ryan wheatley

I am currently a Visual Communications major at Northern Illinois University. I am genuinely passionate about the work that I do and I’ve spent countless hours educating myself on new design techniques; striving to perfect my design aesthetic. Design has always been a huge part of my life. My great grandfather was a painter. His creative passion was passed down to my grandfather who had a career in graphic design and art directing. Lastly, my father is also an Northern Illinois University alumni, is currently a designer and art director as well.

Years ago, I found my own personal interest in graphic design. When I was in elementary school, my dad had taught me how to use the adobe creative suite on our family's old Apple Macintosh computer and ever since then, I knew that graphic design was what I wanted to study when I got to college.

In 2010, I found that I had a trained design aesthetic and decided to start my own freelancing business. Over the next few years, I would gain experience through working with clients, musicians, and businesses in various countries around the world. In the summer of 2017, I was hired as an intern at Rule29 Creative, Inc. and I have loved working alongside such a strong, talented team within the design industry. As I graduate college and start my own professional career, I look forward to further developing my design knowledge and gaining additional knowledge in the field.

Some of my capabilities beyond the creative suite include coding in various languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and CPP, as well as knowledge in motion graphics, illustration, and strategic copywriting.

more about me

If you know me, you know that I always have to be working on something creative. I have a love for illustration and interior design (this probably comes from my mom who was an interior designer), which means I’m usually in the middle of a woodworking project at any point in time. I also have a Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet that allows me to draw and paint digitally so I can get creative in my free time. I am also super into technology and gadgets. I often spend my nights relaxing, searching Amazon for the next “latest and greatest” addition to my smart-home setup.

Beyond art, I love Hockey. My family is Canadian so I grew up playing and watching hockey and, although I’ve been busy finishing school, I’m looking forward to joining a men’s league team at some point in the future.

Another hobby of mine is beer. Not just drinking it, but also brewing it. A few years ago I got into beer tasting with my dad, which got me curious about the brewing process. I spent the next few months learning everything I could about homebrewing and after accruing an enormous collection of craft beers and knowledge, I bought all the equipment and began brewing my own recipes. It’s definitely another creative outlet for me and a great bonding experience for my dad and I.

Watching movies and tv is another hobby of mine. I’m beyond obsessed with the shows Westworld and the Office. I like listening to rap, alternative, indie, and screamo/hardcore music (I know, most people hate it). I love my dogs, playing guitar, playing video games, listening to podcasts (I love Barstool Sports podcasts), and hanging out with friends. If you want to get to know me better, feel free to shoot me an email!