Ryan Dowling | Art Director


Hi. I’m Ryan.

I was born & raised in Oklahoma City, OK and called that home for a very long time.

Since then I've lived in Virginia, Colorado, Missouri, and now I call an expensive studio apartment in San Francisco, home.

I played the tuba from 7th grade through college, and while in high school I joined a concert band that performed in seven countries throughout Europe for two weeks. On that trip my friend and I played disco music tuba duets during intermission. It was pretty amazing and the Europeans loved us.

I also:
• can solve a Rubik's cube in ~1 minute
• love peanut butter
• have Star Wars tattoos
• believe Saturdays are for Oklahoma football.
• made a viral video that actually went kind of viral (not for my job)
• mostly listen to music from before the year 2000
• rang the closing bell of the NY Stock Exchange
• am a Level 1 Sneakerhead
• love the NBA, maybe too much
• don’t eat breakfast or lunch

Where I’ve worked:

Freelance Senior Art Director
August 2019 – present / San Francisco, CA

FCB West / Senior Art Director
March 2018 – August 2019 / San Francisco, CA
Hotwire, Clorox, New Business

VML / Senior Art Director
May 2017 – February 2018 / Kansas City, MO
Brisk, Tropicana, Propel

Crispin Porter + Bogusky / Art Director
June 2014 – February 2017 / Boulder, CO
Hotels.com, MetLife, Jell-O, Velveeta, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Domino’s, Stove Top

Crispin Porter + Bogusky / Art Direction Intern
February 2014 – May 2014 / Boulder, CO
Hotels.com, MetLife, Fruit of the Loom, Domino’s

The Martin Agency / Creative Intern
Summer 2012 / Richmond, VA
Comcast/XFINITY, Cool Whip, Tylenol, Pizza Hut, Walmart

The Martin Agency / Freelance Art Director
Fall 2011 / Richmond, VA
Completely rebranded Project Yellow Light.


Where I’ve learned:

VCU Brandcenter
2011 – 2013 / Richmond, VA
MS in Advertising

The University of Oklahoma
2002 – 2008 / Norman, OK
BFA in Graphic Design