Beginning at the turn of the century, I have given my career to working in graphic design, web development, photography, and videography. In these years I have been afforded work with many large and small businesses, entrepreneurs, organizations, conferences, musicians, artists, filmmakers, and photographers. Some of my own photography has been published in books and marketing materials across the country. In 1996 I earned an art award from my seventh-grade art teacher; in 2004 I finished a degree in Graphic Design. In the bowels of a printshop with ink-stained tradesmen, I acquired skills which helped me later when signing deals with their sales reps. I have worked within freelance and pro bono freedoms, and in the shadow of a pointy-haired boss. Since 2010 I work full-time for the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, Kentucky.
Small economies, local industry, traditional living, and husbandry hold my attention. I keep chickens and am attempting to farm my backyard.
—Ricky Irvine, January 2017
Website and Video Designer at the American Printing House for the Blind, February 2010–present. Discipline: Web development, videography, and design.
Design Director for the Climacus Conference, January 2010–February 2015. Discipline: Art direction, graphic design, and web development for evolving conference about the humanities and classical Christianity. Named for 7th-century saint, John Climacus, author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent.
Freelance Graphic Designer, August 2007–February 2010. Discipline: Graphic design, web development, photography.
Graphic Designer at Blue Bus Cafe (design agency), January 2006–August 2007. Discipline: Graphic design, web development, photography.
Bindery and Letterpress at Warner’s Printing Service, February–December 2005. Discipline: Trimmed and folded paper; operated letterpress for scoring, perforating, and die cutting; assisted wash-ups on large Heidelberg press; and other bindery and odd jobs.
Graphic Designer at Louisville Metro Parks, April–December 2004. Discipline: Graphic design and web development.