Most of my graphic design experience has been in the advertising industry. I currently work in higher education designing for Radford University. There I research, conceptualize and create artwork and digital images that promote Radford University to local, national and global audiences, and among campus constituencies.
My knowledge in web design includes basic CSS, HTML, and XHTML. I have worked with Flash, Dreamweaver, Go Live, and Aptana web programs as well as content management systems. I also have experience creating e-newsletters and designing websites in Photoshop for web developers to code.
I primarily work in oil and acrylic paint. Most of my subject matter consists of figures and landscapes. I usually paint from photographs unless I am working on an abstract piece or illustration. I would describe my painting style as flat, modern, and stylized. My favorite painter is Alex Katz.
I primarily art direct photoshoots when it comes to professional photography. However, I have taken photos, as needed, for The Roanoke Times and Radford University. My strength is in composition and editing.
While in my pursuit of obtaining an MFA in Design Thinking, I have had the opportunity to practice many different strategies and methodologies surrounding product development, social issues, and organizational processes. My research interests are around mental health and human behavior. I believe self-awareness and empathy are vital to innovative human-centered design. As a designer, I know how important it is to design with people instead of for people. Impactful solutions are produced when all stakeholders are actively involved in the design process.
Problem Solver 95%
“Nakia is one of the most talented and intuitive graphic designers I have ever worked with. Her ideas are always on target, her designs are flawlessly executed and she never misses a deadline. Her attention to detail is unmatched.“
“Nakia is a highly creative, intelligent designer with a ‘can do’ attitude. Add to Nakia’s creativity an intense customer service focus and you’ve got an exceptional find.“
“She always delivered excellent creative and solid design in a proficient and organized manner each and every time. Nakia is superb in her craft, a true pleasure to work and has my highest recommendation.“
“Nakia is the one you go to to get things done! She is efficient, creative and always is more than willing to help. She never says no to new challenges and always does what she can to help solve problems and keep our customers happy.“