A dual citizen, born and raised in Toronto, I attended one of the top design schools in Canada. Receiving my Bachelor of Environmental Design from Ontario College of Art and Design, I was the first of my class to graduate with a 3D thesis, turning a then existing 2D process on its head.
Educated in Canada, I pursued the majority of my career in the United States. Based on my 3D thesis work, I was quickly recruited after college by the 3D tech startup @Last Software in Boulder, CO. One year and over 200,000 air miles later,
I had spanned most of North America introducing SketchUp software to a broader audience, providing public and private training to individuals and corporations such as Gensler, HOK and Nike to name a few.
Shortly after its acquisition by Google, I leveraged my knowledge of SketchUp and shifted my focus to growing a portfolio of design clients and projects. Throughout my design career, I have worked for two environmental design firms, an advertising agency, and a global navigation company, based out of Budapest—all while adding new experiences and knowledge to my ever-growing skill set.
As a multidisciplinary designer & creative director, I continually push myself to grow by accepting new projects that are outside of my comfort zone. I have successfully explored the roles of 2D and 3D designer through graphic design, photography, interior design, retail design, UI/UX design, illustration, art, exhibit design, product design, furniture design, web design, and experiential branding.
I have become nimble when it comes to adopting new methods as a means to overcome the unexpected and am confident in developing thoughtful design solutions for challenging problems in a variety of disciplines. And I always aim to surpass what is asked of me, whether working individually or as part of a team.
Three years ago, I re-branded myself as Alden Creative, a small design studio that affords me the freedom to explore a wider range of projects in multiple fields. I collaborate with clients and brands of any size that have a desire to grow through creative avenues. I pride myself on providing thoughtful design solutions with attention to detail and a level of efficiency that brings value across the board. I have been fortunate enough to work with great clients and brands such as Coca-Cola, Verizon, Under Armour, Chick-Fil-A, and Google.
In my free time you’ll find me trail running, hiking, camping, road biking or in my workshop piecing together found furniture or working on my motorcycle.
I am currently available for collaborating on new projects and would love to hear from you. Send me an email and say hello[at]aldencreative.com
Conceptual design development, brainstorming, ideation, research, sketching, branding and identity, art/creative direction, environmental design, traffic flow, sightlines, event/exhibit design, graphic design, 3D visualization/rendering, project management
Hand Sketching, Adobe CC, SketchUp, Maxwell Render, KeyShot Render, Sketch, Digital Photography
What is Environmental Design?
Environmental Design focuses on the design of expressive and humane interior and architectural spaces. It follows a design methodology of research, analysis, design and presentation, with an emphasis on conceptual development. It is the transformation of conceptual ideas into spatial realities.
ZWO / Cynthia J.
RIGHT ON STRATEGY. RIGHT ON TIME.
"Ryan exhibits that rare blend of on-point strategy with exceptional creative. Ours was not an easy project and he remained dedicated, meticulous and razor sharp with creative that moved the needle for our client in a significant way."
LITTLE FOODIES / Susan T.
Incredible work with an eye for every detail!
"Ryan worked closely with me from day one to design and create my brand logo, website, packaging, etc. His attention to detail is unparalleled, and I honestly couldn't have asked for a better finished product. Ryan even went out of his way to get last minute requests to me in a matter of hours. I recommend his services to anyone who wants incredibly high quality work that is tailored to their specific needs."
STEELYARD STUDIOS / Jon B.
Impeccable creative and genuine professional
"Ryan delivered beyond expectations on a very tight timeline showcasing highly skilled illustration capabilities with great attention to detail and thoughtfully creative problem solving. He is on our list of top freelancers of whom we would recommend in a heartbeat. It is refreshing to work with not only a highly skilled designer as Ryan proved to be but a true professional as well."
PEGASUS SOLUTIONS / Bill T.
"Ryan was a pro, delivered strong work and was a pleasure to work with."
GVLtoday / Ryan H.
A Polished Brand Identity
"Working with Ryan has been a rewarding experience for our team. He has successfully delivered a stylish brand identity that has resonated well with our audience. We receive an overwhelming amount of positive feedback complimenting the brand identity and design layout of our digital product.
In our experience, Ryan has gone above and beyond expectations, researching and understanding project requirements and delivering an outstanding product. We’re glad to consider him part of our team, and will continue to use him for support and rollout of new projects."
Clients & Brands
I've collaborated with some pretty amazing people, small businesses, clients and big brands throughout my career. You'll find just a few of my favourites below.