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Nicole Chiala

I'm a futurist and love visionaries. I believe in the power of team work and thrive in a good tribe. I'm happiest when solving problems that will have great impact on the future of a business or our society. Form follows function and good design makes a difference.

As a Creative Director or workshop facilitator, I foster an environment of open thinking and dialog, which pulls the best from both people and ideas. I love listening and hands-on helping teams, stakeholders or client solve their important problems. As an entrepreneur and someone involved in many start-ups, I have a deep understanding of challenges in business and have worn many hats. I understand importance of user centric solutions, the power of systems, brand consistency across product platforms and love a good user test.

I have a passion for design and sustainability. I love working on products, on teams and I'm consistently inspired by the people I work with.

Forte: Brand Strategy and workshops, Brand Building, Design or Ideation Sprints, User Experience, User Center Design, User Interface Design, Strategic Planning, Design and Photo/Video Direction, Project Management and I love working on teams to get stuff done and solve good problems.
 

Full-Time Works Experience

issuu, Brand + UX Creative Director 2014-2017
Apple, Contractor Designer, iWork Team 2012-2014
Amenity Inc, Founder + CEO, 2004-2014
Industry Standard Magazine, Design Director + Deputy DD, 1998-2004
Wired US + UK, Designer, 1995-1998
 

Independent Clients

Braendler Engineering, Brand Workshop + Strategy, 2017
Ussing Design, Brand Workshop + Strategy, 2017
Harper Enterprises - Department of Transportation, Teaching Modules, 2012
 

Education

BFA in Graphic Design from the University of San Francisco in cooperation with the Academy of Art College San Francisco.