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Nicole Motta > about

Nicole Motta (she/her/hers) is a Creative Director based in NYC with over 9+ years of experience in art direction and creative production in the photo, design, tech, music, and publishing industries. She is a Peruvian-American creative focusing on photo, design, AI, visual culture & trends, and their intersectionality. She pushes the boundaries of visual literacy by amplifying voices for creatives from historically underrecognized communities through Cafecito and Cenita through Fresh Mercado

She is an art director at Meta, Facebook App. Previously at Apple and Selman, adjunct instructor at NYU DPI, and currently a volunteer board member on AIGANY as programming lead & branding task force.


all inquiries, portfolio reviews, collaborations, love notes 

Awards & Publications 

currently: cafecito photoville exhibition Jun 1-16!

making pixel magic🔮

Speaker & Jury

  • Cafecito IRL

  • FB Design Summit: Unified Together, Speaker

  • AIGA NY: Job Fair - Advice Booth

  • Designing Fearlessly: A Design Studio's Journey to Purpose with Shar Biggers

  • Rememory: Black Futures in Design - Q&A Panel 

  • Phiodon Book Launch-Game Changers: The Video Game Revolution

  • Creative Leadership: A Radical Rethink with Rama Gheerawo

  • AI Tools for Creativity: Integrating AI Tools with Annika Hansteen-Izora

  • Somewhere Good x Safe Spaces with Naj Austin

  • Get Money Honey: Salary Negotiations with Alison Taffel Rabinowitz

  • Q&A in Conversation with Alain Sylvain 

  • Jess Goldsmith: Women in Type 

  • Free Juice Mentorship Day

Portfolio Reviews 

  • ICP Portfolio Day 

  • New York Portfolio Review 

  • Free Juice University Photo Portfolio Review

  • Tisch School of the Arts DPI Photo Portfolio Review

  • Parson's School of Design Senior Thesis Review

  • Diversify Photo Portfolio Review

  • SPD Illustration Portfolio Review

  • SPD Photography Portfolio Review


2023 Photoville Festival, Cafecito: Building Community 

         to Break Barriers

         TAGTAGTAG Mag: Opening the pages of
         Nicole Motta’s colourful sketchbooks

2022 Cenita: Making your own Table

2018 Kicks Are Getting Harder To Find - Print Magazine



  • 2022 Webby Awards: No Web Without Women - Webby Winner & People's Choice, Culture Blog/Website, Website and Mobile Sites -No Web Without Women 

  • 2021 Communication Awards: Doughnut Day Super G. ​Typography / Digital Advertising / Business

  • Tisch Achievement Scholarship Tisch Achievement Scholarship - NYU ​

  • Artistic Excellence at New York University Department of Photography & Imaging​

  • Community Service Award at New York University Department of Photography & Imaging

  • Sony Electronics Inc Scholarship​

  • The Joy of Giving Something, INC New York University's First Recipient

Yale's Business School of Management: Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders

Certification: Art Direction, Droga5 D5in10 advertising program 

BFA, New York University: Department of Photography & Imaging from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts






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