Nick Marks found his creative path at an early age while attending numerous art camps at the Museum of Beaux Arts in Montreal and taking several art classes throughout high school. It was his grandfather’s background in civil engineering and mathematics that led Nick to study architecture at Vanier College and blend science with art and design.
As an artist and maker, architecture was missing the tangible aspects to design. Nick attended Bishop’s University to study fine arts and quickly found a passion for graphic design. Nick moved West to snowboard and worked as a graphic designer in the ski and snowboard industry for several years designing ski magazines, trail maps, and gear review videos.
However, the yearning for working with his hands was strong, so Nick returned to study furniture making at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC. This program required math, science and artistic abilities.
Nick started Mona Design Company in 2015 building one-of-kind furniture, built-in cabinets, custom signs, and custom woodworking. His diverse background in art and design eventually led to more graphic design client projects and completed the circle back to graphic design. Mona Design Co. is a creative studio that is an extension of several creative pursuits from woodworking, graphic design, industrial sewing and illustration.
Currently, Nick works for birr agency as lead designer: building brands for companies, animations, print design, and illustrations. Creatives working in science and technology fields have the ability to problem solve in ways that make products and apps stand out with design.