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MFA - Cranbrook Academy of Art

(2D Design Department)


Creative Director, Art Director, Graphic Designer, Assistant Professor, Problem Solver & Artist

Graphic Specialties:

logo design, preproduction for animation, pitch work, ideas, graphic design history, branding, teaching, metaphor & perspective, analog / digital thought process, unique approach to complex problems

I know the media design process for projects big & small, from branding a startup, to large scale retail experience design. My graphic understanding, critical process & working methods have significant influence on my other areas of focus in different ways. Each day I build off the previous & this process leads me to tomorrow. It is constantly active.


BFA - College for Creative Studies

(Digital Animation & Video Department)


Motion Designer, Animator, Editor, Title Designer & Special Effects

Motion Specialties:

visual narratives, kinetic typography, art direction for motion, particle systems, large-scale video wall content production, pre-visualization & media aptitude

I make things that move. I shoot & edit film & video & can animate in 2D or 3D, in a multitude of contexts & specialties.


Self-taught with considerable help from my friends & peers.


Sound Designer & Musician

Sound Specialties:

sound FX, music, scoring, synthesis, music history & effects

I became a sound designer by need, it evolved into a passion for experimental music, synthesis & sampling. It later grew into a more well rounded understanding of music and musical composition. I design sound, provide sound effects and soundscapes for use in commercials & film. I have made music under different aliases and focuses for myself, record labels & commercial clients.

MK12's School Of Motion Intro Film for the “Kickstarter” course - Sound Designer (2017)

Demonstration reel - 2d & 3d animation, particle systems, compositing & motion studies (2017)

MK12's "MAN OF ACTION! II: Ashes Of Vengeance" -  sound designer (2017)

Division Q - sketches / styleframes / explorations / posters (2016)

Microsoft CDOC - concepts / styleframes / production sketches / simulations composed for pixelfire (2016)

Frank jewelers - logo / branding and metal punch designs for use in their initial project & launch (2016)

Microsoft - sketch produced for the Hololens team (2015)

Synect / Gensler / Honda - lobby experience concepts for Honda's campus (2015)

Synect / Gensler - initial concepts done for Gensler's Multi Surface Experience (2014)

Synect / The Hive / Gensler Multi Surface Experience - concepts & sound design (2014)

Synect media / Microsoft - branding concepts / explorations / studies for their retail store (2014)

Synect media - styleframe to illustrate the brand / process of the company (2012)

Synect  media / Microsoft - process, studies & video wall concepts for use on their retail video walls (2011- 2015)

Personal work - frames from a self-promotional video and branding exercise (2010)

Salvadoria - brand / font, logo & graphics for the web (2009)

College for Creative Studies / Crain Communications - spnsored project dealing with the future of publication & media distribution. (2009)

Prologue - logo variations done for Blind Wink productions (2008)

MK12 / Budweiser  "Draught" & "Perfect Balance"- tactical design / production (2007)

Archive - varied projects & sketches (2000 - 2016)

Ryan Griffin

(248) 974-2277

Graphic, Motion & Sound Design / Direction


Cranbrook Academy of Art, Master of Fine Arts (2007) (2D Design Department)

College for Creative Studies, Bachelor of Fine Arts (2000) (Digital Animation & Video Department)


Graphic: Creative Director, Art Director, Graphic Designer & Assistant Professor

Motion: Motion Designer, Animator, Art Director, Editor & Director

Sound: Sound Designer & Musician


MK12, Quanta Magazine, Gensler, Microsoft, Sierra Quitiquit, JEH Productions, Synect Media, Commonwealth/McCann, Commonground, Primaloft, Pixelfire, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Mill, Brunner Advertising, The Ebeling Group, Digitas, Helios Interactive, College for Creative Studies, Prologue Films, Blind Wink productions, Gilbert Silverman, Organic, Chrysler Corporation, Jeep, Dodge, Vectorform, Clear Magazine, +8 records / m_nus, Octane Design, IMX Cosmetics, Hemmingway +a/studios, John Deer, DMCVB (Visit Detroit Magazine), Lawrence Tech University, Hamilton Anderson Architects, Logicos, Jeep Chairs, Planet-E records, General Motors, BF Goodrich, Jaguar, Mazda & Ford Motor Company

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