NIYA C SISK MFA

Niya brings two decades of design for products and global brands. An emphasis on design thinking and the quality of emotional design. Maximizing user engagement for brands such as Microsoft TV, eBay local commerce, Macromedia Video Software Final Cut Pro, Adobe Print Technology, Apple new product campaigns. Expert in providing a compelling user experience to improve brand ritual, customer desire and daily workflow/purchase/engagement journeys. 

Niya's career began at Apple Computer as a visual designer and infomercial co-producer for Apple Europe's Powerbook campaign and then as a graphic / experience designer on Steve Jobs creative services team helping to uncover the 'intuitive' in user interface design. She went on to form her own consultancy firm and explore the community of experience design by speaking and teaching.

Published Books and Magazines: Niya is the author of 9 published books and founder of 2 magazines. She is currently writing a series of non-fiction books that focus on innovation processes that result in more creative leadership in lives and business. She is a passionate storyteller. 

Niya likes to work by referral. So feel free to connect -- meet on video/voice or for a cup of coffee to learn more about your business needs, pains and ideas.

 

Education

Cengage Learning

Meteorology and Environmental Protection

NWEA Educational Programs

Portland State University

San Francisco State University

Spinnaker Children’s Game Software

Stanford University Geballe Labs

Tuttidaré Volunteer Social Network

Financial Services

Bill.com

M Financial Group

VISA Corporation

Government

Meteorology and Environmental

Albina Community 

APX Environmental Products

Healthcare & Environmental

APX Environmental

Gourmande Mom

Johnson Health Technology

McKesson Pharmaceutical

Natural Logic Environmental

Once Upon a Chef

Oregon Health Services University

Oncology Analytics

Presidio Transactions

Recipe Connoisseur

Reed Group Healthcare Technology

 

 

 

 

Agency - Groups

Aaron Marcus & Associates

Art & Logic Interactive

Bio Studios

Filter Talent

Group365 Advertising

Millius Advertising

Numenal Intellectual Capital

Naviscent LLC

Saatchi & Saatchi International

Suite 7 Content Strategy

Vivid Studios

Author

Elizabeth Costello Journalism

Rachelle Christensen

TS Vale

Indigo Hour Press

Consumer Products

Adobe Systems

Apple Computer

Claris Corporation

eBay

Kensington Technology Group

Legato Systems

Loyal Patron

Macromedia Corporation

Microsoft Corporation

Obongo Inc.

Oracle

Saatchi & Saatchi

Sun Microsystems

Xiotech Corporation

High Tech + TV

Compute Cycles - iOS Developers

Compass Technology Group

Evolve Software

Equilibrium | CMGI

Extensity Corporation

LINK TV

Looksmart Ltd.

Microsoft Mediaroom/Pano

NeXT Inc.

Quinn & Associates

Symantec Corp

Sun Microsystems

Verisign Corporation

Publications

Communication Arts Magazine

KQED UI Talks

Millimeter Magazine

Zuri Media Enhanced Books

Pets and Trade

JaFiMa Sustainable Pet Furniture

Dogz Cafe Pet Art

Spa Pure Salon

Corporate Consultants

Lee Shupp, Futurist

Jason Baites Tomlin, Business Strategy

Greenleaf PR

 

As a branding/UX design expert for Brewer Science, Niya brought her numerous talents and vast experience in marketing, communications, and research to help us develop a meaningful and unique brand. It is clear that she has a firm grasp of the entire branding process. More importantly, she excelled at understanding what we wanted our brand to be. Niya was able to synthesize input from dozens of employees into a clear, cohesive set of brand principles and functional requirements for our website audience. 

She is not a consultant that will just tell you the “right” way to do something - Niya is an active collaborator who will dive in and do the work right alongside you.
The end result is a truly unique and personalized brand, something all
companies should aspire to. 

~ Chris Mejia, Mobile Advertising Product Manager, AMAZON

Niya is a fantastic designer, with an excellent eye for detail. She readily took up the challenge of mocking up UI for a very complicated product, learned complex workflows quickly, and handled feedback really well. She is flexible when it comes to meetings, deadlines, and remote coworkers, and always delivered clean, detail-oriented work that was easy to collaborate with. 

Aside from general professional excellence, Niya is really fun and awesome to work with. She's really nice, full of creativity, and in general, brought a fun, friendly, artistic atmosphere to the office. I was sorry that she wasn't a permanent addition to our team, but am happy to continue to know her outside of the workplace, and highly recommend her to all future employers. She's an asset, anyway you slice it.


~ Amelia Goldberg, Technical Writer, Bill.com

"Niya's approach is refreshingly simple and effective. Without the typical overhead and bureaucracy of your average creative shop. Results are more aligned with the needs of the organization at a much more reasonable cost."  


~ Janine Harris, Business Coach

"Niya was a key element in the development of Equilibrium's new MediaRich Publishing Platform. She is one of the few designers who has both the artistic and technical expertise necessary for great User Interface design.  Her creative energy and strategic thinking was a real asset to the development of our customer interface, especially when trying to convey the simplicity that MediaRich brings to Web development."  


~Matthew Loewengart, Product Marketing Manager | Equilibrium

I hired Niya Creative Consulting to perform a branding make over of our company, Loyal Patron, LLC. The deliverable resulted in a new corporate identity (logo) and website architecture I can honestly say represents a 100 fold upgrade from our existing web presence. Her super-human level of creative thought and precision commitment to her craft knows no boundaries. Niya is one of those rare creative geniuses with business skills to match and I'd recommend her to anybody.


~ Adam Miller, President, Loyal Patron

"Niya's creative genius is evident in everything she does. Her portfolio is one of the best in the business, as her list of Big Time Clients shows. But what makes her an outstanding team member isn't this creativity alone. Rather, it's the fact that she's also an extremely hard worker and a great listener. Niya also knows when to stand up for something crucial to the brand as well as when to back off and let a client's preferences lead the way, making her easy to work with. Finally, Niya stays on top of deadlines and keeps track of details. A lot of creative people aren't terribly detail-oriented, but Niya is great at seeing things in both a meta and micro capacity." I'd work with her again in a heartbeat, because she makes everyone on her team look good!


~ Hilary Parker, Communications & Outreach Manager at American Prairie Reserve.
Copywriter for BullDog Productions. 

PUBLIC SPEAKING + RADIO

Entrepreneurs Forum, Brand Panelist: "How Your Brand Translates to Sales" Presented in collaboration with OEN Starve Ups and the Portland Ad Federation. 

Six Apart/Typepad: 5 Elements of Good Design for Blogs: Seminar expert: Niya C Sisk, moderated by Andy Wibbels. Compositing, Visual Anchoring, Context, Balance, Drama/staging.

Millimeter Magazine,Universal Studios: Conference Speaker, The Principles of Usability and UX Standards applied to browser interfaces.

North Bay Multimedia Talks Feature article and presenter: How deconstructing a VCR helped me design FinalCut Pro.

KQED, Tuesdays Coffee Talk: UX design talks. Topics included how to dismantle objects and use and promps for software design innovation.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Communication Arts Magazine. "Josef Albers, the Interaction of Color Interactive". The Design Annual.

Skinny Magazine: "Archeologist of Joy". Creative Practice article.

Mabel Magazine: "Wings Grown from Dirt". Print only.

EDUCATION

Screenwriting. University of CA LA School of Theatre, Film, Television. 

MFA in Writing, Fiction. Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier Vermont. 

BA in Psychology. Emphasis, Creativity Psychology; Minor, Art. University of Ca. Santa Cruz.