Cyan Design Studio is owned by Cya Nelson, an illustrator and designer with over 17 years of experience in the field and a life-long passion for all things creative. Cya followed her passion and graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara, with a double major in Fine Art and English. Prior to forming her company, Cya worked as the art director and project manager for over seven years at IE Design + Communications, a notable design firm in the Los Angeles area. During her time there, Cya partnered with such clients as the Disney Channel, Honda/Acura, University of Southern California, and the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
In 2006, Cya had a near-death encounter with a deadly jellyfish in the Australian waters. This led to a change in life perspective and with this, a desire to create her own company and utilize her well-developed style to create her own niche. As such, Cya formed Cyan Design Studio and moved back to Santa Barbara, conveniently located near Los Angeles and the majority of her clients. The flexibility of running a small firm has allowed Cya to focus on select clients and projects that translate into successful partnerships. Collaboration with other design professionals enables the firm to provide services for large-scale projects as needed.
Cya’s experience includes a broad range of projects — from corporate branding, copywriting, illustration, brochures and annual reports, to websites and event graphics. Examples of Cya’s work have appeared in Communication Arts, HOW, Graphics, Rockport books and various other graphic arts publications.
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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
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Ian Somerhalder Foundation
K&L Wine Merchants
Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Reisman Karron Greene
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
University of Southern California
USC Viterbi School of Engineering