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Having been a musician for the early part of her life, Ryn (short for Cathryn) was shocked to find a home in the art studio when she stumbled into Drawing 101 during college. She quickly changed majors, received a BA in Studio Art from Mary Baldwin College, and moved to New York to pursue a masters degree at Pratt Institute in Communications Design. After deciding that six months of the NYC grind was enough to last a lifetime, she moved back to Virginia and went to work for Mary Baldwin College. Eventually she found her way to Savannah, GA and graduated from SCAD with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. She has been designing her way through life ever since. 

Ryn currently lives in Richmond, VA with her dogs Peeler and Chewie. She splits her time between running her business, creative directing Richmond Grid magazine, and contracting with various agencies around the country. The brain-child of the 2013–14 blog/social experiment BatterUp, Ryn can still be found dropping off a cake when you least expect it. Having lost 175 pounds over the last few years, she spends a lot of her free time boxing at UFC Gym with her coaches. 

 

 

AWARDS

2015 Richmond Ad Show
BRONZE: Show Simply Branding
2015 AIGA Richmond GRADE 8
AWARD OF MERIT: Batter Up Logo
AWARD OF MERIT: Batter Up Branding
2014 RVA Creativity Awards
WINNER: Batter Up
2013 Richmond Ad Show
SILVER: Batter Up Branding
SILVER: Miraculous Mixes Packaging
BRONZE: ShopGiftology Branding
2013 AIGA Richmond GRADE 7
AWARD OF MERIT: Honeyoaks Logo
AWARD OF MERIT: Giftology Logo
AWARD OF MERIT: Miraculous Mixes Packaging
2012 Richmond Ad Show
SILVER: Twelve.1.Twelve Invitation Suite
2011 AIGA Richmond GRADE 6
AWARD OF MERIT: Pigtale Books Identity
AWARD OF MERIT: Kate Sydney Branding
AWARD OF MERIT: RRWS Preview Night Invitation
2011 Richmond Ad Show
SILVER: RRWS Poster
BRONZE: Honeyoaks Logo
2009 SCADDY Awards
FINALIST: Anando Logo
2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards
FINALIST: Perspective
2008 Microsoft Imagine Cup
FINALIST: Maja
1999 American Marketing Association
HONORABLE MENTION: Charlottesville Commuter Information

PUBLICATIONS & PRESS

2013 PRINT Regional Design Annual
Logo Lounge 8
Logo Lounge 7
Logo Lounge 2013 Logo Trends Report
Logoliscious
The New Big Book of Layouts
The Big Book of Green Design
CBS 6 Virginia This Morning
ABC 8 News Positively Richmond
Richmond Times Dispatch
Richmond Magazine Best & Worst of Richmond Reader's Poll: Best New Non-profit/Charity
RichmondMagazine.com RVA Food News
Greater Richmond Grid
RVANews.com
Richmond.com
Lite 98 with Kat Simons
Rappahannock Record
MakeSomething365.com

HONORS, SHOWS, & AFFILIATIONS

Member, AIGA
Judge, Creativity International Awards
Speaker, Fire, Flour, & Fork
Speaker, 804UM
Speaker, Stratford University Culinary Arts
AIGA Richmond Board of Directors
Savannah Secession (Juried Show)
Pratt Show