Happy to have your work at the sale this Spring! Can you tell us a bit about what you do and what you’ll be bringing to the sale?
I’m a multidisciplinary designer and illustrator. I work full time at a small design agency called The Matchbox Studio in Deep Ellum, working on a range of branding, digital, illustration, and campaign work. Outside of my day job I work on an app with some friends called Socialvite, and draw things for fun when I find time for it. My personal work usually comes to me when I’m bored in front of my sketchbook. I’ll have screen prints, riso prints, and enamel pins with me at the sale.
You are a designer and illustrator for hire, how do you balance professional work with personal projects?
My day job comes first, but after that, I usually just fit my personal work in where I have time. Most of my side projects, outside of the app, are self-initiated so I usually don’t have to worry about a deadline unless I have a show coming up. Whenever I work on personal projects I like to work quickly once I have an idea, so I don’t lose momentum. I usually end up making my finished work in about 2 to 3 days, but I’ll stay in my sketchbook working out different ideas for a few weeks before I decide to focus on something.
What’s been influencing you lately?
Lately, I’ve been influenced by the idea of the tension and struggle involved in creating a sense of balance and harmony. I think it’s reflective of the design process which can be very messy, but when done well, can produce results that appear simple and effortless.
And to get to know you a bit better...
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Astrological Sign: Aries
What would you be doing if you had a different career? Possibly something with music. Before I went to UNT for a bachelors degree in communication design, I was really interested in going somewhere to learn audio engineering.
What would we find you doing on a Sunday afternoon? Going to the grocery store, taking it easy, and possibly drawing in my sketchbook. If I don’t have any set plans, Sunday afternoon is usually my time to chill and recharge before the week starts. It’s not glamorous, but it helps me get ready to hit the ground running on Monday morning.
Where do you find inspiration away from the computer? I like to go to art galleries around Dallas, and when I travel. I also try to find inspiration in books and movies. Sometimes I go to Antique stores and just look around for interesting things that catch my eye.
Last great travel destination? One of my last trips was to Denver. It was the first time I had spent more than a night there and I had a great time. Being able to see mountains in the distance was exciting since Dallas is a very flat city.
Look for Ryan's work at the sale, May 6th. In the meantime you can ogle his design portfolio here.