Ryan is a startup advisor, UX instructor, and former Googler and Myspacer. He specializes in product strategy and design for mobile and social. Ryan works with early stage startups to define and launch fun and usable experiences like Citymaps--winner of the Best New App in the App Store, June of 2014.
Before resuming startup life, Ryan worked as a UX designer on Google Search. His focus was on the Ask Google UI for web, mobile, and tablet. In 2009, Ryan was at Myspace where he helped destroy and reinvent the social network with a focus on entertainment and music, and later to lead the UX and design team for mobile.
In the beginning, he kicked it off at a handful of startups that crashed and burned during the first dot-com bubble, quickly learning what worked and what didn’t. Ryan holds a BFA in design from the School of Visual Arts, is a UX instructor at General Assembly, and an avid motorcycle enthusiast.
Recently he began thinking about how the Internet of Things (IOT) is emerging and attempting to change user behavior for better or worse.
Fjord Design Clinic 2015: Models of social design and the evolution towards personalization. How social models can apply to iOT.
Awards and Recognition
Apple App Store, Best New App, 2014
iPhone Photography Awards, 2010
W3 Awards, 2009 Silver Winner
Interactive Media Awards, 2007 Best in Class
W3 Awards, 2006 Silver Winner
SXSW Web Awards, 2005 Finalist