Nvard Yerkanian

Nvard Yerkanian – Designer

I'm an independent graphic designer and illustrator with passion for printed media: books, zines and posters.


I'm an Armenian independent graphic designer and illustrator based in Venice, Italy.
My works have been exhibited worldwide, published and gained appreciation.
I was nominated for the World Illustration Awards in 2019 for my illustration series about Soviet modernist architecture in Armenia and for the Koschatzky Art-Award 2021. I was one of the Chosen winners of 41 AI-AP (American illustration).
I am passionate about architecture, urbanism, cultural heritage, art, history and politics. I have designed and illustrated numerous books, catalogues, magazines and art zines.
I am the author of 'Fragile Concrete' a picture book dedicated to modernist architecture in Armenia. It was published in 2023.
I speak English, Italian, French, Russian and Armenian.

What motivates me to work on projects is my deep fascination and curiosity for the intersection of design, culture, and history. My working design process reflects this motivation as I embark on a thorough research journey, delving into the historical and cultural context of each project. This process allows me to understand the details and underlying narratives behind the subject matter, enabling me to create visually compelling and conceptually rich designs. I infuse my work with a sense of depth and authenticity, creating designs that not only visually engage the audience but also provoke thought and foster a deeper appreciation for the subject matter. It is this relentless pursuit of knowledge, combined with a passion for storytelling through design, that fuels my creative endeavours and inspires me to push the boundaries of my craft.
Architecture Art Design Music Photography Technology Writing & Publishing
Cultural & Ethnic
  • Nominated for the Koschatzky Art Award 2021
  • Nominated for the World Illustration Award 2019
  • Creative Armenia & AGBU fellow 2020
  • American Illustration 41 Chosen Winner 2022
  • Shortlisted in Theatrical Poster: International Festival, Armenia 2022
  • Master's Degree in Graphic Design
  • Bachelor's Degree in Architectural Design
  • One year master program in Cultural Critisiam and Art Curating
  • One year master program in documentary photography

Work experience

WHY Graphic Design Festival

Sep, 2016 — Present

WHY is an annual graphic design festival is Florence.


Nov, 2015 — Present

Worked independently for the last 8 years with clients from all over the world.
Represented by an OWL illustration agency.

Some clients include Adobe, aha collective, AIAP Women in Design, American University of Armenia, Antares Publishing, Armenian National Interest Fund, Avi Avital & Between Worlds Ensemble, COAF Smart Center, CreativeHub, Cultural & Social Narratives Lab, FineActs, Floema Jewelry, I&I Foundation, Ilya Gringolts, KITON magazine, La Huit Productions, Lenovo, Maclean's magazine, ManBan Archive, Maxim Vengerov, Oxford review of books, Oxford University, Panel Obywatelski, Progyny, Reanimania International Film Festival, Shu gioielli, Socioscope, tech degh, theprintspace, TUMO, TypeCampus, urbanlab, University of Jena, Vlume, Wroclaw city, Yerevan city magazine, Zangak Bookstore, Zart Global, 4plus photo agency.

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