Hi. Thanks for looking.

I’m Nikolaus. 

I’ve spent the last ten or so years writing and directing creative on both sides of the all-too-blind agency / client divide. I’ve been fortunate to work on brave brands and grow super smart teams.

At agencies, I learned how to swing big and grind for great work. On the client side, I learned how to make sure the work does what it’s supposed to do. My experience has made me rather fluent in both languages, and it has given me a lot of perspective for building consensus on the road to great creative.

I’ve spent the COVID era working from an undisclosed location in the woods between Seattle and Portland. I own a lot of flannel and Carhartt.

If someone asks, I’ll tell them I adopted my cat purely to catch mice that sneak into the house in the winter. But the truth is that I got him because his enormous head makes me laugh, and no one else wants to watch dark French cop dramas with me.  

If I’m not writing, I’m probably riding my bike or repeating clichés about an old sailboat I bought and really ought to spend more time restoring.

You can reach me at drellow@gmail.com or 404-368-9645.