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This is the portfolio of Ryan Obermeier.

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First and foremost, I am a maker. I manipulate visual elements, sounds, words, and combinations of those things. My core skills are in the realm of art direction, design, and motion graphics, with a strong supporting periphery of skills in brand development, photography, and UX. Professionally, I have 22 years of experience in advertising, brand, and design for small shops, big ad agencies, and in-house retail types. I generally try to defy narrow roles, and have consistently taken a more creatively holistic and involved approach to directing, concepting, designing, and executing in a number of ways for a variety of clients and projects. If money was irrelevant though, I’d probably live a modest and sustainable life with my family on a plot of land in the middle of nowhere, raise alpacas, and make things out of wood.

This site features a combination of corporate brand, advertising, and design work, as well as freelance projects and personal art as a way to illustrate a wider spectrum of my creative personality.



Western Washington University, Department of Art
Bachelor of Arts: 1995-2000
Concentration in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Design Production, with courses in Printmaking and Photography


General: Art and creative direction, graphic design, branding, illustration, motion graphics, animation, photography, videography, audio production
Digital: Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffects, Premiere, Animate, Audition, Dreamweaver), Cinema 4D, Logic, etc.
Manual: Illustration (Traditional and vector), painting, photography, woodworking, making stuff

Professional Experience

Amazon Music
Senior Art Director
March 2022 to present
Sr. AD for the Amazon Music for Artists team, working on up-leveling the B2B artist experience.

• Art direction and design
• Motion graphics and video
• Branding and visual strategy

Senior Art Director
June 2020 to March 2022
Sr. AD for the AWS Brand team, helping evolve the visual identity of the brand.

• Art direction and design
• Motion graphics and video
• Branding and visual strategy

Amazon: XCM
Senior Art Director
December 2015 to June 2020
Art Director for the XCM Creative team, working on a variety of verticals with a focus in:

• Integrated campaigns (Broadcast, OLV, Digital, Social)
• Video & photo shoot direction
• Art direction and design
• Illustration and storyboarding
• Motion graphics

Amazon: Marketplace
Creative Director
June 2014 to December 2015
Creative leader on the Amazon Marketplace/Selling on Amazon marketing team, with the following key responsibilities:

• Brand strategy and development
• Visual style guide creation, implementation, and evangelization for domestic and global market adoption
• UX and design: Large and small scale responsive sites, apps, infographics, and print
• Content creation: Shooting, editing, and motion graphics for seller success interviews at scale, as well as web marketing content, and educational video content
• Usability research studies
• Highly iterative design based on A/B testing
• Illustration and asset creation

Associate Creative Director
July 2013 to June 2014
Led a team of art directors across a variety of B2B and consumer campaigns. Involved in the creative process from concept to execution. Directed and designed digital and print work within ridiculous timelines for acquisition and retention.

Associate Creative Director
Winter 2006 to July 2013
Directed a team of art directors, and worked directly on a variety of campaigns. Defined and disseminated brand guidelines across the team to ensure consistent and quality advertising concepts and communications. Involved in the creative process from concept to execution.

Matheson Media
Design Director
Fall 2003 to Winter 2006
Directed, designed, and executed digital and print projects and campaigns, with emphasis in corporate collateral, branding, interactive design, illustration, and animation.

Monaghan & Company
Graphic Designer
Fall 2000 to Fall 2003
Designed private label and boutique food packaging, branding and identity, corporate collateral, interactive and site design, illustration, and animation.


Amazon (Music, AWS, Echo, FireTV, Prime, Amazon Video, Kindle, Marketplace), TenMarks, Puget Sound Energy, T-Mobile (B2C and B2B), Microsoft (Bing, MSN, Windows, Windows Live, Windows Mobile, Xbox), Bombora Vodka, Hawaiian Airlines, United Spirits Limited, America Online, Tegic Communications, Intel, Lexmark, Professional Bowler's Association, Galvin Flying Services, Western Aircraft, Twin Commander, Pentar Avionics, Giant Eagle Food Stores, The Napoleon Co., Bellevue Downtown Association, Food Fight NYC, Loyal Heights Elementary, Rat City Roller Derby, Seattle Derby Brats, School of Rock


Gold ADDY: Internet Commercial – Amazon
Silver ADDY: Online/Interactive Campaign – Amazon
OMMA Awards (3): Artifical Intelligence, Interactive Creative, UX/UI – Amazon
OMMA Awards (2): Artifical Intelligence, Technology: Gadgets & Devices – Amazon
Gold ADDY: Interactive Media – Microsoft
Silver ADDY: Interactive Media – Microsoft
DMA Echo: Consumer Products – T-Mobile
GDUSA In-house Design Awards: Website & Branding –TenMarks/Amazon
Silver W3 Awards (2): Social – Microsoft
WebAwards: Standard of Excellence – Microsoft
WebAwards: Best Directory/Search Engine Website – Microsoft
Communicator Awards, Award of Excellence: Interactive – Microsoft
Communicator Awards, Award of Distinction: Interactive – Microsoft
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