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This is the portfolio of Ryan Obermeier.


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I make pictures, sounds, words, and combinations of those things. My core skills are in the realms of art and design, and I have a strong supporting periphery of skills in photography, videography, and UX. I make things whether I get money for it or not, because the craft is my passion. Part of this is the desire to constantly learn and improve, regardless of career position. Professionally, I have over 18 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 no object though, I’d probably raise alpacas with my family on a reasonable plot of land in the middle of nowhere and design and build guitars.

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

Resumé


Education

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


Skillset

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


Professional Experience

Amazon/D1 - Seattle, WA
Senior Art Director
December 2015 to present
Art Director for the D1 creative group, working on a variety of verticals with a focus in:

• Integrated campaigns (Broadcast, OLV, Digital, Social)
• Video & photo shoot direction
• Content creation
• Site design and print design

Amazon Marketplace - Seattle, WA
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

Y&R Group Seattle - Seattle, WA (VML + Wunderman + KBM)
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.

VML - Seattle, WA
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 - Snohomish, WA
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 - Bellevue, WA
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.


Clients/Partners

Amazon (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, Seattle Derby Brats, School of Rock


Awards

Gold ADDY: Internet Commercial – Amazon
Silver ADDY: Online/Interactive Campaign – Amazon
OMMA Awards: Artifical Intelligence – Amazon
OMMA Awards: 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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