Creative Direction, Design and Visual Art

Embracing creativity, skill and passion to develop visual narratives.

Mike Nicholls / 94610 thisismikenicholls@gmail.com

Umber Publishing


Umber Publishing is an independent publishing house based in Oakland, CA. We express the nuance and creativity of Black and Brown voices through sharing our authentic stories from all over the world. UMBER leverages the power of print to build community among its readers and around the culture of creatives it cultivates.

GLOBALLY HIGHLIGHTING CREATIVE PERSPECTIVES THAT MATTER AND BUILDING A CONNECTED COMMUNITY.



Launched via Kickstarter in the summer of 2017, Umber provides an engaging print media experience and complementary events that form tangible relationships and deeper connections within our growing community.

In my role as Creative Director, I visually design and illustrate the perspectives of our contributors; from curation of editorial content to final design of the print magazine. I’m also responsible for content creation and digital marketing design (e-newsletters & social media) to support our magazine release and community events. As the Founder, I'm the publisher, I engage with our community and I manage an amazingly talented team of writers, editors, event producers and marketing strategists.