Samples of Professional Projects
Mobile App for Backpack Users to Make Reminders with Ease
Never Forget! was made for people who use 37signals’ web-based organizational tool, Backpack, which is no longer supported. This project began when I received a request to work together from Steve Dale, a colleague-turned-collaborator. Never Forget! was available for purchase in the Apple’s App Store and Google Android Market. Making a digital product a reality was a fascinating and intensive process—having written about the collaborative experience. The learning continues when it comes to scratching your digital itch.
Really enjoying Never Forget! The design is spot on and well-integrated with Backpack Reminders.
GIS Developer, Father, Husband, Dog owner, 37signals groupie
I use Backpack a lot. So I downloaded Never Forget! I’m very impressed.The app looks really good and is super intuitive. Great work!
Bitesize PR, Lift Marketing
Identity, Information, Graphic and Web Design for Aptium Global
Aptium Global was founded by Lisa Reisman, who knows a lot about the business of metals. Makes sense since her company works with manufacturers to make better decisions in purchasing metals. I was referred to Reisman in 2002. What started as an identity design project has grown over time to designing a diverse range of cool things like info-graphics, presentations, newsletters plus a web-based app for metals-minded people. Reisman’s passion and all-around geekiness about metals and their industry inspired me to be a regular contributor about design-related topics to her blog MetalMiner™, which has become one of the top three online destinations in the domestic metals scene.
I would highly recommend Nate for information design for both print and web. His unique approach to understanding his clients' business and their customers allows him to develop differentiated brand identities. His professionalism is unmatched.
Identity, Information, Graphic and Web Design for Azul Partners
Azul Partners was founded by Jason Busch who also runs, at the same time, Spend Matters™—a leading blog-turned-platform about the topic of spend management. His company provides marketing strategy and content to clients. I was referred to Busch in 2002. Designing his identity led to more fun projects like editorial papers, presentations and newsletters for his business and customers. Like his business name, Busch is blue-ocean boundless when it comes to writing, talking and teaching about how companies market their work, especially how they save and spend money.
My firm engaged his services to help define our visual, print, and web image to the market. He was able to quickly translate our concepts and thoughts around our image into a visual representation that was exactly what we were looking for. He did it efficiently, on budget, and on time. Since that initial engagement, his services have remained invaluable as we continue to refine our web image and create brochures and collateral.
Identity, Information, Graphic, Web and Environmental Design for Glenshore
Glenshore is a property of Heimbaugh Capital Development Corporation, a small family-run business. At the time in 2003, Kristin Buss was the Director of Market and Sales. Remembering me from a previous meeting, she told me about a “mixed-used real estate development” project—part condominiums, part retail—overlooking Lake Glenview in Glenview, Illinois. A nature-infused project was designed as part of a total communication program. It included a substantial website—no longer online since the project was sold to homeowners—plus environmental graphics for the sales trailer.
From printed and online communication to environmental graphics and signage, Nate provided a highly focused and attractive information design system for identifying, selling and marketing our Glenshore property. He took in a diverse and dense amount of content and transformed it into an organized and effective brand to our intended customers.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Identity, Graphic and Web Design for Rei Hotoda
Rei Hotoda is a conductor and pianist. When we met in 2004, she needed an identity and a website, as she began seeking a full-time appointment. Her talents fed the direct hints to music making and performing like the visual reference to musical notation. One of the aspects of her original website was the preferred use of video stills as imagery. As Hotoda put it, she liked the “rezing of it.” She eventually joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Canada, as an Assistant Conductor in 2006. With this transition came the conversion of her original site into a blog, which I didn’t handle. She currently is the Assistant Conductor at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Being in a creative world myself, the music field, I found Nate's ideas and input very useful and extraordinary. It was difficult for me to visualize what I wanted to convey on my web site and he transformed my intangible expression into a solid and beautiful work of information design. I endorse Nate Burgos with much enthusiasm.
Conductor and Concert Pianist
Graphic Design for UIC College of Architecture and the Arts
College of Architecture and the Arts is part of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2000, I was referred to Jane Saks, the former Director of Advancement. Her chief goal was to drive donations to support the College. The organization’s annual printed newsletter was an important piece of the campaign to persuade existing and prospective donors. When Saks left the College to pursue a new role, it ended a fun and effective five-year drive to refresh one of its most visible publications, and evolve a visual language to celebrate the College’s people and events. Along the way, we received recognition from the University & College Designers Association.
For 5 years, we created an annual publication/visual identity for an Arts & Achitecture College. The results had to reach a wide range of populations, encourage multiple responses and support many different relationships. Nate did a superb job bringing a wealth of invaluable experiences, insights, talents and sensibilities to the process. One of the best collaborative experiences I have ever had!
Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Columbia College
User Experience Design for Varied Clients
I was an Information Architect at a few interactive design agencies, like SapientNitro of global consulting company Sapient Corporation, where Clement Mok, an AIGA Medalist, was Chief Creative Officer. He was also an Art Director at Apple. Since 2007, I was involved in interactive design projects like large websites, from telecomm to retail e-commerce, plus intranets, for different clients—mostly XXL, others not so large. Industries: financial services, telecommunications, beverage, medical, hotel and education.
We worked together on an interactive strategy project and
I can honestly say that if it
weren't for Nate's intellect, hard work, and considerate insights into how humans interact
with products—we would not have been successful in
Nate is a passionate advocate
for the human beings who
use things, and his approach to interactive design/information architecture/user experience reflects his dedication to the craft.
I’d recommend Nate for any
UX design opportunity.
Information Architecture Manager
Los Angeles, California
Digital Product Design
From documenting my usage of the first Google Phone to participating in projects involving “smartphones” at SapientNitro, my interest in user interface and interaction design has grown. I’ve collaborated on a productivity app for the iPhone and Android devices, in addition to work in information architecture and visual communication design.
Design is a moveable feast
Design Feast is a long-term project dedicated to creative culture for everyone—students, professionals, educators, and the curious. Its purpose—and pleasure—is to discover and share awesome creative voices and projects. As compliments to Design Feast’s link-ity goodness, which spans design disciplines and is curated over time, are series, such as the Designer’s Quest(ionnaire)—concise and insightful interviews with designers. After 10 years, a major redesign of Design Feast has been done to better present its steady growth and to help accommodate what comes to mind in the future. It underwent another redesign afterwards to sharpen the focus on the resulting breadth and depth of its Series.
Design Feast is a wonderful bibliography for the wider design community.
This site has so many links to interesting design related web sites that it will probably keep me learning and entertained for months if not years. It is one of those sites that I will keep going back to over and over to glean the knowledge the skills for specific projects. Design Feast should be extremely helpful for designers, photographers, and illustrators.
Photographer and Fractal Artist
Santa Fe, New Mexico,
and Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Design Thought Leader: A world of ideas from across the web
Design Thought Leader is a blog of discovered insights about creativity, business, writing, and more. This site, before being re-jiggered into a blog, promoted the self-published book Thought Leadership by Design, available at Lulu. Portable inspiration for everyone—especially you. Buy it now.
Like the encyclopedic Design Feast, it’s a resource that’s hard to put down once you’ve dug in.
Los Angeles, California
Design Feaster: Design Feast’s blog
Coupled with Design Feast is its blog, Design Feaster. For those interested in blogging, check out the series Blogger’s Quest(ionnaire), which are on-point interviews with people who give blogging a wholehearted try and stick to it. There are also informative Interviews, Audio Reviews and a new series about Creative Roles, beginning with The Slow Cooker.
I’m committed to helping the Fortune 5,000,000. Since discovering this term in a blog
by “frustration-free” web-based app maker 37signals (Chicago), I like using it. It refers to the independent do-it-yourselfers who start a business and work at making it steady and
thriving—whether it’s small, freelance or on the side burner.
Most of my freelance work is for the Fortune 5,000,000. I help them make communicative design the best it can be, for their passions and the audiences for whom they create. Because I believe in the poetics of information. What the heck does this mean? I try to make information have a poetic quality through typography. This is hard work, and good design is just that. What’s more, my parents taught me to work hard. It also sounds romantic, but as my former design mentor John Massey said, “I’m a bloody romantic.”
I had the great opportunity to teach with John Massey, an AIGA Medalist, and also worked for him on projects for clients like the Chicago Community Trust (above), the American Planning Association, and the Chicago Tribune.
I’m the first recipient of MDM (Master of Design Methods) degree from “D-school” Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology where I took classes like Observing Users (above). I was also part of Fast Company’s debut Fast 50 and acquired an Ideas that Matter grant—given to support design for the public good—from Sappi Fine Papers.
In addition to my professional work and activities, I collect rare examples of beautiful book design, such as first editions of Eric Gill’s “An Essay on Typography” (1931), Paul Rand’s “Thoughts on Design” (1947) and Ladislav Sutnar’s “Catalog Design Progress”(1950). See the video—and read how it was made—about the “World Geo-Graphic Atlas” (1953) by Herbert Bayer.
When it comes to my work, I’m learning, relearning, and ever-thankful.
CreativeMornings was created by Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swissmiss, Studiomates, TeuxDeux, and Tattly. So glad that they were also established in Chicago. Been attending as many of them as possible, because they’re my kind of design conference. Read summaries and look at photos.
The Geek Girls Guide is run by the Minneapolis-based duo of Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker. “Their mission is to make web technology accessible and exciting and cultivate a movement of empowered women and men.” I was honored to write a post for them about 37signals’ webapp Backpack, which I like using… a lot. Read it. It also appeared at 37signals’ former product blog.
Greetings, opportunities, comments, questions should be emailed to Nate Burgos.
Interviews with people who love making things
Thoughts on Design
Design Feaster blog
Audio Reviews of books about business and design
Summaries and photos of Chicago CreativeMornings
Year-End Design Highlights
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