Andrew J. Nilsen

Back Illustrator

Andrew J. Nilsen doesn’t care about titles. Call him a designer, art director, illustrator, photographer, flying trapeze instructor, white water rafting guide, or motorcycle whisperer and he will have a few stories for all of those things. At the end of the day, Andrew is just a guy who likes to create.

Some of those creations have been recognized by the Society of Publications Designers (Gold Medal), the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, 3×3 Magazine, Creative Quarterly, Print Magazine, Communication Arts, the London International Creative Competition, CMYK Magazine, and more. He was named 2011 Graphic Designer of the Year by International Design Awards.

Clients include: Village Voice, LA Weekly, Fast Company, Scientific American, Salesforce, American Giant, The Washington Post, PG&E, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Worth Magazine, The Stranger, Seattle Met, Houstonia Magazine, Kiehl’s, Bao Tranchi, Genentech, Green Source Magazine, SF Weekly, Make Magazine, Denver Westword, Houston Press, Phoenix New Times, Dallas Observer, Library Journal, Columbus Monthly, Sacramento Magazine, Rhode Island Monthly, Capital Business Journal, Institutional Investor, Minneapolis City Pages, San Antonio Current, Miami New Times, and St. Louis Riverfront Times. For more, visit

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Banning the Box

A new state law aiming to help those with a criminal record rejoin society is changing how companies hire

Giving ex-offenders a better chance at reintegration is behind the California Fair Chance Act, which took effect in January. With exceptions for a few types of jobs, the new law forbids businesses with five or more employees from asking applicants about criminal history until late in the hiring process — which could mean big changes in how many employers hire.

May 29, 2018 Steven Yoder