Nicola Acquisto

Branding and UX designer

London, United Kingdom
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About me

I am a South African born designer who is currently living in London. After three years of studying Art Direction specialising in advertising and two years of working in the industry, I developed a passion for strategic design. This lead me to do my MA in Design Management and Cultures.Through the course and research journey I have discovered the future impact of ethical design. I am interested in using research, branding and strategy to better understand and effect our future.

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  • Brand Creative Strategy
  • Creative Art Direction
  • Digital Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Photoshop
  • Branding
  • Art Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Communications Strategy
  • Content Strategy

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Fox P2 Cape Town

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        Work history


        Designer, Creative Strategist, Photographer

        Nicola Acquisto

        Apr 2016
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • Collaborated with brands to create content for the digital space. Art directed and photographed clients according to strategic brand direction. Assisted photographers to grow knowledge of different photography fields. Brands included: Spree, Kaufmann Sulek, New Co, RoyalT, Utyre, Fabiani, JC Le Roux, Katchmi Technologies, Rust & Roses, Greenhouse CoWorking & Old Khaki.


        Digital Art director and Deisgner


        Apr 2015 - Apr 2016
        • Cape Town, South Africa
        • Full Time
        • Worked on a variety of brands doing conceptualising, print design, digital design and content creation. Aided in large pitches to brands such as Nike. Was a visual designer for web and mobile. Created mood boards, storyboards, illustrations, and other executions of design directions to guide clients through branding options. Brands included: Boiler Room, Red Heart Rum, Olmeca Tequila, Investec, Inner Circle, G.H Mumm, Ballentines, Engen, Alexander Forbes, Social Feed, Havanna Club & Bar One.


        Intern Digital Art Director and Digital Designer

        Fox P2 Cape Town

        Oct 2014 - Nov 2014
        • Cape Town, South Africa
        • Internship
        • As I was the only designer in the digital team I was assigned to execute ideas that included branding, print and digital design as well as assist in the ideation process.The clients included large and small companies based in South Africa. Brands included: Lip Ice, First National Bank, FNB Varsity Cup and Garagista Artisinal Beer.



        MA Design Management and Cultures

        London College of Communication, UAL

        Oct 2017 - Dec 2018
        • London, United Kingdom
        • The masters focuses on combining design, business and humanities. The course develops consumer research skills, human-centric approaches, design strategies, future trend forecasting, leadership abilities and reflection practices.


        BA in Visual Brand Communication

        AAA School of Advertising

        Jan 2012 - Jan 2014
        • Cape Town, South Africa
        • During the three years, specialising in Art Direction, the course centres around storytelling and ideation of brand communication design. Graphic design, design for web and principles of marketing were included for a more holistic portrayal of the creative industry.


        Photography One Year Full Time Certificate

        Orms School of Photography

        Jan 2011 - Dec 2012
        • Cape Town, South Africa
        • The intensive, year long course includes a variation of creative, commercial and journalist photography.