Ryan Nussbaum grew up in Syosset, Long Island, and cannot remember a time when he wasn't drawing and painting. From a very young age, Ryan immersed himself in art books and went to museums. He studied painting at the renowned Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts for eight seasons and went on to study at The Art Students League of NY. In high school, Ryan was very engaged in his academics, and served as editor-in-chief of the literary-art magazine for two years.
Ryan entered Washington University in the fall of 2005 determined to study visual communications. Although painting had been his passion thus far, he knew he wanted to gain a new skill set in college. Upon entering the major, Ryan discovered graphic design. For him, design is the perfect marriage between his academic interests and form-making abilities. In his senior year, he participated in the WashUCity design partnership and found a passion for teaching, as well. Ryan is interested in all facets of print and environmental design and currently lives in New York.
Designers are mediators. They take information and give it a visual form to be received by the public. The best design captures the spirit of its content through its unique visual qualities.
My recent work has focused on the quirky and theatrical. I enjoy taking this kind of subject matter and realizing its full visual potential through the invention of graphic vocabularies. This always involves some combination of typographic, iconographic, and photographic experimentation at the front end of a project. I am always willing to try things out, even the seemingly stupid and impossible, before making a decision about the direction of a piece. Design cannot be contained within the mind! With each project that I take on, my goals are to make the concept clear and strong, and execute it in a creative and intriguing way.
The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES) has awarded 12 new faculty projects with seed funding for research, including three involving Sam Fox School faculty.