Photography Demondre Ward, Jacket Ade Dehye
Mike Nicholls
is an Oakland-based award-winning creative director, book designer, visual artist and community builder. He translates ideas into visionary creative solutions utilizing over 20 years of design experience and natural talent working with companies like Black Voice News, Cityside Journalism and Hearst Magazines. Mike founded Umber, a media platform highlighting creative perspectives that matter, which has been recognized by Blavity, Print Magazine, KQED and Communication Arts.

As a community builder, Mike is an advisor to Inneract Project, a nonprofit that empowers underrepresented youth through design. Through his work with Umber, he collaborated with renowned creatives around the world like Saul Williams, Tonya Rapley, Souls of Mischief and Deanna Van Buren. He also partnered with Red Bay Coffee, AIGA SF, Bandcamp and Fusicology. Mike has been fortunate to speak about his work at Hue Design Summit, Dropbox Design, State of Black Design and AIGA Midwest Design Week.

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