Michael Nÿkamp

Direction + Design + Illustration


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October 2015


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May 2015


Mark created for The Illustration League. View all the TIL logos on Behance.

April 2015

Jim Gaffigan

In the likeness of Jim.

January 2015

See With Your Heart

Live life seeing with your heart, not your eyes.

January 2015

Design For Good — Head, Heart, Hand

Created this mark with Jody Williams in collaboration with AIGA West Michigan and the Design for Good initiative.

January 2015


This logo/mark was created for The Illustration League — a network of illustrators; teaching, exchanging,
and enhancing the ideas and practices of professional illustration.

January 2015

Good to the Bone

January 2015

Mounted Head

December 2014

Iconified Faces

Over 70 faces created this year.

August 2014


August 2014

Block Head

August 2014

Freeman House — 1966

Architect, Gunnar Birkerts

August 2014

Risom House — 1967

Architect, Jens Risom

July 2014

Miller House — 1957

Architect, Eero Saarinen

July 2014

Villa Savoye — 1931

Architects, Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret

July 2014

Farnsworth House — 1951

Architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

July 2014

Eames House — 1949

Architect, Charles Eames

July 2014

Glass House — 1949

Architect, Philip Johnson

July 2014

Flatstone Carlee Straight Home — 1959

Architects, Obryen & Knapp for Albert Builders

July 2014

Kendalwood Home — 1964

Architect, Albert Builders

July 2014

Riverside Garden Home — 1957

Architect, Wayne McClure

July 2014

Alcoa Care Free Home — 1957

Architect, Charles Goodman

July 2014


July 2014

Citizen Project: American Flag Inspired Screen Prints

Working with the Citizen Project, a collective of artists from a variety of disciplines with the common goal of
working on interesting and thought provoking visual ideas. Plans are to launch a design project each year with
more — and varied — collaborators.

We've launched our first project on Kickstarter. Help support our project.

This first project is in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner. In honor of this
occasion, we have all created our own unique take on the American Flag. Our goal is not to tarnish this great
symbol in any way, but to create a few visuals that would represent something more than just another image
of the flag. Once funded on Kickstarter, we will print high quality screen printed posters at 24" x 36" they will
be signed and numbered.

June 2014

New mark (mkn)

May 2014

Landscape Study


April 2014

Color Of The Year

PANTONE 18-3224, Radiant Orchid on a 1977 Volkswagen Bus

April 2014

Everyday Simple Objects

Ice cream cone components exploded.

April 2014

Everyday Simple Objects

Coffee cup components exploded.

February 2014


These iconized heads where created for Steve Frykholm and Yang Kim in recognition for receiving the
honored AIGA Fellow Award.

The AIGA West Michigan Fellow Award recognizes seasoned designers and other major figures who have
made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the West
Michigan design community and the AIGA West Michigan chapter. Our Fellows are honored for their design
practice and other contributions in a range of areas, including education, writing and leadership.

January 2014

Facebook Friends

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October 2013


September 2013


"I love to ride my bicycle, I love to ride my bike"

Auguest 2013


Double personality

July 2013

Modern Mason Bee House

Designed and handmade by mkn design (made from cedar and bamboo)

June 2013

Cat Footwear: Self-initiated Shoe Illustrations

Fun shoes illustrations I created. Style of shoe based off the Neder Canvas Shoe by Cat Footwear.

June 2013

Colonel Chris Hadfield in Space Oddity

Watch a version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the
International Space Station

May 2013


May 2013

Red Hole

April 2013

Topographic Flow Tryptic

A concept that never made it to the end stage.

March 2013

Hypothetical Process

March 2013

Life Graph

It all will make better sense if you download life graph.

February 2013


January 2013


Something I've learned... sometimes being unfocused is more productive.

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