

Gus Nicklos' Skills & Expertise

  1. Typography
  2. Logo Design
  3. Advertising
  4. Logos
  5. Graphic Design
  6. Adobe Creative Suite
  7. InDesign
  8. Art Direction
  9. Photoshop
  10. Creative Direction
  11. Layout
  12. Corporate Identity
  13. Illustration
  14. Brand Development
  15. Social Media
  16. User Interface Design
  17. Concept Development
  18. Information Architecture
  19. Creative Problem Solving
  20. Icon Design
  21. FontLab
  22. Fontographer
  23. Ideation
  24. Visual Communication
  25. Mac
  26. Print Collateral
  27. Creative Development
  28. Information Design
  29. Creative Strategy
  30. Corporate Branding
  31. Experience Design
  32. Visual Identity
  33. Collateral
  34. Branding

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Gus Nicklos' Education

The Art Institute of Portland

Web Design & Interactive Media

20082009

Savannah College of Art and Design

Graphic Design, Art History

19961998

Activities and Societies: 2 year varsity member of Golf team

Mt. Hood Community College

Graphic Design, Anthropology, Archaeology

19961996

EXCAVATION, via The University of British Columbia; STYMPHALIA, GREECE — 2001
Member of the excavation of Ancient Stymphalia. Responsibilities: carefully removed micro levels of stone and soil, recognized significant details as small portions were uncovered, observed personal health and the health of others in 110 degree heat.

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Interests:

Hellenic Mythology, Typography, Design, Theory, Melody, Blazers, Green Bay Packers, Golfing, Fashion and Technology. I like to ever broaden my skill set and experience with new and challenging projects.

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