Ryan was born and raised in Del Mar, California. He attended California Institute of the Arts, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. Ryan worked at SMOG as an intern while still attending CalArts, and joined full-time upon graduation.
At Smog, Ryan specializes in book design, music packaging, institutional communications and identity systems. He is an accomplished type designer and illustrator, contributing fine typography and original artwork to many of his projects. His work has been published by Step, I.D. and Communication Arts, and included in a number of books on typography and graphic design. He received the prestigious Adobe Design Achievement Award in 2004, and has been recognized by the Art Director's Club.