Ryan Kiefer
Graphic Designer

About

Bold, simplistic geometries.

Modern design for
the twenty first century.

 

Ryan Kiefer

I am a graphic designer, print media artist and current SAIC undergrad who lives in Chicago.

What I'm good at

Platforms: macOS, Windows

Software: Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Lightroom CC, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint Design

Proficiencies: Layout design, identity, ad design, typography, package design, mockup creation, photo retouching, preparing files for offset printing

Artist Statement

My work in graphic design deals mainly with bold, simplistic geometries which illustrates information presented concisely and cleanly. It demonstrates ideas in works informed by modernist artists such as Moholy-Nagy, Kandinsky and Klee. It pushes the Bauhaus ideal into a new direction for the twenty first century.
I'm influenced by the simple, elegant principles of form and color found in nature and the world. Sketches of natural objects are made, as I find many of the most beautiful geometries can be formed from natural abstraction. From here, composites are rendered and finalized forms appear. My work is typically rendered digitally but not always. Utilizing skills in computer graphics, traditional printmaking techniques and photographic processes I meld classic concepts into new and creative ideas.
Starting from work for a small high school paper, I’ve constantly refined, studied and improved my process as I’ve matured and found new inspirations. Advertising work for my community college paper received a national award from the Associated Collegiate Press. Select independent prints and posters have received recognition from the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce and Moraine Valley Community College.

    Where I've Studied

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    2015-present, Bachelors in Fine Arts TBA 2018

    Moraine Valley Community College,
    2012-2015, Associates in Arts

    Where I've Shown

    MVCC Juried Student Art Exhibition
    2015, Moraine Valley Community College

    Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival
    2012, Hinsdale

    What I've Won

    Agree To Degree Purchase Award
    Moraine Valley Community College

    Best Ad Campaign, 4th Place
    Associated Collegiate Press (ACP)

    Best Website
    Illinois Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA)