Spotlight: Art Director Nick Sickelton

Shona Sanzgiri / July 6, 2015

Nick Sickleton is an art director, a Forbes “30 Under 30” nominee and four-time Addy Award winner. With such diverse clients—including Hyundai, HGTV and Blackwing Pencils—he’s required to be a little interested in almost everything. He uses Flipboard to get up to speed. See how:

My name is Nicholas Sickelton—but nobody knows it’s originally spelled “Niklas,” which is the Swedish way to spell it.

My love of meeting new people and building relationships is most important in my career. Once you realize that you’re not the only one in the room who’s unconfident, it frees you to take charge.

I use Flipboard as my “go-to for everything” site. It’s my current affairs design catchup curated board of interesting things.

I enjoy reading on Flipboard because it’s a one-stop shop. It allows me to maintain one tab on my browser window as opposed to, say, more than 10. It’s also the best way to focus on the things I want to see.

The first article I flipped was “11 Resources for Typography & Lettering Lovers,” which I saved back in February of this year.

The best article I read all week was an article about these behind-the-scene shots from Tiananmen Square 26 years ago which showed film frames before and after the legendary shot. They were almost like a prequel and sequel to a classic movie that everyone’s seen.

My favorite topic on Flipboard is…I don’t know that I have an actual favorite. All the things I look at tend to mesh together. But for the most part it’s between design, fashion, photography, and health.

A particularly enlightening magazine I’ve found on Flipboard is ART. No matter what time of day, there’s always something to learn about art. Most of my ideas come from articles about past or current art.

My biggest influences are fine artists. Gustav Klimt is currently at the top of the list. I’m trying to find ways to incorporate the line work of his sketches into my photography and design —meshing a bit of history with modern tech.

I find new information by using the Explore feature on Flipboard. Once I’ve exhausted a page or topic I know that I can find 100 more boards to follow with new relevant information.

A unique productivity tip of mine is doing something that has nothing to do with the task at hand. In some cases, the times I’ve been most productive are the times I’m wandering around a mall or went driving somewhere. The morning is also an inspirational time for me. I’ve realized that I usually don’t physically say a word until I get into work. It creates a space for internal thoughts.

Check out Nick’s magazines on Flipboard.

~ShonaS is reading “NatGeo:PROOF