Get to know Ryn
Tell us a little bit about your background. (Where did you grow up? What were you like as a child? Fondest childhood memory?)
I grew up in Milwaukee (yes the actual city, not a suburb) in a little house with my parents and five siblings. I was a total nerd as a kid; my sister and I used to ride our bikes all around the city trying to find the best library.
What is your educational background?
I got my Bachelors in Advertising from Marquette University with a double minor in Psychology and Design in the Communication Arts, the latter which I got from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. My Masters is in Visual Communication Design from Kent State.
What about college?
I kept pretty busy in college. I was an RA for a few years, joined a sorority (Alpha Xi Delta) and worked just about every job I could fit into my schedule.
Three words to describe you:
Improviser. Level-headed. Optimistic.
Favorite Social Media:
My go-to party trick:
I can lace my fingers up to make a snake head.
What was your first impression of 427 Design?
Super cool. I’ve seen very sterile-looking design firms and with all the art and weird shit lying around I could tell this place was anything but that.
What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Ten?
My main goal is to have my student loans paid off.
Least favorite word?
Moist. It should only ever be used to describe cake and THAT’S IT.
What sound do you love?
The sound of coffee being made.
What sound do you hate?
The low-battery beep of a smoke detector.
What is your favorite curse word?
“Fuck.” It’s so multipurpose, you can use it for anything.
What inspires you, and why?
I’m inspired by all the awesome things other people have made, and the solutions they came up with to get their message across.
What is something that no one would ever believe to be true about you?
Both my ears are prosthetic. No one would believe it because it’s not true.
What is a major life dream you hope to accomplish?
As I don’t really have one. I always go the direction that makes me happy, so I try to live in the moment and not focus to much on how the future is going to be.
Never withhold love. – My Dad
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Do you have any pet peeves?
When people don’t use their blinker.
What turns you on? / What turns you off?
Being able to take joke / Name dropping.
What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt? / What profession would you not like to do?
Police Officer / Anything in insurance
If I won a million dollars…..
I’d pay off all my student loans & any family debts, then just quietly keep doing what I’m doing. Except in like, a really nice house.
What inspired me to do what I do…
I actually wanted to be a baker and my mom talked me out of it because I am the epitome of “not a morning person,” so I decided to go with my other favorite thing: design.
Something that really baffles me…
If I could have a super power it would be…
Teleportation. Boring meeting? Gone. Stuck in traffic? Already at home. Somehow found yourself in a Walmart? Just blip right out of there.
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