Here’s a recent video I edited for Centre College to promote their last week of fund-raising for the year. I’m especially proud of the new animated intro.

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Here’s a recent ad I created for CENTREPIECE, Centre College’s quarterly magazine.

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The challenge was to create a humorous (albeit mildly) cartoon that tied in the concept of leaving money to Centre College, without crossing into offensive territory.

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I’m proud to announce that the following RL Design projects received 2013 ADDY awards from the AAF:

UFO: Unidentified Feathered Object – Cover Illustration
Illustrator: Ryan Lanigan

2012 DecoArt® Product Catalog
Cover Designer: Ryan Lanigan
Interior Designer: April Torbush
Contributing Designers: Jennifer Jones & Holly Turney 

DecoArt Glass Paint Program

DecoArt® Glass Paint Program – Website
Designer: Jennifer Jones
Programmer: Sandra Vogt
Contributing Designers: Ryan Lanigan, April Torbush, & Holly Turney

Congratulations to all the 2013 winners. See you next year!

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Ryan Lanigan and RL Design are featured in DI 29.

I am proud to announce that I will be featured in Directory of Illustration 29.

It was an honor to be asked to join the directory and I was proud to receive the beautiful book to the right in the mail today.

Be sure to check out DI 29 and look for me on page 544!

You can also check out my Directory of Illustration profile page here.

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 Semco Craft Paint Labels

I was recently asked to design new labels for Semco, a paint company in Australia. They are in the process of changing from their current supplier to DecoArt and felt a new look was in order.

Below is the design we’ve settled on.

This project has been interesting on a couple of fronts:

1.) I’ve learned that the packaging standards for craft paint in Australia are much more lax than those in the US. According to the client, there’s a very minimal amount of information that has to be displayed to the buying public.

2.) Designing a labeling system to fit a large number of color variations is an enjoyable challenge. Although each label design is treated with the same attention to detail and care as the next, the real payoff comes when you see 30+ color variations lined up next to each other.

In terms of the goals we had set for the project, I have to say it’s been a success to date. These new Semco craft paint bottles will be coming soon to an Aussie shelf near you.

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Here’s a video I created for Iomega to use as a loop at some of their corporate presentations. Brandon Deweese at Project Whiteboard hooked me up with the project.

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My elementary alma mater held a career fair last Friday, and I was invited to present what I do to a group of really young aspiring artists.

Considering I was 11 years old the last time I spent any significant time in that building, it was kind of a sledge hammer whack of nostalgia. Although very little of the original structure was still in use, I couldn’t help but get a little overwhelmed by all the memories, good and bad, I had of that place.

As for the career fair itself, I have to say I enjoyed the experience. The majority of the kids were enthusiastic and seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say.

It was also neat to see the stark contrast of the professions represented around me. To my right was a robotics and IT expert (who also happens to be my cousin… it is Kentucky after-all) and to my left was a policeman dressed in full regalia with his gun at his side. I can’t say for sure whether the noise of the robot or the gun ten feet away from me made me more nervous. We’ll call it a push. There were also representatives from banks, construction companies, fire departments, authors, and even a make-up artist.

I think it’s a good sign that educators are exposing their students to real world jobs at such an early age. It’s easy to lose sight of the end goal, helping the kids grow into well-rounded contributors to society, in an environment that has become increasingly focused on test scores as the only measure of success.

I appreciated the invite and would be glad to participate again.

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