Chronicles is a repository of my personal illustrations, collaborative projects, inspiration, curiosity, and worthwhile studies deposited here for visitors to enjoy and experience.


Please Note: 
All illustrations and photographs are copyrighted under mkn design, do not reproduce without expressed written consent. If you would like to license or purchase any illustration from this blog, please contact me via e-mail.

December 2018

Wordmark exploration with hand styled lettering with some character : )


November 2018

Factory Icon Set
It took me several days to sketch out ideas (these are only a few of them) but I finally completed these simplified historical factory icons. Check back in two weeks to purchase.



November 2018

Wild Turkey
Illustrated this for the upcoming holiday. Wishing you all a great Thanksgiving!


November 2018

Wool Made
Simply marks with options.


November 2018

Clydesdale: Process Illustration
This is my linear process for creating icons and illustrations. The same process I utilize for creating large design applications – it’s just shortened based on a single artifact. Some may think this work is easy, but it’s not. It’s a meticulous process and draws upon research in order to sketch, ideate – to create visual balance, alignment and readability until realized. This process took me a half a day… without client input.


November 2018

United Vote
On November 6th, stand strong, get out and vote, and shape the future.



October 2018

Red Crowned Crane
Another Sunday afternoon sketch, realized. In Japan this crane is sacred. It’s a symbol of happiness, eternal youth, fidelity, good luck, love and long life.



October 2018

Kanga & Joey
A Sunday afternoon sketch that ended up as an illustration.


October 2018

Badge exploration design.



October 2018

Flying Dutchman
Simple, boxy modern serif display font. Want it? Of course you can.

Purchase Font:
Vector display font for $95.00 USD. Interested? E-mail, and request. We accept Apple Pay and Venmo. When payment is received, we will send the display font with an EULA via e-mail.



September 2018

Wonder Woman

I see a strong correlation between Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Wonder Woman. It takes great human strength and bravery to go in-front of the world, and talk in tears – truth is a weapon!

This illustration was modeled after the original D.C. Comics Wonder Woman and tv show star, Lynda Carter. Sorry Gal Gadot, I think your awesome as well.


September 2018

Covenant Logo Explorations

In the last few weeks I have been working alongside Covenant to rebrand their organization. Covenant offers community table top gaming, subscriptions and educational content to their customers and digital environments – striving to make tabletop a more accessible and engaging medium for human connection.

The above are beginning explorations based on the letter C.


September 2018

Future State Identity

I worked collaboratively with Kevin White to produce this identity for the City of Grand Rapids. It’s a simple mark that implies forward momentum. The projects initiative is to bridge the gap between employers and employees in the AI economy.


August 2018

Wolverine Stickers

Simplified wolverine stickers for your car window, bumper, skateboard, water-bottle, computer, binder and whatever else you can think of.

Photograph of Land Rover, Defender by Jonathan Gallegos.



4" inch wide stickers available in blue and yellow for $3.75 plus shipping and handling. Interested? E-mail and provide your address for shipping.

August 2018

RAM Mark

Clean lines and rounded corners used to illustrate this exploratory mark.


August 2018

Process Infographic Sketches
These sketches were commissioned for a large health company to define an illustrative style through a 9 step process. The sketches and process spoke to their stringent acceptance procedures – from plant selection to consumable vitamin products.

1st sketch: focus on the process via hands and industry instruments.
2nd sketch: focus on scientists in authentic settings implementing plant selection.


July 2018

Diamonds Are A Man’s Best Friend
Simplified word mark exploration with hand styled lettering.


July 2018

Canada 151 Anniversary Mark Animation
Happy 151st Birthday to my homeland of Canada! This mark was made for the 15oth anniversary of Canada last year. I updated it with this simple animation.

The design of this mark still honors the Canadian maple leaf motif. I took this motif; deconstructed, simplified and created a 'bursting' maple leaf, similar to fireworks exploding. Overall the visual metaphor expresses: celebration, emotion, and feels dynamic, just as the country of Canada and it's people.June 2018


June 2018

We Are Better Than This!
National policies affect our national symbols. What once signified freedom to the world, now represents imprisonment for the vulnerable. #FamiliesBelongTogether

To help, either call (202) 224-3121 and demand the administration stop the separation policy or donate to: RAICES Family Reunification and Bond Fund: FREE our Families

"We should all be able to agree that in the United States of America we will not intentionally separate children from their parents. We will not do that, we are better then that!” – Rep Elijah Cummings

Please Note: Second image is a photo mockup to show poster usage. Photography by Alexa Mazzarello.


Please feel free to share this image on your social media pages. Download, share and attribute to Michael Nÿkamp of #mkndesign.

However, this image is not to be printed in large quantities of books, magazines or newspapers. If any organization would like to use for mass publication or circulation usage, please contract me prior to use.

Want to print this as poster? Download, 3 sizes available: 8.5 x 11,  11 x 17,  18 x 24.

June 2018

Simplified illustration of University of Michigan's mascot.

Show off your wolverine state pride with style! This original illustration features the ferocity of the official state animal of Michigan, known in latin as Gulo gulo. The wolverine is considered a solitary species, but they can be seen in large numbers on autumn Saturdays in Ann Arbor — and across the country!

Copy written by: Travis LaFleur‏


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