Nicola Hamilton RGD
Art Director & Graphic Designer
Member since
April 14, 2016
76 Edna Ave
M6P 1B6
Areas of Specialty
Art Direction, Editorial Design
Other Capabilities
Book Design, Branding, Brand Strategy, Creative Direction, Design Education, Information Design, Strategy, Typography, Web Design
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Languages Covered
Interested in Freelance
Company description
Nicola Hamilton (she/her) is an independent creative based in Toronto, Canada.

The bulk of Nicola’s work has been focused on editorial design, acting as a graphic designer and art director for a variety of publications. She began her career at the beloved, city-weekly The Grid (2011-2014.) She’s spent time as Chatelaine’s Deputy Art Director (2015-2017) where she helped lead the team through a redesign of both their print and digital properties and establish video and Facebook LIVE platforms. Most recently, she was the Art Director at Studio Wyse (2017-2020) where she helped redesign, reposition and produce publications for clients such as The University of Toronto Magazine, Ryerson University Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and Creative Destruction Lab.

Nicola is a part-time design educator, teaching in the design departments at both Humber College and George Brown College. She's the President of The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), a Certified RGD, and an active Board Member. She maintains an artistic practice via The Scaries, an exploration of the emotional realities of being creative and has presented a handful of talks on the topic.
Contributions to RGD
- Current RGD's President
- Formerly VP of Communications
- Formerly Chair of the Communications Committee
- DesignThinkers 2018 TO Speed Mentor
- Designers + Drinks + Discussions Contributor
- Top 5 Contributor
- Winter Session Mentor
- Summer Designathon Mentor
- Winter Designathon Mentor
- Provisional RGD Portfolio Evaluator
- Reviewer of Student Portfolios