Nikolas Wise


I am designer, developer, printer, and artist with nearly a decade of experience making products, experiments, and objects. My current work focuses on systems design – from strategy and identity development to information architecture and API design – and building excellent web experiences and the processes behind them.


2017 — Present


Director of Development

Fuzzco is a design studio & creative agency in Charleston and Portland. They create brands, experiences, and websites for some of the best clients around. At Fuzzco, I lead the development team — collaborating closely with deesigners, strategists, and clients to create end-to-end solutions for digital projects.

2016 — Present

Department Press


Department Press is a publishing house and design studio specializing in printed matter, digital experiences, and special projects. Department works with artists, public bureaus, and other partners who are open to collaborative process and value art and design.

2015 - Present

University of Oregon

Adjunct Instructor

Lead workshop J608 Introduction to Web Design for Multimedia Journalism masters candidates. Course covers web development basics including an introduction to HTML, CSS, and Javascript along with industry best-practices using Github and Markdown. Primarily focused on strategies for communicating with a team about design.

2013 – 2016

Esri Portland R&D

Product Designer & Developer

Work closely with a small team ⇗ to develop and maintain a developer-focused web product ⇗ for ArcGIS. Work includes content strategy, information architecture, user experience & interaction analysis and development, graphic design, and implementation. Created and manage a brand framework for Esri & ArcGIS web properties ⇗. Produce exploratory and conceptually driven projects to identify current trends in web development & design in relation to map-based data visualization experiences. Current project is a complete UX/UI overhaul of the popular web product ArcGIS Online ⇗.


We Love Words

Product Designer & Developer

Developed brand identity and web properties for Paris-based start up We Love Words. We Love Words focuses on both giving writers a social platform, and creating a marketplace for companies and brands to locate and hire copywriters. Work included designing and implementing strategies to meet both requirements.

2011 – 2012

lone goose press

Contract Printmaker

Work with artists, publishers, and printmakers to design and produce editions for fine art and fine press projects. Deep knowledge of fine art and print production processes, troubleshooting materials, and working closely with artists to ensure artistic integrity and vision is maintained through the edition.

2009 – 2012

EMU Marketing & Design

Lead Designer

Led small creative in-house design team for the University of Oregon. Responsibilities included working directly with clients, managing multiple high-priority projects across departments, working closely with printers, high-quality large format print production, and iterative development for web sites and applications.


2007 – 2012

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking

University of Oregon

Studied under Charlene Liu ⇗, Margaret Prentice ⇗, and Rebecca Childers.



Heavy Pop

Morgan Rosskopf

Risograph printed and handbound artist book for Rosskopf's solo show at One Grand Gallery


L'Enfer ⇗

by Stéphane Pencréac'h

Artist book printed for Michael Woolworth Publications. Responsible for design, layout, and printing of type. The book was composed of Xylen-transfered collages onto the back of treated sandpaper. The text of the book was hand-stamped with lithography ink on to the rough surface of the sand paper.



Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking thesis publication. Paired with the Axioms gallery show.


A Confluence

With Haptic Eye Editions. Artist book exploring the roll of movement of water bodies in the Willamette Valley watershed, published with Haptic Eye Editions.



Letterpress, Intaglio, and Silkscreened artist book developing a visual language of fractured, repeated, and layered letterforms and geometries.


The Art of Destroying Things on Purpose

by Nathan Landau ⇗

Illustrated and hand-set book of poetry. Printed lettepress on a Vandercook 4.


anatomi; typographi

Letterpress artist book exploring the connections between sections of letterforms and body parts.


November 2014


Café Crema, Portland OR

Group show with Atelier Meridian printmaking studio Jane Pagliarulo ⇗, Chris Harmon, Rebecca Boraz, Nick Brakel, Nancy Clarke, Daniel Jasa ⇗, and Robert Surette.

May 2012


LaVerne Krause Gallery

BFA Thesis Show with Shelly McMahon ⇗ and Christina Shueler.

April 2012

The Astronaut Project

The Buzz Gallery, Eugene OR

Solo exhibition documenting my (admittedly rather unqualified) application for NASA's astronaut candidate program.

February 2012


LaVerne Krause Gallery, Eugene OR

Group show with University of Oregon printmakers; Seth Fitzpatrick, Bryan Schuldt ⇗, Nina Coloso ⇗, Jessica Freedman, and Chelsea Boehnke ⇗.

November 2011

Coffee Or Tea

LaVerne Krause Gallery, Eugene OR

Group show for Event Arts / Art Events. ⇗

June 2011

Physical Geographies

The Buzz Gallery, Eugene OR

Group show with Paul Pederson. ⇗