mkn design is a small, yet experienced design and illustration studio.

Motivated by problem-solving through research, questioning, and listening–resulting in thoughtful, compelling experiences for brands around the world.


Design Services:
• Research and insight
• Creative and art direction
• Creative strategy
• Brand and visual identity
• Web design
• Conference and exhibit design
• Packaging design
• Editorial design
• Book design
• Signage and wayfinding

Illustration Services:
• Editorial
• Iconography
• Infographics
• Technical

Michael works closely & collaboratively with clients throughout the design process–which is transparent, strategic, and with great attention to design and illustrative craftsmanship. Interested in partnering with mkn design? Or want to learn more about process and experience–inquire here.


mkn design Background:
mkn design was started thirteen years ago and is led by Michael Nÿkamp; owner, experienced creative director, designer and illustrator. Born in Ontario, Canada and currently living in the Great Lakes region of Michigan. He specializes in visual identities, printed matter and illustrative solutions with an emphasis on understanding empathy to solve clients design problems.

His only complaint (politely filed, of course) is that there are never enough pencils in the office.

Speaking Engagements:
Entrepreneurial Gold Podcast – Entrepreneurship in graphic design and illustrative (2017)
Calvin College – What can design and designers achieve (2017)
AIGA – Thoughts on Design, panel discussion (2017)
University of Notre Dame So You Want to be a Designer (2016)
Kendall College of Art and Design – Building Your Brand/Ego (2015)

Accolades and Awards:
• Broad Stripes, Bright Stars (Group Exhibition) – "Thirteen Stripes, Fifty Stars" from the Citizen Project    shown at Ely Center of Contemporary Arts (2017)
• Monsa Publications – featured work of Urban Totem for the book, Skate, Surf and Art (2017)
• Dwell Magazine – design and illustration work featured on and in the issue of Dwell
   Magazine, December (2016)
• Design for Good, Identity System – AIGA Behance Project Feature (2015)
• AIGA Baltimore, Blue Ridge & University of Baltimore – O! Say, Can You Design a Poster?" – Award
   of Excellence (2014)
• AIGA Philadelphia Animate! – Fellow Award Gif Animation (2014)
• Communication Arts – Typography Annual Award (2014)
American Advertising Awards – Creative Excellence for (2000)
Heinz Jordan Award – Best in Show, Sheridan College and Heinz Jordan (1998)

Showcased work on Dwell:

@mkn_design on Dwell


Partial Client List:
I work with a diverse group of clients across a variety of industries.

Interested in hiring mkn design? Let's talk.