Nicole is a freelance designer, illustrator and co-owner of The McQuades. This site is a collection of recent work. She has recently been featured in Print's regional design annual, Rockport's Letterhead and Logo Design 12 book, Logo Lounge Master Series Book 4, on Design Work Life, FPO, Logo Lounge 6, Logo Lounge 5, Creative Quarterly magazine, CMYK magazine and the Creativity 37 Annual. She works with clients in a variety of locations including Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC and across the US. Her specialties include infographic design, long format design such as annual reports or books, branding and collateral design and illustration. Please email for work inquiries both small and large.

Side projects include:


The McQuades is a small design studio co-run by Nicole and her husband Mike McQuade. 

icole bakes and photographs for Some Kitchen Stories, a food + fiction blog she co-runs with her friend Judi. 

Haystack Dept is a curation of usable, high resolution, found and original graphics, textures, type and patterns. The site is a collaboration with Mike McQuade.