About Burnt Phoenix Design.

The Business


Josh Nicholson founded Burnt Phoenix while attending university in the ACT in 2007. For the next five years, he contracted for various government agencies and private clients, including Zoo Advertising, Lockheed Martin and the Australian Taxation Office.
By 2012 it was time to take the next step and grow.
Establishing a local resource pool of sub-contractors, Josh’s unique business model allowed diverse and specialised input while keeping face-to-face client services in one place.


In 2013 Burnt Phoenix moved to Nowra on the NSW South Coast. But we continued to work with our existing Canberra client base – an ever-growing list we maintain today.
This move allowed us to provide an open-door service to the Shoalhaven – something, we might add, that’s been embraced wholeheartedly by the community. We love our local businesses and are proud to call many of them great friends.


Since opening the new office in Berry Street, Burnt Phoenix has continued to grow exponentially. Grace joined the team in 2018 and Nathan in 2020. We continue employ local talent when the opportunity allows – from budding illustrators and awesome photographers through to 3D animators and spectacular designers. It’s also been our pleasure to welcome a steady flow of enthusiastic work experience students.


We work with truly amazing clients and thrive on steering their brands locally, nationally and in some cases internationally.

We will continue to grow our agency with our valued clients. We will remain a pivotal, high-performing organisation, focused on exceptional branding and providing a quality service to our local community and beyond.

The Team

Josh Nicholson

Managing/Creative Director

Coffee-loving Chino Wearing Bearded Man (but don’t judge) Digital Genius.

Josh graduated his bachelor of Graphic Design and Media Production with 1st class honours in 2009. He has experience working for large design agencies in Canberra and is the founder of Burnt Phoenix. Ask Josh about how much he loves Papyrus and Curlz MT (don’t do that unless you’re armed with coffee and sticky date pudding). With a love for digital and print Josh continues to explore all things design and media.

Grace Simpson

Senior Graphic Designer

An optimist, with a passion for making things look fantastic. Grace finds beauty in the simple things.

Enjoying web-based design & creating brand identities, plus more recent experience in signage design, she’s always focusing on real-world applications that others may overlook. A tangible & practical approach that proves invaluable to our clients. Graduating in 2012 with an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design and a Euro “study” trip up her sleeve, Grace has a ton of knowledge and technical skill to bring to her role at Burnt Phoenix.
A Jervis Bay local, she has a love for the coast and is a self-appointed red wine & cheese connoisseur.

What people say

Thanks for your energy and creative flare in putting together our new Website, Logo and Artwork. Your collaborative, openminded and helpful approach has ensured we achieved the desired outcomes.

Since going live with the website we have had only positive comments from both prospective and existing customers as well as other business associates.

In recent months we have significantly increased our customer base and this can be considerably attributed to the credibility that our new website and business branding (created by Burnt Phoenix) has brought to the table; this has afforded us great confidence in marketing our services.

We look forward to working with you again in the future as our internet requirements evolve.

Morgan Rouse - All About Cleaning

See what we did for All About Cleaning!

I stumbled across this amazing guy working from the back of a co-op space in Nowra. I can't tell you how much he was involved in my business from the very beginning.

We spent many hours getting things right and so evolved Gaynor Peters Property. Check out my website it is amazing, I still receive many comments on the website design and how beautiful it is. Josh not only built this website from the ground up… no templated website for us! he also designed our logo, stationery and marketing materials. I still work with Josh, he is a truly talented person who always has time to have a chat about your business and listen to your needs.

Gaynor Peters - Gaynor Peters Property

See what we did for Gaynor Peters Property!

Choosing a company to partner with when it comes to marketing and web design can be a daunting process for anyone. There is a lot to consider.

South East Radiology required a website that was functional, packed with accessible content, and obviously looked great.

I spoke to several companies who I felt didn’t really understand and listen to our business needs.

Josh and his team were extremely professional, and the attention to detail they displayed throughout the process was a highlight.

I have enjoyed working with Burnt Phoenix and look forward to continuing our relationship into the future.

Highly Recommend.

JOSH MARSDEN - South East Radiology

See what we did for South East Radiology!

I engaged Burnt Phoenix to create a new logo and website for my boutique management consultancy, after reviewing a wide range of options, and I’m delighted with the results.

The personal service and attention to detail given by Burnt Phoenix really sets Josh apart from many others in his industry, and that includes both big and small agencies in Canberra and Sydney. Josh understood the importance of creating a design and feel that was representative of not only my professional service offering, but also of myself, and I continue to receive very positive comments and feedback on my corporate branding and how it’s very ‘me’.

I would be very happy to recommend Josh to anyone looking for a designer who will go that extra mile and deliver something you’ll be proud of.

Margaret Cresswell - Cresswell Consulting

We have engaged Burnt Phoenix for projects lasting well over a year. Throughout that time, the response, politeness, and ideas have been nothing short of excellent. The professionalism, and clear communication has meant that we could be confident that work was being done, without needing to follow up regularly. This gave us peace of mind and allowed us to focus on the business side of our projects.

We also loved the fact that Burnt Phoenix would engage local artists for our projects, giving both our product a unique flare, and supporting new talent. If we were to boil down our experience into a fewer words it would be: Talent, no nonsense, and results.

Andrew March - Rectumfy (Yes you read that right!) + more