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Hello

My name is Nira and I am a genetic counselor-turned-graphic designer. Different, right?

With a mix of science background and creative flair, I bring a fresh perspective to every project. My journey from genetics to design shows my passion for helping others and my dedication to creating visually compelling and meaningful work. 

I tailor my approach to each project, blending scientific accuracy with creative design. I hope to empower individuals and organizations to communicate their unique stories through visually compelling and meaningful work. 

My Story

I have always been creative and loved art. But, in college, my love for genetics and for people initially took me in the direction of a master's degree in genetic counseling. Being a genetic counselor, saving lives, educating people and empowering them to take control of their health where they can, has been more rewarding to me than I could describe in words. However, over time, burnout started settling in and my anxiety became untenable.

Throughout my career, I have been drawn to projects that involve creating clinical educational materials for patients and healthcare providers. But I lacked the tools to design them effectively. So, I went back to school for an associate's degree in graphic design. To say my life has already changed drastically is an understatement! However, I was not ready to give up on my genetic counseling career. I am still a genetics geek after all.

My husband, Ian, has been nothing but supportive in my "mid-life career crisis" and he encouraged me to open my own business to combine these two passions . After all, he has a huge heart that is driven to help people, and an incredible business brain.

So, here we are, the magic duo, making it happen. My mission is multifold; through beautiful visual designs, I want to:

  1. Inspire people to be their own advocates.

  2. Educate people and communities about genetic risks. 

  3. Empower medical professionals by providing templates to use in their messaging.

  4. Raise awareness for important causes. 

Join me on my mission to educate and inspire! Browse my collection of genetics-based digital art and display it publicly to spark conversations and motivate people ask questions.  

Interested in something we may not have?
No problem! We'd love to create something customized just for you! Let's talk! 

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Ian Johnson

Co-founder,
Business Manager. Network Engineer.

Hello! My name is Ian and I am the co-founder of Designs by NKJ. I focus on business process and technology. I am a software engineer by trade with a degree in business management.

I love understanding businesses and it has always been my passion to find ways to develop them through process development and technology. 

I am excited to join Nira on this journey to provide graphic design and marketing services to those who can appreciate and enjoy her creativity. 

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Get in Touch

919-306-7743

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Thank you for your message! I look forward to working with you!

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