40 Under Forty Awards


Nico Taus (32)

Nico Taus (32)

Nico Taus is a Registered Graphic Designer (RGD), Partner and Creative Director of Studio123 and proud community advocate.

Nico lives and breathes entrepreneurship, having started his first design agency at age 20. He believes in the power of good design to solve complex issues, help companies and organizations communicate better and to help support social causes.

His engagement in the design and arts community is demonstrated by his volunteerism with the Programs Committee for the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), his involvement in the formation of the Sudbury Design Society and his role on the Murals Programming Committee for the Up Here Urban Art & Music Festival.

He is a former professor in the Graphic Design and Art Fundamentals programs at Cambrian College and since 2009, has helped graduates perfect their Graphic Design portfolios prior to graduation.

Nico has utilized design to support local organizations including the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee and the Northern Cancer Foundation.

Q: What is the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: I am very much looking forward to growing Studio123’s national and international reach over the coming years. Our mission has always been to design a world that communicates better. It’s an ongoing mission that guides us every day. It’s our philosophy. Whether we’re working on a grassroots project for a local organization or a national project for a large private company, we approach them with the same mantra.

Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: Blitzkrieg Bop from the Ramones. I always aligned with their energy and attitude. Let’s go!

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: My greatest fulfillment comes from helping clients, especially start-ups, develop their brand, define their values, market their products/services and communicate better through good design. It’s been an honour to work with so many inspired clients over the last decade who have gone on to enrich this city in their own ways.

Q: Share something about yourself that others would be surprised to know.
A: Back in College, I played over 12 countries spanning across North America and Western Europe with my punk rock band.

Q: What makes you proud to be a Sudburian?
A: If you have drive, grit and determination, Sudbury is a great place to make things happen. Our community is very supportive and we’re here to help each other reach our goals. I smile when I see a new local business opening its doors, when I walk through any of our many parks and trails or when I see a new mural going up in our downtown. I love being part of a community that embraces bilingualism and multiculturalism. I get inspired by our transformation from a barren moonscape to a lush vegetative landscape. Whether it be Science North, the founding of any of our post-secondary institutions or the creation of La Place des Arts, big dreams have a place here. Stay inspired!