Michael Nÿkamp

Michael Nÿkamp

Direction + Design + Illustration at mkn design

Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan Area

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Michael Nÿkamp's Overview

  • Direction + Design + Illustration at mkn design
  • Designer at Designvox
  • Interactive Designer at marchFIRST
  • Interactive Designer at VBC (Virtual Broadcast Corporation)
  • Sheridan College - New Media Design
  • Sheridan College - Illustration/Technical Illustration
  • Sheridan College - Art Fundamentals

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Michael Nÿkamp's Summary

An illustrator-turned-designer born and raised in Ontario Canada, Michael's only complaint (politely filed, of course) is that there are never enough pencils in the office.

mkn design is independently owned design and illustration studio creating thoughtful, compelling design experiences.

Michael Nÿkamp's Experience

Direction + Design + Illustration

mkn design

2009Present (5 years)

A small design studio that believes in hard work, exploration, mentorship, being kind and creating thoughtful, compelling design experiences. A visual communicator with extensive experience in print, illustration, identity, interface design, retouching and random blogging.

Design Lead

Midwest UX

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Design industry

November 2012October 2013 (1 year) Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan Area

The Midwest UX Conference is a unique three-day event that combines inspiring talks with hands-on activities presented by a mix of regional professionals and international experts.



Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Design industry

January 2011June 2011 (6 months)

Peopledesign is a leading national strategic design consultancy. Helping businesses find, communicate, and deliver new sources of value. Their proprietary method helps clients who are often in an inflection point in their business or industry.

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

2010January 2011 (1 year)

Teaching, engaging and mentoring industrial design students the key principles of graphic design simply and effectively while utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite software.



Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Design industry

20012009 (8 years)

An accomplished multifaceted design firm that has proven success in developing brand strategies, interactive media and marketing communications for large to mid-sized clients.

Interactive Designer


Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

20002001 (1 year)

marchFIRST was the world’s largest internet professional services company which had more than 8,000 employees in 70-plus offices around the world. The company specialized in information technology and e-business solutions for fortune 500 clients around the world.

Interactive Designer

VBC (Virtual Broadcast Corporation)

19992000 (1 year)

A small development firm that was one of the first to create an online television web application. This site provided users with shows like: Haley’s Hints, iLife Network, iKids Network, Consumer Network, Travel Network and Sports Network. Most of these shows were produced by the company.

Michael Nÿkamp's Languages

  • French

Michael Nÿkamp's Skills & Expertise

  1. Art Direction
  2. Graphic Design
  3. Illustration

Michael Nÿkamp's Education

Sheridan College - New Media Design

New Media Design


Intense course based on the importance of strong UX and thoughtful design.

Activities and Societies: Teachers Aid

Sheridan College - Illustration/Technical Illustration

Illustration and Technical Illustration


A four year intensive study on traditional and modern illustration techniques with a strong emphasis communication through illustration.

Activities and Societies: Teachers Aid

Sheridan College - Art Fundamentals

Art Fundamentals


Studies included: Photography, Graphic Design, Illustration, Print Making, Conceptual Design, Painting, Life Drawing

Michael Nÿkamp's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Design Lead

      Midwest UX
      • Science and Technology
      January 2013 present (1 year 10 months)

      Midwest UX is the leading regional User Experience conference.

    • Facilitator for Design Thinking Workshop ‘Learning by Doing'

      West Michigan Desgin Week
      • Education
      April 2014 present (7 months)

      West Michigan Design Week celebrates the world-class work happening in West Michigan and hopes to demonstrate the strategic and economic advantages of design thinking.

    • Advisor

      AIGA West Michigan – Design for Good
      • Arts and Culture
      April 2014 present (7 months)

      Design For Good is an initiative of AIGA that embodies the mission to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. Founded in 2009, our local chapter unites professionals and students with diverse backgrounds but a common interest in design.

Michael Nÿkamp's Honors and Awards

  • O! Say, Can You Design a Poster?" – Award of Excellence

    AIGA Baltimore / AIGA Blue Ridge / University of Baltimore
    • September 2014
  • Animate! – Illustrated Gif Animation

    AIGA Philadelphia
    • 2014
  • 2014 Typography Annual Award – Dutch Mafia Font & Icon Set

    Communication Arts
    • 2014
  • Project Feature – Dutch Mafia Font & Icon Set

    Typography Served (Online Typography Publication)
    • 2012
  • Honorable Mention – Team LeMieux Logo

    Walk to Cure Diabetes
    • 2002
  • Addy – Creative Excellence For Steelcase.com

    Ad Club Of West Michigan
    • 2000
  • Heinz Jordan Award – Best In Show

    Sheridian College and Heinz Jordan
    • 1998

Michael Nÿkamp's Organizations

  • The Illustration League

    • August 2014 to Present

    The illustration league is a West Michigan based network of illustrators teaching, exchanging, and enhancing the ideas and practices of professional illustration. We meet at least once a month to critique and share new ideas and obstacles, provide visiting artist lectures, meet fellow illustrators, and organize events as needed for group members.

  • Citizen Project

    • January 2014 to Present

    We are a collective of artists from a variety of disciplines with the common goal of working on interesting & thought provoking visual ideas.


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