Pretty sweet interview I did with my man Mike Smith for Studio-Sweet-Studio’s “Honor Roll” section. If you have a few minutes, you should scan through it.
Honor Roll: Ryan Hubbard
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Whats your major and where do you go to school?
I’m a senior in graphic design at Iowa State University, in Ames, IA. I recently spent some time in Philadelphia interning at 160over90.
What’s the most exciting class project that you got to work on while being an undergrad? What about it made you so interested in it?
That’s a tough question to answer, for me. Each project always comes with a fresh set of problems to solve, and that’s always fun. I really enjoy developing brands, because of the complex nature of their problem sets and the variety of ways you can solve them. I’m also currently working on a senior project that addresses the accessibility and visualization of information in medicine. It’s tough, but I like it because I get to develop every bit of the project from start to finish.
Where do you get your inspiration from? (i.e.: websites, people, personal adventures, music, etc)
Websites, absolutely. My friends I’ve met in school do a lot to inspire me. Being around other talented people does a lot to inspire me, and drives me to do better. I also really enjoy found, vernacular design and typography. When I was in Philly, I’d spend my entire weekend on my bike riding around and snapping pictures of awesome type I’d find on the sides of buildings, etc.
What are you working on right now?
I hit on it a bit earlier, but I’m working on a sort of “personal health dashboard” that allows individuals to get more involved in their personal health by collecting their records in one spot and presenting them in clear, intriguing visuals. There’s still a lot of research to be done and details to work out with this, but I’m excited about it.
Aside from that, I’ll be working on my personal brand this semester, in preparation for doing that job-hunting thing.
Tell us a little about your process.
My process always starts with thinking/brainstorming. I don’t like to just jump into sketching without some sort of clear-ish idea, or I wind up just sketching a bunch of nonsense with no focus. From there, I usually move to the computer. The process really varies by job/problem at this point. If it’s a branding project, I’ll start thinking up and developing appropriate elements and applications. From there on, it’s a matter of fleshing things out, revising, and so on.
I saw that you got to do a little work for GOOD, how did that come about and what was it like doing work for them?
I landed that job through connections I made while interning at 160over90. I definitely consider myself pretty fortunate to have been given the opportunity, and it was a great experience. It was unlike anything I’d really in the past, and I really enjoy new challenges like that.
Do you have any side projects or an internship going on? How do you handle your time?
Currently, I’m doing a little work for a property management company here in Ames, helping them refresh and expand their brand. Aside from that, I’m always noodling something in my sketchbook or on the computer. Time management really isn’t an issue for me, simply because I enjoy what I do. It rarely feels like work.
What are your next steps?
Like I mentioned earlier, I’m going to be working up my personal brand and getting out into the job market over the next few months.
I graduate early May, but I’ll start actively searching in a little over a month or so.
Are you looking to freelance or maybe live more of the agency lifestyle?
I’ve been in contact with a few different agencies over the past few months.
Agency life is where I see myself starting off at least. Long-term, I’d love to open up my own shop, but that’s definitely a few years down the road. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to making good connections, seeing new places, and helping people make great things.
Thanks so much Ryan! Maybe we’ll be hanging at 160 in the near future? Who knows? Anyway, thanks again for taking some time out of your day to talk to me. Too see more amazing work from Ryan visit his portfolio, check out his dribbble or tweet at him all day.