nina van styrum

nina van styrum

Brooklyn, NY, US



 As a designer I believe that creating a good design is creating an experience and telling a story!

I have a fervent passion for designing unique, immersive and story-driven experiences that will engage and connect visitors with the brand and/or environment. For variety of areas, such as festivals, retail, events, scenic and public spaces.

Recently I graduated from the Master’s in Exhibition & Experience Design from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. My background is in Theater set and costume design and a Bachelor of Arts in Spatial Design, with a specialization in sustainability. 

Staying passionate, open for new challenges and getting inspired by my surrounding is who I am as a designer.

I will never stop enjoying the pleasure of creating design experiences and being a storyteller!



Marsha Ginsberg, New York, NY, US, Model maker and Set Designer

- Maker of scale models,
- Creator of 2D renderings,
- Part of meetings, brainstorm sessions and concept development.

Aug 2018 - current

Distictive Displays Inc, Brooklyn, NY, US, 3D environmental & retail designer

freelance designer at Distinctive Displays Inc.
- Creator of 2D/3D renderings and technical drawings .
- working closely with the building crew

May 2018 - current

IFES; World Summit 2018, New york, Sustainable design speaker

Presentation on my sustainable design project “drumming up; feel the
rhythm.” (Graduate Thesis, Fashion Institute of technology)
-> graphic and exhibit design. Project to be found on:

May 2018 - May 2018

Goed bezig Producties, Rotterdam, Event and Interior designer

Goed Bezig Producties is a company that designs events, installations and interiors.
main responsibilities:
- Part of meetings to create design concepts for projects.
- Creator of 2D / 3D renderings and technical drawings for design projects.
- Working closely with building crew and helped them when needed.

Jan 2016 - Aug 2016

R.S.V. Sanctus Laurentius, Rotterdam, Graphic designer

- Head designer of various flyers, posters, stickers, banners and social
media posts for events during the Lustrum of Laurentius.
- In charge of setting up weekly meetings with design group.
- Worked closely with the student association and print companies.

Jul 2014 - Jun 2015

Doorgedraaid, Leiden, NL, event and installation designer

Doorgedraaid is a company that designs sets, exhibits, installations, lighting and graphic design for festivals, theater, (pop up) events & interiors.
Main responsibilities:
- Creator of hand sketches, scale models and 3D/2D renderings, technical drawings and scale models.
- In charge of creating visual presentations / mood boards for clients.
- Contact with vendors and assisted with the building process of the designs.
- Participating in multiple brainstorm sessions and client meeting to create design concepts

Jan 2014 - Aug 2014

Figaro, Rotterdam, NL, Graphic designer

- Translated concepts and ideas into a graphic design and lay-out for the
student yearbook in collaboration with another designer.
- Worked closely with the printing company and conducted interviews for
the book.

Jan 2012 - Mar 2013


Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, New York, NY, US, Masters, Exhibition and experience design

classes in:
- storytelling
- museum, graphic, event, retail and exhibition design
- History or art

Sep 2016 - Dec 2017

Academy of fine arts Willem de Kooning, Rotterdam, NL, Bachelors, Spatial design

-wood working
- metal working
- ceramics and textiles
- model making
- 3D printing
- laser cutting

Sep 2010 - Aug 2015

Areas of Specialization