Ryan Gibboney meets with Juniata College IMA student, Jenna Miller, in second floor lounge of Kepple Hall to discuss some of Jenna’s Community Design work for the Huntingdon Community Center.

Ryan believes in design as a tool for social activism. Driven by the power of personal conversation and interaction, she imagines every association within a community as part of the Community Design Ecosystem. Rethinking the design as problem-solving model, Ryan’s passion lies in creating situations for community members and designers to become involved on a personal level to create sustainable, long-term design solutions. Working on projects that meet the goals of the client and meet the needs of the community is key. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA in Graphic Design), Ryan completed Master of Fine Art in Visual Communications Design at Purdue University while simultaneously instructing undergraduate Art & Design courses in the Visual and Performing Arts Program. Ryan currently works with Juniata College Students and Huntingdon Community businesses and nonprofits to design real world solutions to branding, video, and web/social media content to meet the clients needs. With the hope to make a positive contribution on future designers, Ryan hopes to educate the next generation of designers on ways their imagination can make a difference in the world in addition to their local communities. If you would like to know more about Ryan’s research and teaching experience, please download a current copy of her Curriculum Vitae.

Ryan with British Type Designer Matthew Carter at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum Wayzgoose Type Conference

Following a 2011 spring trip to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum for a letterpress workshop, Ryan grew a new love for typography in the form of wood type. Ryan returned to Two Rivers, WI following the spring workshop for the Wayzgoose Type Conference in addition to working as a weeklong printer in residence to assist with sorting and organizing the largest collection of wood type in the world. In 2017 she purchased a Vandercook No.2 Proofing Press from the local newspaper press room at the Huntingdon Daily News. She is now working to restore the press and hopes to offer letterpress workshops in the near future.

In her free time Ryan enjoys getting off the computer to work on watercolor illustrations, hand rendered typography, gardening, chasing her chickens, but most importantly making people smile. If you’re a socially conscious community member, nonprofit or a designer who wants to bring positive change the world, get in touch!