Meet Derek Nosbisch, art director at Strictly Business.

Tell us a little about your business.Strictly Business (, is a local business magazine connecting businesses with their peers and customers. I facilitate the conversations between our brand and the many local businesses that we work with.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Acclimating to the post-pandemic landscape in advertising and brand design was rough. It’s taken a lot of self-critique and work to get where I am.

Tell us a little about your family. – My wife and I started dating in 2016, and got married last year! We celebrate our one-year anniversary in July, and we’re planning a trip to Chicago to celebrate.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Proposing to my wife was the single biggest turning point in my life thus far. The thing that no one wants to tell you is that there is indecision around every corner, and deciding to take responsibility in shaping our future together has been the most rewarding experience of my life.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – On a day off, I love to hit the local record stores (Recycled Sounds, Homers, etc…) and go thrift shopping with my wife. We also tend to make extravagant meals on the weekend, and cooking together is one of our favorite activities. When it’s nice out, you can catch me putting up a hammock at a local lake.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I studied abroad in Japan in 2018, and it was an eye-opening creative experience. It’s one of those places that once you visit, you immediately want to go back.

Who inspires you? – My dad inspires me. He’s considerate of others, and he could’ve been a stage comedian in a different life. He’s also willing to challenge his own views and grow as a person. I hope to grow up like him someday.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? – I always loved Nightcrawler from the X-Men, and the power to teleport would be the coolest (especially with gas prices as they are right now).

What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – My greatest useless talent is being able to shoot waste paper into trash cans from any distance. I sincerely wish this was translatable to the basketball court.

Which talent would you most like to have? – I wish I was more naturally gifted at drawing and painting. I’ve had to work hard to get to a level of competency that I find adequate.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – My favorite book is Dune by Frank Herbert. The last great book I read was The Magus by John Fowles.

What is your favorite TV show?Mr. Robot. While it’s not a perfect portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder, the photography and direction of the show is some of the best I’ve ever seen.

What is your favorite local restaurant? – There’s a few: Modern Love, Pan Asian Terrace, and Block 16 all come to mind. Yoshitomo and Maharaja are also favorites.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? (402) 466-3330;; /