Nick Spencer
Nick Spencer has 30 years of professional experience in the design field in all phases of print, broadcast, film and new media design. His clients have included but are not limited to: Cineplex Odeon, Peter Townshend of “The Who”, Actor James Earl Jones, BET-TV "Rap City," The Discovery Channel, PBS, Vertex Films International (Taiwan), The New York Times, Motion Picture Association, NTT/Japan, Digital Electronics Corporation (DEC), the White Sox Baseball team, the Oakland A's Baseball team, MCI, SoftMed Systems, Monk Magazine, Bell Atlantic, Digiscents Inc. and WIS Technologies. He has also been faculty at the San Francisco College of Art in California, Program Director of Multimedia at LaSalle-DHU International DougHau University Campus in Shanghai, China and faculty in the Multimedia department at ITT Technical Institute in Springfield, VA. He has been a speaker at CSI Digital, and for Miller Freeman's 1998 and 1999 3D Design Conference in San Francisco, CA. on topics concerning the possibilities and uses of digital graphics and computer animation in the design and advertising industries. He currently holds a Masters degree in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a BA in Fine Art from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.


Management Responsibilities:


Conceptual & Creative Abilities

Computer Graphics for Multimedia

Graphics for Print




School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, Masters in Computer Arts (MFA). Awarded Scholarship.

Macalester College, St Paul, MN, BA in Fine Art (Honors)


Faculty/Associate Professor, Northern Virginia Community College (Communication Design)
Alexandria, VA (Washington D.C. Metro Area) | 2004 Spring - Present

Currently teaching 18 classroom hours in Graphic Skills (Introductory course), Multimedia Design 1 + 2, Web Design 1 + 2 (Certificate), Typography and Portfolio (Capstone). Past chair of advisory board for professional outreach. Technical training is focused on Adobe CS5 Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (Print), Flash (Action-Scripting), Dreamweaver and other supportive programs and utilities. Duties also include student advisement and curriculum development to maintain contemporary levels of instruction in a rapidly transforming industry. Authored proposal for a new degree program in Digital Art/New Media introduced in Fall 2009.

Principal/Creative Contractor, Nick Spencer Design
New York City (NY), Washington DC, San Francisco (CA), Shanghai | 1983 – Present (CN)

After apprenticing to George Gray Studios, and contracting as in-house graphic talent to ad agencies, newspapers and studios in New York City, Nick Spencer Studio was established as a commercial art business in 1983. This studio provided a host of graphic design services inclusive of editorial and advertising print design, branding, illustration and photo-retouching, serving a clientele in New York and Washington DC. Nick Spencer Studio evolved into Nick Spencer Design. As an independent contractor for creative services in San Francisco, Shanghai (CN) and Washington DC, services provided address a broader diversity of media projects, focus on the creation of digital content for the broadcast, interactive and graphic industries. The range of content creation includes the design and production of 2D and 3D graphics and animations for commercial broadcast, as well as web-site development and all facets of graphic design. Member of the Graphic Artist Guild.

Faculty, ITT Technical Institutes (Multimedia Department)
Springfield, VA (Washington D.C. Metro Area) | 2004 Spring and Summer Semesters.

Teaching five classes (25 classroom hours) in Visual Design Theory, Interactive Communications (Level I and II), Broadcast Design, 3D Modeling and advising on the Capstone Project (Final Thesis). In addition to introducing students to professional practices, history and concept development, courses include instructing a robust knowledge of computer graphic soft wares: Photoshop, Illustrator, Director (Lingo), Flash (Action-Scripting), After-Effects, 3D MAX and other supportive programs and utilities. Duties also include advising students outside of classroom hours and curriculum development. Responsible for the assessment and management of student’s records using Oracle software.

Director of Multimedia Design,LaSalle-DHU International Design College in Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China | October 2002 to November 2003

Re-structured Multimedia Department for LaSalle-DHU International Design College in Shanghai, China. Assigned as Chief Operating Officer of the multimedia program and management of (6 full-time-6 part-time) Lecturers. Responsibilities included working closely with the school’s Vice Dean to ensure that enrollment targets set for each academic semester were achieved or exceeded. In addition, coordinated department courses (Forecasting) for students and resources per semester and advised on the hiring, evaluation and supervision of all lecturers. Successfully managed (4) semesters of the Multimedia Program for the LaSalle-DHU International Design College and doubled enrollment. Conducted (4) Open Houses as MM Director to market department’s vision and direction. Successfully taught (16) semester classes. Personally advised numerous students, special students and parents. Created online solution for foundation design classes.

Senior Graphics Designer/Webmaster, WIS Technologies, Inc.
San Jose, CA | January 1999 to September 2001 (Contract)

Senior Designer/User Interface and Interactive Design, Digiscents Inc.
Oakland, CA | July 2000 to February 2001

Adjunct Faculty (Masters Program), San Francisco Academy of Art College
San Francisco, CA | 1998 and 1999 (4 Semesters)

Animator, Varitel Video Inc. (A post-production House for commercial film and video)
San Francisco, CA | October 1996 – April 1997

Art Director, The Indigo Group Omnimedia Inc.
Washington D.C./Rosslyn, VA | April 1995 – September 1996

Animator and Composer, Vertex Films International Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan)
Taipei, Taiwan | October 1994 – May 1995

Pre-Press Digital Operator, Potomac Industries Inc.
New York, New York | September 1993 – April 1994 (Part-time During Graduate School)

Computer Graphics Designer and Composer, National Productions, Inc.
Washington D.C. |1991 – 1992 (Contract)

Faculty, The Art League -Torpedo Factory (Alexandria, Virginia)
Alexandria, Virginia | September 1986 - 1989

Design Consultant, Professional Graphics Systems
Bethesda, Maryland | October 1985 - March 1986

Mechanical Artist, Applebee Graphics, Inc.
St.Paul, Minnesota | August 1979 – May 1980

Muralist, COMPAS (St. Paul, Minnesota)
St. Paul, Minnesota | August 1977 - August 1978


Photo-Retoucher, George Gray Studio, Inc.,
New York, New York | August 1982 - August 1983




CAA (College Arts Association), AIGA, SIGGRAPH


Abe Technologies
Abramson & Associates, Inc.
Adworks, Inc.
Alexander Julian
Allen Porten & Associates
Alpert & Alpert, Inc.
Arnolds Advertising
Arts and Words
Asman, Inc.
Barbieri & Green
BET-TV “Rap City“
Bremmer & Goris Communications
Carrier, Inc.
Charles Schwab
Chadwych-Headley, Inc.
Charley Rose, Inc.
Chicago White Soxs
Circle Group, Inc.
Cinepex Odeon
Common Cause Magazine
Columbia First National
Country Casual Furniture
Crabtree & Jemison, Inc.
Danforth & Wallace Advertising
DDB Needhem Wordwide
DEC (Digital Electronics Corporation)
Demain-Vickers Associates
Denninberg Advertising
Doremus Porter Novelli
Dongyang (DMC)
Discovery Channel Magazine
Dodge Color
Donna Lomangino Studios
Downey Communications
Drews & Rows
Earl Palmer Brown Advertising
Ed & Marcia
Ehrlich-Manes Associates
Fair Oaks Mall
First American Bank
Foster Design
Gene Gasso Associates, Inc.
Goldberg, Marchesano, Kolnman & Associates
Goden Yonkers, Inc.
Goetz Printing
Govatos Dunn & Borcz
Grafik Communications, Ltd.
Grahman Associates
Greenfield Beser, Inc.
Greer, Margolis, Miche & Associates
Guerin, Crosby, Morris & Associates
Gunter Maisinger Sweaters
H.J . Kaufman & Associates
Hager, Sharp & Abramson
Hasten Hunt
Henry S. Canby
Hot Yoga USA
Hyson, Ferretti, Inc.
Inter-Continental Hotels
IAM (International Association of Machinist)
Indigo Group, Omnimedia, Inc.
InVisions Ltd.
Interview Magazine
Jade Technologies (Shanghai)
J.H. Berman & Associates
James Earl Jones
James Humuth Design
Jane Berman Design
Janin Foster Design
Jay Wiliams Design
Jeremiah Austin Design
Jet Trading Foor, Inc.
Jimm Magazine
John Wine Design
Johnson's Soap
Kershner & Keynon
KM Video


KM Video
KSK Communications
Marketing Technologies, Ltd.
Marshe Michealls Design
Marcom Group
Marsuo Design
Martin Communications
Marty Anderson Design
Marvin Gertin & Associates
Maurer, Anderson, Conway & Assciates
McEver Design
McGurren Weber, Inc.
MacVicar Design
Mitchell & Associates
Morris & Company
Motion Picture Association
New Republic Magazine
New York Times
Nova Color Labs
Oakland A's Baseball Team
O’Brien Kreitzberg
Old City Group
Opure Orange Juice
Paine, Bluett & Paine, Inc.
Papp, Walsh & Associates
Peake Printers
Peter Townshend (the Who)
Potomac Industries
Prolith Printers
Random House
Reese Communications
Regardies Magazine
Remodeling Magazine
Renaissance Advertising
Robert Fedman and Assocites
Robinson Pritchard & Associates
Rudd Company
Saffire Group
Samsang, Inc.
Schramm & Associates
Sicklesmith Design
Sigal Construction, Inc.
Sigma Diagnostics
Silver and Company
Smith, Buckin & Associates
Snowden & Associates
Sohigian-Macuga Advertising
SoftMed Systems
Soleil Associates
Sparkman & Bartholomew Associates
Stackig, Sanderson & White, Inc.
Stohlman Advertising
Storm Oil
Tai Seng Video Distribution
Testa Company
TFW Design
Tommy Lebson Band
Tripsichord Yoga Theatre
The Rubin Group
The Washington Post
Tim Kenney Design
Time Life Books
United Mine Workers
U.S. Navy
Varitel Video
Vertex Films/Taiwan
Walter, Dorwin, Teague, Inc.
The Washingtonian Magazine
Weber Inc.
West & Wohler Associates
Wickham & Associates
William Whitte & Associates
Wis Technologies
The Word Bank
Yoder & Associates