Well, hello there! I’m Scott Ritchings, and as you’re already here, you most likely know I’m a graphic designer. But did you know I’ve also been dragged by a moving vehicle?
I grew up an awkward, yet friendly weird kid, then a teenager, then an adult. Status quo has never been something that interests me. I love the interesting and unusual, whether it’s music, literature, movies, or art. While peers were talking about sports or pop culture, I was digging into the works of Norman Bel Geddes or reading how Moai were erected on Easter Island by the Rapa Nui. As I said, weird kid.
I am always doodling. From the moment I could hold a crayon, I would fill sheets with weird characters, video game-level designs, comics, cross sections of buildings, vehicles, and box art for fictitious video games. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was a designer from the start.
When I made it out of public school, I chose fine arts and graphic design as my fields of study as I had tried trades and retail work (that’s where I was dragged by a moving vehicle, I took shoplifting too personally) and knew that I needed a career where I could express myself through creative means.
My career has brought me a wide variety of design-based roles and projects. I have had the privilege of designing identities for sole proprietors and large-format graphics for large corporations. My portfolio includes successful logos, vehicle wraps, branding, print collateral, book designs, illustrations, and social media posts. There’s been the occasional accolade and news story along the way, I should add those here one day.
Following in the footsteps of the inspirational instructors I had during my education, I’ve made time to share my knowledge and experience in design with college students.
Collaboration is important to me, working with a client or other experts to join forces to create something awesome is a good way to live. I don’t have time for pessimists, gossip, and trash talk. I want to use my skills to bring joy and positivity into the world.
I was born, raised, and live in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. Nestled between mountains and ocean the area and its diverse peoples inform my work. It is a constant inspiration with innumerable ways to recharge in nature or find some inspiring culture in the cities.