Welcome!

My name is Nick Volkert from Chicago, IL.

I am a UI/UX Designer working on projects from concept, wires, visual design and launch. Working all phases I can help shape the flow of the project, visual design and style guide, and create the product iconography. Post-launch I can gauge user feedback, user testing, site analytics and general feedback to update any sticking points, streamline flows and drive feature updates to meet business goals.

I also love to illustrate characters and comics in my free time to keep honing my skills and sell the works as prints in my variety of shops. Just click a work to learn more!

Recent Works

"Composite Donut"

Created: October 2018

The best jam for your buck this Halloween!

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"Halloween Jam"

Created: October 2018

The best jam for your buck this Halloween!

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"Spooky Pancake"

Created: September 2018

Captain Pancake is in the Halloween spirit!

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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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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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