Welcome!

My name is Nick Volkert from Chicago,IL.

I’m a Product Designer looking for roles where I can apply my experience in UX and UI design, Front End Development and Full Stack Development and Illustration to projects that I’m able to get my hands dirty in all phases. With my experience in Wireframing, Design, Icons, Marketing, Social Media, Code, Product Launches, Bug Fixes and Feature Implementation, I’m hoping my talents and technical know-how can be put to use to increase engagement on products to get the best possible user experience as well as meet business and financial goals.

Selected Rendered Illustrations

"Watermelon Skater"

Created: November 2016

You might be cool, but are you a skating watermelon with sunglasses cool?

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"The Lumberjack Shark"

January 2013

Save our forests from the destruction of LumberJack Sharks!

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Chicago Dog

August 2010

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Recent Works

"Captain Pancake's Mustache"

Created: February 2018

Sorry, we didn’t have the budget for CGI to remove Captain’s mustache.

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"Fancy Captain Pancake"

Created: December 2017

I do say, I believe it’s breakfast time! ~Fancy Captain Pancake

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"Santa Pancake"

Created: November 2017

Captain Pancake is all decked out in his Santa suit to spread some Holiday Cheer!

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Illustrated Maps

"Mystic Waters Pool Map"

Created: August 2017

Map of the facilities and amenities at the Mystic Waters Water Park located in Des Plaines, IL.

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"The Historic Wagner Farms"

Created: August 2017

Map of the Historic Wagner Farms Property, located in Glenview, IL.

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"Potbelly Sandwiches DC Location Map"

Created: August 2009

Map of the Potbelly Store Locations around Washington D.C.

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Daily UI

Daily User Interface explorations for practice from cues from the Daily UI project.

Daily UI 001: Signup

Exploration for "Signup".

Role: Designer, Illustrator.

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Daily UI 002: Credit Card.

Exploration for a credit card check out.

Role: Designer.

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Daily UI #003: Landing Page

Used the landing page exercise to explore an update home page for my Fine Art portal.

Role: Designer.

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Site Design

Grainger Navigation Redesign

Design and treatments for the current Grainger site navigation.

Role: Designer.

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Grainger Leadership Portal v2

Design mockup for the Grainger Leadership Portal with new styleguide applied.

Role: Designer.

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Quickfire Challenge for Grainger Styleguide Update

Quickfire challenge to test a more utilitarian look and feel of the site.

Role: Designer.

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Technical Illustration

Beverage Containers

Visual Attributes of Beverage Containers for search and browse.

Role: Illustrator.

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Bolts

Visual Attributes of Bolts for search and browse.

Role: Illustrator.

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Boots

Visual Attributes of Boots for search and browse.

Role: Illustrator.

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Icons and App Icons

Grainger App Store Icon

Final icon design for Grainger App Store app.

Role: Designer, Illustrator.

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ePro Mobile Sales and Cart icons.

Icons exploring the idea of cutting prices and cost within the app, as well as eplorations for cart lists and list searching.

Role: Designer, Illustrator.

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Grainger App Suite Sketches 02

Proposal for icons working as a whole for a whole App Suite for Grainger.

Role: Designer, Illustrator.

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Vector Illustration

Dubble Bubble Apple Comic

One of the sixty cartoons I completed for the bubble gum wrapper of Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum.

Role: Illustrator, Comic Artist.

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Barber Pole Graphic Explorations

Previous versions and iterations of the barber pole element of the logo.

Role: Illustrator, Designer, Art Direction.

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The Cosmic Donut

Vector illustration for a personal series called "The March of the Donuts" illustrated in March of 2015.

Role: Illustrator.

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