Community · January 09, 2023

Meet the Unplash team: Nicole Simmen

10 Questions with Nicole from the Unsplash Community Team

Natalie Brennan
Natalie Brennan

Who are you and what’s your role at Unsplash?

My name is Nicole and I’m the Unsplash+ Artist Manager. It’s a new role that I’m very excited about!

When did you join the team?

I joined the team very recently, just a month now ago on December 6th.

Where do you live?

Toronto, Canada

Where do you work?

I work from home at a desk in my living room. I’m surrounded by windows, books and plants. I deeply appreciate being able to glance out the window to see what’s going on out in the world 👀

What does a regular day at Unsplash look like for you?

Right now my days are a little unstructured because Unsplash+, and my role, is so new. I’m taking some time to learn from the team and learn about the community in order to start planning for the next year. Operationally, I intake all new Unsplash+ contributors, manage the Slack community, oversee community communication like newsletters and emails, stuff like that!

Who do you primarily work with on the team?

I work with the amazing Community team! I am learning a lot from Tanya, Natalie, Annie and Giulia.

Why do you enjoy working on Unsplash?

I’ve been a photographer my whole life, so being part of a company that promotes photographers and makes high-quality, diverse, creative photography accessible to anyone is pretty much a dream job. I’m inspired by the work from the community every day.

What do you like to listen to while you work?

This might be weird, but I usually work in silence 🙈, I find that I focus better with less distraction. But some days call for focus-music in which case I would probably put on something low-key like Tycho.

What do you do when you aren’t working on Unsplash?

I am a book collector, I read a lot! I also love running (recently raced my first half marathon!), being in nature, taking photos and traveling.

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Where can people find you/chat to you?

I’m in both the Unsplash and Unsplash+ Slack communities, feel free to say hi!

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