I like to make good things better, awesome things awesomer, and bad things go away.
I have 16 years of experience as an illustrator, specializing in maps and greeting cards; a graphic designer, specializing in book design and branding; and a content creator, specializing in online community building. I have 10 years of previous experience as a programmer, data administrator, and human resource manager.
For more details, please view this PDF of my resume.
At a high level, I've created businesses, authored books, art-directed product lines, developed websites, negotiated collaborations with multi-national corporations and supervised teams of people. I think strategically and can execute a vision at both a macro and micro level.
At an application level, I am very well-versed in Adobe's Creative Suite (Illustrator and InDesign especially) and Microsoft Office programs (Excel especially.) For myself and my clients, I use Squarespace and Wordpress for web development and Mailchimp for communications. I enjoy designing websites and fully understand all aspects of development from wire framing and styling to prototyping, testing and using content management systems.
On a personal note, I live in San Francisco and illustrated this map of my lovely neighborhood, The Mission, which includes all of my favorite things to do and places to visit. When I'm not hanging out in my neighborhood, I can usually be found hiking the trails or biking the roads of Marin County.
American Greetings, Crane Stationery, Design Design, Gartner Greetings, Great Arrow Graphics
Cultural & Educational Institutions
Australia Tourism Board, Bureau for Open Culture, California College of the Arts, The California Museum, Columbus College of Art & Design, Danish Tourism Board, Dartmouth College, Hampshire College, Harvard University, Ithaca College, Kent State University, Santa Clara University, Tufts University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Tennessee, University of Notre Dame, University of the Pacific, University of Wisconsin, Williams College, Williston Northampton School
Media & Publishing
AAA Journeys magazine, American Girl magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Bicycle Times, Bonnier, Boston Magazine, Chronicle Books, D Magazine, Diabetic Living, Entertainment Weekly, Food Network, Gibbs-Smith Publishing, Jackson Hole Magazine, Jacksonville Magazine, McGillvray-Freeman Films, Meredith Corporation, Michael Patrick Partners, Nevada Public Radio, NY Observer, Ogilvy & Mather, Rockport Publishing, Scholastic, The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Weldon Owen Publishers, Yankee Magazine
Consumer Products & Services
AmazonFresh, Amazon Prime, Brownsword Hotels, BOA Technology, Clearly Kombucha, Compass, Grow & Behold Foods, Häagen-Dazs, Hanafords Supermarkets, IBM, Jasper + Black, Jo-Ann Fabric, Kraft Foods, Loews Hotels & Resorts, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Malaysian Airlines, Marriot International Inc., Moosehead Breweries, Olsen Homes, Pfizer, Pottery Barn, Provincetown Hotel, Smith Brothers Farms, True South Puzzle Co., Volvo, Waitrose Kitchen, Yankee Candle
• Mentoring, team building & supervision
• Brainstorming & facilitation
• Contracts & business/HR operations
• Project management & budgeting
• Teaching & public speaking
• Communication & social media strategy
• Community development & engagement
• Corporate collaboration
• Publishing & new product innovation
• Research and trend forecasting
Design and Illustration Skills
• Branding, collateral & wayfinding
• Copywriting & editing
• Website development
• Exhibition & book design
• Editorial illustration & cartography
• Character & font development
I’ve worked with Nate on many illustrations over the past five years. He has always been very responsive and able to deliver exactly what I need ahead of schedule. His style is a fresh addition to our pages.
Forest Evashevski, Art Director
The Wall Street Journal
Nate has been a talented and consistent source of freelance design and illustration for us since 2002. Nate is conceptual, proactive and responsive—I can rely on him to deliver fresh, quality work reliably. In addition to greeting card design, we work with Nate on product development and innovation projects, and his contributions are always valuable. In addition to providing great work, Nate is truly a pleasure to work with.
Kathy McConaughy, VP of Creative Development
American Greetings Corporation
Nate has helped me out on countless numbers of projects—both simple and complex—over the years. I appreciate that he’s always able to provide me with illustration based on whatever art reference I send him. It also helps that he is very responsive and works quickly! Heather Hardt, Design Director
Meredith Publishing Corporation
The first book Nate designed for us was a fully illustrated cookbook in a fan-deck format. Because Nate is also an illustrator, he tightly integrated the artwork into the layout, while reducing the amount of coordination that is typically required between editor, designer, illustrator. He even created two custom hand-drawn fonts, which gave the book an extra hand-crafted personality.
Madge Baird, Managing Editor
From day one, Nate has been integral to developing my vision of Bureau for Open Culture. He handles not only day-to-day design needs, like postcards and website updates and also manages major challenges like website redesigns and publication design. Nate also collaborates with me on the conceptualization, installation, and communication of all projects.
James Voorhies, Dean of Fine Arts
California College of the Arts
I’ve worked with Nate on three book projects and he’s always been such a pleasure to collaborate with. His ideas are super fun and I can always count on him to be reliable and on-time (usually beating my deadlines by weeks!). It’s also a bonus to work with a creative author who is also a fantastic book designer!
Caitlin Kirkpatrick, Editor
Nate is one of the most enthusiastic, organized and generous teachers we’ve ever had at Sketchbook Skool. He broke down all the complexities of mapmaking into digestible, clear elements and was inspiring and fun as well. His knowledge is voluminous, his design sense is extensive and tasteful, his work ethic is professional to a T, and he’s a joy to collaborate with.
Danny Gregory, Co-founder
I supervised Nate for several years in Accenture’s San Francisco office from the mid- to late-90s. He was always one of my most innovative and top-ranked employees. He collaborated closely with the partners, managed the careers of hundreds of employees, and was exceptionally adept at building complex Excel reports and databases.
Mary Finch, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer