Nicholas Misani YG12

  • Current Location: New York, USA
  • Originally From: Milan, Italy
  • Studio: Louise Fili Ltd.

Nicholas Misani is a graphic designer with a passion for ornament. As a former classical musician, he is fascinated by laborious processes and the fugal convergence of traditional and contemporary forms. Born in Milan, into a family of jewelry designers, Nicholas developed a love for calligraphy and art at an early age and started his formal training studying architecture and industrial design at the Liceo Artistico Bruno Munari in Crema, Italy. After a brief period living in Japan, he relocated to New York to pursue his musical studies and eventually transition back to design by obtaining an MFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute. Since graduating, his work has been recognized by a variety of online and print publications, including Print Magazine, The Dieline, UnderConsideration, and AIGA. He was named a Gold Medalist by the UCDA Design Competition and a Creativity 43rd Print & Packaging Awards Winner. Nicholas has had the pleasure of working at Mucca Design under Matteo Bologna and at Penguin Books under Paul Buckley. He is currently a designer at Louise Fili Ltd, joyfully creating quintessentially Italian, historically-inspired typography.

Portfolio Imagery:

  • Project 1 of 3

    I Ching

    The I Ching is an ancient Chinese book of philosophy and divination. This newest, definitive translation is published in hardcover by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The various traditional motifs illustrated in the monoline gold filigree make up one of the 67 I Ching hexagrams. Complexity and simplicity coexist in this cover; and though the ornamentation references the millennial history of the I Ching, its overall modern appearance emphasizes the text’s present-day relevance.


    Design and illustration: Nicholas Misani Creative Direction: Paul Buckley

  • Project 2 of 3

    Ex Libri

    Created in memory of Olga Palenski, a beloved grandmother of Russian descent, this piece was hand painted on chalkboard. Traditional Russian ornament envelops one of her culinary maxims, “just add a little sugar.”


    Design, lettering, and illustration: Nicholas Misani

  • Project 3 of 3

    Dancing Fish and Ammonites

    This memoir chronicles the life of one of today’s most respected and influential fiction authors, Penelope Lively, from her youth in Egypt to her native Great Britain. The design was inspired by one of the central artifacts the author employs to tell her story: a shard of ancient Egyptian pottery with two leaping fish.


    Design, lettering, and illustration: Nicholas Misani Creative Direction: Paul Buckley

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