Sam Ritchie

About

Design should celebrate and grow from differences in culture, identity, and world experiences. I'm on a mission to do the same.

 
 

My life reads like the classic "small-town kid with big-city aspirations" story, with a few plot twists. I grew up in rural Kansas, developed a passion for creative expression, and ended up going to The University of Kansas to channel that passion into graphic design. I'll be graduating in May 2018 with a degree in Visual Communication. I've had internships that have given me experience in taking client feedback, being a team member, even maintaining a letterpress lab. The variety of my work reflects this multi-disciplinary experience. 

My work also reflects my passion for LGBTQ+ advocacy and bringing awareness to identities not typically focused on by mainstream media. My lack of education about the spectrums of gender identity and sexuality led to a long and difficult journey of self-discovery that didn't begin until I started college and didn't reach a satisfactory conclusion until I was a senior at KU. I'm now out as transgender and proud of who I am, and I'm determined to use my career to push the limits of society's preconceived ideas about design and gender.

 
 
 Sometimes you just have to take the cliché gender reveal trope and have fun with it.

Sometimes you just have to take the cliché gender reveal trope and have fun with it.