I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse range of wonderful people on a variety of projects.


Starbucks Global Creative Studio

"Nate’s a genius. He carries his curiosity everywhere, and thinks far, far beyond the superficial challenge of any assignment. He wields a treasure-trove of experience with tools and techniques that instantly accelerated our entire team’s efforts, and manages to maintain such a fresh perspective, ceaselessly looking to improve collaboration, execution, and process. It’s the love of thinking and exploring that’s most infectious with Nate, and that is what the very best career experiences are made of."

Eva Rees
Experience Strategist
Starbucks Global Creative Studio

Starbucks Global Creative Studio

"Nate is one of the most talented, versatile, well spoken creatives I have ever had the pleasure of working with. From systematic design thinking to some of the most expressive and beautiful illustrations you can imagine. On top of mastering every tool in the design toolbox, Nate possesses an inherent curiosity that challenges assumptions to create new and exciting work. I was impressed and inspired every day working with him. "

Rob Stanton
Associate Creative Director
Starbucks Global Creative Studio

Starbucks Global Creative Studio

"While I have long admired Nate's illustrations, that did not play into our decision to hire him at Starbucks. We needed a senior art director to come in and help solve for a new and dynamic digital menu design system that we wanted to roll quickly out to stores. Nate's technical ability, with design and motion/video work as well as the organization and discipline were a robust skill set that he brought and that moved us forward from his first day on. He is a great collaborator, especially with early UX designers and strategists that helps ground the designs in the right problems to solve. We hit every timeline to get a new product working, and Nate was a critical part of that."

Briar Waterman
Director of Digital Creative
Starbucks Global Creative Studio

STRUCK Creative Agency

"Nate Williams is one of the most innovative thinkers I've worked with in thirty years of business in the creative space. He looks at every problem with vigor and opportunity to define provocative solutions that clients fall in love with. He is boundless with his vision for creative thinking and one of those rare individuals who naturally sees possibilities instead of limits. He consistently stands at the door of sparking new horizons both for clients and internal staff. That spark is infectious for all those that hang with him in any capacity. I highly recommend his talent and dearly miss his presence at Struck!!"

Brent Watts
Executive Creative Director
STRUCK Creative Agency

PechaKuchaNight Buenos Aires

"Nate knows his craft, his path and how to deliver! Not only did he share is amazing work with stunning visuals but also his insights on creative brainstorming and personal discoveries. Did I mention he achieved this in a 7-minute talk in a foreign language? It was our pleasure, Nate!"

May Groppo
PechaKuchaNight organizer
Buenos Aires, Argentina


"I've been a big fan of Nate's illustrative work for a long time, but recently I had the chance to collaborate with him closer and observed his great skills as Art Director, Nate has an incredible eye for good artistic quality, he is methodic and a sharp idea-man, with strong creative process and solid organizational skills. Besides that, he is also a great team player. Any team will be lucky to have Nate's skills on their side!!"

Alberto Cerriteño
Principal Art Director at Microsoft | Windows Next - EDM


"Nate is a smart and enthusiastic Art Director with a great eye for visuals as well as a great brain for design. When we work together, he regularly contributes to ideas way beyond just art and has demonstrated a willing to go the extra mile to make stuff work. I totally trust that when Nate is on something, it's going to be awesome.

On top of his prodigious talent, he's a good person and has managed to work well with everyone he's encountered on our team."

Struan Robertson
Principal Creative Director at Microsoft

American Greetings

"A month after Nate came to American Greetings to give a talk and workshop, artists here are still talking about what a great event that was. It's rare to find an individual so generous with his ideas, his methods, his work, and his time. He's even a nice guy. Nate's workshop was especially useful in providing some cool tools and ideas for generating new work. If you're looking for someone who is energetic, enthusiastic about making art, creative, inspirational, articulate, with a good sense of humor and humility, Nate is your guy. If Nate was a movie, I'd be nominating him for an Oscar."

Mike Gold
Senior Designer


"Humble and very creative Art Director. It was an amazing experience to work with him in Microsoft, he has a very unique vision through his personal imagination that adds his personal style to every project. He is also a natural leader and a great companion."

Carlos Go-niji Loera Orozco
Senior Motion Designer/VFX Technical Artist at Microsoft


"Nate has brought a great perspective to the projects we've worked on together. He's great at balancing his contributions as an art director with project constraints and goals. In addition to those skills, he brings a great demeanor and temperament to the fast moving environment in which we've worked together."

LaSean Smith
Studio Manager at Microsoft


"Nate is a pleasure to work with. Not only is he an extremely talented and entrepreneurial art director, but he is also very generous with his knowledge, time and ideas. Nate is someone you want on your team. He constantly strives to make the creative output better, leading, motivating and raising the quality levels. Very detail and process oriented he can, and does make every team better."

Andi Rusu
Creative Director at Microsoft


"I have really enjoyed collaborating with Nate this year on the 3D for everyone program at Microsoft. He leads with kindness, openness, listens to all voices, and provides great insight and feedback to any solutions we are trying to tackle. I'm excited to continue growing our collaboration and evolving our products together!"

Rachel Hatley-Starnes
Art Director, Microsoft, Future Innovation and Experiences


"Nate is a jack of all trades Art Director who can help manage diverse pipelines of artist content and switch up styles, genres, mediums, and underlying art tools at the drop of a hat. As a collaborator, he's a great person to riff with, spinning up new ideas, and then taking them and refining them for artists to begin work. When it comes to overseeing production, his experience has taught me a lot about how to handle directing high volumes of content without getting too bogged down that you become a production bottleneck. As an independent illustrator and creator it is clear that his drive doesn't stop when he heads out the door each day. Combined, I think these are the sort of traits anyone would look for in an Art Director."

Andrew Klein
3D Lead at Microsoft


"As an Art Director Nate was excellent at communicating his vision while being hands on with his team to lead them to the right outcomes. While working with him, I found him to be passionate about his craft while also being realistic on what could be delivered. He was also super flexible when we had crazy last minute requests and had a "can-do" attitude that helped us meet numerous deadlines. Nate is a pleasure to work with and would be an asset to any product."

Tarrah Milo Wilson
Producer & Design PM: Video Games & Virtual Reality


"Nate is an exceptionally talented art director, designer and leader. When I was head of Microsoft's Retail Design Studio I saw this first hand. He helped established design production pipelines, contributed creative direction on various spatial retail assignments and art directed and mentored other designers within the Studio. He's responsive, dependable and a pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to work with him again."

Christian Johanneson
Microsoft Retail Design Studio
Director, WW Retail Channel Marketing, Consumer Channels Group


"Nate's capacity to consistently deliver thoughtful and exceptional creative is really impressive. However, what I value even more in Nate is what he brings to the team as a personality, and how that personality drives his process. In spite of an accomplished career, Nate remains approachable (great for jr. team members needing mentoring), humble, and above all curious. As ingredients, these traits allow Nate to infuse a positive energy throughout projects and land on solutions and design that are on-point."

I would highly recommend working with Nate...and hope at some point I get the chance again.

Krystofer Glover
Microsoft Retail Design Studio
Creative Director, Worldwide Retail Marketing


"Nate is, hands down, one of the most talented people I've ever worked with. He is equal parts creative artist and technical guru. He has an amazing knack for understanding the end goal of a project even before you verbalize it, and then moving that project from start to completion in the most efficient manner possible. He is able to accommodate multiple inputs from managers and peers while still maintaining the integrity of the project/site and his creative vision. And he is always on the lookout for how the company or his team can improve existing process or work. Best of all, he does amazing work with a smile on his face and sense of humor. If I can ever work with Nate again, I would jump at the chance."

Eddie Ranchigoda
Microsoft Games
Group Product Manager

STRUCK Creative Agency

"Nate has been an amazing creative here at Struck for the past 2 years and a true pleasure to collaborate with.  Everyone that has had the opportunity to hang with Nate knows that he is one of the most innovative thinkers out there; always coming up with new ways to solve our clients (and Struck's) problems. Not only is he a thinker, he figures out how to get stuff done. He has become an expert in Sketchup Pro, Cinema 4D, and has developed a new love and appreciation for architectural / industrial design.

Big thanks to Nate for all his amazing work that he's helped produce / design / illustrate / render during his stint here, ranging from Nickelodeon to, but it's not just about work with Nate, he is  just a great vibe to have around. You'll truly be missed n8w! "

Tosh Brown
STRUCK Creative Agency
Design Director


"Nate Williams' working style is a perfect combination of creativity, pragmatism and determination. I can say this because I have seen it first hand on several occasions while working with Nate. At Microsoft he led projects from collaborative whiteboard sketching sessions all the way through to production, quality assurance, launch and maintenance. The projects I worked with him on included the several PC game websites on and a complete redesign and relaunch of As with every creative production some portions went smooth as silk while some portions of the process were as rough as a badger's behind. During the difficult times while many of his co-workers would be dropping complaints left and right, I don't ever remember hearing one pass from Nate's lips. I specifically remember Nate not letting things get him down but instead choosing to focus on making progress towards his goals. Nate's sense of humor and positive personality makes him a pleasure to work with even in the inevitable tough situations. He is generous with his co-workers and always wants to find the best solution to the problems they face together. Nate is that rare breed of creative that can also crank out the goods. I look forward to continuing to see what Nate delivers for years to come."

Eric Knudtson
Microsoft Games
Web design engineer 


"Nate is one of the best Art Directors I have ever worked with. Cheesy as that sounds, Nate is really great at not only knowing the tech, but not limiting the creative process to the tech. Working with him on a variety of websites, we delivered not only great information, but also great experiences."

Rinaldi Parungao
Filter Digital
Digital Media Director


"Nate and I first met in 2003 while working together on redesigning As Art Director he was straightforward, detail oriented, organized, inspiring, and always maintained an optimistic attitude. Overall, Nate is just a great person to work with and the project was a very positive experience due to his dedication and talent. 

We've kept in touch over the years and I've continually been impressed by his drive, passion, and creativity which are clearly evident in his illustration work. 

Given the opportunity, I would gladly welcome the prospect of working with him again."

Jon Garn
Senior Designer 


"Nate's talk was a real highlight of our extensive programme at OFFSET. The auditorium was packed with excited illustrators who loved his work to designers who might not be too familiar with him but all left inspired by his cogent and interesting dissection of the creative process."

Bren Byrne
Director, OFFSET Events
Dublin, Ireland

Society of Illustrators

"Nate is the kind of artist who inspires the audience: active yet relaxed, talented yet humble, successful yet approachable. He's a generous speaker, he's articulate and he has a great following. We sold out right away when I produced his lecture at the Society of Illustrators of NY."

Fernanda Cohen
School of Visual Arts, Faculty 90+10 & American Illustration, Columnist
Society of Illustrators of New York, Lecture Producer

American Greetings

"Nate Williams was a fantastic source of inspiration to our creative division here at American Greetings, which consists of 100's of artists and writers. His lecture/talk and workshop exposed our creative community to his extensive knowledge of the industry + techniques on problem solving and his amazing blend of artwork. He shared unique ways in bringing out one's own personal creativity + style that was invaluable for growth within our studios here in Cleveland."

Rob Roth
Senior Creative Consultant


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