Who I am

Like many other professional designers, I’m a former recovering art student that stumbled into design as a profession (with the help of some incredible mentors). Over the years I've been lucky to leverage my expertise in design as an educator, designer, author, and entrepreneur.

The focus of my studio design work has been largely in brand and identity design – working closely with companies, organizations, and collaborators – across mediums to establish experiences that are unique, engaging, and honest. (view my studio work ↗) My studio work has been reproduced in some of the world’s most renowned design publications such as Print’s Regional Design Annual, Communication Arts, Step Inside Design Magazine, Graphis New Talent, UCDA Designer Magazine, and various Graphis Annuals.

Some of that work has also appeared in some of the most selective international exhibitions, including the Ecuador Biennial, Warsaw Poster Biennial, Biennial of the Poster in Bolivia, CO2 International Poster Exhibition, United Designers International Biennial Design Exhibition, Hong Kong International Poster Triennial, and the Trnava Poster Triennial, as as well as being included in numerous collections including the SIPF Works Collection, Shenzhen, China; Jan Kaniorek Gallery, Trnava; Grupo Catalografica, La Paz; Muzeum Plakatu w Wilanowie, Warsaw; Dansk Plakatmuseum, Aarhus; and the University and College Designers Association.

In addition, I have taught at Penn State University as an associate professor in graphic design since 2006. I teach a variety of design studio classes covering a broad range of conceptual and technical skills. Each of my studio classes, while each has its own set of goals and objectives, all emphasize three principles: thinking, researching, and creating through project-based learning experiences. (view my student work ↗)

I've also applied my creative process – creating concepts, content, and strategy that are rooted in empathy and research – to my own initiated projects as well. I co-founded Twenty Over Ten, a digital marketing platform for financial advisors, in 2016. Serving as the Head of Business and Strategy for almost 5 years, the platform grew rapidly to become third in market share in 2020 under my leadership. The company grew to over 38 employees, and several thousand customers. Twenty Over Ten was acquired by FMG Suite in November 2020.

As an author, my work has been featured in Novum, The Conversationalist, and the Huffington Post.
Ryan Russell

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