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Ryan Essmaker is a multidisciplinary designer, musician, and photographer. Formerly, he cofounded The Great Discontent, a magazine featuring inspiring conversations with today’s artists, makers, and risk-takers.

Ryan has worked in design and tech for over 18 years with notable clients including Mailchimp, Adobe, National Geographic Society, Kickstarter, NBC Universal, Clinton Foundation, Under Armour, and New York City.

Now open to new opportunities.



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New York City




CV

Simplecast | Head of Design

Was responsible for all creative aspects of the brand, overseeing the design team, and closely involved with product on a day-to-day basis. Successfully executed an internal rebrand and complete redesign of the product in 2018. Reported directly to the CEO.
Feb 2018-Nov 2019



The Great Discontent | Cofounder, Creative Director

Initially started as an online-only interview magazine, TGD grew to include 7 internationally distributed print editions, film projects, a podcast, and over 20 sold- out live events in NYC. TGD was the first fully responsive long-form editorial site on the Internet, setting design and layout trends used by popular editorial sites across the web. Among the over 300 creatives featured are Leon Bridges, Paloma Lanna, Sharon Van Etten, Reggie Watts, Roxanne Gay, Michael Bierut, Stefan Sagmeister, Tavi Gevinson, Seth Godin, and Mara Hoffman.
Aug 2011-Nov 2019



Fictive Kin | Senior Designer, Product Designer

Split time between internal digital products and client work. Most notably, worked on a redesign of Kickstarter and National Geographic Society’s homepages as well as the initial launch of Marketplace.city for NYC. Also worked on branding and design projects for a variety of startups.
Jan 2015-Jan 2018



Crush & Lovely | Creative Director, Head of Product

Was responsible for the design team as well as internal digital products. Worked on an iPad app for NBC Universal, a film project for Under Armour, web projects for Adobe and Clinton Foundation, and various projects for startups in the digital and physical space. Helped grow the company from 5 people to over 20.
Dec 2011-Jan 2014



Independent Designer/Front-end Developer

2001-2011