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about me

When I was young I got a 1988 Santa Cruz Jason Jessee “Sungod” pro model skate deck. At the time, I had no idea who Jason Jessee was and had no idea that this particular skateboard was tailored to his exact specifications. No offense to Mr. Jessee, but his professional endorsement of this particular product was not the reason why I left “The Peddler” (our local strip-mall’s bicycle/ skate shop) with my prized new board held tightly under my arm, a loose Santa Cruz sticker sliding around under the still-intact cellophane wrapper. To the contrary, the reason for my interest in the product followed the same reasoning that has led me to bring a wide range of things into my life, from automobiles to women: I simply liked the way it looked. The deck had an illustrated portrait of a stoic, bearded man composed of bright yellow and orange screen-printed flames set against a deep purple lacquered background. The tips of the man’s combusting hair licked the edges of the coffee-table sized skateboard. When I took the deck home, even my father complimented the Sungod’s graphics, saying, “they spend all of this time and money on making ┬áthese things look good, but when you use them, the asphalt is the only thing that gets a good view of them.” I later learned that the graphics that my father had said only the blacktop was enjoying were drawn by Jim Phillips. Unbeknownst to both myself and Jim, the seeds that led to my life's passion in graphic design were being planted at the time of the deck’s purchase.

So over it


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To assist my clients achieve thoughtful and beautiful design solutions, by use of my diverse skill set and evolved esthetic sensibility.


Parsons School of Art and Design, New York, NY
BFA, Communication Design
September 2005 to June 2008


computer skills
Mac OSX and Windows Operating Systems, Microsoft Office, Quark XPress, Adobe Creative Suite including After Effects, Flash & Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, Actionscript, Wordpress, Joomla, Marketlive, FontLab Studio, Cinema 4d, Maya, Apple Final Cut Pro & Logic, Pro tools



Modell's Sporting Goods, New York, New York
Art Director, Summer 2011 to Present
Signage, Branding, Promotional Design, Motion Graphics, Digital Design, Event Design, Web Design

Game Seven Marketing, New York, New York
Freelance Graphic Designer, Summer 2010 to Present
Promotional Design, Event Design, Branding, Web Design

New York Tyrant, New York, New York
Freelance Graphic Designer, Fall 2007 to Summer 2011
Book Design, Web Design, Promotional Design

94x50 Agency, New York, New York
Freelance Graphic Designer, Winter 2009 to Summer 2010
Promotional Design, Branding, Web Design

The N (Nickelodeon), New York, New York
Freelance Graphic Designer, Fall 2006 to Fall 2008
Branding, Promotional Design, Event Design, Web Design

Seed Communications, New York, New York
Art Director, Summer 2005 to Fall 2006
Branding, Promotional Design, Publication Design, Web Design

Bulldog Bicycle Company, New York, New York
Creative Director, Summer 2004 to Fall 2006
Branding, Promotional Design, Publication Design, Event Design, Web Design, Photo Editing & Research


Ryan P. Kirby, phone: 973-417-4053, email: