Ryan Lothian

versatile human

About

Versatile human—what does it mean? Well... it means I do (and like) a wide variety of work. And that I’m not a robot.

I design for web and print. I code HTML and CSS proficiently (and know enough PHP and JavaScript to get what I, or you, want). I write and edit for web, video, social media, marketing, and academic projects... and boy can I write a nice email. I illustrate. I edit video. I analyze data and do research, then use it to make decisions and plans. I manage creative projects for myself and for teams. I like teaching people all these things—in formal and informal settings. And I especially like learning new things and adding them to this paragraph.

I’m available for freelance projects.

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Work

design
web development
project management
map
design
writing
deer
writing
project management
art direction
bird
designposter design
web development
trail
writing
photography
photo
design
video editing
video
design
writing
fia
design
web development
inventergy
design
writing
music
amp
designjaff designillustration

A couple of older items people seem to enjoy: “The Sign of a Lifetime,” an article profiling the man behind the Shawon-O-Meter; and The Flaming Lips Zaireeka video experiment, winner of a “Best Interactive Media Design” at the DePaul University WRD student awards.

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History

Web ManagerForest Preserves of Cook County (2014-)

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is one of the oldest and largest preserve systems in the United States. Established from 1913-1915, the agency protects and manages nearly 70,000 acres of woodland, prairie, savanna and wetlands. Some things I do there:

  • Manage and execute digital media projects (websites, apps, interactive features)
  • Lead digital storytelling efforts using video, photography, and social media
  • Collaborate on communications strategy
  • Write content for the blog, email newsletter, interpretive displays, and signage
  • Implement improvements to the existing website while planning a new, modern website
  • Manage social media efforts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Respond to website contact form and social media inquiries and feedback
  • Collect and analyze digital project data

Award: 2014 “Golden Leaf”—Presented to employees who go above and beyond required duties (based on nominations and votes from their peers).

Restoration VolunteerCentennial Volunteers / Forest Preserves of Cook County (2014-)

I volunteer doing hands-on restoration work (at its simplest: removing invasive plants and collecting/spreading native seeds) in forest preserves and other natural areas. I do most of my volunteer work at LaBagh Woods, a wonderful urban refuge for wildlife (and humans). Interested in helping? Contact me or visit here for more information.

Master NaturalistUniversity of Illinois Extension (2014-)

The University of Illinois Extension's Master Naturalist program requires 40 hours of training in nature-related topics, stewardship of natural areas and effective communication of these concepts to varied audiences. Certification as a Master Naturalist also requires 60 hours of volunteer service within two years of the final training session—plus 30 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education annually. I entered the program in fall 2014 and became a certified Master Naturalist in fall 2015.

Adjunct LecturerDePaul University (2012)

After graduating from DePaul in 2011, I was asked to teach a graduate level class in the New Media Studies program. I taught “Web Content Management Systems: Theory & Practice” during the fall of 2012. Here’s what I did:

  • Assembled a course outline and pitched the class to department leadership
  • Created a course syllabus, assignments, and weekly lesson plans
  • Taught the 10 week course on content management theory and use of the WordPress content management system (CMS)
  • Worked with students individually outside of class

Marketing DirectorJohn J. Lothian & Co. (2009-2014)

John J. Lothian & Co. is a family run business comprised of an online news service focused on the futures industry and a video production studio. Some things I did there:

  • Managed digital media projects—individually or with a team
  • Designed and managed WordPress-based websites, HTML email newsletter templates, and MediaWiki-based websites
  • Created illustrations and wrote scripts for promotional and educational videos
  • Wrote and edited promotional and editorial copy
  • Trained colleagues to use of content management systems (CMS), HTML, social media, and MediaWiki software
  • Led social media efforts
  • Collected and analyzed digital project data
  • Communicated with vendors and current/potential sponsors

M.A. New Media StudiesDePaul University (2007-2011)

I attended DePaul in the evening while working full-time. Relevant coursework:

  • Communication and Technology
  • New Media and Culture
  • New Media, Old Media
  • Database and Narrative
  • Document Design
  • Text and Image
  • Principles of Graphic Design
  • Interactive Media Projects
  • Writing For Magazines

Award: “Best Interactive Media Design” at the 2011 DePaul University WRD student awards for The Flaming Lips Zaireeka video experiment.

Marketing CoordinatorOcean Tomo (2006-2009)

Ocean Tomo provides intellectual property consulting and services. Some things I did there:

  • Designed and maintained company websites
  • Planned, designed and executed advertising, direct mail, and email marketing campaigns
  • Wrote and edited copy for press releases, websites, and marketing collateral
  • Designed and coordinated production for brochures, 200+ page catalogs, event materials, and promotional items
  • Aided in the planning and execution of multi-day events with 400+ attendees

PresidentLothian Media Design (2004-)

Lothian Media Design is a business I started to support my freelance work. Some things I do:

  • Design and maintain a variety of business and personal websites
  • Develop branding and logo designs
  • Create print and digital collateral, including catalogs, marketing materials, and advertisements

B.S. Media StudiesUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2001-2005)

I also earned a minor in sociology. Relevant coursework:

  • History of Communication
  • Communication and Popular Culture
  • Law and Communications
  • Mass Communication in Democratic Societies
  • Social Aspects of Mass Communication
  • Advertising History
  • Communications and Public Opinion
  • Media Ethics
  • Economic Structure of Communication
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Contact

Want to work together?

Contact me at rlothian@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn.

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