Nicole Jaffe is a graphic designer, web developer, and illustrator. She is the co-founder of Yay Brigade, a design studio in Los Angeles.

She enjoys creating in different mediums, especially web and print. When designing, she likes to be a bit of a chameleon, working to suit the needs of the project, while maintaining typographic and graphic integrity. In 2014, she and Roman Jaster founded Yay Brigade, their design studio.

Nicole graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012 where she studied Neuroscience (brains are neat), Graphic Design, and Theatre. Her personal projects tend to be whimsical, showing off her “crafty” side and her love of sewing, knitting, crocheting, and woodland creatures. Aside from designing, Nicole loves singing, playing ukulele and guitar, dancing, acting, photography, and doing impressions. She also likes learning about abnormal psychology and watching Criminal Minds.

Things That Make Me Smile

  • Singing

    especially with Roman Jaster in our band Pawing at the Ceiling

  • Dancing

    especially ballet and contemporary

  • Miyazaki Movies

    maybe Totoro will be my neighbor too

  • Petting cats

    and befriending them!

  • Sweaters

    I even made a whole website about them!

  • Succulent Plants

    they are pretty and cute!

  • Knitting & crocheting

    especially hats (and hexipuffs)

  • Noodles

    especially udon, ramen, and soba

Friends and Pals

Selected Clients

  • MAK Center for Art and Architecture
  • Pasadena Conservatory of Music
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Google
  • ETC Theatre Company
  • Boom Kat Dance Theatre
  • Complete Works web series
  • The Amber House Trilogy
  • Director Nina Menkes
  • Artist Elana Mann
  • Artist Quintan Ana Wikswo
  • Author Tracy McMillan
  • USC Musical Theatre Repertory
  • USC Chamber Ballet Company


  • HTML
  • CSS
  • WordPress
  • Responsive Web Design
  • A little Javascript, jQuery and PHP