AuthorDe Nichols

Confidence for Consistency

#stickynotetoself 587 “Confidence is a force for consistency.”

When we think about the people who have achieved mastery in their fields, it has often come by building habits of consistent practice, engagement, or production. Often when we are inconsistent with our goals, there might be a lot of reasons at play, but so often for me, those reasons are connected with the level of confidence I feel in relationship to that goal. In this latest Sticky Note to Self video, I talk through some of these effects.

Watch on YouTube


SUBSCRIBE for more:

BECOME a Disruptor:


MUSIC CREDIT: Chilling by 🌴Oshóva🌴 Music promoted by Audio Library

Mar 27 | Black Tech Summit of the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference

During the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference in St. Louis, MO, De Nichols will join a panel of African American creators and technologists to engage the state of Black Tech in the metropolitan area. This collection of creatives will share tools and tips to help others effectively use digital/social media marketing platforms and technology to communicate their passions, enter the tech field, and develop their own enterprises. 

314 Day Challenge 2018

It’s #PiDay to the world, but to those of us in St. Louis, MO, it’s #314Day. To celebrate, I decided to challenge my friends across the internet to share the 3 places and 14 things they loved most about our city. With Vogue Magazine’s article, “An Insider’s Guide to the Magic of St. Louis,” as inspiration, the challenge included the following levels:

Simple Challenge: Write It Out

  • List 3 places people should know about in STL.
  • Share 1 experience you love most in St. Louis.
  • Tag 4 people who’ve influenced your St. Louis experience.
  • Post your answers using hashtag #314DayChallenge on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

Bonus: If you use the Stories feature on Instagram and Facebook, use this photo to tag your favorite places and people in the city:

“Show Me” Challenge: Show the world what you love about St. Louis.

  • Film yourself in your home or favorite place in the city and answer the 14 questions below about you and the things you love most in St. Louis.
  • Post the video using hashtag #314DaySTL on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.
  • Tag 3 people to do it too.

Simple rules: Make it awesome. Let’s show the world how much heart and pride the people of our city have.

Level Up Challenge: 3 Places, 14 Questions

  • Film yourself in three (3) places around the city and answer 14 questions about you and the things you love most in St. Louis.
  • Post the video using hashtag #314DayChallenge on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.
  • Tag 3 people to do it too.

14 Questions to Consider

  1. How long have you lived in St. Louis?
  2. What neighborhood do you rep?
  3. How do you feel you contribute to the culture here?
  4. Favorite spot to eat?
  5. Best local artist or band?
  6. One person everyone should know in St. Louis?
  7. Best experience/memory you’ve had while living in STL?
  8. What’s one place that used to exist that you would bring back?
  9. What do you do on the weekend?
  10. If you told someone to “Meet Me in St. Louis,” where would you take them?
  11. Most underrated thing about the city?
  12. What keeps you living here?  
  13. If you could envision one thing to make STL better in the future, what would it be?
  14. Who else do you think people should hear from? (Shout out three people)

Want to add more questions/ideas: Connect with the creator of this challenge, De Nichols, via Facebook message or Twitter (@De_Nichols).


I am overjoyed and grateful for all who participated in this one-day challenge. It was fun to watch the different social media stories throughout the day, and some people actually leveled up and joined me in creating videos. Here are three from YouTube:


Define What You Need | Sticky Note to Self

Often times, it can hard—and maybe even awkward—to ask for help in achieving passions and making ideas happen. Pride, fear of rejection, and ego can easily get in the way, while a lack of specificity can hinder us from knowing what to seek. In this new Sticky Note to Self reflection video, I share thoughts and insight behind a recent note that challenges me and others to “Define what you need.” 

What are the things in your life that you’re seeking to fulfill? What do you need in order to manifest it? Watch this week’s video reflection, and share your own in the comments.

Get The Print

This month, you can also get this print and the Resist print by attending the Lot 49 Art Auction by The Luminary in St. Louis.

“Lot 49 is an annual art auction initiated and shaped by artists as an annual fundraiser for The Luminary and a direct means of support for artists in the region and beyond. The interactive auction features acclaimed artists nominated by their peers, with participating artists receiving 51% of all proceeds and the remaining 49% going to support our ambitious programs – hence the name, Lot 49.”

Learn more about it.


Feb 24 | Qu’Art Presents “Black Is the New Black”

For February 2018, Qu’Art will celebrate Black History Month with its show “Black Is the New Black,” which centers works by local Black artists and allies responding to this theme. For this one-night art show and experience, De Nichols will both showcase a video projection and serve as a panelist during evening discussion throughout the event.

De Nichols Joins Author, Natalie Hopkinson, to Discuss the Art of Resistance

Join De Nichols and author, Natalie Hopkinson, on April 10 as they convene at Left Bank Books to discuss Hopkinson’s new book, A Mouth Is Always Muzzled: Six Dissidents, Five Continents, and the Art of Resistance. Hopkinson is a former culture critic for the Washington Post as well as a professor and scholar of Howard University. Her work work explores the arts as they intersect with public policy, cultural identity, and social issues of the world. In A Mouth Is Always Muzzled, she tells the stories of how art has been used as a tool of resistance across continents and different times of cultural trauma and complexity. Kirkus Reviews assesses A Mouth Is Always Muzzled as,

An illumination of the interplay of art, culture, politics, race, and history in Guyana, a Caribbean country mostly ignored by the rest of the world but which serves here as a fascinating microcosm for the power of art to inspire change.


Video: “Creative Unrest” in Designing from the Margins by Jessica Bellamy

Designer, Jessica Bellamy, started a YouTube and Instagram series titled “Designing from the Margins” to engage elements of black identity through design.

In this episode of “The Black Aesthetic Vol 1,” Jessica assesses#CreativeUnrest and includes a clip of De Andrea Nichols discussing this subject during a 2014 Creative Unrest conversation series she organized amongst artists during the uprising in Ferguson, MO.



Podcast Feature | Who Raised You? Ep. 03: “Don’t Touch My Hair”

Who Raised You? Podcast is a kitchen table conversation between Karen (Jia Lian) Yang and Treasure Shields Redmond that explores how culture, family, and intersecting identities pave the way toward liberation. In this episode, they talk with De Nichols about hair and how appearance intersects with professionalism and activism. 

Teaching “Design as a Catalyst for Change” at Washington University in St. Louis

In “Design as a Catalyst for Change,”—a course designed and taught by social innovator and designer, De Nichols—students learn and practice skills of community-based social impact design. The focus of this course emphasizes how values of empathy, equity, privilege, relationship building, and justice integrate into the communications design process when working with and within communities. As students identify and select a social cause on which to focus, they develop a series of print and digital works that communicate their chosen issue, pitch proposed design interventions, and visualize a collaborative implementation processes. Learning modules feature weekly readings, direct engagement with national social design practitioners, design charrettes, and on-site learning, allowing students to gain greater depth and perspectives for harnessing design as a catalyst for change.