Resume

The best way to begin evaluating whether I am the perfect addition to your team is to understand the path that brought me to this point in my career. If my background and preparation elicits interest on your part, I would be pleased to meet with you and/or the members of your selection team.

Download a copy of my Resume (PDF, 160kb)

For a more detailed view of my experience, visit my Curriculum Vitae.

For examples of my work, please visit my portfolio: UX/User-Centered Design, Web Design , Motion Graphics, and Graphic Design.

Skills

Coding
  • ActionScript
  • CSS3
  • Drupal
  • HTML5
  • jQuery
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • Xpresso (Cinema 4D)
Programs
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Experience Design
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe PhotoShop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Axure
  • Cinema 4D
  • Justinmind Prototyper
  • Sketch
General
  • Able to prioritize projects
  • Adheres to deadlines
  • Empathy for/with the user
  • Engaging
  • Good communication skills
  • Motivator
  • Organized
  • Strong attention to detail
Additional
  • Designs to web and SEO standards
  • Uses best practice methodology
  • Versatile in both Macintosh & Windows Platforms
  • Writes clean, commented, valid code

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Human Computer Interaction, Human Computer Interaction August 2015
Iowa State University, Human Computer Interaction, Ames, Iowa

Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Graphic Design May 2014
Iowa State University, College of Design, Ames, Iowa

Master of Science, Human Computer Interaction, Human Computer Interaction May 2012
Iowa State University, Human Computer Interaction, Ames, Iowa

Bachelor of Science, Interactive Multimedia, Interactive Multimedia , Minor in EnglishJune 2001
Ohio University, School of Visual Communication, Athens, Ohio

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design August 2014 to Present
Marshall University, School of Art & Design, Huntington, West Virginia
Taught courses in graphic design principles, motion graphics, video, and understanding the user.

Instructor August 2012 to May 2014
Iowa State University, College of Design, Ames, Iowa
Taught courses in graphic design principles, technology, and understanding the user.

Information Technology Staff August 2012 to May 2014
Iowa State University, Graduate College, Ames, Iowa
Developed web-based applications using PHP, jQuery, HTML5 and CSS for the ISU Graduate College website, as well as internal applications for office use. Additional duties included general IT support for the office for employees working on both Mac and PC platforms.

Contract/Freelance Professional Designer September 2000 to Present
RyanGWilson dot Com, Various Locations
Worked to meet clients’ design needs on websites, logo designs, business cards, sell sheets, posters, trade show applications, video, motion graphics, and animations (for training and trial presentation).

Art Director August 2006 to May 2009
Legal Visual Services, Chicago, Illinois
Managed a staff of designers, videographers, trial techs, production team and freelance talent. Coordinated projects, facilitated meetings, and interviewed prospective employees. Design responsibilities included marketing efforts, (website development, marketing material design, and email outreach). Collaborated with attorneys to design creative, educational, interactive presentations for use in litigation.

Flash Animator June 2010 to November 2011
CourseAvenue, Chicago, Illinois
Produced Flash online educational modules (eLearning) for online distribution.

Art Director January 2010 to June 2010
TrainingU 24/7, Chicago, Illinois
Oversaw creation of interactive web training modules. Developed interaction and design concepts, set standards, tasked and supervised 3D designers and animators, tracked deadlines, and quality-checked projects.

Contract Designer & Freelance Event Manager December 2009 to September 2011
ReadyMade Magazine, New York, New York
Designed advertisements and promotional postcards for the magazine, as well as posters for trade show applications. Worked ReadyMade events when they attended craft and trade shows.

Flash Animator August 2005 to July 2006
TrialGraphix, Chicago, Illinois
Designed Flash animations for use as demonstrative evidence in a courtroom setting, from concept to final presentation, designed with user interface/usability in mind.

Art Director March 2004 to July 2005
Administrative Resource Options, Chicago, Illinois
Managed a staff of creative talent, including print designers, web designers, and copywriters. Established supportive relationships with clients to facilitate timely execution of projects. Designed and oversaw creation of design projects (logo, marketing materials, website, interactive product demos, and trade show displays).

Designer / Production Operator January 2002 to March 2004
Kinkos, Athens, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois
Designed business card layouts, brochures, and invitations. Performed all functions normally performed by a Production Operator, such as managing projects, making copies and working the counter.

Web / Print Designer September 2002 to March 2003
AmeriCorps Vista, Athens, Ohio
Worked to help local businesses and farmers promote themselves in hopes of creating more business. Assignment was cut short due to internal office issues resulting in the loss of our Vista Manager.

Web Designer May 2002 to December 2005
Stages Metro, Chicago, Illinois
Designed and implemented the website for a high-profile music venue in Chicago, The Metro and their dance/house/electronic venue, SmartBar.

Interactive Flash Designer May 2002 to September 2002
Intellinex, Cleveland, Ohio
Created Flash distance training and eLearning programs for a high-profile international client.

Flash Designer / Production Assistant February 2002 to May 2002
Plum Productions, Chicago, Illinois
Designed promotional Flash animations. Researched and wrote script drafts. Created lower thirds in After Effects. Other duties included offline editing, gaffing, boom operator and gopher.

Animator / Video Production November 2001 to February 2002
Image Source Creative, Chicago, Illinois
Edited video and designed After Effects motion graphics for corporate and trade show presentations.

Web / Video Production Internship June 2001 to September 2001
Time Warner Communications, Road Runner, Columbus, Ohio
Designed banner ads, performed web maintenance, produced, scripted, scouted, operated the camera, and edited an early web video series, ‘Close Up On...’, focusing on day trips around Columbus, Ohio.

Honors & Publications

Cinema 4D Fundamentals, by Anson Call, Editor Summer 2014

Research Excellence Award Recipient, Graphic Design Summer 2014

Teaching Excellence Award Recipient, Graphic Design Fall 2013

Driver, Presidential Motorcade, Obama Administration July 23, 2009

References

References will be provided upon request. Please contact Ryan if you would like references.