When Ryan was a kid, all he wanted to do was draw. While most kids his age were drawing stick figures of people and animals, Ryan was creating signs and basic logo forms (before he even knew what a logo was). Years later, when a high school friend introduced him to Photoshop, Ryan convinced the school’s administration to offer a new class in digital art so he could work on his craft. The class still exists for students interested in art and design today.
Now Pivot’s creative director and a seasoned designer in his own right—with a former client list that includes the NCAA, Nike, Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis Power & Light, and IU/Clarian Health—Ryan attributes his successful creative approach to two major influences. First, the 100-year-old Hatch Show Print shop in Nashville, Tennessee, where he first recognized the importance of history in design and the beauty inherent in natural imperfection. And second, Anderson University professor Kevin Rudynski, whose signature response when evaluating students’ work, “It’s a good start,” simultaneously humbles and inspires Ryan’s inner artist.
When he’s not delivering superior visual branding and communications work for Pivot’s clients, Ryan creates under the name Dead Ace Co., serves as an organizer for the Rockers Reunion vintage motorcycle show, and enjoys time with his wife, two dogs, and two cats.