Mike Nicholls — Nuances of the Black experience.

That’s my guest Mike Nicholls, He is a creative director, brand strategist, publisher, visual designer, and illustrator. He’s been translating ideas into visionary creative solutions utilizing his over 20 years of design experience and natural talent. Mike is also the founder and creative director of Umber Publishing, an independent publishing house based in Oakland, CA. He visually designs and illustrates the perspective of the contributor, from curation – to content and final magazine design.

We discuss the nuances of the Black and Brown reality and why a publishing platform such as a magazine allows the community to archive their own perspective.

I hope you can appreciate the way we nerd out on typography, culture, and the return to a tactile design experience. Enjoy!


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