here to help designers level up their portfolios, master interviews & advance their careers



Every career journey begins with ambition. Whether you're trying to get your foot in the door, transitioning out of design school, or seeking your dream job without a roadmap — I'm here to guide you. Let's enhance your portfolio, sharpen your interview skills, and achieve your professional dreams — together.


Portfolio Development

Need a fresh set of eyes on your design portfolio? Don't even know where to start? Let’s work together to polish your presentation and elevate your project selection. I’ll provide you with customized feedback and strategies to ensure your work not only stands out but also truly represents your skills and creativity.


Interview Preparation

Need a fresh set of eyes on your design portfolio? Don't even know where to start? Let’s work together to polish your presentation and elevate your project selection. I’ll provide you with customized feedback and strategies to ensure your work not only stands out but also truly represents your skills and creativity.


Industry Insight

Looking for insider knowledge to navigate the design industry? I’ll share with you the latest trends and technologies, as well as insights into what employers are looking for, helping you align your career with the heartbeat of the design world.


Personal Branding

Want to carve out your own niche in the design community? I’ll coach you on creating a strong personal brand and online presence, teaching you the essentials of self-promotion and networking to build meaningful industry connections.


Job Search Strategies

Feeling overwhelmed by the job search process? Let me guide you through crafting impactful resumes and cover letters, and share strategies for leveraging job boards and social media. Together, we’ll uncover the hidden job market and find the opportunities that fit you best.


Career Planning & Growth

Unsure about your next professional step? Whether you’re looking to break into the industry, make a strategic move, or level up in your role. I offer continuous support and mentorship. We’ll set actionable career goals and create a roadmap for your growth, tailored to the ever-changing landscape of the design industry.




Clear and precise guidance

I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have had Nikki as my mentor. Our sessions were well-organized and productive, thanks to Nikki's ability to provide clear and precise guidance. She consistently delivered constructive, detailed, and timely feedback that made a significant impact on my portfolio. Following her critique, my branding, portfolio, and case studies have undergone remarkable improvements. I'm genuinely proud of the outcomes, and I wholeheartedly appreciate Nikki's outstanding mentorship. I can't thank her enough!

Yi Han Su

Product Designer


Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I just wanted to take a second to say thank you for all you have done for me during my graduate studies. I am living my dream, working at my dream job, and I just wanted to say thank you for your part in that.

Leanne Nedeau

Product Designer Manager


Game-changing critique

Nikki was always available when needed. Her knack for clear, constructive criticism was a game-changer. I learned a ton during our time together!

Ben Morrison

UX/UI Designer


Simply the best!

She's simply awesome! Nikki provided invaluable feedback and a wealth of resources throughout the entire process.

Marshall Couture

Web Developer






Hello! I’m Nikki, a design leader, educator, and mentor. I’m very passionate about helping others achieve their goals.

Growing up, I often felt out of sync with the traditional curriculum. While most subjects had me daydreaming, there were a few gems like ceramics and art history that truly sparked my interest. The pivotal moment, however, came during my senior year of high school when I joined the yearbook committee. This was a lightbulb moment for me—it was my first introduction to design software and I felt as though I'd stumbled upon a secret world I never knew existed.

Rather than pursuing a degree in Biology—a path I once considered—I discovered institutions tailored for creative souls like mine. From 2006 and 2010, I was lucky enough to study at one of California's top art schools. Immersed among some of the industry's finest, I truly felt at home.

I started off thinking packaging design was my calling. But as the digital era began to flourish—hello, first iPhone!—I saw the future of interactive design starting to unravel. So, I made the leap from a focus on crafting physical products to diving deep into digital design, and exploring the art of creating user experiences. A decision I remain grateful for to this day!Upon earning my BFA, I eagerly ventured into the professional world. My initial stint in freelancing provided a foundation, helping me navigate the vast landscape of the design industry. It wasn't long before I transitioned into a corporate role, refining my expertise in website development and producing product videos for a diverse clientele.

An unexpected yet serendipitous opportunity arose when my former Director reached out with an invitation to teach at my alma mater, the Academy of Art University. The chance to share my insights and guide budding designers was an offer too enticing to pass up.

Over the next decade, my career trajectory soared. From teaching part-time evening classes after my regular 9-5, I evolved into managing and building course curricula. These courses empowered students to create standout portfolios, master motion graphics, and delve into the intricacies of user experience and interface design. My journey culminated in a Director role, where my primary focus shifted to mentoring students during the crucial stages of their BS, BFA, MA, and MFA studies. I truly felt in my element when working one-on-one with students, guiding and mentoring them towards their aspirations.

The success stories of my students stand as a testament to the fulfilling nature of my career. Many have etched their mark in the industry, joining companies like Amazon, Lyft, Meta, Pinterest, and Cisco Webex. Knowing I've played even a small role in their success story is a privilege I cherish deeply.

Reflecting on my journey, I'm continually reminded of the mentors and experiences that helped shape my path. The joy I find in design and mentorship is matched only by the fulfillment of seeing others crush their career goals. If our paths ever align, I look forward to offering you unwavering guidance, insights, feedback, and support.



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