Nicholas McMillan is a designer and artist originally from Newport News, Virginia.
Hello and welcome.
The youngest of three and my mother's only son, I grew up with the full support of my parents to explore my creativity through the arts. My mother nurtured my artistic talents and provided me with the inspiration and motivation to pursue an education in the arts. My four years at James Madison University prepared me for my career as a designer in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. It was through these experiences where I developed my deep-rooted passion for the act of designing, however it would be in graduate school where I would develop my passion for design itself.
After two years of intense study, I received a MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design where I established the importance of design theory and the necessity of further research within the creative industry. I also found that I had an interest in the education of the newest generation of designers. An interest I owe to my father. An early advocate of the use of technology in local educational systems, his belief of the importance of education and how it functions offered great influence and insight.
For the past five years I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many talented students as an academic in Texas. I have shared in their failures and successes and have enjoyed mentoring them as they begin their new adventures in the field of design. However, as much as I enjoy working with my students, I miss the challenges presented with each new job, interacting with clients and coworkers, and the opportunity to help a variety of organizations see their goals realized through visual communication.
While I am looking to return to a professional career in design, I am planning to stay connected to academia by creating a network of professional mentors who are available to support and encourage students and young creatives interested in art and design.
AIGA :: San Antonio Chapter :: Member :: 04/2010–Present
College Art Association :: Member :: 09/2010–09/2013
Nicholas brings a fresh perspective to the teaching staff at AIH. He is always happy to share any insight on anything design related. He is an active member of AIGA and encourages students to participate. He is easy to talk to and approachable which makes him a great professor and designer to work with.
Hugo Perez, Senior Designer at Adcetera
January 24, 2012
Nicholas has a strong sense for design layout and composition. He is meticulous and pushes himself to excel at everything he does. He engaged in active discussion and provided feedback that was encouraging and critical at the same time. Nicholas’ penchant for writing and interest in diverse cultures gave birth to an extremely relevant thesis study and will lead the education system to a more relevant method of teaching international audiences. I would strongly recommend Nicholas as a design teacher or a designer, as he would prove to be a skilled member within any organization.
Bhumika Shah, Senior Designer, Lowe World Wide
October 5, 2010
Nicholas is a highly creative and resourceful designer who tackles new challenges with enthusiasm, decisiveness and a constant flow of original and unique ideas. He works extremely well under pressure and has learned through extensive experience how to balance a full plate of projects while consistently meeting deadlines and client expectations.
Dan Peterson, PMP, Web Project Manager, TGD Communications, inc.
March 4, 2007
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