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People of Print
Graphic Bird Watch

visiting tutor graphic design at ArtEZ Arnhem, NL (2017)
external examinator graduation graphic design at ArtEZ, Arnhem, NL (2017)
tutor graphic design at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, NL (2016, 2018)
visiting tutor graphic design at Willem de Kooning Academy (WDKA) Rotterdam, NL (2014)
external examinator graduation graphic design at WDKA Rotterdam, NL (2012, 2014, 2015)


NM is the signature of Nicole Martens. An autonomous graphic designer, design thinker and artist, with realising tendencies to make referential, researching, contextual art and design within artistic, cultural, commercial, corporate and public domains.

In this frame she also teaches at art academies, lectures and consults for a variety of institutes and organisations. Depending on the project she works individually or with
a select group of colleagues and occasionally with interns. Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, NM takes part in a national and international network of a wide variety of likeminded artists, commissioners and collaborating partners in the public as well as the cultural, artistic, commercial and corporate domain.

A short biography and overview of work can be found on the right of this page.

Inquiries are warmly welcome at nm[at]

Free on Friday.

development in progress



NM | Nicole Martens has been generously supported by
Het Materiaalfonds
DKC Rotterdam
Fonds Beeldende Kunst Vormgeving en Bouwkunst (FBKVB)
Milieufederatie Zuid Holland
Stichting de Fundatie van de Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude te

Stichting Neeltje Buis
Stichting Bekker La Bastide
Strange Boutique
TENT Rotterdam (2017)
K-G-B @ Butchers Tears Amsterdam (2017)
Fanfare Amsterdam (2016)
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2016)
W139 Amsterdam (2007, 2011, 2016)
Galerie Vivid (2015)
De Kunsthal Rotterdam (2012, 2015)
Eye Film Museum Amsterdam (2012)
Galerie De Aanschouw Rotterdam (2009)
Graphic Design Festival Breda (2012)
Manystuff Berlin (2008) and Moscow (2010)
Roodkapje Rotterdam (2012)
Galerie MAMA Rotterdam (2007)
Oppercleas Rotterdam (2014)
Chabot Museum Rotterdam (2011)
Windows, Rotterdam (2010—2011)


NM was founded in 2005 by graphic & audiovisual designer and visual artist Nicole Martens. As NM, Martens merges graphic and audiovisual language into typographic, abstract, applied and autonomous works. 

NM strives to capture information in an inspiring and ambitious visual structure. Experiment and research tackle existing systems and in the process new ones are created.

The tense and dependent relationship between nature and culture; emotion and ratio; evolution and creation (make-
ability) are recurring themes in her work. As a designer and artist she tries to achieve a harmonious whole. 

As NM, Martens positions herself between art and design and explores new areas within the existing visual discourse. This allows for a wide variety of cross-disciplinary colla-
borations with artists, musicians, fashion designers, art
institutes and (print) media.

NM has been commissioned as a designer and artist in the public as well as the cultural, artistic, commercial and corporate domain. Clients include MVRDV, TNT-post (PostNL), Zeeuws Museum, Tent. Rotterdam, De Vleeshal & De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, Erasmus Universiteit, Urban Outfitters, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Eye Film Museum Amsterdam, Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, CBK Rotterdam (Centre for Visual Arts) and Ymere Amsterdam (centre for visual arts).