Nova Hayes Senior Designer
Nova Hayes Senior Designer

Nova’s visual sensibility is informed by her formal background in painting, drawing, and new media, but her interest in life science and ability to process and distill complex ideas is what led her down the path of medical illustration. A Master of Science in biomedical visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago has armed her with expert knowledge to solve any visual problem and dexterity with the tools to execute that solution. From 3D modeling, molecular visualization, animation, and interactivity to old fashioned traditional illustration, Nova is able to let the particular needs of each case define the media.

A multidisciplinarian with a ton of practical experience, Nova began her career in fine art immersed in artist representation; exhibit curation; and archiving while pursuing her own art. This experience, though valuable in many ways, also inspired the longing to create work with a purpose beyond personal statement and a place beyond gallery walls. To that she abandoned the contemporary art world, became a bartender, and pursued her Master’s in medical illustration.

Besides drawing bones and organs, she loves sketching, birds, flowers, and insects in the field, riding anything on two wheels, exploring every corner of a new city and if you ever have the opportunity, her perfect Manhattan remains nothing short of that.


San Francisco State University (B.A. – Studio Art, Painting & New Media)

The University of Illinois at Chicago (M.S. – Biomedical Visualization)

San Francisco
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