Ryan Kough: Inspiration in Action

This inspiration in action series is all about what designers, artists, illustrators are making. But also what got them to this spot in their career.

Who inspires you? Maybe it is a writer or psychologist, or maybe a trip or hike. We all have a lot of inputs happening everyday it’s neat to think about which ones we breathe in and affect our lives and work.

I love seeing where some of my favorite creatives are garnering their fuel and how their process changes over time. This week I get to introduce you to a new face. Ryan Kough believes in design as a tool for social activism. And we’ll talk about being creative under pressure. She created a show on this topic last year.

Driven by the power of personal conversation and interaction, she imagines every association within a community as part of the Community Design Ecosystem. A system where all stakeholders have an equal say in the conversation and work collaboratively.

Ryan’s passion lies in creating situations for community members and designers to become involved on a personal level to create sustainable, long-term design solutions.

This is where her commitment to design and her passion for the community connected to create a local nonprofit focused on community revitalization. ReInvision Huntingdon was started in 2015 in her hometown of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania with the goal of making space for all members to bring ideas.

Ryan is an associate professor and runs the IMA Studio, an interdisciplinary studio focused on community engaged learning at Juniata College.

I hope you will join us for this LIVE show Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 7:30pm GMT / 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT / 8:30am in Hawaii. All you have to do to get the live link sent to your inbox 30 min before the show is to sign up to get the link at https://creativesignite.com/signup

Episode 469 aired live on May, 8, 2024.

The Questions

  1. Ryan, can you give everybody a little background about your art/design and what you do? 
  2. How has your work changed and evolved over the years?
  3. Can you see a direct correlation to what you make from who or what experiences inspires you? in terms of materials? style? process? or is it more subject matter? How do the experimental community workshops play into your creative process and lead to future experiments?
  4. What have you made and what inspired those things, can you show us a link between a person or event or thing that started the spark? I am excited for you to talk about your process of getting ideas and executing on them in ways that are new to you. Do you regularly try out new technologies or new materials?
  5. If you could tell someone how much their life or work has inspired you (dead or alive) who would that be and what would you tell them or ask them about? Or was there an experience that really you can point to that was pivotal in your life?

Listen here

Connect with Ryan

Website: https://ryankough.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryan.kough/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryankough/


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