Meet Nicole Tostevin
Nicole is a multi-disciplinary digital designer, animator, and developer who combines holistic, intuitive, custom design and seamless programming into products that help start-ups and large corporations alike, reach their communication goals.
A Scroll down memory lane
1963 - 1981
1981 - 1985
1981 - 1985
1990 - 1992
M.F.A. in Experimental Animation from Cal Arts
1990 - 1992
1992 - 1993
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and The Flame
The 1993 game was an award-winning CDROM adventure game that broke new grounds in storytelling, gameplay and was a forerunner of the rich cinematic movie sequences. I designed and illustrated the look and feel of the movie characters and introduced the idea of using pixel cross dissolves to animate the NIS Non-Interactive Sequence character stills, a technique I used in my film, Suspended Abbey.
The Last Express
Broderbund Software's Language Learning
2000 - 2005
2000 - 2022
To Be continued
While not working
My kids and Romeo the Turkey
KIND WORDS FROM MY CLIENTS
Peter Anderson, Grand Marina
“ Working with Nicole Tostevin was such a delightful experience! Nicole provided creative insights and recommendations that inspired us to embrace with excitement the entire website revamp process. We truly felt Nicole was invested in our success and really cared not just how the project turned out but the ongoing process to add meaningful content to keep our site fresh. Nicole made the experience fun, ensured we came within our budget, and received true value. I would be a reference for Nicole anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. Nicole’s work was that good!” ~ Peter Anderson, Owner of Grand Marina
Sean Hogle, Epiclaw, Redline
I've worked with dozens of artists, designers and web developers over the last 20 years. Nicki T is one of the best—a legend. Her creativity and aesthetics are unmatched. She's got an outstanding work ethic and unparalleled artistic vision. She's got the biggest bag of tricks and tools, and knows when and how to use them. Nicki possesses all the traits of a true virtuoso: experience, talent, wisdom, patience, and skill. Above all, she's a kind soul with a huge heart. I highly recommend Nicki for any artistic endeavor or any film, animation, or web project. ~ Sean Hogle, Esq. epiclaw.net and CEO/Founder, Redline.
Rochelle Edwards, Transformative Justice Institute
I have had the honor of working with Nicki Tostevin on multiple projects over many years. She never ceases to amaze me. Nicki is on top of her game and always brings her brilliance combined with her incredible artistic creativity to every project she is working on, big or small. Nicki has vast experience in her field and can offer a variety of services. In addition, Nicki will work with you until your project is completed and to your liking. She has never failed to impress me and make me feel so grateful for her unending talent. ~ Rochelle Edwards MS, LMFT, Founder, Transformative Justice Institute, 501c(3)
"Nicki is a magician at creating beautiful websites and online courses. She is fast, reliable, and fun to work with. She can solve any dilemma and is a great person to have on your marketing team." ~ Elizabeth Scott, Co-Founder of The Body Positive.org, Owner of Elizabeth Scott Resources.
"Working with Nicole has been the best investment in my business that I could possibly have made. I am not technology savvy, but I had a vision for what I wanted in a website; I just couldn't build it or develop it myself. Like any great art director, Nicole was able to ask the right questions and get inside my head about my brand and make my vision a reality. I couldn't be happier with the outcome, she captured my brand, my vision - the bottom line she captured me and what I want to bring to my clients. Nicole was also delightful to work with and very responsive. We shared Loom videos and shared Zoom screens to make
Kelly Rose Mason, Esq.
"I hired Nicki to design my professional logo and website: www.kellyrosemason.com. In that role, she was very responsive to my requests, delivered the stages in a timely and efficient manner, managed all the back-end technical business for me, and trained me on how to update and edit the site myself. Plus, she created a professional and gorgeous product! We first got to know each other when we both served on the LEAP board together at the Lagunitas School District. I found her to be a delightful, collaborative, creative, and dedicated LEAP board member. During the time there, she helped LEAP develop a new brand and website and was instrumental in all things technical as well as a valuable fundraising resource." ~ Kelly Rose
“It was a pleasure to work with Nicki. She designed the Burning Man Education e-learning UI templates for our online Cultural Studies course. Her exquisite aesthetic sense and great eye were key in creating a ‘look and feel’ that worked for us. Nicki is not only talented and hardworking, but she is also fun, upbeat, and patient! She is a great collaborator, learns new technology quickly, and is truly jazzed about thinking of creative uses for her new-found knowledge. She thought of great new ways for us to present information and was able to prototype them so we could see her vision. She is an asset to anyone lucky enough to work with her.” ~ Nicole Rodney, Educational Producer
Sarah McLeod, Vision Weaving
"Nicki is a creative genius! She will sit with you and tune into the mission of your business and translate that into stunning graphic design elements and a website. I've had so many people comment on her work for my site. Highly recommend!"
“I can’t say enough about how wonderful it was to work with Nicki! She is so patient and immensely creative. Nicki did an amazing job designing everything that touched BrandHabit. The entire experience of working in a start-up environment was both exciting and stressful and Nicki was always calm and collected and focused. I’m so grateful that we had the chance to work together and I’d have her on any team again in a hot second!” ~ Carla Morton, Director/Owner of The MMS Institute of Northern California, Executive Coach at Carla Morton.com – Developmental Coach/Executive Recruiter
Nicole’s technical and imaginative skills are just a part of what she brings to the table. For 10 years Nicole has unfailingly produced outstanding and unique marketing and social media campaigns on a weekly basis for my business promotion. Nicole’s work ethic in meeting deadlines and resourcefulness in creating a brilliant website has greatly contributed to the success of my business. Nicole also has a gift with people, always taking the high road in any communication. I would recommend Nicole to any business wanting a gifted designer or director who has intelligence, vision, and charm.
“I had the pleasure of working with Nicole for several years. Not only did she provide amazing visual design skills and user interface prototype expertise, but she also animated our app's intro video and created branded marketing collateral. She was an instrumental part of our team and she was a joy to work with.”~ Omar Téllez, Niantic (AR Technology, Moovit (Sequoia), Riffsy (Menlo V.), and SoLoMoTo (Blumberg)
“Nicole is a incredibly talented designer and art director who can handle anything you throw her way. She not only designed catalogs for my consumer product brand, she even art directed and shot the lifestyle shoot leading up to the catalog design. Most recently I needed a website for a new business, and Nicole was able to very quickly understand the look and feel I wanted and create a site that is not only beautiful but functional and easy to use. Whenever I have had a project for Nicole, she has handled it with the highest level of professionalism and style. I give her my highest recommendation.” ~ Catherine Granville, Past C.E.O, Fleurville
“I am thrilled to recommend Nicole! She recently designed and built my new Brick Path Bed and Breakfast website (thebrickpath.com) and it is fabulous! It is so beautiful and she is really wonderful to work with. On the first day that we launched, I got a booking from someone last minute – and since then my inquiries and bookings have absolutely increased. It has taken my business to a whole new level. People comment constantly on what a great website it is and ask me who my web designer is. They are all VERY impressed! I have worked with Nicole for years. She did my first website ten years ago. She is the best!” ~ Wendy Sprague, Owner, The Brick Path Guest Suites
“I’ve worked with Nicole for many years on a wide scope of projects. She has the rare combination of marketing insight, design expertise, and the ability to manage teams and budgets. I always look forward to working with her.” ~ Jayne Brodie, CEO of MPM, Inc.
Mary St. Pierre
“Nicole greatly assisted me in getting my business up and running. She was able to take my abstract dream and make it a reality because she understood my vision. She has high standards for design aesthetics and yet mesh them with her great technical knowledge. She really helped me gain a successful business presence.” ~ Mary St. Pierre, Interior Designer, Harmonious Designs
Meegan Lee Ochs
"There are rare situations in work where I find someone so creative, capable, tireless, passionate, unflappable and determined that I can’t imagine a project I wouldn't be grateful for their help. The kind of person that if you were stranded on a deserted island, you feel like would make sure everything would work out. This is who Nicki Tostevin is. I feel it is dangerous to overstate a person’s capabilities on any recommendation, but I can honestly say if Nicki says she can do something, believe her. You will never regret the decision to work with this fine artist and person." ~ Meegan Lee Ochs, Lagunitas School Board Member, ACLU of Southern California
“Thanks for all your awesome work with Valley Visions and the LEAP website! We couldn’t have done it without you. It will be hard for someone to fill your shoes. Thanks for all your great service over the years.” ~ Kim Tolson, Past LEAP Treasurer
“ I’ve had the privilege of knowing Nicki for 20+ years and have worked with her on my marketing, website and logo since starting my private consulting yoga offerings. Nicki brings the extraordinary values and qualities of her life to serving her clients — a strategic, intuitive artist (not just a techie) with creative insight and exceptional communications skills to bring it all together. Nicki has tuned in to my very personal "look and feel" and has delivered tailored solutions to help me engage the trust of my audiences over and over. Expect to have any expectations of a “traditional graphic designer and web designer” blown away when you work with Nicki!” ~ Patty Brockley
“I worked with Nicole as a senior-level collaborator in the creation of the ground-breaking, award-winning video game, THE LAST EXPRESS, designed by PRINCE OF PERSIA creator Jordan Mechner. Nicole led the Art Department both creatively and managerially, creating the unique and highly-stylish look and feel of the game, and successfully running a large team of animators. Her own artistic skills are impeccable, her knowledge base extremely strong, and her management was both firm and nurturing of up-and-coming talent. We were able to communicate very effectively with each other, handle with any bumps in the road together, and she and her team ultimately delivered A++ quality work. In addition, Nicki has an enthusiastic, positive personality, making for both exciting brainstorming
“I always enjoy working with Nicole. I know I can count on her to create appealing designs and animation that clearly communicate our messages on time, and within specified size and color limitations.” ~ Michelle Bushneff, Former Vice President of Broderbund / The Learning Company