Visual Design
Burlington, Vermont based video production and graphic design. My goal is to create unique, inspired work, that joins creative with professional. I'm a direct and nimble operation, able to carry your project from concept to completion. Thanks for stopping by!
802 881 3955
nick@nickstefani.com
Sojourn
Vermont Bicycle Tour
Sojourn is an award-winning bicycle tour company in Charlotte, VT. I was hired to create a promotional that gives prospective vacation-goers a sense of what a Sojourn tour is all about.
St. Lawrence University
Homepage Promotionals
St. Lawrence University is a 4 year private Liberal Arts university in Canton, NY. I was hired to create five themed homepage promotionals for their new website launch. I worked with the marketing department to build an idea of the objectives, and come up with the core themes.
Key Stone Carvings
Logo
Key Stone Carvings is an interior stone design company in Hudson, NH. I was hired to create a strong and classy logo design that communicates the quality of their work. A Times New Roman capital "I" looks like a stone column, so I reshaped one to create the main design element.
WhistlePig
Straight Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig is a whiskey distillery in Shoreham, VT. I was hired to shoot and edit a mood piece that meshes their Straight Rye Whiskey into the textures of a Vermont summer. Marketing team Evan Daniel and Ian Durkin produced the project, and Ian created a storyboard concept that was improvised on during the shoot.
The University of Vermont Foundation
Donor Thank You
The University of Vermont Foundation secures and manages private support for UVM in Burlington, VT. I was hired to create donor thank you videos shown at their annual donor appreciation dinners.
Cochran's Ski Area
The Dojo
Cochran's Ski Area has a rich history of fostering top-level ski racers in Richmond, VT. I asked them if they'd ever thought about making terrain park features and not only did they say yes, they had a pile of old snowmaking pipes to donate to the cause. Their only request was the rails be built for a beginner skill level. I designed four features with a simple wood and black look, as well as two green signs (to signify beginner terrain) for the park entrance. I raised money within the local ski and snowboard community to pay for the welding, plywood, hardware, and signs. We had a great opening night, and Cochran's continues to set up The Dojo every winter.
Champlain College
New Website Launch
Champlain College is a private, co-educational undergraduate college in Burlington, VT. I was hired to create an overview video and organize their Vimeo page in preparation for an upcoming new website launch. I organized and re-edited the school's entire video library and designed templates to maintain a cohesive Vimeo presence in the years ahead.
Gordon Auchincloss
Sculpture
Gordon Auchincloss is a sculptor based in Hardwick, VT. I was hired to create a mood piece that gives an overview of his work and style. I also reworked his logo and website for a cleaner, more professional look.
Queen City Dry Goods
Racer Jacket Kickstarter
Queen City Dry Goods creates durable, US made leather products by hand in Burlington, VT. They created a kickstarter campaign to raise money for the first production run of their signature "Racer Jacket". I was hired to create the video element that communicates a simple, overall message and excites viewers to support the cause. The campaign was a success, and QCDG exceeded their goal.
Higher Ground
Posters
Higher Ground is the premier live music venue of Burlington, VT. Iskra is a local screen printing operation that has a partnership with Higher Ground wherein they design all show posters for free in exchange for total creative freedom. A setup like that is a designer's dream. Here's some faux shows.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Powder Day
Stowe Mountain Resort is the historic and modern epicenter of downhill skiing in the state of Vermont. Their website video gallery highlights unique and memorable days on the hill. I was hired to create this stylized version of a Stowe powder day.
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
The Perlman Music Program
The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center is a world class live music and performance venue located in Stowe Mountain Resort's alpine village. I was hired to document The Perlman Music Program's performance and take a look at what makes the program unique. This video can be found playing in the SPPAC atrium.
Space Gallery
Logo
Space Gallery is a working studio and art exhibition space in Burlington, VT. This is an original logo design as well as a website displaying previous, current, and upcoming exhibits.
Vermont
Cliff Jumping
Cliff Jumping is an enjoyable summer pastime for Vermonters young and old. I feel lucky to have grown up around so many majestic locations. So without revealing names or whereabouts, I documented and shared my love for cliff jumping with a summer side project. We pulled off a Vimeo Staff Pick on this one!
Rate Your Study Abroad
Illustrations
Rate Your Study Abroad is a resource for students to rate, connect and inquire about various study abroad programs around the world. I was hired to create illustrations to spice up their web content.
Norwich University
School of Engineering Promotionals
Norwich University is a private military university in Northfield, VT. I was hired by the Norwich communications department to highlight each of their three engineering majors. Norwich requested the promotionals be geared towards prospective high school students.
Willard & Maple
Cover
Since 1994, Willard & Maple has been the student run fine art & literary magazine at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. I was hired to design the cover for the fifteenth issue. The requirements were to use the magazine title, subtitle, a provided photo, and render in grayscale.
PocketWizard
Adrien Broom's "Day Dreams"
PocketWizard, based in South Burlington, VT, makes the premier flash triggering system for professional photographers the world over. This is "Day Dreams," a shoot by PocketWizard sponsored photographer Adrien Broom. I was hired to document the shoot and show PocketWizard products in action.
Private Commission
Designer's Desk
A fun one-off design-build project for a local graphic designer. The parameters I received were: easy assembly, lightweight without sacrificing strength, 15x36x28, and "simple." I came up with a design that utilizes custom 1/8" brushed aluminum legs, a 15x36x1 pine composite top, and a 6-outlet power strip custom mounted to the underside providing a single plug connection to the wall. It weighs 14 pounds and assembles with 14 phillips head screws.
The State of Vermont
Google Fiber to the Home
The State of Vermont was applying for Google's Fiber to the Home project. Google was to select one place in the country to test their new fiber optic internet network and Vermont wanted to be that place. A video element was required with the entry and the Vermont Telecommunications Authority had a few key pointers to build the video around. The VTC wanted to show that Vermont was a manageable size and had eager citizens willing to try new things. They also wanted to convey the simplicity and transparency of our local government, meaning Google would have no trouble getting through local laws and regulations.
Ambition Snowskates
Snowskating Films
Ambition Snowskates, based in Sherbrooke, QC, is the world's premier snowskate company. Snowskating was created in 1998, but struggled for years due to board functionality issues and low quality media content. In 2008, it was still young, and fighting for legitimacy. Ambition was a new company and wanted to create a full-length feature showcasing the possibilities of their improved wooden board design. The owner, Alex Blais, saw Press Rewind and hired me to shoot and edit their first film, True Color. The end product presented snowskating in a cleaner, more industry-aware way than ever before. It was the first snowskate video to gain internet recognition and allowed Ambition to set a tone for both the brand and the sport. Following True Color, we made another two full-length features: Snosk8_aliens, and Skrill Clinton. For each, I did creative direction, shooting, editing, DVD design, duplication, and organizing premiere events. The final project I did was a three year highlight promotional called Jam Pack which was packaged with Ambition products. These projects require filming every weekend throughout the winter, so in 2011 I handed the responsibility off to Alex in order to focus on my own growing business. Ambition Snowskates continues to be the premier company in the snowskate industry. Links to the full-length versions are at the end of each teaser.
Press Rewind
Vermont Snowboarding Film
In the winter of 2002-2003, I made my first annual snowboarding film at Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton, VT. In the winter of 2006-2007, during my freshman year at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, I wanted to make something more professional and complete than years past. That winter, I coordinated with local riders, and shoot for 70 days across Vermont, all while enrolled in classes full time. That summer, I edited the video, designed DVD's, and got them duplicated. I organized a premiere event in October 2007, with school back in session, and we drew around 400 people to UVM's CC Theater. The local companies that sponsored the video gave us free products to give away at the end of the movie. Although I made it for fun, this project became a seed for commissioned work in the following years. A link to the full-length version is at the end of the introduction.