Creative Mornings Oakland: March 29

WeWork Broadway 1111 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

March 29, 2024
8:00 am – 9:00 am

March 26, 2024 • Posted by Design Bay Area

Mike Nicholls: About the speaker

“My purpose is to use storytelling and design to create moments of positive inspiration.”

Mike Nicholls is an Oakland-based award-winning established creative director, brand strategist, visual artist and publisher using design as a tool for discovery, inspiration and community building. He has translated ideas into visionary creative solutions with over 20 years of design experience and natural talent.

Mike founded Umber, a media platform and print publication highlighting creative perspectives that matter. At Umber, Mike wore multiple hats as creative director, founder, and publisher. In the role of creative director, he shaped the platform’s artistic vision, blending immersive design elements with captivating narratives. In the capacity of publisher, he carefully curated content, encompassing thought-provoking articles, visually striking art features, and insightful interviews. His work has been recognized by AfroTech (Blavity), PRINT Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, KQED and Communication Arts.

Mike also partnered with such places as Red Bay Coffee, AIGA SF, de Young Museum, Heath Ceramics, Inneract Project and Bandcamp. Mike has been fortunate to speak about his publishing work at SF Design Week, Hue Design Summit, Dropbox Design, Where are the Black Designers?, State of Black Design and AIGA Midwest Design Week.

Local partners

Viscera Studio is a multidisciplinary design company working to make our economy more just by supporting small businesses and organizations investing in our communities. Our services include branding/identity, architectural design, photography/videography, and marketing. We’re an NMSDC certified minority business and woman-led, proudly headquarter in Oakland.

WeWork B Street boasts six sun-filled floors of San Diego office space in the heart of downtown. A place where people work to make a life, not just a living.

We are Proyecto Diaz, a coffee roasting company rooted in the Bay Area, focused on rebuilding one coffee farm at a time starting with the Diaz family farm in Oaxaca, Mexico. Welcome to the project—caffeinate with purpose.

Sip slow and relax with one of our many handcrafted tea blends made with meaning. Founded by Kamilah Mitchell, With Meaning, LLC. focuses on strategically and effectively providing a diverse and encouraging platform for individuals and organizations making a positive impact within the community, by positively infusing thoughts and actions with meaning.

Additional details

What you can expect:
8:00am: Welcome & coffee
8:25am: A few words from your Hosts
8:30am: Speaker takes the stage & questions
9:00am: Gratitude, give-aways, and waving g’bye