Born in Milan into a family of jewelry designers, I started my formal training by studying architecture and industrial design at the Liceo Artistico Bruno Munari in Crema, Italy. After a brief period living in Japan, I relocated to New York City and obtained an MFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute.
Prior to going freelance, I worked at Mucca Design, Penguin Random House, and, most recently, as the senior designer at Louise Fili Ltd.
Last year, I started a passion project called Fauxsaics—a series of travel-inspired, typographic mosaic illustrations—which has since been featured on over 50 design sites and blogs including the ADC/The One Club blog. DesignTAXI, Abduzeedo, and Designboom. See the entire series here or follow along on Instagram.
I also love talking about design and lettering. I have taught workshops and given keynotes on lettering at conferences around the United States and internationally and guest-lectured at several NYC design colleges including the School of Visual Arts, Parsons, and Pratt.
Outside of graphic design, I'm passionate about decorative arts, old crafts, and modern interiors (with the occasional DIY thrown in there). I'm also the proud co-parent of a rescued racing greyhound named Cooper (yes, he's on Instagram).
Select clients · Apple, Target, PepsiCo, The Village Voice, Airbnb, Knopf, Penguin Random House, the Hillary Clinton Campaign, BBDO, Vanity Fair, Print Magazine, Abrams, Simon & Schuster, Landor, Southern Living, the School of Visual Arts, the Pratt Institute.
Ascenders, Type Directors Club, 2018
HOW International Design Award, 2018
Communication Arts Illustration Annual, 2018
Communication Arts Typography Annual, 2017
The Type Directors Club Annual, 2015
ADC Young Guns (YG12), 2014
I've had the honor of being included in the following books
Goodtype: the Book. Vol II (Rizzoli)
Posters for Change (Princeton Architectural Press)
Les ateliers du lettering by Francis Chouquet (Broché)
Classics Penguin: Cover to Cover (Penguin Random House)
Lettering: Through the Creative Process (Monsa)
Typism. Vol I, II, IV (Finesse Press)
Speaking & Teaching
If you're interested in having me come and give a talk or workshop at your conference, school, or studio, I'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch by using the form below!
Upcoming talks & Workshops
Panel on Protest Posters • 92Y • New York City
go to WORKSHOPS to learn more and register
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Select Press & Features
Print Magazine (twice), Fast Company, The Dieline (three times), Quipsologies, Novum, AIGA, Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover, The Casual Optimist, Buzzfeed, Abduzeedo, My Modern Met, DesignTAXI, Designboom, Designspiration, Good Design Makes Me Happy, Visual News, Quartz, Frankie Magazine, Highsnobiety, SVA Features, The Design Blogm, Design Milk, Design Lifestyle
Perspective Podcast: Episode 80
Works in Process: Nick Misani
Designer of the Week (Print Magazine)
Society6 Artist Feature (Society6)
Passion Behind the Art: Nick Misani
Set in Stone (TypeEd's Typography Dojo)
An Interview with Nick Misani (WeMake PDX)
Meet the Speakers: Nick Misani (Typism)
Nicholas Misani: More on the Floor (ADC Blog)
Live From 99U Conference with Nick Misani (Adobe)
Art Directors Club Typography Spotlight (ADC Blog)
“Fauxsaicist” and Designer, Nick Misani (Lettering Guy)
Pixel di design: Fauxsaics e le sinfonie superficiali di Nicholas Misani (Design Lifestyle - in Italian)
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