Nick Adam is a graphic designer and director with 15 years of experience and an MFA from RISD. His design work has a strategic focus towards identity whereby purpose is paired with intention, creating impact through understanding. His work balances disciplined form with meaning, it is civically focused, and involves collaboration.

Nick is currently interviewing for Design Director, Principal Designer, Design Lead, and equivalent hands-on leadership roles. He is available for commissioned and collaborative freelance projects.
Capabilities and Experience 
Brand Identity Systems, Advertising, Campaigns, Book Design, Digital Experiences, User Experience, Signage, Environmental Graphics, Research, Strategy, Naming, Project Management, Mentorship
From 2016 — 18, I was a RISD MFA candidate in the Graphic Design Graduate program.
Across 2011 — 2016, I held the role of Strategic Director at Firebelly Design, one of Chicago's premier graphic design studios. In this role the team and I redefined the studio’s process and our capabilities, fundamentally changing the way we were seen by changing the way worked in the studio with each other and with our clients. In this role I found a way for the mind and hand to be increasingly connected. These projects became the work we are best known for, the ones people ask about, and the work I am most proud of and continue push further and elevate.
In the community, I was the Lead on Great Ideas at the Chicago Design Museum. My Chicago roots are from Firebelly DesignMoving Design, You Are Beautiful, and the notorious Three Hearts Club.
Permanent Collections
ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Department of Architecture and Design
A series of 27 pieces were acquired by Curator Zoë Ryan for the museum's permanent collection.
CHICAGO DESIGN MUSEUM
Four different series of works have entered the Museum‘s Archive. 
THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY, John M. Wing Collection on the History of Printing
Books and ephemera chosen by Custodian Paul Gehl have entered the Modern Manuscript Collection.
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Fleet Library Thesis Collection
A thesis was presented and catalogued into the Fleet Library and the Graphic Design Graduate Program‘s libraries as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in the Department of Graphic Design of the Rhode Island School of Design.
SOCIETY OF TYPOGRAPHIC ARTS (STA), ARCHIVE & STA100
Works awarded by the STA across the last five years have entered the permanent collections that date back to 1896.
Awards and Honors
2018, Rhode Island School of Design: Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design
2017, The Design Kids, Top Students and Graduates
2017, Society of Typographic Arts, STA 100: Chicago Design Museum Catalogue
2017, Society of Typographic Arts, STA 100: This That Yard Sale Campaign
2017, Society of Typographic Arts, STA 100: Zach Liberman poster for RISD 
2017, Society of Typographic Arts, STA 100: This Isn't Us Poster
2016, Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, No Clear Goal Poster Series
2016, Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, Typeforce 4 Catalogue 
2016, Society of Typographic Arts, STA 100: Great Lakes Yard Identity
2016, Society of Typographic Arts, STA 100: Typeforce 7 Exhibition Identity
2015, DESIGN OBSERVER, 50 Books 50 Covers: 3st Directed MAS Context, Repetition
2015, STA, Chicago Design Archive: The Typeforce 4 Catalogue
2015, TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB, TDC61: Veritiv Keepsake Book
2014, UNDER CONSIDERATION, FPO Awards: The Typeforce 3 Catalogue
2014, FAST COMPANY, Innovation By Design Awards Finalist: The Divvy Identity System
2014, CORE77, Design Awards Professional Notable: Archive 13 Poster Series
2014, TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB, TDC60: The Typeforce 3 Catalogue
2014, STA, Chicago Design Archive, Best in Show: The Divvy Identity System
2014, SOCIETY OF TYPOGRAPHIC ARTS, Chicago Design Archive: Archive 13 Poster Series
2013, HOW MAGAZINE, HOW International Design Awards: Archive 13 Poster Series
2012, TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB, TDC58: The Typeforce 2 Catalogue
2012, TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB, TDC58: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival System
2012, Tokyo Type Directors: The Typeforce 2 Catalogue
Lectures, Teaching Engagements, and Workshops
2018, Rhode Island School of Design, Teacher — Typography   
2018, Rhode Island School of Design — Public Thesis Defence
2018, Rhode Island School of Design — Public Position Presentation
2017, Rhode Island School of Design, Teaching Assistant, Section Lead — History of Graphic Design  
2017, Rhode Island School of Design, Teaching Assistant — Design Studio 4
2016, Rhode Island School of Design, Teaching Assistant — Design Studio 3
2016, CHICAGO DESIGN WEEK, The Nerdologues, Your Stories — Lecture on Practice
2016, CHICAGO DESIGN WEEK, Kick-Off Party — Riso Workshop, Poster System Design
2016, HAILE FOUNDATION, People's Liberty — 3-day Workshop, Design Direction
2016, AIGA + STA STUDENT GROUP, Art Institute Schaumburg — Conference Lecture 
2016, AIGA NATIONAL, Innovation Grant — Co-Facilitator, 2-day WorkShop
2016, DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY, History of Graphic Design — Lecturer, Propaganda and Contemporary Political Branding 
2015, SVA, MFA Products of Design, IDEO NY's Design Research and Integration studio — Expert Advisor, Graffiti, Street Art, Public Communications
2015, SAIC, Design Issues Class — Expert Advisor, Social Impact Design
2015, NC State, College of Design, Kermit Bailey's Branding, Interaction, and Service Design class — Expert Advisor, Conducting and using Research in Branding 
2015, Veritiv Paper Show, Paper Persona Keynote — Lecturer
2015, PRINTERS BALL, No Clear Goal — Facilitator, Riso-graph Workshop
2015, TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB, Typeforce New York — Co-Lecturer 
2015, UIC INNOVATION CENTER & CIVIC INNOVATION LAB — Mentor, Aesthetics Workshops
2014, SAIC, Design Issues Class — Lecture, Graphic Design's Social Impact
2014, DESIGN MADISON, Make Conference — Lecturer
2014, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO, UIC — Lecturer, Modes of Practice
2013, APPLE STORE, Lincoln Park — Co-Lecturer, The Making of Divvy
2013, PECHAKUCHA, Chicago Volume 26 — Presenter, Shape, Symbol, Sign
2013, NORTHERN ILLINOIS, Seek Conference — Co-Lecturer, On Firebelly
2013, CENTER FOR BOOK AND PAPER ARTS, Typography Symposium — Lecturer, Lettering
2012, CENTER FOR BOOK AND PAPER ARTS, Typography Symposium — Lecturer, Fun Letters
2012, ARCHEWORKS, Winter Workshop — Facilitator, Conducting Social Impact Design 
2012, THE ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF ART, Spark Conference — Lecturer, On Firebelly 
2011, MOVING DESIGN, Our Road A Call to Action — Facilitator, 6-week Workshop Public Interventions and Social Impact Design
2010, COLUMBIA COLLEGE, Guest Teacher — Lecturer + Facilitator, Type as Image
Exhibitions and Public Initiatives 
2018, Graduate Show, 2018 RISD Graduate Exhibition — Rhode Island Convention Center
2018, Selections, Work by Graduating RISD Student — Sol Koffler Gallery
2018, Great Ideas of Humanity — Chicago Design Museum
2017, Signs of Resistance — Poetry Foundation
2017, To Whom It May Concern, RISD MFA Graphic Design Biennial — Sol Koffler Gallery
2017, Dismantled, Work by Second-Year RISD Graduate Students — Sol Koffler Gallery
2016, Vernacular Spectacular, RISD Museum
2016, FINE ART of THE RISOGRAPH, Chicago Design Museum
2016, CHICAGO DESIGN WEEK, Chicago Athletic Association (Poster Series)
2016, BLOCK 37 PEDWAY, Ordinary (Returning Exhibit of Hand Lettering)
2015, DESIGN OBSERVER, 50 Books 50 Covers (MAS Context)
2015, DESIGNER PRINTER MAKER, Chicago Athletic Association (Textile Design)
2015, 26TH ANNUAL PAPER SHOW, The Chicago 50 (Truth Book and Invites)
2015, BLOCK 37 PEDWAY, Ordinary (Exhibit of Hand Lettering)
2015, PRINTERS BALL, No Clear Goal (2 Poster Series)
2015, TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB — Typeforce NYC (Title Wall as Art)
2014, CHGO DSGN, Expo Chicago (God Hates Hate with Bud Rodecker)
2014, CHGO DSGN, Chicago Cultural Center (Divvy, Vocalo, Herman, STA & Typeforce)
2014, 25TH ANNUAL PAPER SHOW, The Chicago 50
2014, TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB, TDC60, Cooper Union, TCDC in Bangkok Thailand
2014, SOCIETY OF TYPOGRAPHIC ARTS, Chicago Design Archive, Best in Show
2014, CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER, Paint Paste Sticker 
2013, GREEN EXCHANGE, A Decade of You Are Beautiful
2012, CO-PROSPRIETY SPHERE, Typeforce 3
2012, MISSION CULTURAL CENTER, Share Your Beauty, San Francisco CA.
2011, CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER, Write Now: Artists and Letterforms
2011, CHICAGO URBAN ART SOCIETY, WBEZ Winter Block Party for Hip Hop Arts
2011, CHICAGO LOOP ALLIANCE, Pop-Up Art Loop, The Century Building
2011, FLATCOLOR GALLERY, Letter/Form, Portland Or.
2011, CO-PROSPRIETY SPHERE, Typeforce 2
2011, COMFORT STATION, Fair Warning
2010, Whistler, Printervention on Tour
2010, OPEN LOT, Printervention on Tour
2010, EXPO 72, Version Fest, Printervention
2010, CO-PROSPRIETY SPHERE, Typeforce
2010, CHICAGO URBAN ART SOCIETY, The Daley Show
2008, CO-PROSPRIETY SPHERE, The Upset, Art Show
2004, HEAVEN GALLERY, Select Fest 3, Little Utopias