December 2016

Modern x Dwell
The simple line and halftone pattern illustration is a reflection of the contemporary esthetics created for the Modern x Dwell collection. 

This collaboration between Dwell and Target has produced a thoughtful collection of well designed modern pieces. Most pieces represented in my illustration are the outdoor patio collection – pieces included (from left to right) are: Terracotta 6”, 9” and 10” Planters / Outdoor Lounge Chair / Umbrella Navy/White / Outdoor Side Table + Lantern Large Copper / Outdoor Sofa + Geo Pillow / Round Metal Shelf Mirror / Hexagons Concrete Planter

 


December 2016

Fish King
A simple line illustration in my downtime today.

 


December 2016

Flag Badge Mark
Combination badge and flag mark. Created for a boat manufacture that didn’t make the cut.

 


December 2016

Snow Lion
The emblem of Tibet, representing the snowy mountain ranges and glaciers, it also symbolizes power and strength, and fearlessness and joy.

 


December 2016

Bluejay
Love this font pair with the bluejay. The font is Sofia Pro by Mostar Design Type Foundery.

 


December 2016

AXIS
Letter treatment on hand illustrated font.

 


December 2016

Tree House
Simple gif animation for Tree House

 


December 2016

Majestic Stallion
Fun with flowing lines and black fills.



December 2016

Dwell – Distinguished Lion In Gold
This lion and I were featured in the December issue of Dwell Magazine, because of this I have started to sell prints of it. This one is 2x2 feet – please inquire via e-mail if interested in purchasing.

 


December 2016

Enre Sketchbook
A collaborative project, in which I helped with the overall branding and product development on this series of premium linen hardcover sketchbooks for Enré. The geometric Illustrations and labels were created by Michael Krauss (mgkii.com). You can purchase these sketchbooks on Amazon, search for Enré. Colors ways are: Linen, Black, Saffron, and Blue.

 


December 2016

Dwell Magazine
Thank you Dwell for promoting my work on this months issue of Dwell Magazine and on dwell.com – it is nice to be noticed.

What it reads, “Design With an Eye for Fine Lines. Michigan-based graphic designer and illustrator Michael Nykamp takes minimalist approach to creating portraits and logos for a variety of clients, including AIGA West Michigan, Herman Miller, and musician Truman Cage. We also love his crisp drawings of midcentury classics, such as Jens Risom’s A-Frame house. Follow his collaborations, posters and personal explorations like this geometric lion at www.dwell.com/@mkn_design

 


November 2016

SpartanNash Corporate Responsibility Report
A great collaborative effort with SpartanNash – Meredith Gremel, Jena Nooney, Alison Sutter, Lauren DeVol, SpartanNash Graphic Services and myself lead to the final production of this beautiful 36 page Corporate Responsibility Report, which I lead the design and layout.

 


November 2016

Mitten State
A few of MI (my) favorite things. A logo and custom hand type created by my wife and I for a our children’s school auction – auctioning authentic Michigan paraphernalia.

 


November 2016

Cardinal
Written with the lovely font Sofia Pro by Mostar Design Type Foundery. C'est fantastique!

 


November 2016

Saint Tikhon
Signum crucis and staff.

 


October 2016

Grand Prix de Lyon, 1914
Watching old black and white movies of 1914 Grand Prix de Lyon and seeing their stylish protective headgear inspired me to illustrate this.

 


October 2016

Trumpeter Swan
All gleaming white with a long graceful neck and curved wing.

 


October 2016

The Careful Gardener
An older gentleman recently told me that every relationship has a “gardener and a flower”. Typically women are the gardeners.

 


October 2016

Distinguished Lion
Using several concentric circles to create this modern illustration.

 


September 2016

The Death Of Peace
I see humans, but no humanity.