Ryan always knew he wanted to pursue a career that let him push his creative skills and ideas every day, but he didn’t want to be a starving artist. And unlike most art school kids, he had a passion for marketing.
Designer by trade and creative problem solver by nature, he joined the ranks at Up&Up after graduating from the University of South Carolina with a goal to inspire and influence others through design. He brings fresh energy and innovation to his creative work for clients like the University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina, Marian University, and Mount St. Mary’s University.
Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending quality time with his wife Kayla and their son, Miles, and dogs, Harley and Parker “Snacks” Davidson, as well as finding the bumpiest trails to test the limits of his Jeep on.
Q&A with Ryan Davidson
What makes you proud of yourself and others?
I really enjoy seeing others succeed at something they’ve been working at for a while.
What’s your favorite hobby?
I’m really into landscaping and home improvement. I enjoy getting my hands dirty and using our house as a canvas to try new things. I often find myself using my design background to plan layout design possibilities and measurements. My most recent feat was building and installing a shelving system and organizing my garage.
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this year?
My wife and I recently welcomed our first child into the world!
What do you want others to remember you for?
Speaking my mind and being intentional.
What gives your work meaning?
In short, a larger purpose than just “making it look better.”
What’s the best thing you’ve learned since starting your career?
The thing I’ve learned that’s been most beneficial is that not all feedback is good feedback, and how to filter through the bullsh*t to get to the core meaning of what’s being said. And with that, how to give good, meaningful feedback to others.