Themed-graphic journal highlighting BIPOC art & perspectives. 100% Black-owned.

"Culture is what makes us different but it is also what connects us. It is the glue that holds us together and holds the story of our past, present and future."

Umber highlights Black people, Indigenous people, Latinx and people of color from around the world, with the full palette of their experiences.

Founded in 2017 by creative director, designer and visual artist Mike Nicholls, we've independently released 10 publications, put on several curated events in California and partnered with such companies as Red Bay Coffee, DropBox, Museum of African Diaspora, de Young Museum, AIGA SF, Heath Ceramics, Inneract Project, Bandcamp and Fusicology.

Through the power of print, we took our readers on a visual exploration of typography, space, composition, and illustration. With a visionary commitment to thought and artistry, our publications stimulate the curious, strengthen the imaginative and nurture the passionate.

View the art and design of Umber here.

With 100+ contributors and features from countries such as Armenia, Amsterdam, Brazil, Chile, China, Copenhagen, Guadalupe, Lebanon, London, Mexico, Nigeria, Paris, Peru, The Philippines, Sudan and Switzerland, we are immensely proud to have put a spotlight on thought-provocateurs and innovators such as:

Saul Williams (pictured), Ashara Ekuydayo, Souls of Mischief, Deanna Van Buren, Thomas Pridgen, Niema Jordan, Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah, MAVI, Dania Cabello, Mani Draper, Apache Skateboards, Thalma De Freitas, Armand Hammer, Jeannette Ehlers, Tonya Rapley, Edgar Villanueva and many more.

A picture of Saul Williams with hat.
Photo: Pamela Torno