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Working with Nicola


Visual Brand Identity

Our number one focus and specialty is creating custom strategy and design around your business’s brand visuals. Learn more about why your business needs a strategically designed visual brand identity here.

Logo Lockups

color palette


graphic elements

Brand Style Guide


Retainer Services

Once your brand identity is established, retainer services are available for regular, recurring, pre-designed, templated collateral.

Event Poster Graphics

Podcast Episode Graphics

Recurring Social Media Graphics


Á La Carte Services

Creative Direction

Art Direction

Graphic Design

Campaign Design & Strategy

Business Naming Assistance


Community Events/Programs


SELF Syracuse Graphic

A community of self-employed individuals, in the Syracuse, NY area, providing support, perspective, and expertise — helping one another grow our businesses. SELF Digital (coming soon): a membership-based digital library of resources accessible to all.

We hold events/meetups ranging from group discussions to workshops and talks.

Follow us via our social media links, below, for updated event info and news.


Work in Progress LogoWork in Progress (WIP) is an online community and accelerator program for freelancers and solo entrepreneurs.

During the Fall and Winter of 2020, Nicola Black and Alex Hillman worked together as co-designers and co-collaborators to bring this program to life during the pandemic. The first 4-month season launched in January 2021. Visit for more info and to apply for future seasons.

Speaking / Workshops

Founder, Nicola Black, is available for speaking engagement / workshop opportunities. Please use our contact page to reach out (button below links to page). When you do, please have details about your event (including dates, time, compensation, event info, and all requirements) ready to share with us. Thank you for your interest!


  • Freelancers Union Philadelphia Spark Leader
  • SELF Philly Co-Director (monthly talks and workshops)
  • SELF Syracuse Co-Director (monthly talks and workshops)
  • South Jersey Creatives (monthly talks and workshops)
  • SketchyCon 2009 Featured Speaker
  • Charter-Tech High School for the Performing Arts, Somers Point, NJ: Graphic Design Presentation to Graduating Students
  • Tell Me A Story Live Show, Philadelphia, PA – Heroes & Villains – July, 2019
  • Indy Hall Roundtable Series Panel: “Journeying Through Career Expansion” – February, 2021

Contact to Book