I am Nick Sherman. I am a designer, musician, and skateboarder. I grew up on Cape Cod, went to school in Boston, and now live in Brooklyn. I worked previously for MyFonts, and now The Font Bureau.
My Life Story as of 15 Mar, 2006
I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, to Marcus and Judith Sherman on 2 March, 1983. I was the last of 3 children (following my sisters, Kelly and Anne). Two years later we all lived on a sailboat in Key West for a while before sailing back to Cape Cod and the house in Hyannis Port where my dad grew up. I grew up there too.
I spent much of my youth drawing, climbing trees, playing with fire, and taking apart electronic equipment.
I feel like most of my defining moments occurred during the summer between 5th and 6th grade (1993). It was that summer that I discovered skateboarding, underground music, vegetarianism, and a drug & alcohol free lifestyle. All these things continue to define my personality today.
Through underground music and the formation of my own noise band (Lisp) in the 6th grade, I discovered my first love of graphic art in the form of silkscreen printing on t-shirts and canvas patches. When I entered my freshman year of high school at the local public school (Barnstable High, in Hyannis), I enrolled in my first formal Graphic Design class (taught by Mrs Lee Weil). After freshman year two things were obvious to me: 1) I loved graphic arts; 2) I hated being just another face in the crowd in a huge public school. With this knowledge I was driven to make maybe the best decision of my life by switching to the local vocational tech school (Cape Cod Tech, in Harwich).
At the Tech I spent two entire weeks per month learning just about every aspect of graphic art, from running offset presses to working in a darkroom to setting typography; I could not have been happier. My mentor there (Mr Tom Noonan) would encourage me to achieve much more than I ever would have had I continued on at the normal public high school. If any single person can be credited with my success and enthusiasm for graphic design, other than myself, it is Tom Noonan. After being introduced to the books of Edward Tufte when I was in 10th grade, I decided that I wanted to be an information designer when I grew up.
During high school, my parents were divorced. It wasn't the best thing that ever happened in my life, but everyone came out of it in one piece. This seems like a good place to mention that while I was growing up, my parents trusted me more than many parents trust their children. Because of this, I believe my life has been much more interesting and, I think, successful.
After high school, I moved to Boston and enrolled in various evening classes at the Massachusetts College of Art (the same school my sister Kelly had attended). After not too long, I applied for full-time student status, and was accepted as a sophomore in the Graphic Design department (headed by Elizabeth Resnick). Among many things, MassArt taught me that design isn't only about visual æsthetics, but just as much so about conceptual ideas and processes.
MassArt is also where I discovered my love for letterpress printing (under the instruction of Keith Cross and Al Gowan) and typeface design (under Brian Lucid). While attending MassArt, my dream of professionally designing information was realized (much sooner than I had imagined) when I took on an info design position at Visual i|o in Somerville, and later at the MITRE Corp in Bedford.
I graduated from MassArt in May 2006 with a BFA in Graphic Design. Shortly thereafter, I began working as a design consultant for Bitstream Inc / MyFonts, who had seen a short critique of MyFonts I included in the synopsis for my senior degree project, and was soon hired as their first full-time designer. I overhauled the design of MyFonts and helped to organize, curate, and promote the world's largest collection of fonts. It was an amazing experience where I got to work with extremely talented and kind people.
After more than 3 years of dedicated service, I left MyFonts on the best of terms in February 2010 and took a new position with The Font Bureau.
That's pretty much it in a nutshell for now. Check back in the future to see where I go from here.