Instructor, IDEA School of Design
IDEA School of Design

604.990.7820 ext. 7820
Arbutus Building, room AR206


Diploma, Design & Illustration, Capilano College, 1991.

BFA, Printmaking & Art History, University of British Columbia, 1988.


Nancy Wu (BFA, University of British Columbia, 1988) was educated at the University of British Columbia (Fine Arts) and Capilano College, receiving a diploma in Design & Illustration with honors.

With over twenty-five years of design experience working with direct clients and creative firms including Rethink, Karacters/DDB, TAXI, Cossette, Subplot, Will Creative, Full Punch & 123w, she was also a writer/contributor to Mohawk Papers' FeltAndWire & Lovely Package design blogs.

Wu has been a competition judge, mentor and a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Langara College, and is currently an organizing member of the Type Brigade Meetup group and a sessional design instructor in the IDEA School of Design at Capilano University since 2017.

She continues to support and educate the creative community with mentorships, publication reviews, design talks (Creative Pulse, Type Brigade, The Quickie for Designers podcast, The DESIGNED podcast) and guest student critiques.

Recognized by Communication Arts, Applied Arts, Lotus Awards, GDC/BC Salazar Awards, HOW Magazine, Identity Magazine, New York Festivals, Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Uppercase Magazine and GDC/Graphex Awards, Wu's design work has appeared in over 50 international design publications and blogs.

The practice of graphic design has greatly evolved over the last 3 decades, more rapidly so in terms of digital design.

A strong foundation in design education fundamentals and current real-world experience is essential for all designers to understand, excel and thrive in this industry.

Having been both a student and now a sessional instructor at the same school, I know how essential it was to develop original conceptual design thinking and technical skills with the support and nurturing guidance from experienced and knowledgeable instructors of high standard within our profession.

Budelmann, Kevin, Yang Kim and Curt Wozniak. Brand Identity Essentials, 1st & 2nd eds. US: Rockport, 2019, 2010.

Leterme Dowling. Abstract Logo. UK: Counter-Print, 2016.

Leterme Dowling. Modern Heraldry: Seals, Stamps, Crests & Shields. UK: Counter-Print, 2015.

Leterme Dowling. Alphabet Logo. UK: Counter-Print, 2015.

Leterme Dowling. Human Logo. UK: Counter-Print, 2014.

SendPoints (ed.). Nature Inspires. China: SendPoints, 2014.

Airey, David. Logo Design Love. 1st & 2nd eds. US: Peachpit, 2014, 2009.

Airey, David. Work for Money, Design for Love. US: Peachpit, 2012.

SendPoints (ed.). Branding Element: Logos 2. China: SendPoints, 2012.

Airey, David and Yoko Goji. Logo Design Love. 2nd eds. Japan: BNN, 2011.

Vangool, Janine. What Makes a Good Business Card? Canada: Uppercase Magazine 8, 2011.

Fishel, Catherine and Bill Gardner. LogoLounge 6. US: Rockport, 2011.

Healey, Matthew. Design DNA: Logos. UK: Rotovision, 2011.

Witham, Scott. Creating Great Graphic Design on a Budget. UK: Rotovision, 2010.

Hodgson, Michael. Recycling & Redesigning Logos. US: Rockport, 2010.

Malamed, Connie. Visual Language for Designers. US: Rockport, 2009.

Chua, Perry and Dann Ilicic. LogoSavvy. US: Rockport, 2007.

Loewy, Arnold. The Best of Business Card Design 7. US: Rockport, 2006.

Gordon, Stacey King. Packaging Makeovers. US: Rockport, 2005.

Carter, David E. The 4th Big Book of Logos. US: Harper Collins, 2005.

Fishel, Catherine and Bill Gardner. LogoLounge 2. US: Rockport, 2005.

Carter, David E. Global Corporate Identity 2. US: Harper Collins, 2005.

PIE Books (ed.). World Business Cards Today. Japan: PIE Books, 2005.

Cullen, Cheryl. Identity Solutions. US: Rockport, 2004.

Carter, David E. Creativity 33. US: Harper Collins, 2004.

Blackcoffee Design (ed.). Best of Business Card Design 6. US: Rockport, 2004.

Carter, David E. Creativity 32. US: HBI, 2003.

PIE Books (ed.). New Logo World. Japan: PIE Books, 2003.

Carter, David E. The 3rd Big Book of Logos. US: Harper Collins, 2002.

Carter, David E. Global Corporate Identity. US: HBI, 2002.

Finke, Gail. Creative Edge Brochures. US: NorthLight, 2000.

Cullen, Cheryl Dangel. Best of Brochure Design 6. US: Rockport, 2000.

Rockport Pub (ed.). Best of Brochure Design 5. US: Rockport, 1999.

Rockport Pub (ed.). Letterhead & Logo Design 6. US: Rockport, 1999.

Finke, Gail. Fresh Ideas in Invitations, Posters & Announcements. US: NorthLight, 1998.

Rockport Pub (ed.). Postcards Graphics. US: Rockport, 1997.

Rockport Pub (ed.). Great T-Shirt Graphics 3. US: Rockport, 1997.

Rockport Pub (ed.). Best of Business Card Design 3. US: Rockport, 1997.

Rosentswieg, Gerry. TYPEfaces. US: Madison Square, 1996.

Rockport Pub (ed.). Designer Posters. US: Rockport, 1996.

2020: Vit, Armin. Lifescan by Subplot. Brand New: Underconsideration.com, November 17.

2020: Cobrin, Matthew. Paul Wu & Associates. Logoseum.tumblr.com, January 7.

2018: Breman, Aaron. Perpetual Typography Calendar. Paperspecs.com, September 11.

2017: Cobrin, Matthew. Nextbus. Logoseum.tumblr.com, July 12.

2010-2013: Wu, Nancy. Business Card Collection. Felt&Wire/Mohawk.com, features over 4 years.

2011: Smith, Amanda. We are Vancvr: Nancy Wu, designer. Vancouverisawesome.com, September 6.

2010: Airey, David and Nancy Wu. Offsetters. Identitydesigned.com, September 17.

2008: Busse, Mark. Branding the Man They Called Jesus: Yaaway. Blitz Magazine, Icograda.org, June 29.

2009: Cass, Jacob and David Airey. Tenth Church. Smashing Magazine, LogoDesignLove, August 26.

2009: Wu, Nancy. Tenth Church. logolog.co/tenth, June 9.

CA Typography Competition Annual 8 – Shortlisted / US, Communication Arts, 2018.

Identity Branding & Design Magazine: Best of the Best / RUSSIA, ArtGraphics, 2010

CA Design Competition Annual 49 / US, Communication Arts, 2008

Graphex 2008, The Best of Visual Communication, CDN, Graphic Designers of Canada, 2008

Identity Branding & Design Magazine: Best of the Best / RUSSIA, ArtGraphics, 2007.

Graphex '06, The Best of Visual Communication in Canada, CDN, Graphic Designers of Canada, 2006.

NYF International Award / US, New York Festivals, 2000.

Marketing Packaging Awards / US, Marketing Magazine, 2000.

8th Annual Beverage Packaging Global Design Award / US, 2001.

Applied Arts Design Annual, CDN, Applied Arts Magazine, 1998.

Graphic Designers of Canada Creative Awards / CDN, GDC/Vancouver Island, 1995 - 1998.

HOW Magazine Self-Promotion Annual / US, F&W Publications, 1996.

Potlatch Papers Award of Excellence / US, Potlatch Corporation, 1994, 1997.
HOW Magazine Self-Promotion Annual / US, F&W Publications, 1992, 1995.

Graphic Design + Illustration Scholarship / CDN, Capilano College, 1991.

Metropolitan Press Scholarship Award / CDN, MET Printers, 1991.

Salazar Award of Excellence / CDN, Graphic Designers of Canada/BC Chapter, 1991.