• Daniel Boorstin: An image ... is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.
  • David Ogilvy: What you say in advertising is more important than how you say it.
  • Steve Kopcha: Good ads sell stuff.
  • Albert Camus: Those who write clearly have readers. Those who write obscurely have commentators.
  • George Santayana: Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.
  • Bob Dylan: You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows.
  • John Updike: Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.
  • Leo Burnett: When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one. But you won't come up with a handful of mud either.
  • Pablo Picasso: Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
  • Paul Rand: Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.
  • Mark Twain: The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
  • Leo Burnett: The secret of all effective advertising is ... one of putting familiar words and pictures into new relationships.
  • Jeffrey Zeldman: Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it's decoration.
  • Saul Bass: Design is thinking made visual.
  • Ellen Lupton: Design is as much an act of spacing as an act of marking.
  • Chris Pullman: The way something looks is the last thing we figure out.
  • Ernest Hemmingway: For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

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Recent Projects.

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  • Client: VML
  • Work: Front-end development of new e-commerce website; development of HTML confirmation email
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  • Client: VML
  • Work: Front-end development and interface design of Web administration panel, including dynamic form and live sorting/filtering
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  • Client: Sightline Institute
  • Work: Web concepting and templates for corporate website, blog and news service of Seattle-based environmental think tank
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  • Client: C.H. Robinson
  • Work: Web concepting and templates for multi-national Fortune 500 transportation company
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  • Client: Valley Fresh Foods
  • Work: Web concepting and mood boards for Minneapolis-based food manufacturer
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  • Client: Vox Magazine
  • Work: Web concepting, design and art direction for Columbia, Mo.'s city magazine and guide
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  • Client: Columbia Missourian
  • Work: Web concepting, design and art direction for Columbia, Mo.'s daily newspaper
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Product Reviews.

After doing a tremendous job on our Sightline Daily website, Ryan helped our fundraising team create a simple & attractive template for our email appeals. He put it together so quickly and in a way that makes it really versatile, not to mention updateable by a non-techie like myself. I'm excited to use the template in our upcoming campaign.
Stacey Panek of Sightline

[He] worked with me from the start to display my photography in a way that was not only respectful of the work, but actually enhanced it. That's not easy to do online. Over three years ago, Ryan produced a site for me that combined function and aesthetic. Today, it's just as relevant and just as striking.
Steve Boyle of Steve Boyle Photography

I suppose the first thing anyone notices in a site is the graphic design. Man, is Sightline Daily tastefully done. It's clean, skimmable, attractive, and presents a lot of metadata about news clippings in a non-overwhelming way. A few times, I found myself mindlessly clicking around and just absorbing the niceness.
Andrew Burkhalter of ONE/Northwest