digital artist & designer



art & design



Mad Science

'Mad Science' is a research project that I am currently undertaking with Drs. Casper Harteveld & Gillian Smith at the Northeastern University Playable Innovative Technologies Lab. The project seeks to develop a toolset to allow users to create, share, and participate in virtual experiments. I have been serving as art director on the project since it began in January 2014 and have contributed significantly to its design.

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Space Time Gladiators

'Space Time Gladiators' is a platform brawler game about momentum. The goal is to pick up speed and smash into your opponents to deal damage. There are currently five different game modes, and several different map generation presets. I am a designer and artist on the project. Despite being in the pre-alpha stage, this game was selected for exhibition at the 2013 Boston Festival of Indie Games.

You can try out the game, as well as learn more about it, right here.

Working Title

'Working Title' was a surreal, narrative-driven sidescrolling platform game which featured a unique painterly art style. The project, on which I served as lead artist, was sadly never finished. You can find more info, screenshots, and an interactive fiction on the game's website.

Spire Squire

'Spire Squire' is an arcade jumping game similar to Doodle Jump. It was developed by Ressom Studios and is available on the App Store, Google Play, and the Windows Store. I created all of the sound effects for the game.

Rat Cave Productions

This is a site that I designed and developed for a small Boston-based production company called Rat Cave Productions. The site needed to showcase the company's work while also providing a call-to-action for potential clients. In addition to the design, I also created the company's logo and wrote the copy for the site.


This is a portfolio site that I designed and developed for one of my good friends, Jake Nadeau. He wanted a clean, colorful site to show off what he'd been working on.

Boston University Democrats

A website that I designed and developed for the Boston University College Democrats. They wanted a simple and clean page layout, so I created a (mostly) one-page, flat design with only one accent color and minimal effects.

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

I designed and developed this site as a student project at Northeastern University. Created as an experiment in non-linear narrative, this simple site generates a random line from Ernest Hemingway's short story "A Clean Well Lighted Place" every time the button is clicked.

Examples of my video work can be found on my Vimeo page as well as at Rat Cave Productions. I've worked on various video projects as director, cinematographer, editor, colorist, animator, effects artist, and more.

Hey, I'm Nolan

I'm a Boston-based artist and designer, currently studying digital art and game design at Northeastern University. My greatest passion is game design, but I believe that all the different areas of art and design tie into each other. That's why I also involve myself with graphic design, web design, digital and fine art, video production, animation, and any other creative media that I have the chance to work with. I love collaborating with other people who are passionate about designing and producing unique and compelling experiences. If you'd like to get in touch with me, feel free to send me an email at nolan@nolanmanning.com. You can also take a look at my resume right here. Thanks!