Hi, my name is Phillip Nievera Retuta, and welcome to my personal website. I'm a digital designer, artist, and art director by career, living in Brooklyn, NY. I was born in Chicago to two very wonderful immigrant, Filipino parents. For undergrad, I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study English Literature, and for graduate school, Parsons the New School for Design to study Design + Technology. I'm currently employed as the graphic and lead web designer at The New York Institute of Technology. I have an awesome dog named Nico, who will one day be Instagram famous. I also draw comics on my spare time. I love cooking, typography, and polaroid film. I hate loud clubs, crowded subways, and phonies.
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Man’s Best Friend.
My dog, Nico Doggerton, has been by my side since 2007. I named her (yes, "her") after Nico of The Velvet Underground and of Andy Warhol fame. When she was about a year old, I adopted her during my senior year of college from a shelter in Urbana-Champaign. Since then, the husky-labrador (or "huskador") mix has moved with me from rural Illinois, to back home in Chicago, to New Jersey, to now New York City. I love my pet very much, and Nico is incredibly patient for a dog -- as evident of all the goddamned photographs and videos I take of her. She hates brooms and hides in the bathtub when fireworks go off, but Nico thoroughly enjoys belly rubs, fabric squeaky toys, and pizza crusts.
Creativity Is Key.
I Like To Write.
I had a dream last night where I was haunted by ghosts, and I tried to get rid of them by chanting and condemning them to hell. #normal
- Taxes, IRS, and Social Security: Talk About Bureaucracy!Because of a clerical error where my social security number and birthdate didn’t match, I wasn’t able to e-file my taxes this year. You’d think that this would be an easy fix, but when you go through government channels, it’s obvious that a simple office typo of a “25” looking like a “26” is a bureaucratic […]