Nicole Borens
Digital Designer

Meet Nicole

Hi, I’m Nicole — a Chicago-based digital designer with a decade of experience. My area of expertise is designing and coding HTML emails. Previous clients include The Field Museum, Harvard, and LinkedIn.

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Email Design


  • cross-client compatible
  • responsive html
  • esps
Graphic Design


  • logo design
  • web ads
  • print
Web Design


  • responsive websites
  • wordpress/cms
  • bootstrap


HTML Email for HIMSS19


  • html email
The Worst Logos Ever


  • html email
Halloween email

Self Promotional

  • html email
Emails Designed for Perl Mortgage

Perl Mortgage

  • html emails
All Tile Landing Page

All Tile

  • landing page
Web Ads


  • web ads
Web Ads for PGA Tour and TeeOff

PGA Tour

  • web ads


We hired Nicole for a science-based identification website, with a quick turn-around, and she was able to deliver a great design quickly. She did a good job adapting to our laid-back work flow and environment. Nicole was flexible with us and handled our design updates/changes with no issue. I would recommend her to any client that's looking for a highly-customized design for their project.

— Pete Herbst, The Field Museum
Pete Herbst, The Field Museum

Nicole is not only a creative talent but a visionary who effortlessly traverses the visual medium. Her technical expertise is second only to her unrivaled aethetic. You can put your trust in her to bring your ideas to life in a way that exceeds your expectations.

— J. Renee, Huffington Post
J. Renee, Huffington Post

Words cannot describe how pleased we were with Nicole, from the first conversation to the delivery of her artwork. It felt like she could read our minds as she transformed our ideas into reality exactly how we described them to her. I strongly recommend Nicole to anyone in need of any type of graphic design. She is an absolute joy to work with and an outstanding professional!

— Renata Conte, UNICEF
Renata Conte, UNICEF

Nicole’s attention to detail comes second only when compared to her extreme knowledge of web, code, and design systems. She is always extremely eager to help me out when I am stuck with a design element, or program. All of her projects come together flawlessly; always incorporating what is requested, while still including her own brilliant design flare! Nicole is professional, artistic, extremely knowledgeable, and detail oriented. She has been a joy to work with and I look forward to both learning and working with her more!

— Devin Kwiecinski, Perl Mortgage
Devin Kwiecinski

I met a gem of a designer. Nicole not only understood my vision but made an excellent logo, package design and website in timely manner. Her creativity is outstanding and to match that she is outstanding as a person — a great combination.

— Sapna Gandhi, Biba
Sapna Gandhi, Biba

Thank you so much for your assistance, Nicole! I actually don’t think I’ve ever gotten so many responses to a marketing piece. I appreciate how quickly your turnaround times are as well. Great stuff!

— Christina Ewing, Perl Mortgage
Christina Ewing, Perl Mortgage


Squelo Interviews Nicole Borens

Squelo Interviews Nicole

by leon mueller

How to Optimize Your Email Campaigns

How to Optimize Your Emails

10 tips

Web Design Process

Web Design Process

my 7 step process

Worst Logos Ever

Worst Logos Ever

what were they thinking?

Why Spec Work Sucks :(

Spec Work Sucks

here's why...

Questions To Ask When Hiring A Graphic Designer

Questions to Ask Graphic Designers

hire the right one

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The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.

— Neil Gaiman


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