Ricky Irvine’s Web Page

Helping blind people see the solar eclipse

I was enormously privileged to work on a project making it possible for blind people to see the solar eclipse in real-time. We tracked the sun with a time-lapse camera, sending new photos twice each minute through a computer to a prototype device called Graphiti, which blind people could then touch to see the disappearing sun. I coordinated a small crew to film the event, and next day finished editing the video. We think it’s pretty great.

Professional narrative

Thus far my career has been given to working in graphic design, web development, photography, and videography. 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.

Personal values

Small economies, local industry, traditional living, and husbandry hold my attention. Wendell Berry describes husbandry as the name of a connection between man and earth — the soil, the plants, the animals — and the care and mutuality within those relationships. I believe that the reality of this (the necessity of this) applies much beyond the farm, to business and industry and exchange and consumption. Making a little effort to better understand this, we keep chickens and I am working to establish permanent garden beds.

Contact me

I don‘t use social media, and I am not linked in.

Work experience

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: Trim and fold paper; setup and operate letterpress for scoring, perforating, and die cutting; assist wash-ups on large Heidelberg press; other bindery and odd jobs.

Graphic Designer at Louisville Metro Parks, April–December 2004. Discipline: Graphic design and web development.