Ryan Slone

STW21-RYAN-SLONE

VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS (VCFA)

Ryan Slone is a graphic design instructor at the University of Arkansas’ School of Art and an MFA candidate in design. His current research centers around the emancipating power of self-imposed constraints and their ability to disrupt predictable outcomes. When Ryan is not teaching, making, or writing, you can probably find him on his bike or daydreaming about his thesis.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN, AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

Born in Missouri, live in Arkansas, but have called Atlanta and NYC home in the past

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

Online

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

Night owl, but I want to be a better morning person

FAVORITE MOVIE?

Goodfellas

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

The Office

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Instagram

FAVORITE PODCAST?

WTF with Marc Maron

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Jean-Michel Basquiat

FAVORITE BOOK?

Chasing the Perfect: Thoughts on Modernist Design In Our Time by Natalia Ilyin

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Hiking with our family’s new quarantine puppy

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

Design has a long-standing history of recording our struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression. The current events we face today further amplify the need for designers to continue working in that space.

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